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decent delivery options: Somerville/Medford/Tufts

My doctor has put me on bedrest for the remainder of my pregnancy.
Can those of you who dial up lunch and dinner in the Somerville/Medford/Tufts help me start a stockpile of takeout ideas from places that will deliver?

I'm making quick meals at home but not supposed to be on my feet for too long (and my skills aren't so good: takes me double time).

My old standby for delivery -- Urban Gourmet -- is off the list. I gave them one last chance 2 weeks ago. Took 75 minutes to get a meatball sub and the grilled chicken pasta, which arrived without any sauce.


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  1. Are you able to eat pizza? If so, Pinky's in Medford delivers to that neighborhood. Their pizza is pretty good, though not as good as Nick's on Boston Ave., in my opinion. Nick's should be able to deliver, too.

    1. Wangs Chinese and the Indian Resto in Union Square were my standbys when I lived in Somerville. I also liked Mr. B's for pizza.

      Does WuChon deliver?

      1. What an interesting challenge! Good luck with the bed rest.

        I second Wang's - you can even get ready-to-heat stuff to keep in the fridge!
        Some of the brazilian churrascurias up broadway deliver, too (I'm pretty sure MonteCristo on broadway does (617) 628-8458). It's not belo-style cafeteria, btw.
        The new Haitian place in Magoun Square delivers but I haven't tried it yet.
        As a ball-square-ish chowhound I bet you already know this, but Golden Jade is a big no-no. Yuck!
        SoundBites delivers breakfast and lunch, although I have trouble imagining any eggs tasting good after a trip in the car.

        Urban has been on the rocks recently, but I think they're making the hurdles now. I had the no-sauce problem for a while too. Although as you'll see from the link, I really want them to get back on track:

        1. Cafe Rossini (highland ave) delivers. Great pizza, sandwiches, salads and baked goods. Good soups in the cold weather too.

          1. I LOVE East Asia, esp their kung pao chicken which i have posted about before. I think they deliver, don't they? Right in Powderhouse Sq, around the corner from Urban Gourmet, I'm sure you are familiar with them. Some of their stuff is hit or miss, we got their veggie lo mein once and it wasn't so good, hardly any veggies and fairly flavorless. But...that kung pao chicken, or the garlic chicken..stock full o' veggies and a spicy sweet sauce, velvety chicken, can't get enough of it!Wish I loved closer. Good luck with the pregnancy...eat, eat eat!

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            1. re: twentyoystahs

              Definitely delivery. I don't think I've ever seen more than one table in East Asia occupied, and I can't say I'd want to eat in there either even though the food is pretty good and the people are very nice.

            2. The Paddock delivers, although I've never used them. I have had India Palace deliver and Wang's. Also Theo's delivers (greek style) pizza and good subs which I like. They are probably the speediest.

              I had no idea Soundbites delivers ... I can't imagine getting eggs bene brought to my door.

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              1. re: yumyum

                Well they also deliver from Soundbites Grille which means baba ganooj and falafel.

                1. re: gini

                  Coincidentally I am eating the middle eastern plate #1 from soundbites grille as I read.... very good hummus, good baba ganouj and okay falafal.

                  1. re: yumyum

                    Try the grilled chicken wrap with hummus and avacado, don't forget the fresh fruit bowl (usually comes with some mango and papaya).

                    They also have good burgers too.

              2. Pisa Pizza on Boston Ave has crepes along with good salads, pizza, and calzones. Espresso's on Boston Ave is pretty good too (white pizza, yum!).

                I think you could get thai from Tip Top Thai or maybe Thai Hut (depending which side you're on).

                Check out: http://www.tuftslife.com/dining for menus and ratings

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                1. re: MaineRed

                  But please don't get Thai from Thai Hut (the one on Beacon St.). Yuck.

                2. 1) East Asia
                  2) Soundbites Grill for meze plates
                  3) Tasty Gourmet for decent sandwiches and fries
                  4) Redbones for fried catfish, corn fritters and fried okra
                  5) Wing Works for completely disgusting in a down and out sorta way parmasean garlic chicken wings
                  6) Wang's for Chinese
                  7) Quindoa for Chinese depending on where you live

                  1. Yeah, East Asia is a good pick as well, and right nearby! It's probably quicker than Wangs because of the distance, and they're really nice. Although (and I cringe, saying this, because they are so nice) I do, uh, like Wang's better. Nonetheless, I do order EA from time to time and respect what they've got.

                    Speaking of which, for reasons passing understanding, Zoe's (yes!!!) is willing to deliver out here, although it takes a loooong time and sometimes you have to give directions (since it's so far from their neighborhood).

