Middle East Meets North East

I just discovered a new restaurant that I love in Boston. I was introduced to Cafe Jaffa by a colleague who lives just outside the city, but loves to head in with her husband on days off and explore. So their explorations turned into my find!

Cafe Jaffa is in the Back Bay area of downtown(easy to get to on the Metro if you’re not staying in that area.) Back Bay is full of little shops and restaurants and also houses the Prudential Building and shopping mall, so it’s a terrific area to just kick around in before you head to Cafe Jaffa for a meal of traditional Middle Eastern fare such as gyros, houmus, baba ghanoush, kabobs and falafel. But it’s the ambience of this small restaurant that I loved most of all. Exposed brick walls, open kitchen and a long row of tables give the place a warm, cozy atmosphere that was particularly welcome on the chilly, rainy day that my colleague and I made it over for a late lunch waiting to head to the airport for a flight after finishing some work earlier than expected. It just made the yummy food all that much better – I’ll definitely be back!

Menu: Traditional Middle Eastern (and some American) fare
My Faves: Falafel (crispy outside, tender inside), chicken schwarma salad w/pita bread

Location:
48 Gloucester Street (between Newbury and Boylston)
Boston, MA 02115
617.536.0230
http://www.cafejaffa.net/

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Susan Brauer

Welcome fellow Road Warriors! Like many of you, I travel for work -- A lot! But believe it or not, I actually pretty much love it. I've become a bona fide business travel tourist by finding quick things to do when I find myself with the bits of free time that we business travelers sometimes get (i.e. after meetings and before dinner.) especially if I'm in a great city like Chicago, NY or San Francisco. Because we never have much time, this blog is all about quick, easy, inexpensive/free things to do in some of the cities I travel to along with recommendations for restaurants that are great for meals with colleagues, but also perfectly comfortable for solo dining. So maybe next time you find that you have a few minutes to yourself on a business trip, before you just automatically head for your hotel room, barricade yourself in with your computer and cell phone and order room service, you'll be inspired to become a business travel tourist and start loving your business travel too. Feel free to comment on any of my posts and let me and other readers know if you have tips, or recommendations. Happy Travels!

2 thoughts on “Middle East Meets North East”

  1. Recommending restaurants that are "perfectly comfortable for solo dining"?

    You GO GIRL!!!

    Let travelers know about these wonderful restaurants and encourage others to put out the welcome mat for ALL solos!

    Marya Charles Alexander, Editor SoloDining.com

  2. Hi Marya –
    I hope to inspire fellow road warriors to get out of their hotel rooms and take advantage of the cities they travel to – No more room service just because we don't always have a dining companion. I hope they find (as I do) that exploring new places on their own can be fun.
    Thanks for the comment and You GO 2 GIRL!

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