Food & Drink

Neighborhoods: Central Square

2014 Winner: Central Kitchen

In Cambridge’s ever-changing nucleus of a neighborhood, there’s still a special draw to Central Kitchen, a seven-nights-a-week stalwart where low-key, dimly lit environs complement unfussy bistro-style fare. A colossal cluster of mussels is topped with a teepee of thinly hand-cut fries, advantageously positioned for broth-dipping. And the tuna tartare will take you back to that grade-school lesson on layers of soil—only in this case, it’s edible strata of awesome in its rows of tapenade, pristine tuna and crumbly hard-boiled egg.

Central Kitchen

567 Mass. Ave., Cambridge • (617) 491-5599

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