                    And I'm reminded that the hidden fro-yo gem, Cafe Kiraz, will also deliver out that far if you're willing to wait a while, and if you're willing to (probably) give directions to the driver on the way. Which may well be worth it for the freaky good combinations of fro-yo that they'll deliver. 617-868-2233 (119 Hampshire St. in Cambridge). They have sandwiches with actual vegetables! But I don't trust the pizza.

                    1. Totally forgot about the http://www.tuftslife.com/dining, used it all the time while I was in the 'ville. MIT and Harvard have similar sites, but I've found the Tufts one to be the most useful.

                      1. Try ordering from Marco's Pizza on Mass Ave. I don't have the number handy but you should be able to find it easily. They make very good subs, killer baked ziti, and okay pizza (if I remember correctly, I haven't had it in ages b/c I order other stuff). And they're friendly.

                        1. I haven't eaten there is a while but May's cafe delivers to that neighborhood and they used to be really good. If I remember correctly, they do deliver at lunchtime. They also had great prices.

                          1. hey everyone thanks for the good ideas for delivery! (and feel free to keep adding)...

                            Oddly, I'd never tried East Asian even though I've lived in this area for sometime, so I decided to take your recommendations and try them for dinner last night.

                            Based on previous recs, I ordered Chili Eggplant, Sechzuan Trio, and Fried Rice.
                            I loved the Sezchuan Trio: tangy sauce, vinegary, lots of chicken and pork and some beef and the veggies were very fresh. The rice was lite and decent. I wasn't a huge fan of the chili eggplant, but mostly because it was just overly sweet for my taste. I'm partial to that fiery eggplant dish from Shangri-La and I think I had that on my mind.

                            I'll definitely be up for trying other things from their menu.

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                            1. re: vanna f.k.a. babette

                              I know you said you're not supposed to be on your feet for too long, but have you thought about going to Union Square's Capone Foods and picking up some of their fresh pasta and sauce or heat-and-serve entrees?


                              Their Mushroom Napoleon (2 lbs. for $11.75????) or Argentine Empanadas would be a great dinner, along with their fresh pasta. Along those lines, Dave's Fresh Pasta in Davis Square would also be a good choice to stock your freezer or have something picked up on the way home. Just another idea that's not delivery with potential delays.

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                Capones' will deliver! Especially for a pregnant woman. They were happy to stop by my house when I wasn't well. Just ask.

                              2. re: vanna f.k.a. babette

                                Re East Asia: order the kung pao chicken, it's really delicious. Velvety tender pieces of chicken breasts with tons of fresh vegetables, including mushrooms, onions, red and green peppers, water chestnuts....mmmmm. The sauce is a delicious blend of sweet and spicy. Really really good. Probably my most favorite takeout dish in all of Boston.

                                1. re: twentyoystahs

                                  Ditto on the kung pao. Most of the other options at East Asia, unfortunately, are mediocre to good, but the kung pao is pretty great.

                                  1. re: DoubleMan

                                    Yeah, it's funny you say that, because I've had the same experience. I love that Kung Pao so much so I just assume that everything else on their menu must be good --when in fact some is just ok, and some is really mediocre. So I'm sticking w/the kung pao from now on.
                                    -0h, and in my description, I forgot to add the peanuts. Of course, it's kung pao.!!

                                    1. re: DoubleMan

                                      I would disagree about East Asia being mediocre -- inauthentic, sure, but I generally find most of the dishes to be quite good.

                                      I feel like East Asia isn't so much Americanized Asian food as "Somerville-yuppified" Asian food: reasonably healthily cooked, brown rice available, lots of fresh veggies.

                                      Being something of a Somerville yuppie myself, this place pretty much hits the sweet spot for me for Chinese delivery in the area. Love the homemade tofu with broccoli!

                                      1. re: finlero

                                        I can't speak for DoubleMan, but I never said it was mediocre, just that some of the dishes there were. For example, I got a veggie lo mein there once that really wasn't good at all. There were barely any veggies, a few scallions and bean sprouts i think, and lo mein was virtually flavorless. Describing it as mediocre would be more than kind. Such a disappointment compared to the chock-full-of-veggies flavorful Kung Pao.
                                        I'm pretty sure I've also tried a thai dish or two (a curry maybe, it's been a while) and thought it was just ok.
                                        So, i still believe East Asia is good, the key is knowing what to get. Perhaps you can add a few more of your favorites.

                                        1. re: finlero

                                          Likewise, didn't mean to imply that East Asia is mediocre. Of the dishes I've had, some have been great, some good, some average, and some worse than average. Overall I like the place. Do you have any particular favorites? I'd love to have a few more surefire dishes to order.

                                          1. re: DoubleMan

                                            I've had great experiences with:

                                            Steamed veggie ravioli
                                            Yu Hsiang Tofu with Broccoli
                                            Peking Eggplant
                                            Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

                                            The first 2 are probably my overall favorites, especially when we order the Yu Hsiang Tofu w/ extra spice. The last 3 are all excellently heavy on the veggies.

