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Metro West Dining help needed!

hank May 22, 2002 11:14 PM

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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    dave Jun 4, 2002 03:40 PM

    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.

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      Allyoop May 23, 2002 11:01 PM

      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
        Bosco May 31, 2002 02:30 PM

        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.

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          Alan H May 31, 2002 03:09 PM

          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.

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        dchase May 23, 2002 08:39 PM

        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
          K May 24, 2002 07:33 AM

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

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          K May 23, 2002 01:22 PM

          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!!

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            mike May 23, 2002 12:01 PM

            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

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              jennifer May 23, 2002 10:59 AM

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

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                Alan H May 23, 2002 08:42 AM

                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
                  hank May 23, 2002 09:58 AM

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

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