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Lunch options Needham St Newton?

Kiyah Oct 10, 2006 01:31 PM

I'm meeting a friend at the Bookfair tomorrow. Any lunch recs for Needham Street/Highland Ave or (very) nearby? I'd love to go further afield, but my friend is coming a long distance and is not familiar with the area. Even if you have a rec for a particular good item in a not so good place, that would be helpful, too!

Thanks in advance, hounds!

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    hargau RE: Kiyah Oct 10, 2006 01:43 PM

    I like Green Tea for Chinese, not on needham st but very close.

    Also you cant go wrong at O'haras which is right around the corner. Great pub food. Expect slow service though, gets really busy at lunch.

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      peelmeagrape RE: Kiyah Oct 10, 2006 03:16 PM

      The closest super-tasty place is the Rotisserie Farm Grill, which is practically next door to the NE Mobile Book Fair. I'm always boring there and order the quarter dark chicken, which comes with any two sides (and a weak Greek salad plus pita) and is something crazy like $5.25. The roasted veggies always hit the spot and some of the cold sides can be very good. I know other posters tend to be more adventurous in their ordering there - with generally satisfying results.

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        mchang RE: peelmeagrape Oct 11, 2006 03:23 AM

        I second the Farm Grill. Yum, cheap.

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        maryv RE: Kiyah Oct 10, 2006 03:21 PM

        I find Fresh City on Needham St. to be quite dependable. Nothing fancy, but a lot of different options, many of which are fairly healthy.

        It's in the plaza with Marshall's, heading towards Needham from the Book Fair.

        1. Angel Food RE: Kiyah Oct 10, 2006 03:29 PM

          New England Soup Factory is very reliable and everything always tastes fresh. Same side of the street as the Book Fair, across from the Marshall's Plaza, behind Pizzapalooza.

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            sunnysideover RE: Kiyah Oct 10, 2006 03:48 PM

            If you're willing to travel a few blocks away from Needham Street, O'Haras is a fantastic pub on Walnut Street and Baker's Best, which is also great, is around the corner on Lincoln Street.

            1. SeaSide Tomato RE: Kiyah Oct 10, 2006 04:39 PM

              If you're headed over by O'Hara's-which is good!- but feel like Thai--you might try Jamjuli, at 1203 Walnut St.

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                ptrefler RE: Kiyah Oct 10, 2006 10:11 PM

                I work on Needham Street and great food choices aren't something we have to worry about. If you are willing to drive about 10 minutes (maybe less) Sweet Basil in Needham just off Highland Avenue has amazing food. It's small and a little quirky but, oh the food!! If you don't want to drive, the Rotisserie grill is almost next door (I saw it mentioned above) and is pretty good. I like their kabobs and the taziki (sp) is really good.

                1. Kiyah RE: Kiyah Oct 11, 2006 09:36 AM

                  Thanks, hounds! I think we shall try Farm Grill, given its proximity to the Bookfair. Thank you so much for all of your input!

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