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Dinner near Somerville Theatre

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Kbee Sep 12, 2006 09:38 PM

Venturing over there Sunday night. Anyplace nearby worth checking out for dinner? Gargoyle's is the only thing that comes to mind at the moment.

  1. finlero Sep 12, 2006 10:19 PM

    Sabur is a 10 minute walk up the street in Teele Sq, offering an interesting Balkan menu. One notch down in price/feel from Gargoyle's, but quite good food, nice atmosphere, and a pleasant, slightly unusual experience overall.

    Tu y Yo is also a 10 minute walk into Powderhouse Circle. Refined Mexican food in a fun, if sometimes deafeningly loud atmosphere.

    Both are fun for brunch too!

    1. enhF94 Sep 13, 2006 12:19 AM

      I was going to suggest both of those as well. Sabur's a hidden gem!

      1. a l i c e Sep 13, 2006 12:57 AM

        The one time I ate at Sabur, we were not wowed. In fact, everything we seemed to order that night was pretty ordinary (hummus, olives), oversalted (shrimp wrapped in grape leaves, IIRC), or greasy (beef burek). In Teele Sq., I prefer House of Tibet right across the street, Namaskar (best Indian in Boston in my opinion) or Gargoyles (eat at the bar) in Davis. If you are looking for simple but honest pub grub, we like PJ Ryan's (delicious hand-cut fries), also in Teele Sq.

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          gini Sep 13, 2006 12:29 PM

          I concur. I liked Sabur when it first opened, but the last time I was there I was also not wowed. HTK, Namaskar, Gargoyle's and PJ's are solid recs. If you feel the need for pasta, Amelia's in Teele is good in a pinch. There's also Qingdao Garden for Northern Chinese & Bangalore Cafe on Mass Ave (~7 min walk) if you feel the need.

          1. re: a l i c e
            Sal Monella Sep 13, 2006 03:32 PM

            I agree with a l i c e. The last time we went to Sabur was horrible. I got a risotto with vegetables that was swimming in liquid. I couldn't even eat it. I thought of sending this back and saying something to the manager but I decided that it won't matter. We wouldn't ever go back so we chalked it up as a lesson learned. BTW, previous visits were just ok. There are so many other better places in and around Davis Sq. Try Rudy's one block up.

          2. hiddenboston Sep 13, 2006 12:42 PM

            How about Cafe Barada on Mass. Ave.? They have excellent Lebanese/Syrian food, and the owner is about as nice a person as you will meet.

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              Aromatherapy Sep 13, 2006 02:44 PM

              Bangladeshi food at Bengal Cafe, Mass. Ave. at Day St.

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              BBHound Sep 13, 2006 03:09 PM

              I was not impressed with Sabur.

              Right next door to Gargoyles is Out of the Blue, a really good seafood restaurant with an Italian tilt. Have eaten there several times and each meal has been very good.

              www.outofthebluerestaurant.com

              1. peregrine Sep 13, 2006 03:28 PM

                Good Indian at Namaskar; Tibetan at Martsa, across the street from Namaskar.

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                  kewpie Sep 14, 2006 06:30 PM

                  second Out of the Blue fresh fish and good service dont know if they open on sundays tuna steak has always been a hit Sabur is hit or miss IMHO

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                    mollyditty Nov 6, 2006 02:34 AM

                    Martsa is a wondeerful little place! The few times i have gone have been warm, welcoming, and tasty (everything so far....) experiences. little note, they dont sell any wine/beer, and they dont do byo (at lease this was the case i last went, beginning of summer....things change).
                    enjoy!

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                      fenian Nov 6, 2006 02:54 AM

                      I second Tu y Yo and Namaskar.

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                        Redhohoho Nov 6, 2006 01:01 PM

                        Out the Blue is great and so are the owners... they are very accomodating. Tu Y Yo is also very good but as the sign says "they don't make burrito's"... Thai Moon in Arlington is also a winner!

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