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Border Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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APPETIZERS‏‏‏
cajun popcorn
shrimp fried, spiced with cajun seasonings and served golden brown with our own bayou sauce.
blackened chicken fingers
using a time-honored cajun technique, boneless chicken tenders are marinated, spiced, seared on a cast-iron skillet and served with a cajun marmalade sauce.
camptown shrimp
shrimp steeped in a hearty new orleans style sauce and accented with modelo negra beer. reduced to a spicy, rich, brown sauce, it is then placed atop grilled ciabatta bread with an extra piece to dunk with.
crawfish ettouffee
crawfish tails sauteed with fresh vegetables, herbs, and seasoning combined to form a rich brown gravy over white rice.
by the cup
by the bowl
house specialty
louisiana gumbo, chicken and sausage
guacamole
our own guacamole made from scratch with whole avocados, tomato, onion, cilantro, and seasoned as in old mexico.
pastelitos
flaky pastries filled with a chicken-cilantro mix. made in-house and served with a chimi verde sauce.
chorizo mexicana
authentic mexican chorizo, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms baked with bubbling poblano jack cheese. served with fresh, warm flour tortillas.
chorizo flambado
homemade cajun sausage baked with green chilis, tomatoes, and monterey jack cheese. served with fresh, warm flour tortillas.
chili con queso
dip our‏‏ crisp, fresh-made corn tortilla chips in this hot, spicy cheese dip and you’re hooked.
SALAD
herb vinaigrette
honey mustard
ranch bleu cheese
balsamic vinaigrette
mesquite grilled salmon salad
mesquite wood fired, lime-soy glazed, fresh salmon fillet, over field greens with a citrus vinaigrette. jose recommends, “try the salmon blackened”.
herb vinaigrette
honey mustard
ranch bleu cheese
balsamic vinaigrette
shrimp and crawfish caesar salad
the traditional caesar salad with a cajun twist! we top our caesar with sautéed gulf shrimp and louisiana crawfish.
herb vinaigrette
honey mustard
ranch bleu cheese
balsamic vinaigrette
caesar salad
the traditional caesar salad. crisp romaine tossed with caesar dressing, croutons, and parmesan cheese. with mesquite grilled or blackened chicken. anchovies available upon request.
herb vinaigrette
honey mustard
ranch bleu cheese
balsamic vinaigrette
blackened salmon caesar
fresh salmon fillet seared with traditional cajun spices. served over our classic caesar salad. anchovies available upon request.
herb vinaigrette
honey mustard
ranch bleu cheese
balsamic vinaigrette
house salad
fresh lettuce mix with diced tomatoes, smokey bacon, croutons, and two cheeses.
herb vinaigrette
honey mustard
ranch bleu cheese
balsamic vinaigrette
route 66 chop salad
mesquite grilled chicken tossed with iceberg lettuce, red onions, a corn and black bean relish, fresh red peppers, monterey jack cheese, diced avocado, crispy tortilla strips, and our kickin’ chipotle lime sauce.
herb vinaigrette
honey mustard
ranch bleu cheese
balsamic vinaigrette
mesquite grilled fajita salad
marinated chicken or beef, mesquite grilled and placed on top of crisp lettuce with diced tomatoes, shredded cheese and sauteed onions.
herb vinaigrette
honey mustard
ranch bleu cheese
balsamic vinaigrette
steak and bleu cheese salad
we toss‏‏ our greens with crumbled bleu cheese, mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, and red peppers, then top it off with mesquite grilled steak. a texas taste combination.
herb vinaigrette
honey mustard
ranch bleu cheese
balsamic vinaigrette
tostada-grande
our special chicken or pulled beef with black beans, cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, red onions, mushrooms, and peppers piled into a crispy tortilla shell.
CAJUN FAVORITES‏‏‏
fresh fish served daily
blackened salmon
cajun spiced‏‏‏ fresh salmon fillet, blackened on a cast iron skillet. served with mixed field greens and jose's rice. perfection on a plate.
blackened swordfish
fresh swordfish steaks dipped in lip searing cajun spices and cooked on a blackening skillet. served with mixed field greens, jose's rice and mango salsa.
chicken and chorizo etouffee
sauteed chicken and spicy chorizo in a classic cajun ettouffee sauce with sweet onions, red peppers, ripe tomatoes, and fresh mushrooms. served over white rice.
crawfish etouffee
crawfish tails sauteed with fresh vegetables, herbs, and seasoning simmered in a rich brown sauce. served over white rice.
filet mignon jim bowie style
jim bowie loved exquisite food and fine wine. jose proudly presents jim's personal new orleans favorite. seared medallions of beef tenderloin, cooked medium, covered with a secret cream sauce with shrimp and fresh herbs.
the following cajun favorites are served with your choice of black beans and jose's rice or jambalaya
french quarter chicken
a sauteed breast of fresh chicken embraced by a tangy lemon pepper sauce.
eggplant royale
a bubbling-hot blend of cheeses, lump crabmeat and cajun spices, served over a delicately fried eggplant. this is a creole family tradition as served on “royale” street in new orleans' french quarter”.
gulf coast seafood enchiladas
fresh flour tortillas stuffed with sauteed shrimp, crawfish and melted poblano jack cheese. covered with a cajun spiced three cheese and lump crabmeat sauce.
MESQITE GRILLED
mesquite swordfish
fresh swordfish steaks grilled over a mesquite fire, glazed with jalapeno butter. served with mixed field greens, jose's rice and mango salsa.
chicken bandera
a mesquite‏‏‏ grilled chicken breast seared with a kicked-up chipotle lime glaze. served with grilled avocado, mango salsa and crispy shoestring fries.
cajun burger
our mesquite broiled hamburger rubbed in cajun spices, covered with poblano jack cheese, and crisp cajun onion strings. served with our bayou sauce and a heaping portion of crispy shoestring fries.
mexican burger
our mesquite broiled hamburger topped with shredded chesses, sauteed fajita onions, and guacamole. served with pico de gallo and a heaping portion of crispy shoestring fries.
mesquite grilled hamburger
made from fresh ground chuck. served with shredded lettuce, tomato, a slice of red onion, and a heaping portion of crispy shoestring fries.
all of our grilled foods are cooked over a live fire built daily from mesquite logs imported from texas.
MEXICAN SPECIALTIES‏‏‏
gaucho chicken
tender, marinated chicken breast, grilled over a mesquite wood fire with blackened tomato, and a chimi verde sauce with fresh herbs, served with crispy shoestring fries.
salmon san sebastian
mesquite grilled, 10 ounce salmon fillet. served with mixed field greens, jose's rice and chimi verde sauce with fresh herbs.
