The "Lunch in Harvard Square" Blog - Restaurant Reviews

Since starting to work in the Square in mid-August, I'm trying to eat lunch at a new restaurant every day until I can't find any more. Here's my list of the Top Ten Lunch Restaurants in Harvard Square (Food Only). Got a suggestion on a new lunch spot for me? New Restaurants to Try in Harvard Square.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Qdoba, 1280 Mass Ave.

Qdoba opened up recently on Mass Ave, next to Bob Slate's. I had been a couple of times to a different Qdoba on Huntington Ave by the MFA, and liked it.

I tried a chicken burrito - a tough challenge for Qdoba given how frequently I order these at either Felipe's or Boloco.

But, Qdoba holds its own. I find the tortillas a bit thicker, so you get more chewiness than the other burritos in the Square. The chicken is flavored with some sort of tangy sauce, which I thought tasted quite good. But in both cases these are personal preferences.

So I'd summarize the burrito options in the Square like this:

Felipe's: Lowest cost, lightning-fast service, good and hearty. Only dark chicken meat.
Boloco: Upscale, little more expensive than Felipe's, more interesting options.
Qdoba: Thicker tortilla, no whole wheat option, good food.

Personally, my preference follows the above order: 1-Felipe's, 2-Boloco, 3- Qdoba.


Blogger The Western Island said...

Nice reviews. Very glad to find your blog of Harvard Square restaurants. But the main purpose of this comment is to suggest you try Shay's pub on JFK street (it's the last business on the left as you walk toward the Charles - it is in the basement of the building and has a small sunken patio). I've tried their Tex-Mex offerings and liked them. Good service and some real atmosphere - plus dining outside (if you can find a table the undergrads aren't using).

6:34 PM  
Blogger The Western Island said...


Forgot to mention my blog of photos of the Square you might want to check out:

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Felipe's uses only dark chicken meat. They grill breasts and dice them for burritos.

8:29 AM  
Blogger SquareLunchGuy said...

I'll check again on the white meat/dark meat controversy (!) at Felipes. I too have seen chicken breasts on the grill, so I'll check as to whether they're going into the burritos.

8:37 AM  
Blogger SquareLunchGuy said...

I just checked, the only cook "legs and thighs" at Felipes. I guess what I thought were breasts weren't.
In any case, Felipe's burittos are delicious. If you like hot, make sure to ask for both the hot sauce (from a squirt bottle) and the spices. Then you'll get a kick!

9:29 AM  

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