                                  2. Just a couple of notes on previous posts.

                                    I ordered from Wang's 2 weeks ago - until then it had been one of my favorite places to order from. ALL of the food we ordered was overly hot (spicy). One order of the kung pao chicken had 18 dried chili peppers in it. It was completely inedible. I have ordered the kung pao at least once a month for the past couple of years, and it has always been perfectly seasoned. Also, a friend ordered the Mysterious flavored chicken, which was also inedible because it was way too spicy. I was too tired to call and complain, but they are definitely off of my delivery list.

                                    May's Cafe is very good - however, they accept cash only for delivery.

                                    I am looking forward to trying New Asia!

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                                    1. re: mojo9

                                      Of course people have different preferences for spiciness in their food --- some dishes at Wang's are flavoured very spicy and others are very mild. I love spicy food, but realize that not everyone does. But, it's a bit disingenuous to order gong1 bao3 ji1 ding1 --- a traditional Sichuan dish that's meant to be spicy, with Sichuan chili peppers (hua1 jiao1) added for hotness and numbness and chili oil for more heat --- and then complain that it's too hot! Wang's is one of a few restaurants around here that will make the dish with real Sichuan peppercorns. I am sure, however, that if you ask them to prepare it in a particular way, they will accomodate you, but why not choose another chicken dish? Asking for Kungpao Chicken not to be spicy is like asking for vinadloo curry not to be spicy or a cheese burger without cheese. Why not just order another chicken dish? :) The yu2 xiang1 ji1 (Yuxiang Chicken) is particularly good and very mild.

                                      1. re: lipoff

                                        The few Wang's dishes I've ordered from the "regular" menu were pretty ho-hum. What "Sichuan" dishes have you had luck with? (Not including the house specials.)

                                        1. re: Aromatherapy

                                          I enjoyed the Thai-style dumplings last time I ordered from there. Nicely wrapped, not too dough-y a wrapper.

                                        2. re: lipoff

                                          You read my mind. That's exactly what I thought when I read that post. I love places that will make your Sichuan food HOT (although I can't always enjoy them that way my more iron-stomached friends sure do). Sichuan Garden in Brookline will serve you a chicken dish coated about an inch thick in red chiles. I love that they don't dumb it down.

                                        3. re: mojo9

                                          You should try the dry diced chicken with chilis from Zoe's. It has oh I'd say 100-200 dried chili peppers, as well as fresh green ones that are even spicier. I like it (my favorite dish at Zoe's) but I suffer for it.

                                        4. You've looked at www.diningin.com and www.foodler.com, right?

                                          Wangs is consistently good. Zoe's Chinese (on foodler) is inconsistently good, but when it's good it's REALLY good (better than Wang's). Kebab Factory, Namaskar, and Punjab deliver Indian food through Diningin--each is excellent. Dial-A-Pizza (on foodler) is enjoyable and better than delivery average. Bengal Cafe (on foodler) delivers unusual food that's worth trying. Tamarind House delivers decent Thai through Diningin. Wuchon House delivers decent Korean through Diningin. If Muqueca in Inman Square delivers that far through Diningin, it is also excellent.

                                          1. The Brazilian restaurants on lower Broadway are Branca's and Gauchao. Although both have fixed-priced takeout boxes, I do not believe either delivers. Montecristo I believe is Salvadoran, but do not know about delivery.

                                            The Brazilian restaurants that definately deliver are Oasis and PicNic, both on Main St (Oasis is Medford and I think PicNic is somerville). Churrasco Grill on Medford did have delivery at some points, but I haven't noticed them doing it recently, and Sabor do Brasil recently stopped their delivery service.

                                            I can't easily scan Oasis' Menu right now, but if you want I can try to post their daily specials. I would ask them to just include farofa, rice, and beans as they fries will be mush by the time you get them, if you like potato salad ask for mayonaise and if you can get their kale (couve) its worth it.

                                            PicNic used to just have pizzas and one steak-based dish, but is now offering daily specials and they have decent salpicao every day so definately get this instead of fries (oasis only has salpicao on sunday's). Oasis is 781-396-8337 and PicNic is (617) 666-2688. Once you use Oasis once they record your address with the phone number, so subsequent orders go out pretty quickly.

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                                            1. re: itaunas

                                              I wanted to confirm that the Seafood Depot in West Medford will also deliver, but its within a 2.5mi radius (which should get you to Tufts). I believe there is no charge over $10 and as long as you stick to the basics (fried, baked stuffed... no the pastas) its good, they also offer a $8.45 lobster roll which is pretty decent. 781-391-7130 and their website seems to be down currently.

                                            2. By the way, are congratulations in order yet?

                                              ObligatoryFoodComment: and do you have reviews, now that you've tried these places?