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Dinner near Fresh Pond?

mfc Jun 2, 2007 07:02 AM

Is there any place to eat near Fresh Pond other than Summer Shack?

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    Blumie RE: mfc Jun 2, 2007 07:15 AM

    I'd rather eat at CVS!

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      BJK RE: mfc Jun 2, 2007 08:56 AM

      You aren't far T.W. Food, the new place getting some attention on the board, or from Huron Village, where you'll find Armando's pizza and Hi Rise. Trattoria Pulcinella is also in Huron Village, though I haven't heard much about it. A slightly longer drive will get you to Porter, Davis, or even Arlington, depending on how far you're willing to drive.


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        MB fka MB RE: BJK Jun 2, 2007 09:37 AM

        And don't forget Full Moon on Huron. It's a kid-friendly place but if you time it right by going a little bit later, you'll have a nice meal. I used to live right nearby. I'd rather poke my eyes out with hot sticks than step foot in Hi Rise. Over-priced, over-hyped and pretentious.

      2. Prav RE: mfc Jun 2, 2007 10:17 AM

        Ortanique for Jamaican!

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          MB fka MB RE: Prav Jun 2, 2007 10:20 AM

          I want to like this place (the people are wonderful) but it's just not that good for Jamaican food.

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            Prav RE: MB fka MB Jun 2, 2007 10:59 AM

            At least it's loads better than the slop they serve at Flames.. which isn't saying much. :)

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              MB fka MB RE: Prav Jun 2, 2007 11:31 AM

              Are you kidding? I have to adamantly - but respectfully - disagree. I've experienced rice and peas made with par-boiled rice (ick) and seasoned with way too much allspice/clove, unbelievably dried-out jerk chicken with no heat and really poor stewed chicken as well. Chicken soup that tasted only of bouillon, with no real stock and er, no chicken in it. No thanks.

              Flames is way better, even the Brigham Circle location (which I'm guessing is the one you're talking about??) I've had a pretty good chicken soup with dumplings there recently - it surprised me, being better than I anticipated. What I don't like about Flames at that location is that it seems that food has been sitting out for a while (which will be true of most Caribbean restaurants) - I like catching something fresh from the kitchen and I find that happens more at the Morton St. location (which I prefer) because it's so much busier.

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                beetlebug RE: MB fka MB Jun 2, 2007 11:53 AM

                Don't forget the dried out fish and the lukewarm servings. Plus, everything is re-heated and it really depends whether you get a serving from the top or bottom of the pot.

                It's too bad because it's a great concept, especially for that location. It is just so poorly executed.

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                  Prav RE: MB fka MB Jun 2, 2007 02:30 PM

                  I dunno, I've just had gobs of ridiculously greasy lukewarm dishes at the Brigham Circle Flames, with a extra large side of rude. Maybe I'm just a bumpkin midwesterner, but I swear there's one cashier that makes me feel like I'm bothering her when I come up to the counter. I know the Mattappan location is much better - I wish I could get down there more often.

                  I really want to like Flames more since I work right around there in Longwood. So far I've had (many times of each) the curry goat, stewed chicken, stewed beef, stewed "steak", barbecue chicken, oxtail.

                  My experience with Ortanique, I admit, was limited to one time, but I thought the curry goat was more carefully prepared and more subtly spiced. Also was more generous with the meat for the same price.

                  I think my critique is clouded by my experience with living in Queens where good West Indian food was plentiful.

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            ShelT54 RE: mfc Jun 2, 2007 11:07 AM

            jose's is decent mexican on sherman st.

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              mwk RE: mfc Jun 2, 2007 11:08 AM


              Another option is Jose's Mexican Restaurant, on Sherman St. Sherman St. is off of Rindge Ave, about 4 blocks from Fresh Pond Pkwy. It's good mexican, a pretty little place and I usually have a good time there.

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                newhound RE: mfc Jun 2, 2007 12:19 PM

                Also in Huron Village is Village Kitchen, which may look like just a pizza place but also has pretty good pasta and specials, with a few small tables and a "everybody-in-the-neigborhood-coming-in-and -out" feel. The gnocchi is good, as is the tortellini con funghi. Casual, cash only.

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                  bear RE: mfc Jun 2, 2007 03:24 PM

                  Right up Lake Street in Arlington will bring you to East Arlington, where you will find a few options.

                  There's Za pizza. You either like it or hate it. I happen to enjoy it for what it is: a better-quality version of the pizza I ate as a child. It's definitely not what I crave when I want a couple of slices. The salads are quite good, too.

                  For upscale-pricey in that area, Flora is usually top-notch.

                  For decent basic take-out pizza and calzones, Sabatino's Italian Kitchen.

                  Kathmandu Spice is supposed to be quite good, too, but I haven't had a chance to sample it.

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                    Bluebell RE: bear Jun 2, 2007 03:29 PM

                    I'll vouch for Kathmandu Spice, but it wouldn't work for those who like their food bland.

                    Za really does have creative salads, and sort of froofy gourmet pizza.

                    Greek Corner on MassAve is cheap and pretty good.

                    Both my spouse and I agree that a Border Cafe or Ixtapa could make a killing in the old Ground Round location.

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                      Prav RE: bear Jun 2, 2007 05:20 PM

                      re: Kathmandu Spice
                      I had their "special Nepali buffet" on Saturday and thought the food tasted very close to what my family makes - nice mustard greens, hearty multi-bean soup (kwati), and goat curry with actual decent amounts of meat on the bone unlike some of the skimpier Indian buffets' goat curries.

                    2. StriperGuy RE: mfc Jun 2, 2007 05:31 PM

                      I work at Fresh Pond... mostly grim food wise.

                      Shangri-La is nearest decent food. Excellent Taiwan style Chinese.

                      After that, Porter Square, Blue Ribbon, Harvard Sq.

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                        a l i c e RE: StriperGuy Jun 7, 2007 07:32 PM

                        Striper - Since you brought up Belmont, how do feel about Patou Thai? We never quite make it out there.

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                        bachslunch RE: mfc Jun 8, 2007 09:49 PM

                        Of the recommendations you're getting, I'd go with Trattoria Pulcinella if you want a dinner spot. It's a little expensive, but I enjoyed eating there.

                        I was underwhelmed by Ortanique, found Jose's just OK, and thought Full Moon was horribly bad. I'd avoid Summer Shack as well. And stay away from Lucky Garden at all costs.

                        Armando's, Hi-Rise, and Village Kitchen are very good, but better as lunch-time places.

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