Food & more…

Here are some partials lists of restaurants, in the vicinity. For those that our staff have been to, we have tried to include a note or too about the service, pricing, etc.

Immediate Vicinity

  • Food Court. George Sherman Union. 1st Floor.
    Good. Many choices. No table service. Crowded but not impossible. Not expensive.
    Breakfast(except on Sundays), lunch and dinner.
  • Beijing Cafe
    Okay. Table service.  May be too crowded for a large group. Not expensive.
    Address: 728 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Across the street from Marsh Plaza)
    Phone:(617) 859-3925
  • Nud Pob
    Good. Thai. No table service. Crowded. Not expensive.
    738 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 232-9992

Towards & Around Kenmore Square:

  • Bertucci’s
    Good pizza and pasta. Special deals at lunchtime. Table service. Not crowded. Not expensive.
    T: Kenmore Square
    533 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 236-1030
  • Boca Grande Taqueiria
    642 Beacon St
    Boston, MA
    T: Kenmore Square
    (617) 437-9700  Open Daily
  • Cornwall’s (Pub & Restaurant)
    In their own words, “a British style pub where people can gather to drink their pints of beer and ale, talk, play games and eat.” (None of staff have been here; seems reasonably priced).
    T: Kenmore Square
    654 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02215-2099
    (617) 262-3749
  • Eastern Standard
    Excellent. Table service. Good atmosphere, can be crowded. Somewhat expensive.
    528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
    617.532.9100  (Open 7 days, 7am – 2am)
  • India Quality
    Excellent. Table service. May be a short wait for tables. Not very expensive.
    T: Kenmore Square (or 15 min. walk)
    484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 267-4499
  • Noodle Street
    Good. Thai. Table service. May be brief wait for tables. Not expensive.
    T: BU East  (5 minute walk up Commonwealth)
    627 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 536-3100
  • Scoozi
    Good. Panini, Pizza, Pasta, Salads. May be brief wait for tables. Not expensive.
    T: Blandford (10 minute walk down Commonwealth)
    580 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 536-7777
  • Uburger
    Good. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, fries. Not expensive.
    636 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
    (617) 536-0448
  • Uno’s Chicago Bar & Grill
    645 Beacon Street, Kenmore Square, Boston, MA 02215

Across the Mass. Turnpike:

  • Busy Bee (15 minutes from GSU).
    Classic diner.  Table and counter service. Looks crowded sometimes but isn’t if you are willing to sit at the counter. Cheap.
    1046 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
    (617) 566-8733  (6 AM-7PM M-F; 6 AM-2PM Sat; Closed Sunday.)
  • Crispy Crepes (about ten minutes walk from the George Sherman Union)
    Good. No table service. Not crowded. Not expensive. (We believe the original Crispy Crepes merged with a Moroccan restaurant next-door.)
    512 A Park Dr, Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 859-9585
  • The Elephant Walk (about 15 minutes from the GSU)
    Very good. French/Cambodian. Table service. Recommended especially for lunch when it is not expensive and usually not crowded but service can be slow at any time.
    900 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 247-1500
  • Sichuan Gourmet (12 minutes from the GSU)
    Not as good as Chef Chang’s which it replaced, but okay (especially if you like spicy). Table service. Not crowded. Not expensive.
    1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
    (617) 277-4226
  • Temptations (15 minutes from GSU)
    Good wraps and panini. No table service. Crowded. Not expensive.
    1038 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Toward BU West Campus:

  • Chipotle -Mexican Grill
    Take the T outbound to Saint Paul St. or BU West (about a 10 minute walk).
    876 Commonwealth Ave, Brookline, Massachusetts 02215 (Commonwealth & Amory)
    Phone: 617.232.1360
  • OTTO Pizza
    Specialty pizzas, very good. No table service.
    888 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215
  • Panera Bread
    Good. Chain restaurant. No table service.
    888 Commonwealth Avenue,  Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 738-1501
  • T’s Pub
    973 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 254-0807

All of these are near Coolidge Corner,  5 minutes walk away from the Holiday Inn. 

