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Metro West Dining help needed!

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Can anyone help me out here in Ashland? Is there anything resembling good dining out in this area that is not ethnic? I've been to plenty of good assorted Asian, Indian,or whatever places, as well as some decent Italian, but still cannot come up with anything French/Continental/American that is decent. Excepting Blue Ginger, of course. R Place was a disappointment, as was the Equinox Grill. Rat Pack is a joke. Red Clay was decent but closed. Sherborn Inn a yawn. Sure, I could head into Newton or Waltham, but I am hoping to find something a bit closer.

Any help?

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  1. Hey Hank,
    Haven't been in a while, but used to enjoy Finnerty's on Rt. 27 in Wayland, near the Natick line. Might not be exactly what you are looking for, but then again...

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    1. re: Alan H

      Went to Finnery's a few years back. Felt like the youngest person there. And I'm 44.

    2. How about Lumiere in West Newton? It's right off the Pike.

      1. I also live in Ashland. I feel your pain.With or without the kids. Within 30 minutes we like
        17 Summer, Maynard
        Romaines, Northboro,
        Sahara, Worcester
        Blue Ginger, Wellesley
        Hesa, westboro

        1. I feel your pain. I lived for many years in Milford, and the total absence of a decent upscale restaurant near home was one of the reasons I was not disappointed to leave!!

          1. Here's a hidden gem right in Ashland: the Oregon Club. The house it's in used to be a speakeasy. From the outside it doesn't look like much more than a run-down house (which, I guess, is what a speakeasy should look like). But the food is excellent. We haven't had a bad meal there yet.

            Link: http://www.oregonclub.com/club.htm

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            1. re: dchase

              WOW! Thanks for sharing that tip! I've never heard of the place. Must go soon!!!

            2. How about the Coach Grille in Wayland. Excellent atmosphere and food. Its an Abe & Louis establishment. I've never been disappointed the 3-4x I've been there. They also do a Sunday brunch.

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              1. re: Allyoop

                You should read the book Kitchen Confidential. After reading this book, you'll never eat brunch at any restaurant again. Brunch exists to move stale, leftover food that didn't get sold at the restaurant on Friday and Saturday. Worse, it sits in steam trays, boiling away all Sunday morning.

                I feel queasy already.

                1. re: Bosco

                  I assume this gross generalization refers to BUFFET brunches, and even then, not all of them, given the much greater volume of customers often seen on Sundays vs. Fridays and Saturdays.

              2. Perhaps the most interesting food in metro-west is at Aigo Bistro in Concord. Moncef Meddeb is a world-class chef (former owner and chef at L'Espalier in Boston) and is in the kitchen every night.