Fran’s Cafe

custard squareIf you’re in Cambridge around lunchtime, Fran’s Cafe is a great place to stop for a bite to eat. The food is fresh and tasty, and reasonably priced. I particularly like the vanilla custard slice, which is billed as “the Best in the World.” The baked goods do tend to be better than ordered meals. Last time I was there I asked for the Steak Sandwich that was the special of the day, and it arrived with bread toasted to a crisp and slightly burnt, overdone steak instead of the medium rare that was advertised, and totally lacking the advertised cheese as well.
However if you stick to what’s in the cabinet you can’t go wrong, and there are plenty of works by local artists – and a playpen full of toys for kids – to enjoy as you eat. It is definitely my pick of the Cambridge lunchtime eateries.

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