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Good restaurants in Framingham/Natick?

Sharon May 12, 2001 07:45 AM

I am looking for at least one restaurant in the MetroWest area where I can bring my parents when they visit. Someplace where the servings are large enough for an adult! (No Mexican, or Asian cuisine, but Indian or conventional "American" is fine!)


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    Kitty RE: Sharon May 13, 2001 12:28 AM

    A long-time family favorite is La Cantina in Framimgham. It is a family-run Italian restaurant which has been there for at least over 30 years (my lifetime!) The servings are generous and the entrees are reasonably priced. In fact, I went there for dinner tonite and there was a line out the door by 7pm. There's a good reason for its popularity - great food!

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      Steve O. RE: Kitty May 15, 2001 09:46 PM

      I'll second that on La Cantina. It's your classic red and white checkered tablecloth/redsauce Italian but if that's what mood you're in, nothing beats it.

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      Joanie RE: Sharon May 14, 2001 08:10 AM

      That's not really my area, but the one time I ate at Go Fish, I thought it was pretty nice. Pleasant room, reasonably priced. Of course, liking fish would be a good thing. The Rat Pack had an interesting menu of "new American" dishes, more expensive tho.


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        DoroG RE: Sharon May 16, 2001 03:14 PM

        You might want to check out the 'Dolphin' in Natick. They have good fish and sea food and it has more pleasant 'decor' than its sister restaurant in Cambridge.

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          Kitty RE: Sharon May 17, 2001 09:15 AM

          Another thought - Naked Fish in Natick (same location as the old Ground Round - there's also another one in Westboro) is a decent restaurant with a fun Latin theme (Cuban drinks, salsa music). Grilled fish was very good, but the mojitos left a little to be desired (they were made with ginger ale - huh??). But for the suburbs, it is something a little different with a lively atmosphere.

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            josie RE: Sharon Jul 10, 2001 10:55 PM


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              Alan H RE: josie Jul 11, 2001 07:17 PM

              Oh come on!
              There's Hiro Sushi on Rt 135 in Natick, which is great authentic Japanese (full menu) and sushi.
              Dah Mee on Washington St in Natick does a good job with Korean.
              Go Fish on Rt 9, also in Natick is a truly wonderful seafood restaurant-- no need to ever go to Legal or Naked Fish with this place right here.
              Joan and Ed's is a pretty good deli.
              Cafe Bela in downtown Framingham is a very casual, but unique and delicious Brazilian place.
              Tennessee's BBQ is pretty good, and Gold Star is a fine Indian establishment. For Chinese, Imperial China is good.

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