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Restaurants with a taste for innovation

Lunch time in the Innovation District brings the unusual sight of diners at MC Spiedo picking rustic Italian dishes from rolling carts pushed by waiters in the service style of Cantonese dim sum. After work, the assembled crowds at Gather can pair a tasting flight of craft beers with char-grilled octopus or duck tacos with apple kimchee.

What you won’t see is a group sharing a Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhhouse, or baby back ribs at Chili’s. In Boston’s most rapidly evolving neighborhood, a creative, adventurous food scene is also fast emerging, in which restaurant owners feel compelled to be as singular and inventive as the young technology entrepreneurs who define the Innovation District.

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