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Tom Can Cook and Lizzy's (long)

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I posted last week about restaurants in Waltham for a pre-Lizzy's dinner. Originally I made reservations at Tuscan Grill, but then changed my mind. I got mixed reviews about it here, and a friend of mine was recently in Waltham and enjoyed his meal at Tom Can Cook on Moody St. We were in the mood for Asian, so that's where we ended up.

The restaurant itself was clean and comfortable--nothing fancy. Service was friendly and prompt. We ordered Tom's Platter for our app--crispy spring rolls, crispy vegetable triangles, fried shrimp shumai, and...I can't remember the last thing. It was fine, nothing spectacular. For our meal we split a chicken curry dish and pineapple fried rice. We were very happy with both. I'm not an expert on Asian food, but I'd describe these dishes as Thai. (The menu has selections from various Asian cuisines, but these were from the Tom's Specials and Rice sections.) The curry was very similar to massaman curry dishes I've had elsewhere. The fried rice was excellent paired with the curry, and had loads of chicken, shrimp, veggies, and of course, pineapple. The bill with 20% tip was $36.

Afterwards we went across the street to Lizzy's for some ice cream. This place is definitely popular. It looked like we got there just before a movie let out, because right after we sat down with our cones, we looked up and there was a line out the door. I sampled the grapenut ice cream first, simply because it's one of my favorites. It was very good, but not as good as Toscanini's version. In the end, I settled on a sugar cone with scoops of chocolate (my litmus) and one that sounded intriguing: mocha lace. Mocha lace is mocha ice cream with bits of caramelized sugar that have been dipped in chocolate. My gf got mint oreo.

Portions were more than generous, which I like in an ice cream shop. And the selection there is very interesting--lots of cool flavors that I've never seen anywhere else. But this was not the best ice cream I've ever had. I'm cringing as I write this because I know people love this place, and I think someone even posted earlier about how great it is. But after all the raves, I was expecting to be transported. The chocolate was just okay, in my opinion. And the mocha lace was good, but I probably wouldn't get it again. I don't know--the ice cream itself just didn't have much flavor to it, in the chocolate and the mocha. My gf thought it was probably as good as say, Christina's, and I agree. And that is definitely not a bad thing. But in that case, I'll just go there because it's closer to me. It was good, not outstanding. Outstanding is Erikson's Dairy in Maynard. I haven't found better ice cream, especially chocolate.

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