chicken guadalajara
a boneless‏‏‏ marinated chicken breast filled with authentic chorizo, red peppers and spinach, roasted with poblano jack cheese, served with jose's rice.
chimichurri steak
authentic argentinean style flank steak grilled over mesquite wood, cooked medium, sliced and served with a choice of our fresh herb chimi verde sauce or a robust chimichurri sauce, served with white rice and black beans.
swordfish tacos veracruz
fresh swordfish blackened on a cast iron skillet, served in fresh flour tortillas with chipotle cole slaw, pico de gallo and mango salsa. accompanied with fresh field greens and a mesquite grilled avocado.
the following mexican specialties are served with your choice of, black beans and jose's rice or jambalaya.
made from scratch guacamole
sour cream
burros
you choose from our seasoned pulled beef or tender marinated chicken and we'll stuff it into a large, fresh flour tortilla, add plenty of cheese and bake it in homemade enchilada sauce.
made from scratch guacamole
sour cream
soft tacos
two fresh flour tortillas stuffed with your choice of pulled beef or marinated chicken and pico de gallo.
stuffed with cheese and diced green chilis
stuffed with jose's special pulled beef
stuffed with tender marinated chicken
made from scratch guacamole
sour cream
enchiladas
stuffed corn tortillas baked in cheese and homemade enchilada sauce. ole!
made from scratch guacamole
sour cream
taco and enchilada
combine any of our pulled beef, marinated chicken or cheese enchilada with a pulled beef or marinated chicken taco.
FAJITAS
all of our fajitas are served with your choice of, black beans and jose's rice or jambalaya
made from scratch guacamole
beef fajitas
tender skirt steak marinated in a secret blend of spices, grilled over mesquite wood and served sizzling hot.
half and half fajitas
fajitas for two
made from scratch guacamole
chicken fajitas
marinated chicken breast grilled over mesquite wood and served sizzling hot.
made from scratch guacamole
blackened chicken fajitas
tender marinated chicken breast, blackened on the outside, spicy and juicy on the inside.
made from scratch guacamole
blackened catfish fajita
our fresh blackened catfish served line dancing under a fresh mango salsa.
made from scratch guacamole
vegetable fajita
a medley of vegetables tossed with seasonings, sauteed and served fajita style with black beans and white rice.
made from scratch guacamole
rio grande
boneless breast‏‏‏ of blackened chicken and your choice of tender marinated beef or chicken fajitas grilled over mesquite logs.
tender marinated beef
chicken fajitas grilled
made from scratch guacamole
el pueblo
succulent louisiana gulf shrimp and your choice of marinated beef or chicken fajitas slowly grilled over mesquite logs to celebrate the big boss's favorite taste combination.
VEGETARIAN‏‏‏
vegetable quesadilla
lightly grilled fresh vegetables medley in a steaming cheese quesadilla.
guacamole
our own guacamole made from scratch with whole avocados, tomato, onion, cilantro, and seasoned as in old mexico.
black bean tostada grande
we fill a crisp, flour tortilla shell with lettuce, black beans, cheeses, and diced tomatoes. garnished with mushrooms, peppers, red onions and guacamole. a meal in itself.
caesar salad
the traditional caesar salad. crisp romaine lettuce tossed with caesar dressing, croutons and parmesan cheese (dressing contains anchovies) .
vegetable fajitas
a medley of fresh vegetables tossed with seasonings, sauteed and served with black beans and white rice.
corn and black bean empanadas
four flaky handmade pastries stuffed with seasoned corn, black beans, peppers, fresh cilantro, and monterey jack cheese. served with roasted red pepper sauce, black beans and white rice.
bean burro
a large, fresh flour tortilla stuffed with plenty of black beans baked in our homemade ranchero sauce. served with black beans and white rice.
cheese enchiladas
corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and green chilis, covered with our homemade ranchero sauce and baked until piping hot. served with black beans and white rice.
vegetable jambalaya
straight from jose's garden! a medley of fresh vegetables and rice, lightly tossed in our spicy ranchero sauce. a vegetarian's delight!
eggplant st. charles
delicately fried eggplant topped with a blend of bubbling cheeses and cajun spices
KIDS
12 and under please
all kid's meals include, soft drink, milk or juice. french fries m and m's or skittles
soft drink
milk
juice
french fries m and m's
skittles
hamburger
soft drink
milk
juice
french fries m and m's
skittles
hamburger
soft drink
milk
juice
french fries m and m's
skittles
cheese quesadilla
soft drink
milk
juice
french fries m and m's
skittles
chicken quesadilla
soft drink
milk
juice
french fries m and m's
skittles
chicken taco
soft drink
milk
juice
french fries m and m's
skittles
chicken fingers
soft drink
milk
juice
french fries m and m's
skittles
chicken fajita
PRICE RANGE
US$20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Cajun & Creole
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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All reviews fajitas chips and salsa catfish margarita's eggplant rice salad steak bread tex mex harvard square great mexican food big portions fun atmosphere love this place fast service boston area
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Inexpensive, fast service, bottomless basket of tortilla chips and salsa - and good margarita's (though a little too sweet for my taste). They have some cajun dishes such as jambalaya and blackened catfish. I always good for the catfish, though last time it was a...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank ebsomerville
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After searching for the best cheap eats in the Boston area, this gem popped up, and it certainly did not disappoint. The lighting is great, the water glasses are huge, and the fajitas were sizzling. Definitely on my return to list.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank SummerofPtr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Place was packed with 20 something adults. Service was fast and accurate. Food was good, portions were fine and pricing was spot on.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mcstephen66
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Out for a business trip to Harvard. Ended up in Border Cafe on a Monday night. The restaurant was pretty occupied and put me in ‘the basement’. Service was good en rapid. Can recommend the fajitas.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank niklosz
Reviewed January 6, 2019

