Saturday, May 18, 2024

It must be list season. It was only Sunday that MSNBC noted Cambridge topping’s list of most walkable cities; on Tuesday, put Cambridge atop its list of “New England’s Best Cities 2012.” The staff writers say Cambridge “has everything, and in spades. Cambridge dominated on nearly every quantifiable front in this year’s ranking, especially in the areas of culture and education (it may come as no surprise that Cambridge boasts a remarkable 72.4% of its adult population possessing a BA or higher … the highest score in New England) … and possesses the No. 1 ranking for air quality in Massachusetts. Its unemployment rate is the lowest in Massachusetts, and its median income the highest.” Runner-up: South Burlington, Vt.

The Olive Tree Cafe — an American/Middle Eastern eatery at 245 Massachusetts Ave., by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology‚ is aiming to become the Beantown Taqueria, according to the Boston Restaurant Talk blog. The cafe is already closed, the blog said Tuesday.

The East Coast Grill’s cornbread recipe made it into The New York Times Magazine back on March 29, accompanying an article noting that “In 1989, Molly O’Neill in the Times named the East Coast Grill a pioneer in a movement that was bringing the Boston restaurant scene to life. ‘No-nonsense dining,’ she called it, ‘but with style’” — and that last month owner Chris Schlesinger said he was selling the restaurant. Fortunately, the Times also said the restaurant, at 1271 Cambridge St., was likely to be run and boast a menu much the same as with Schlesinger in charge.