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I'm not looking for anything too expensive. No Border because we eat there a lot. I was thinking of eating at the other Mexican place up the street though? No Bison County or Watch city either. Any suggestionson on or around Moody would be greatly appreciated! We both love Thai food so if anyone knows of a good Thai place that would be awesome.

Thanks!

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  1. Erawan of Siam is good thai on moody. Also a pretty cool room with lots of neat artwork and carvings. Or you can take a short drive to Green Papaya in Waltham also decent. Owned by the same people who own the Amarin thai place at Newton Corner.

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    1. re: hargau

      Erawan of Siam is "good thai" if you are looking for bland, Thai-inspired boring crap. And your idea of "going out for Thai food" is getting pad Thai.

      Same goes for any of the Mex-ish places on Moody.

      Good food in that area that isn't expensive: Kabab & Tandoor, Franca's (on a good night), Taqueria Mexico, Mi Tierra, Sadie's (for steak tips in a grungy environment), Domenic's (lunch only), Beijing Star, Wendy's (best Wendy's ever), Carl's Steak Subs, and if you drive a couple minutes down towards Watertown, Taqueria El Amigo.

      1. re: Luther

        While I have not been to thailand or anything, I think Erawan has the same stuff/just as good as any of the other thai places in massachusetts that im familiar with. (And ive never ordered pad thai anywhere!) I have ordered dishes there spicy and they are not bland by any means if you specify you like spicy food. Where do you get good thai in the area?

        Edit: I just read some reviews on Yelp from others who remembered it as being good and say it isnt now. It has been a while since i went. Guess it went down hill?!

    2. Not Thai, but close: Elephant Walk (on Main St. at the end of Moody) is good Cambodian food in a rather nice atmosphere - the flavors aren't as vibrant as Floating Rock, but it's still good. Right next door is Baan Thai, where I used to get lunch a lot when I worked in the area - I'd class them as good but not special Thai food. Very nice folks there, and they will bring the heat (though not necessarily the complexity of great Thai food) if you ask. I'd also agree with Luther's suggestions of Taqueria El Amigo, Domenic's, Mi Tierra, and Kabab and Tandoor. I have to ask, how is the Wendy's the best one ever? There's really a difference??

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      1. re: MichaelB

        The double (don't get the triple) is killer. Fries are (or at least were, as of last year) ideal in texture and flavor. I feel like most Wendy's food at other locations is pretty gross. Not sure what they do differently.

        1. re: Luther

          When i go to a Wendy's i almost always get the spicy chicken, best chicken sandwhich of any of the fast food joints. I have not been to the Waltham location in a long time, will have to remember that!

      2. Tree Top on Prospect St right next to Carls Subs is much better Thai than Erawan. It's a tiny place but the food is generally very good. On par with Green Papaya.

        1. If you're willing to consider spending a little more, Solea on Moody street has fantastic Spanish Tapas- it gets expensive if you order a lot, but you can share a few tapas with someone for relatively cheap.

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          1. re: phipsi102

            Its really hard to get out of Solea for less then $30-40 per person and feel like you actually ate anything. We do like the place alot though.

            1. re: hargau

              I used to love Solea, but I don't remember them being that expensive. I just checked, and their tapas average $7 a plate (plenty of $5 & $6 though). Maybe your group has a heartier appetite than mine, but I used to go on dates there, we'd split 5 tapas ($35) and a glass of sangria (2 x $6 = $12), which would be $23.50 a person before tax and tip. It's not TGI Fridays, but $17.50 per person for food isn't terrible.

              http://www.solearestaurant.com/menu/

              1. re: InmanSQ Girl

                The better ones are $7-$8.50, many are just a couple bites per person.
                Some of our favorites:
                Shrimp w/ garlic $7.50
                Goat cheese w/ tomato/basil $7.50
                duck w/ berry $8.50
                pork tenderlin $8
                lamb chops w/ apricot glaze $8.50

                I suppose if you want to eat the blah potatoes(not wild or hot/spicy) for $5, or the also blah rice/beans for $5

                Of course on a date you probally dont eat as much anyway. At least I never did back in my dating years!

                1. re: hargau

                  Also a single glass of sangria goes a very short way for some of us.

                2. re: InmanSQ Girl

                  My wife and her parents stopped in for lunch a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon. We each had one drink - a sangria, a margarita, and two wines - and we shared a total of 5 tapas - cheese/fruit plate, the potatoes, garlic shrimp, grilled shrimp, and a chile relleno. Total was $120 with tax and and 20% tip. Food was just ok - garlic shrimp had a total of two slivers of garlic in it - potatoes were not spicy liked they were advertised. By the time I got home, I was looking for something to eat.

                  1. re: LStaff

                    5 tapas for 4 people is way too little food. You need to order at least 2-3 each to feel like you ate a meal. So you should have had 8-12 dishes in my opinion. Yea the "wild and spicy" potatoes are such a let down. They are totally plain/bland.

                  2. re: InmanSQ Girl

                    Kind of kidding, but who only has one glass of sangria each? That stuff is addictive.

              2. Ponzu is on moody st. and is an interesting take on 'asian fusion tapas' with excellent food, good service and athmosphere but the prices are a bit high. The small rib plate is overpriced but has an amazing flavor.

                1. I really love Mi Tierra, a great Salvadoran hole-in-the-wall. You could make a meal out of the appetizers alone, and the homemade cheese is wonderful.

                  585 Moody St
                  Waltham, MA 02453
                  (781) 894-5676

                  1. Love Franca's for pizza and calzones.

                    1. actually, if you know anything about southern style barbecue, you should be going to bison county. they have excellent, authentic south carolina style mustard base barbecue. the owner's family is from south carolina, so he knows his stuff. don't bother with the texas style. get the mustard.

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                      1. re: ksf2c

                        Mi Terra and el Amigo are both good but I like Taqueria Mexico the best. I like the food better, it's more comfortable and they have beer and wine.