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Jul 23, 2007 12:47 PM

What's good in Waltham?

The area has lots of restaurants, but which do you like? Thanks.

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    1. re: Joanie

      Thanks, Joanie. This is helpful. However I'm looking more for dinner, and this string doesn't really capture the restaurants on Moody (Watch City, Tuscan Grill, Jake & Earl's, etc.) But I don't mean to be unappreciative!

        1. re: musicman

          Oh, but that's cheap eats!
          Tuscan Grill, Campagnia, Il Capricio, Carambola all get high marks in my book.

          1. re: raddoc

            Carambola is no longer around, as it is now the Elephant Walk. I've heard it is at least as good as Carambola was, however, so it's definitely worth checking out.

            1. re: hiddenboston

              Actually, Carambola is the Elephant Walk. It always was owned by the Elephant Walk family. They felt the need to rejuvenate the place, so they changed it into another Elephant Walk, which basically just entailed reducing the number of Cambodian items on the menu and adding the French items.

              1. re: Blumie

                What I miss about Carambola is the more traditional, family-style Cambodian dishes and service. Elephant Walk has many of the same flavors on the Cambodian side of the menu, but follows the Western app-entree-dessert service style, which loses something.

                For that, I guess there's always Floating Rock, and the new Allston place I'm dying to try, Suvarnabhumi Kiri.

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  I know you're not a fan of the French side of the menu, but I enjoy some of those items.

                  I think the owners just felt that Carambola was stagnating, so they had to do something. I was told that traffic initially jumped after it was reflagged as The Elephant Walk, but that was of course a while ago and I don't know whether they've been able to sustain the momentum.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    We almost went to Suvarnabhumi Kiri last week, but decided to go with easy parking, heading to Kashish in Belmont instead (which was excellent, BTW).

                    I hope to get to Suvarnabhumi Kiri soon. Maybe next week...

            2. re: musicman

              If you like tapas, the small plates at Solea on Moody Street are good.

          2. personal favorites:

            Marselino's, La Campania-italian

            Taqueria Mexico

            Sato- sushi

            Sadies saloon

            that's the usual rotation

            1. Tempo Bistro on Moody can be quite good. It has sort of a hip, urban feel. I must say that it is very loud, though, so if you want lots of intimate conversation, you might want to go early or go elsewhere. Be prepared for a wait if you don't have reservations.


              1. Il Capriccio for special occasions. Bison Country is good. John Brewer's Tavern isn't bad. Try some of the Indian eateries on Moody St. Marcellino is nothing special.

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                1. re: ShelT54

                  I second your opinion on Marcellino's....mediocrity at its best (or worst!). How about the new Biaggio? Haven't heard much, but its former incarnation (Casa Mia on Newton st.) was quite good.

                2. Sato's, Siam Garden, Tuscan Grill, Il Capriccio (expensive), Elephant Walk, Watch City's food has improved and their beers are great. Nearby in Belmont Patou is fabulous Thai food.