Now's the perfect time to dine in Kendall Square. Oodles of new restaurants are popping up (Abigail's, Catalyst, Firebrand Saints, and on and on), yet the neighborhood is still undiscovered enough that street parking is gleefully easy and it's possible to walk in to a restaurant without a reservation, snag an al fresco table, and sup heartily. We suggest starting with Area Four.
We dined there the other night (patio-side, of course) and snapped a few shots of our favorite dishes. We really liked the place: part coffee shop, part bakery, part pizzeria, totally Kendall. As such: The guy sitting next to us, apparently (hopefully?) a doctor, who regaled a wide-eyed dining companion with tales of his operating-room exploits. He's not pictured. But the awesome pretzel nuggets are.