There’s a segment of coffee shops still left in the world that fall into the category of “serving mediocre coffee since our last renovation in the early ’90s.” Atomic Bean, with its deep orange walls and corner bookshelf that’s (probably) filled with Archie comics, fits right into that category. On the plus side, you won’t have to fight anyone for a place to sit or for bandwidth on the wifi, so not everything from the ’90s is bad.

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Little Donkey

Little Donkey is a small plates restaurant in Central Square that’s great for drinks and few bites.

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Santouka Ramen

Santouka is a great ramen spot in Harvard Square that kind of feels like a spaceship.

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Craigie On Main

Craigie On Main is an upscale French restaurant in Central Square that’s great for special occasion dinners.

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Pagu is a Spanish and Japanese tapas restaurant in Central Square.