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I'm going to be in Waltham a few days next week and I'm looking for lunch recommendations. Does anyone have any favorite lunch spots? I want to try Sadie's on Pine Street for their steak tips & pork tips. Does anyone know if Sadie's is open for lunch? I have been to Bison County but that was years ago. I have also been to Carl's many times. I'm looking for a casual and not expensive place. Thanks for any information.

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  1. A few favorites: Sadie's (which does a booming lunch business), Domenic's Italian Bakery (mainly takeout, only a few seats, but awesome Italian sandwiches), Beijing Star (the American Chinese is dull, but the pink-menu and whiteboard Northern/Eastern Chinese menus are authentic and excellent), Sushi Yasu (I prefer the Korean to the Japanese here), Elephant Walk (I prefer the Cambodian to the French here), Mi Tierra (excellent Salvadoran/Guatemalan, fine pupusas), Tree Top (a pretty if sort of Westernized Thai storefront), and Taqueria El Amigo (tiny Mexican storefront, excellent tacos especiales).

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      It starts and ends with Domenic's. I used to work there, and I miss it more than anything from Waltham...so good.

      1. re: goose

        I have been to Domenic's too and had a chicken parm panini and rice balls. I honestly wasn't impressed with Domenic's. IMHO I like the rice balls better at Galleria Umberto in the North End and at the Meridian Street Market in East Boston. I also got breakfast from In A Pickle Restaurant on Main Street after seeing it was voted best breakfast on WBZ's A-List. The breakfast was okay but nothing to brag about. I also didn't care for their homefries.

        1. re: buffet king

          I'm a big Dominic's fan, but generally find the cold sandwiches to be better than the hot ones. You get their amazing sandwich bread either way, though.

        2. re: goose

          Best eggplant parm period.

        3. re: MC Slim JB

          Excellent suggestions, as always. I'd just add Taqueria Mexico, Green Papaya or Erewan of Siam (Thai), and New Mother India (Indian) to this list.

          1. re: bachslunch

            I just read many good reviews online about Taqueria Mexico on Charles Street. What would you recommend there? Has anyone been to Taqueria Mexico recently?

            1. re: buffet king

              we've been 3-4 times in the past 6 months. It is very inconsistent. If you go when they are slow, you'll get a decent meal. But when it is busy, the food quality slips precipitously fast. I've only sampled their vegetarian offerings, and they are decent, again during slow times.

              1. re: Science Chick

                Does Taqueria Mexico have a parking lot or can you park on Charles Street? What would you recommend?

                1. re: buffet king

                  They have no lot, and street parking is a pain, but it is possible -- just drive that one-way loop for ten minutes or so, and something usually opens up. Not too far away, there's a commuter rail lot on the south side of the Waltham common, and street parking on Main St.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Slim,
                    Curious as to how you would compare Taqueria Mexico to El Amigo. I've only been to Mexico.

                    1. re: bear

                      I've liked the food at Taqueria Mexico the couple of times I've been, but I love the tacos at Taqeuria El Amigo (mmm, cabeza). TM seems more of a big, fun, casual place, a good place to bring a crowd and swill cervezas. TEA is a tiny storefront that seems to attract more Central American ex-pats, plus has telenovelas on the TV, Mexican Coke and other soft drinks, and good horchata (but a shorter menu). The food generally tastes fresher and homier to me.

                    2. re: MC Slim JB

                      worked in waltham for 6 years and never had trouble parking in the lot across the street from Taq Mexico behind the bushes. says reserved parking but that company went out of business, plenty of spots not reserved as well.

                      all my favorite are on this list except Sato whioh has good sushi and chinese and is located at winter st and 128 between Green Papya and Bertucci's

                      1. re: Bighead

                        That's a fabulous parking tip on Taqueria Mexico, thanks!

            2. re: MC Slim JB

              MC Slim JB, your vast knowledge of the greater Boston dining scene is astonishing. Agree or disagree with you, I respect and admire your encylopedic-like information in so many different locations. Thanks for educating and illuminating time and again.

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                You are very kind, Bob! It helps to have a job where I move my base of operations on a regular basis, and a hobby for which some local publications subsidize my explorations of new neighborhoods. I have to say I really miss working in Waltham, one of my favorite areas for lunching in recent years.

            3. One of my favorite lunch spots in Waltham is Kebob & Tandoor near the end of Lexington St. A total hole in the wall, but some good indian food compared to all the other creamy sauce type places on Moody. Buffet is $6.99 during the week.

              I sometimes hit up New Mother India if I'm in the mood for soup, salad, and run of the mill curries and such.

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              1. re: LStaff

                I love Kabob & Tandoor! Thank you so much for mentioning it. It doesn't look like much, but the food has so much flavor that you don't mind the worn linoleum on the floor.

              2. Watch City Brewery is fine for lunch, esp if you like to try different beers. Menu has improved and expanded in past couple of years.