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ljt064 Jul 6, 2007 07:12 AM

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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    winedude RE: ljt064 Jul 6, 2007 07:42 AM

    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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      fullbelly RE: winedude Jul 6, 2007 08:05 AM

      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.

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        hiddenboston RE: fullbelly Jul 6, 2007 08:15 AM

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

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          4chowpups RE: fullbelly Jul 7, 2007 01:00 PM

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

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            Joshua B RE: fullbelly May 4, 2008 09:11 AM

            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.

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            RDR RE: winedude Jul 8, 2007 02:39 PM

            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.

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            BikeToEat RE: ljt064 Jul 6, 2007 08:56 AM

            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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              Joanie RE: BikeToEat Jul 7, 2007 05:30 AM

              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.

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                dukegirl RE: Joanie Jul 7, 2007 06:02 PM

                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.

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                  xperteater RE: Joanie Jul 9, 2007 07:13 AM

                  that would be lewis

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                  bachslunch RE: BikeToEat Jul 7, 2007 04:21 PM

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

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                  random amblings RE: ljt064 Jul 6, 2007 11:24 PM

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

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                    nincyh RE: random amblings Jul 7, 2007 04:42 AM

                    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.

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                    nincyh RE: ljt064 Jul 7, 2007 04:44 AM

                    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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                      hto44 RE: nincyh Jul 7, 2007 10:38 AM

                      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.

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                      gordonw RE: ljt064 Jul 7, 2007 11:17 AM

                      You could also try Conrads in downtown Norwood.

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                        TomH RE: gordonw Jul 9, 2007 01:29 PM

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

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