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  • wonderwoman Jan 19, 2006 07:11 PM
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We are moving to Lexington and I am wondering if there are any good places to eat there. We are quite accustomed to interesting city food...

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  1. A great Indian place right on Mass.Ave called Khushboo. Excellent dosas.

    1. I've been away for a long time so can't get too specific on what's there now, but 2 recommendations -

      1) L'alouette on Bedford St. (Rt 4/225) is an outstanding chacouterie and sells the best rotisserie chicken in Eastern MA - great for take-out.

      2) A short drive into Waltham and Moody St. will take you to many, many dining spots - some excellent and some mediocre. They have been reviewed ad nauseum here, but in any case, it's a great place to see a whole bunch of options - Mexican, Tuscan, BBQ, Indian, Thai, et al... Stay away from Margarita's, Iguana Cantina...

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      1. re: applehome

        Apart from the charcuterie, cheeses and chicken, L'Alouette also have excellent baguettes and lots of prepared dishes.

        1. re: applehome

          L'Alouette has been replaced by La Riviera, which is even better. They have an excellent selection of prepared foods, pastries, salads, etc. They also have lunch specials to go. The menu changes frequently.

        2. A couple of weeks ago we had dinner with Lexington friends at Lexx, right in the center of town. While it certainly isn't a knock-your-socks off type of place, we were pleasantly surprised at both food and service. I had salmon filet, served over lentils, with mashed potatoes - the salmon was perfectly cooked, and while I might have preferred the potatoes to be a little less pureed, their flavor was good. The two men in the group both ordered the pork osso bucco and seemed to enjoy it - the portion was large -- enough for leftovers. It may have been because we were with people who frequent the place regularly, but service was excellent, and there was no problem making substitutions for the sides. Although we probably wouldn't go out of our way to go there, I have a commitment in Lexington Saturday afternoon, and Lexx is a convenient place for us to meet up with friends from the north shore, so we're planning to go again.

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          1. re: phoebek

            AVOID LEXX!!!! Service was practically non-existant. No water refills, no ketchup for our appetizer fries, no offer of another beer, attitude from the waiter when we spoke up, 20 minute wait for the check. This was on a weeknight with a party of 4. Food was OK, but that kind of service is ridiculous. I will never return and I've told my experience to anyone who will listen.

          2. Lexington doesn't have the greatest restaurant scene, so I'd recommend (as a previous poster did), going down to Moody Street in Waltham, which is only a few minutes away. Or head southeast toward Arlington, just over the border, where you'll also find a lot of good restaurants (Viets Cafe, Thai Moon, Sweet Chilis, Olivio, Prose, Punjab, Olive Branch, Zocalo Cucina Mexicana, Flora, Sala Thai, and Scutra are all good choices).

            1. Welcome to Lexington!

              As mentioned below, Kushboo has great Indian. Another great Indian place (mostly takeout, but I believe they have seats) is Bollywood Cafe on Mass Ave towards Arlington.

              I would avoid the Chinese places in the center at all costs; try takeout from Changhai at Lowell and Woburn Streets instead, they're the best Chinese I've ever had, and the owner Cathy is so sweet.

              I've found that Lexington House of Pizza (across the street from Changhai) is the best of the Greek-style pizza in town. There is also an Upper Crust in the center.

              I haven't been to Via Lago in the center recently (used to go all the time in high school, before they added their seating area), but their quality is always good, although they are expensive. They offer premade items to take home, including fresh pasta, and also a small sit-down menu.

              And Royal Pastry at Waltham St and Marrett Rd is almost as good as the North End, without the travel time.

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              1. re: Pamalamb

                i think i am going to take exception with your dis of yang tze river. i have been there quite a few times and they do a crispy beef thing (yang tze river beef?) that is absolutely addictive. and i love their pork with cabbage and dried bean curd.

                the place is showing it's age but it still has a good draw with the local asian community.

              2. I'll second the Arlington and Waltham suggestions, and add Bedford. Dalya's serves an elegant dinner, out 4&225 past Bedford Center. Make reservations. Also, facing each other on the way into Marshall's & the post office are Café Luigi and a very nice Thai place whose name escapes me.

                For takeout, the salad bar and the hot buffet at Whole Foods, next to Marshalls, are also very handy.

                Thai in Lex. Center is across from Khushboo, called Lemon Grass.

                1. I agree with those who suggest looking beyond Lexington for interesting and high quality food. Outside of Cambridge, Arlington has the most diverse and tastiest restaurants of any of the surrounding towns and cities including Watertown and Waltham. My highest recommendation goes to Punjab on Mass Ave in Arlington. I've eaten there on a near weekly basis for 3 1/2 years and always had excellent food. Their new location is bigger and beautiful with a full bar and the food is just as good although I haven't yet tried their expanded dessert menu. I did try one of the new $8 cocktails, which sounded tasty, but was far too sweet. Service is a bit slower at the new location, but I suspect it will speed up as the waiters get in shape from running back and forth to the distant kitchen. Although I haven't tried Flora or Scutra (a little out of my regular price range), I've heard good things about both. Za, another regular favorite, has delicious pizzas, salads, and desserts, pleasant ambiance and friendly service. Prose is a favorite for special occasions. I ate there on my birthday just recently and the food was delicious and interesting as usual. The chef/owner uses seasonal ingredients in creative ways and the menu changes nightly. Thai Moon has the best Thai food in Arlington hands down (people who prefer Sweet Chili are just wrong). The menu has many delicious fish dishes and the co-owner/waiter/maître d' will be happy to recommend his favorites prepared by his wife/co-owner/chef. Another regular Arlington favorite is Zocalo Cocina Mexicana on Broadway for Mexican, including freshly prepared guacamole, and Toraya on Mass Ave for fresh sushi. I’ve three times at Himalayan Spice, which recently opened up in East Arlington. The food is great and like none I’ve eaten before. Finally, Sweet Sue’s, a cozy bakery café on Mass Ave, has delicious baked goods including waffles, pancakes and egg dishes on Saturday mornings. She’s not open on Sundays in order to spend time with her family, which only makes me like her more.

