Need restaurant recommendations in the Natick/Framingham area
- Gabe Handel
I'm currently exploring the restaurant landscape in Natick and Framingham, and I'm looking for any hounds' advice.
So far, I gave Hiro Sushi on Rt.135 a go, and found the chirashi sushi to be exceptionally good and a reasonable bargain at $15. Everything else on the wide-ranging menu looked good, but also pricier than elsewhere. I also tried Gold Star (Indian -- in the unlikeliest of strip malls behind Shoppers' World), and it was excellent. And a place called Dah-Mee in Natick Center, which is pan-Asian noodle/sushi house. The soups were quite good, and the sushi was decent.
Next up, I'd like to find some decent Chinese food. Other general restaurant notes and suggestions would also be appreciated. Thanks!
For chinese - Lotus Flower 341 Cochituate Rd its in a little strip mall, the one near burger king. Also has Tennesse's BBQ in it, which is also good.
Other area suggestions
Joan & Ed's deli in Sherwood Plaza (across from Natick Mall)
La Cantina in Framingham for Italian 911 Waverly St. (website at http://www.golacantina.com/)
Good choices so far Gabe.
For Chinese I would certainly recommend Lotus Flower, as the previous poster did (it is the sister rest. to Chang-Shao in Cambridge and Lotus Blossom in Sudbury).
Imperial China, on Rt 9, just West of rt. 126, is fine too.
BBQ- try Tennessee's-- not great, but not bad either. There is also Firefly's in Marlboro.
As for La Cantina-- avoid like the plague. I have been there, and other than the low prices, there's not much else to recommend this place.
For down and dirty wings and beer, there's the Chicken Bone Saloon on rt. 135 in Framingham.
More upscale, there is Figs and also Blue Ginger in Wellesley.
I agree that Joan and Ed's is a decent deli, but I'd drive the 15 minutes to Waban for Barry's.
Cafe Bela in Framingham Center is good Brazilian, seved cafeteria style and priced by the pound.
There's no shortage of seafood out here-- Blue Dolphin, Go Fish, Wright's Seafood, Legal (no comment), and Naked Fish (also , no comment).
Desmond O'Malley's is a great Irish bar, and the restaurant is decent too, but don't go in expecting to find an Irish menu, there's influences from Mexico, Asia, and Europe in their selections.
re: Gabe Handel
Actually, Casey's is on South Avenue, accessible from Routes 27 and 135 (behind the fire station and St. Patrick's church). I recommend eating inside to soak in the local color and ambiance (There are no more than 12 stools and some standing room). The dogs are the big attraction...I think they sell something in the neighborhood of 500-600 a day. I prefer mine "all around" mustard-relish-onion. But the hamburgers are also excellent (try a cheese pepperburger featuring grilled green peppers). If you want your onions grilled for your burger ask for "onions in". They are open weekdays from 11:30-8. Saturdays from 11:30 til 2 or 2:30. There is also a small selection of other sandwiches (BLT, Grilled cheese, chopped ham and pickle, etc.). The pies can also be quite good. They do NOT have sauerkraut or chili for the dogs, nor do they have french fries.
I would agree with most of Allen's picks. He must of hit La Cantina on a off night, it's really not that bad. I do prefer the Union House, also on 135, for Antipasto and Pizza. Right next door is the Waverly Market, that has a great selection of Italian cold cuts. There sandwiches are much better than you average sub shop variety. A little past La Cantina going toward Ashland is TJ Market. The best Rotisserie Chickens in metro west. Continuing toward Ashland is the Cherry Blossom. By far the best Chinese restaurant in the area. There buffet, which use to be better than other restaurants menu food, is still very good. Much better than lotus Flower. Firefly is the place for BBQ. If you make it to Cafe Belo, don't miss the Chicken Hearts. Dolphin II is your best bet for seafood. Go Fish used to be good but I have been disappointed in my last two visits. The Aegian in Framingham for Middle Eastern. Acapulcos in Sudbury for Tex Mex. Let us know what you think.