Worth the Hike, Worth the Money: The Groove’s Top 5 Favorite Restaurants

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Although going out to dinner in Boston can be a rarity as a college student in Boston, if you’re anything like us, when we have the money and the time, we’re all over it. As self-proclaimed foodies, we were stoked when our friends at Anna’s Taqueria, one of our all time favorite eats in the Boston area, hit us up with the idea of putting together a piece for our readers with a compilation of some of the restaurants in the city that we think are worth the hike and worth the cash.

After reaching out to our contributing writers to throw us some insight on their favorite spots to grab a bite in Boston, we’re excited to bring you this list of our top five go-to restaurants that we think are worth trekking over to and spending a little money for a really great meal.

Check out the list and then tell us your favorite go-to place to have dinner in Boston in the comments below!

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Anna’s Taqueria
Where is it?
There are six locations in the Greater Boston area, but the closest to Berklee is on the MIT campus in Cambridge at 84 Massachusetts Ave.
How do I get there?
It’s a five-minute ride on the 1 bus! Hop on at Hynes, hop off at 77 Mass Ave.
What kind of food can I order?
Mexican
What kind of food should I order?
Anna’s is known for their signature made-to-order burritos, as well as authentic Mexican street food-style tacos…. so either of those would be great! Their steak burritos are fantastic. If you’re into spicier dishes, pair it with their delicious horchata for a nice balance of flavors!
Why is it worth the hike?
With prices tailored to college student budgets, being named “Best Buy in Boston” by Zagat, and earning the title of “Best Burrito” from DigBoston, the Improper BostonianBoston Magazine, and theBoston Phoenix, it’s no wonder that Anna’s made it on our “restaurants worth the hike” list!
(Answers submitted from The Groove’s own Lisa Occhino)

O Ya
Where is it?
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111
How can I get there?
At the corner of Chinatown… it’s hard to explain… but if you ask around with Chinatown locals, they can definitely point you in the right direction!
What kind of food can I order?
Japanese
What kind of food should I order?
They have the best nigiri in Boston! They’re also famous for their omakase menu. The Shima Aji & Santa Barbara Sea Urchin is incredible too!
Why is it worth the hike?
The owner of this restaurant is a Berklee graduate; Tim Cushman ’80. It’s also exclusive, only accepting 37 people every night, meaning your dining experience is guaranteed to be incredible. It was also the No. 1 restaurant in the U.S., as rated by New York Times in 2008.
(Answers submitted by contributing writer Adriel Tjokrosaputro)

Allston Diner
Where is it?
431 Cambridge St., Alston, MA
How do I get there?
It’s just a couple of blocks up from the Harvard Ave. B line stop.
What kind of food can I order?
All-American diner cuisine
What kind of food should I order?
Known for their delicious breakfast, friendly service, and no-frills atmosphere. My favorite dish is the Buttermilk Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream.
Why is it worth the hike?
The Allston Diner is simple, quaint, warm, and inexpensive.  It is exactly the place to go for a friend date over coffee and omelettes. The food is absolutely delicious–much better than your average diner–and the servers are kind and down-to-earth.  Without distracting decorations or gimmicks, the Allston Diner is the best diner experience in town.
(Answers submitted by contributing writer Ian Janer)

Mr. Bartley’s
Where is it?
1246 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
How do I get there?
Hop on the #1 bus @ Hyne’s and hop off at the Quincy stop in Cambridge!
What kind of food can I order?
BURGERS…. and other various American food.
What kind of food should I order?
Bartley’s is famous for their burgers – with over 30 different types of burgers you can choose from, you’d be silly not to get one! Although if that’s way too many choices for you, just go with the “Scott Brown” burger if you want some bacon, or hit up my favorite, the “Tom Brady” burger if you’re craving something a little fresher… like yummy guacamole.
Why is it worth the hike?
If you like burgers, this is will seriously be like heaven to you. Trust me.
(Answers submitted by The Groove’s own Alyssa McCord)

Veggie Planet
Where is it?
47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA
How do I get there?
Hop on the T and take the red line to Harvard Square and head over to the same space where Club Passim is at. For any of you concert-goers hitting up The Sinclair recently, it’s on that cool little street that looks like a really nice alleyway.
What kind of food can I order?
Vegetarian/vegan-friendly food
What kind of food should I order?
The “Safe & Sound” on pizza dough or brown rice is amazing!
Why is it worth the hike?
If you’re looking for some incredible vegetarian or vegan food that won’t totally break your bank and is delicious, this is the place to hit up. It’s a great place to catch a show at too – even while you grab food!
(Answers submitted by The Groove’s own Alyssa McCord)