  • Chef Chow’s
    Okay Chinese. Table service. Not crowded. Not expensive.
    230 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
    (617) 739-2469
  • Curry House
    OK Indian. No table service. Not crowded. Not expensive.
    1335 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
    (617) 734-3971
  • Michael’s Deli.
    Very good. No table service. Can be crowded. Not expensive.
    256 Harvard St, Brookline 02446 (At Longwood Ave)
    (617) 738-3354
  • Pho Lemongrass
    Good Vietnamese. Table service.
    Not crowded. Not expensive.
    239 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
    (617) 731-8600
  • Rani Indian Bistro
    Good. Table service. Not crowded. A bit more expensive than Curry House but worth it.
    1353 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
    (617) 734-0400
  • Temptations (menu similar to Temptations lower on Beacon St)
    Good wraps and paninis also breakfast. No table service. Crowded. Not expensive.
    1350 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
    (617) 739-4400 

About 15 minutes’ walk from the Holiday Inn, Longwood Inn or Coolidge Corner or take the Riverside “D” Train outbound to the Brookline Village stop. 

  • Baja Betty’s
    Good Mexican. No table service. Can be a little crowded sometimes. Not expensive.
    3 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445
    (617) 277-8900
  • Brookline Family Restaurant
    Very good Turkish and American. Table service. Not crowded.
    305 Washington St, Brookline 02445 (Btwn Holden & Harvard St)
    (617) 277-4466
  • Matt Murphy’s Pub 
    Good food and drink. Table service. Not crowded for lunch. Not expensive.
    14 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445
    (617) 232-0188
  • Orinoco
    Very good Venezuelan food. Table service. Neither crowded nor expensive.
    22 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445
    (617) 232-9505


Unfortunately, Boston does not have many spots to grab African cuisine. The most recent addition is Teranga (Senegalese) in the South End. None of these restaurants are in the immediate vicinity of BU, but if you are planning to stay in Boston a few extra days, we thought you might like to at least know what is out there…

  • South End – African, Ethiopian/Eritrean, Vegetarian
    544 Tremont St. Boston, MA. 02116
    (617) 426-8727
  • Teranga 
    South End – Senegalese
    1746 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118
  • Asmara
    Central Square – African, Ethiopian/Eritrean
    739 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Ma 02139
    (617) 864-7447
  • Baraka Cafe 
    Central Square –  Traditional Algerian-Tunisian and North African cuisine
    80 1/2 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139
    (617) 868-3951
  • Harvard Square – African, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
    20 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Back Bay – African, Coffee, Ethiopian/Eritrean
    334 Massachusetts Avenue


The online daily newsfeed “BU Today” has descriptions of various Boston area neighborhoods.  We thought we would include this, but please keep in mind that most of the locations are not close to BU. Also many of the descriptions are out of date (always check the website or call ahead), shops and services are also included and the some of the “reviews” are not truly critical. Here is the link:


Places to visit…

  • Afriterra Cartographic Library – Afriterra will be holding a special open house from Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. The library will be exhibiting a selection of rare maps in an exhibit called: “BEFORE MANDELA: The Cartographic Sense of South Africa, 1513–1918”.
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of African American History
  • Isabella Steward Gardner Museum
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
    • Exhibit: William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time (Feb. 5 – May 4, 2014)  South African artist William Kentridge’s recent installations have skillfully integrated moving image, sound, theater and sculptural elements in order to explore themes of science, globalization, colonialism, and memory….  A selection of works on paper demonstrating a range of the artist’s techniques—from charcoal drawing to etching to drypoint—will be displayed in a gallery outside of The Refusal of Time.
  • Museum of Fine Art
    Exhibits of interest:

    • New Gallery on Benin Art: In 2012, the MFA gratefully accepted the Robert Owen Lehman Collection of 34 rare West African works of art. Thirty-two objects are from the Kingdom of Benin in present-day southern Nigeria and two are from present-day Guinea and Sierra Leone…
    • Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art.  (Jan. 18 – Oct. 19, 2014) For the first time the MFA presents a selection of works by 20th-century Brazilian artists of African descent. Rarely studied in the United States, these painters and sculptors drew on indigenous, European, and African traditions, and found inspiration in all aspects of Brazilian life…
    • “Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales” (March 19 – July 13, 2014)debuts in New England 60 contemporary Latin American works from the collection of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder of the CIFO Art Foundation in Miami. Featuring sculpture, painting, photography, video, installation, and performance art from 1960 to the present, the exhibition explores how avant-garde artists from the Caribbean and Central and South America have become integral to discourses on international contemporary art after years of exclusion from institutions at home and abroad…