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                  1. re: little_otis

                    Where on Mass Ave is Sweet Sue's? Is it new? Are they ever open at night (ie, past 8?)?

                    1. re: CookingGirl

                      I'm pretty sure it's just open during the day--breakfast/lunch, and then in the late afternoon (probably 'til 6, maybe).

                      1. re: CookingGirl

                        It's in the block just west of Mill St on the north side of Mass Ave. It's been there a year or so, I think. I've never eaten there but drive past for work and a client knows the owner.

                      2. re: little_otis

                        The new Nepali/Indian restaurant in East Arlington is actually Kathmandu Spice. You might have confused it with Himalayan Bistro in West Roxbury, also Nepali/Indian. Either way, you're right - it's terrific. And the lunch buffet is excellent.

                      3. I used to work in the area years ago so these things may have changed..

                        On 4/225 in bedford we used to really like the Bedford house of beef. very good chicken kabob subs, roast beef, fried seafood.

                        Also on 4/225 in lexington next to busas, there is a place called gourmet kitchen or something like that. I think i read that this has changed ownership since i remember it? Was famous in our offices for their "turkey terific" sandwhich as well as their other turkey entrees and daily roasts. Line out the door at lunch every day.

                        I like the japanese place behind peking garden, sorry forget the name. ( i cant attest for the sushi but the other items have been good)

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                        1. re: hargau

                          The japanese/korean place behind peking garden is Dabin. A little expensive for what you get, but both the sushi and korean food are pretty good.

                          Avoid Peking Garden! It's horrible. Yangtze River is mediocre -- quite americanized chinese food, OK weekend buffet (food not great but price is good).

                          1. re: hargau

                            Gourmet Kitchen did change owners and is not at all like you remember. My husband's turkey sandwich was mostly inedible due to the gristle and other unchewable pieces of meat.

                            I went to GK before the ownership change and it was really good. Not so now.

                            1. re: three of us

                              What a shame....

                          2. HI

                            Winchester is also a short drive from Lexington so I would also reccommend Catch Restaurant too. Excellent seafood in a nice atmosphere with great service. Prices are a bit on the high side but for a special occassion you can't beat it for suburb dining.

                            1. Not lexington but Thai Moon in Arlington is great...

                              1. John Brewer's Tavern in Waltham is ok pub food. Grassfield's in Waltham on the Lexington border reasonably priced and acceptable American food--not the place to go for fancy sauces.

                                1. Max Stein's, top dollar steak house with very deep excellent wine list. Possibly overpriced (thuogh excellent) foodwise, but good value on high end wine.

                                  1. Lexington - it's a nice place to live but I wouldn't want to eat there.

                                    1. Definite votes for Scutra in Arlington or Dalya's in Bedford. Definitely stay away from Lexx in Lexington or Flora in Arlington, both are over-priced and underwhelm.

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                                      1. re: InNOutBurger

                                        Funny, we've had some opposite experiences--awful lunch at Dalya's and a couple of very good dinners at Lexx.

                                        We like Scutra, too.

                                        1. re: InNOutBurger

                                          I've never had a bad meal at Flora. We love that place.

                                        2. I really like Kushboo too! I don't know if its the most authentic (although I should since I'm Indian) but I always enjoy the food there. I mostly get take out when I'm at the in-laws in Lexington. Great breads and basmati rice- foundations for a good Indian restaurant. I also like the dosas.

                                          My other favorite in Lexington is Neilio's for sandwiches. Love the Gobbler or whatever they call there Thanksgiving sandwich and the Italian sandwich is great too.
                                          There's a Rancatore's in the center for ice cream and an Upper Crust (the pizza place CH's LOVE to hate)

                                          My in-laws like Lexx but ml is notorious for loving very plain food. They rarely venture into Boston so I'm not sure what they are comparing it too. Haven't tried it myself.

                                          1. In Bedford, there's Flatbread for really good thin-crust pizza. Very kid-friendly, so go later around 8pm if you're not into that.

                                            1. Max Steins is a great choice in Lexington (it is the old Hartwell house.) They have a new bar menu and the meatloaf sliders are fantstic (and half price 3pm to 6pm!) The bar at Max Steins is great for a nice glass of wine and some apps,the dinning room is a bit more formal and I have never been let down by the steaks. I work right down the street and get take out for lunch all the time too (they will do it if you ask nicely!)

                                              1. Drive 15 minutes in to Watham, cant beat the restaurants or the bars.