This was good food but truly just average. Service was great and we didn't wait long for our entrees. The salsa was very watery and was impossible to get any tomatoes on the chips, just liquid. I was hoping for a more authentic Mexican restaurant...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank lifeisgoodincanada
Reviewed January 2, 2019

We used to live in Harvard Square so when we get a chance to return, we stop at the Border. The service is quick and friendly and the chips are hot and tasty. We were on a bit of a budget but we able to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sylviamG5038LE
Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

Very friendly bar staff. Very tasty food. Great value for money. Highly recommend. Fast service and great cocktails.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank FayeMcG7
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

This is a fab place. Before you order your dishes make sure that you taste the delicious chips. I tried the chicken breast( forgot the special name) with french fries and avacado. It was healthy and yummy.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 923tolgaa
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

This place draws you back with a craving for Border Cafe if you have been away too long. Family, friends, or couples - any occasion can be celebrated here. The fajitas are a specialty and the margaritas are truly excellent. Fresh hot chips and good...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank fred200099
Reviewed October 23, 2018

This is a great place to eat, drink, and hang out. Delicious food, tasty sangria and chips, and a fun atmosphere. If I lived near Harvard Square I would eat at Border Cafe frequently!

Date of visit: October 2018
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Response from niklosz | Reviewed this property |
Just accross street I think there is a payed parking.
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Hi. All of the answers from previous reviewers I read regarding getting a gift certificate are the ones I would have suggested. They are very accommodating and I'm sure a quick phone call will get the result you want.
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Have you tried calling the restaurant directly? Or looking online?
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