"I had to try and then review this place. It has either detractors or disciples with very little in between. The Other Side Cafe is quite literally the other side of Newbury street. Mass ave seems to split the chic and the cheap with the OSC(as I will now call it) on the cheaper side next to a futon place.
OSC has about 15 tables of all sorts outside with about 30 tables inside on 2 levels. My first impression is that this place belongs in Berkley California. Then again I like Berkley. I sat at the bar, which has another 8 stools. The tunes were a bit loud, but they were playing Queen, A night at The Opera. I had this album once back when I was hip(way back).
The problem was: I ordered my veggie Burrito and smoothie during the song "get down make love" and did not get served until "We are the champions", which is near the end of the album, sorry CD, sorry again MP3(at least I did not say 8 track). They seem a bit disorganized, but in a pleasant type of non confrontational way. Truth is, I had the time, and it was fun to watch.
The upside is: I hate to say this, but it was the best veggie chili of my not so young life...and the smoothie was very good as it was made with real fruit, not syrup like at most places. The place is original, and there are very few places like this anywhere.
To prove that I can be objective when I am not intolerant, I actually went 2 more times. It was the same great food, but with better service.
It was not the peak lunch period or perhaps with these guys, the stars were aligned or the moon was in Gemini.
Astrology aside, truly a noteworthy place"