Always on the look out for a good cheap eats, the OTHERside Cafe has been a dive I’ve enjoyed since I moved to Boston in the late 90s. The name refers to the location of the cafe which is on the “other side” of Mass. Avenue technically on Newbury Street extension, but its also a mindset for a place that clearly embraces its bohemian vibe and is more in line with a Cantabrigian than a Bostonian.
This cheap eats with oodles of personality is also vegetarian friendly with several options like their vegetarian chili (which I think is the best in the city). The menu is large and comprised of appetizers, salads, burritos, and sandwiches, ranging in price from $6-$12. If you like a cold beverage, smoothies as well as more than a dozen craft beers on tap make for great alternatives. All are welcome, but the OTHERside mostly appeals to students and 20-somethings. All salads come on over-sized plates. Pictured below is the “Mozz Salad” a mozzarella salad with mixed greens, veggies and bread ($10) and the tuna salad which has mixed greens, veggies, apples and a heaping scoop of tuna ($10.75). Salad ingredients were fresh and very filling. Leaving us more than satisfied and happy with our respective choices. The OTHERside cafe is located at 407 Newbury Street and open 7-days a week (opening at 11:30am daily and 10am on Saturday and Sunday).