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Lunch near El Pelon that's not El Pelon?

sharpless Feb 23, 2007 07:50 AM

I'm interning near Fenway, and I've had enough burritos, delicious though they may be? Are there other places nearby that are cheap and delicious for lunch?

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    JamesHH RE: sharpless Feb 23, 2007 07:58 AM

    Supposedly Ro Dee 2 is really great...But I've never passed up the burrito to find out. The other Brown Sugar is near by though, and they have great thai food too. But they are a sit down place.

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      gini RE: JamesHH Feb 23, 2007 08:04 AM

      Rod Dee is quite good and super cheap cafeteria-style Thai.

    2. finlero RE: sharpless Feb 23, 2007 07:59 AM

      Trattoria Toscana isn't tacqueria cheap, but it is certainly great value for the quality, and right in the area. I believe they open at noon.

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        BostonZest RE: finlero Feb 23, 2007 09:54 AM

        During the week, they make a special effort to have a nice lunch for the neighbors. I'll second this but remember on Saturday they serve the dinner menu all day.

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          MB fka MB RE: finlero Feb 23, 2007 12:02 PM

          Absolutely go to Trattoria Toscana. Their soups are the #1 thing to order. Tuscan bread soup rocks and the veggie soup ( a puree with a drizzle of nice olive oil) is great, too. Salads are passable (nothing so great) and I would have liked for the liver crostini to have a bit more wine/sherry flavor. Pastas are very flavorful and big portions for short money. I am not a dessert person at all but they do a really nice tiramisu (I know, I know, it's almost cliche, but this version was very good - far better than the one I tried a week prior at Via Matta).

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          Taralli RE: sharpless Feb 23, 2007 07:59 AM

          Greek Isles.

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            pamalamb RE: Taralli Mar 2, 2007 12:04 PM

            Where is this?

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              Joanie RE: pamalamb Mar 3, 2007 10:57 AM

              In between El Pelon and Sorrento's.

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            kt1969 RE: sharpless Feb 23, 2007 08:31 AM

            I third the Rod Dee rec....they have the best pad Thai around, IMO. Great prices, too.

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              fenian RE: kt1969 Feb 23, 2007 10:52 AM

              i like their pad thai also, but interestingly another poster trashed it recently. i like brown sugar also. haven't been to trattoria toscana, but it seems like this is one of the better little chow strips in boston.

            2. Joanie RE: sharpless Feb 23, 2007 10:37 AM

              I know the Linwood isn't tops on everyone's list, but they serve a sizable fried fish sandwich w/ greeat fries for about $7 or $8. Decent pulled pork sandwich, etc. all <$10. Canestraro's downthe block on Peterborough is okay. Brown Sugar as well priced Thai lunch specials.

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                Bostonbob3 RE: sharpless Feb 23, 2007 10:59 AM

                India Quality is close by, and a fav of mine.

                1. limster RE: sharpless Feb 23, 2007 04:45 PM

                  Trattoria Toscana. Greek Isle is pretty good if you don't want Italian. Haven't been to the Rod Dee near Fenway, but if it's like the one in Brookline, I'd vote for their spicy noodle soups.

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                    melistocrat RE: sharpless Mar 2, 2007 05:32 PM

                    I find it hard to pass up El Pelon when I am in that area but I would also agree that Brown Sugar and Rod Dee are great choices. I went to Trattoria Toscana once and it was delicious.

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