Date Night Spot: Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
2020 Massachusetts Ave.
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Eco-Friendly Business: Life Alive
765 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 354-5433
It’s easy to see why Life Alive won the “Best Eco-friendly Business” category. The menu—packed with vegan options, superfoods, and shots of wheatgrass, ginger, and tumeric—makes clear the cafe’s focus on the earth and humans’ relationship to it. One of the main ways Life Alive strives to be kind to the environment is by using all parts of their foods whenever possible. Broccoli stems get repurposed into broccoli soup, egg yolks are saved for making aiolis, and produce is re-juiced for use in sauces. To-go container parts are either compostable or recyclable, and Life Alive is reducing its straw usage while also scouring the market for the best sustainable straws.
“We really want to make sure that anything we’re doing in this building supports the mission the company was built upon, which is to serve this high-quality, nutritional food in an environment that really does embrace the world around us,” General Manager Steve Speyer says.
Old Favorite: S&S Deli and Restaurant
1334 Cambridge St., (617) 354-0777
We know S&S’s menu must not literally be endless, but there always seems to be something for everyone within its many pages. Where else can you find Bavarian French toast, potato knishes, and salmon kabobs all in one place? Meanwhile, its dessert display tantalizes with the likes of key lime pie, turtle cheesecake, and chocolate lava cake. The sprawling restaurant and rows of booths give S&S a homey, diner-feel, plus when you eat there you’re getting a taste of Cambridge’s history, as the restaurant has been up and running since 1919.
Best New Business & Best Barista – Oona: Broadsheet Coffee Roasters
100 Kirkland St., (617) 945-2867
Late-night Haunt: Charlie’s Kitchen
10 Eliot St., (617) 492-9646
Place to People Watch: Cambridge City Hall Lawn
795 Massachusetts Ave.
Neighborhood to Live In & Neighborhood to Dine: Inman Square
Neighborhood to Work: Kendall Square
Neighborhood to Shop: Harvard Square
“What makes the square so special is that it has something for everyone. While we boast a variety of international, national, regional, and local businesses, it is important to note that over 70 percent of our businesses are locally owned and independent. The square is clean, safe, welcoming, fun, authentic, and awash in history! It has been a ‘marketplace’ since the 17th century, offering goods and services to students, residents, and travelers. Nearly 400 years later, the practice continues. Our beloved ‘marketplace’ known globally as Harvard Square is honored to be the ‘best neighborhood to shop’!” —Denise Jillson, executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association