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Jul 6, 2007 07:12 AM

Lunch in Norwood Area

Any ideas for good sandwich/lunch place in Norwood, Canton, Dedham? I was thinking of the 50's Diner, but last time food was just ok.

My biggest issue of my area is the lack of good small places to eat. I used to work and live in Cambridge/Somerville area and I always had a choice of 5-10 good places to grab a good lunch. Now if I want a good sandwich I have to travel.

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  1. Have you tried Sptifire, in Canton center, for BBQ. It's pretty good. I also think Half Way Cafe, at Cobb's Corner, isn't a bad choice for what it is (good burgers/sandwiches, great hand cut fries). Also, if you're looking for a great deli sandwich, Maxie's Deli, also at Cobb's Corner, has excellent house-made corned beef, and does very good Boar's Head sandwiches as well. I don't really like eating in there, it's quite dingy, but their sandwiches and deli meats are top notch.

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    1. re: winedude

      Spitfire in Canton is good, very similar to Blue Ribbon BBQ in Newton. Haven't been to the Half Way in Cobb's Corner, but the one in Dedham definitely has good bar food -- wings, burgers, etc. If a falafel qualifies as a sandwich, Cedar Market in downtown Norwood is really good, and across there square is a sandwhich shop that's decent, but I can't remember the name. The guy used to be a writer for the Herald if I remember right. And if it doesn't have to be limited to a sandwich, Mint Cafe, also in Norwood center is also delicious, though weirdly empty.

      1. re: fullbelly

        Yes, I'd definitely consider the Halfway. Excellent burgers, terrific club sandwiches, and I really love their fries.

        1. re: fullbelly

          Agreed, Cedar's Market has fantastic and cheap sandwiches, easy to eat in the car too!!!

          1. re: fullbelly

            Yesterday, had a late lunch with girlfriend and parents at Mint Cafe (Thai food) in Norwood. Theming is beautiful. Very clean. Attentive service. Good food and a great lunch menu value. Most dishes are $6.95. Bento lunch boxes are $7.95.

          2. re: winedude

            Perk's in Norwood center has a decent sandwich and salad selection along with coffees, rickys, etc, and (usually) plenty of table space. Not a true deli, however. Takara has excellent sushi/Japanese-one of my all time favorite lunch spots in the area.

          3. In Norwood, there's Byblos (Washington St) for great Middle Eastern, Siam Lotus (Rte 1 southside) for excellent Thai, and One Bistro (in 4 Points Sheraton, Rte 1) for more standard American fare. Not all sandwiches, but good lunch spots.

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            1. re: BikeToEat

              What's the diner right in Norwood Center? And the little place with the burger they serve with egg salad? There's a cute cafe in downtown Norwood too. And a good donut shop.

              1. re: Joanie

                Are you thinking of the Town Square Diner? I used to go there every so often at lunch. Good basic diner food. I don't recall any place with the burger/egg salad combo, though. Sadly, I moved right before Byblos opened their downtown location, but we used to get take-out from their original place down the road.

                1. re: BikeToEat

                  Will enthusiastically second Byblos and also suggest Bon Caldo for Italian.

                2. If I remember correctly, the 50's Diner went out of business about a year ago.

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                  1. re: random amblings

                    Nope, it is still open, (fortunately, because our family likes eating there are we go about once per month). And, this summer, it's open for dinner on Wednesday evenings, and they have collectors and enthusiasts of antique and interesting cars gather in the parking lot with cars display on Wednesday nights. Ususually the 50's Diner is only open for breakfast and lunch and closes by 4 PM, so it's nice to have that dinner option for a change.

                  2. Lamberts on Rt 1 in Norwood (very close to 128/Dedham) has a good salad bar and nice made-to-order subs and sandwiches. They have picnic tables out front so it's pretty casual but an inexpensive and quick option with some fresh air dining (if a parking lot counts as fresh air).

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                    1. re: nincyh

                      The diner that I think you're referring to is Murph's Place and the burger place is Lewis's. Vello's in Westwood is very good. And if you want a great take-out sandwich, try the Good Food Store in Walpole. It is located at the Big Y Plaza.

                    2. You could also try Conrads in downtown Norwood.

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                      1. re: gordonw

                        I second the Conrad's suggestion. The food is very solid and the steak tips are fantastic!