Restaurant review: Border Cafe Harvard Square

The Border Cafe is a local restaurant chain that first opened their doors in Harvard Square in 1987.  The Tex-Mex and Cajun menu is very affordable, making it a popular destination for students. The atmosphere is very casual and the portions are quite generous as you can see by my glass of iced tea (below) which is so large you’ll definitely need to head to the bathroom at least once.BosGuy Restaurant ReviewI’ll be the first to admit that New England will never be known for their Tex-Mex or Mexican cuisine so I’ll defer to food snobs to call me out on my lack of experience, but I’ve never had a bad meal here. The service is consistently prompt and the waitstaff is knowledgeable – making helpful suggestions. Our (complimentary) corn chips were served warm, our drinks brought over promptly and the food was damn good. BosGuy Restaurant ReviewOn this visit Sergio and I ordered a Chicken Burrito ($8) and Quesadilla w/ a side of homemade guacamole ($9). Both were served as requested and despite the very large portions, nearly finished. I had the quesadilla and had to pull back the tortilla to able to devour all the tasty melted cheese and veggies.  I also ordered a side of black beans ($1) because they are so good here and ended up waddling out after I ate too much.  While this particular location can be crazy during peak times, it remains a favorite location for quick, easy, cheap eats in Harvard Square and is a place I would recommend for a casual night out.

Border Cafe – 32 Church St. – Harvard Square – (617) 864-6100

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2 responses to “Restaurant review: Border Cafe Harvard Square

  1. No snobs here! I took Luis to the most authentic local Tex-Mex restaurant I could find in Atlanta and he didn’t care for it. They served him cold beans and we can never go back there again. Authenticity is nice, but consistent quality is what brings us back. Plus I think the closer the food gets to his mom’s, the pickier Luis gets. Exponentially so. His favorite place in town is a Tex-Mex chain, Uncle Julio’s.

  2. When I was in grad school, that was a favorite place of our! Glad to know it’s still there and still as good as it was then.

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