New to Newton/Watertown
I've just moved up to the area and am looking for food food and more food.
So far I've found:
Johnny's Luncheonette (love the cornbread french toast)
Jumbo Seafood (food was eh, service terrible)
New Ginza (I think I love this place, the gyoza was amazing and the aioli for the calamari divine)
Crown Cafe (tasty no frills pancakes, and cheap)
(Also stopped by Boloco and a bar & grill chain in Natick. Boloco I would do again although it was just average, the other place no -- I think it was Joe's American, but I'm not sure.)
Where else should I go? Although my palette would like Lumiere my wallet would much prefer frozen pizza or something of the sort. So... I compromise and try to eat out on a budget. Hole in the wall type places are perfectly acceptable and maybe even preferred so long as they are tidy. Definitely looking for something within 5 or 10 minutes of that ridiculous circle/rectangle at Centre and the Mass Pike.
I really like Latin cuisine, although not so much Spanish -- Cuban and Mexican place high. So does Korean. I'm not familiar with Brazilian food at all, but would love to know a good place to try it out (seems to be a decent Brazilian population here). Italian is always good, Chinese and Japanese fine, pizza, subs... whatever is out there as long as it's good!
In Newton, I would recommend Biltmore Cafe, Dunn and Gaherins and Green Tea in Newton Upper Falls.
In Newtonville, Lam's and Rice Valley are good oriental options as is Amarin in Newton Corner.
The best area eating, however is in Waltham. On Moody Street you will find spanish (Solea) a variety of Latin American, Indian and Asian restaurants as well as higher end establishments such as Tuscan Grill.
If you want to venture to Needham I highly recommend Rice Barn for Thai food and Sweet Basil for Italian.
This ought to get you started:
Deluxe Town Diner (breakfast/brunch especially, good dinners too)
Strip T's Restaurant (local mostly seafood joint, try the turkey burger too)
Demos (Kabobs, simple, cheap and good)
Napoli Pizza (ny-style)
Lam's (Vietnames with some other asian mixed in)
Sweet Tomatoes Pizza (thin crust)
Blue Ribbon BBQ
Shangri La (Sichuan Chinese)
149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478
Blue Ribbon Barbecue
1375 Washington St, West Newton, MA 02465
Deluxe Town Diner
627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
825 Washington St, Newtonville, MA 02460
54 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
9 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472
Mango Thai Cuisine
115 Elm St, Newton, MA 02465
64 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
93 School St, Watertown, MA 02472
Sweet Tomatoes Pizza
1279 Washington St West, Newton, MA
Definitely Sweet Tomatoes in Newton Centre and West Newton. For a quick slice, Raviolis in 4 corners is not bad.
One of my favorite restaurants in Newton is Farm Grille on Needham St. Great Greek food, really clean restaurant (order at counter). Also Demos in Watertown for good Greek, also casual.
For great Thai, try Amarin in Newton Corner. I've never had a bad meal there, and the atmosphere is very relaxing, they don't rush you out.
Well there's only one thing for the OP to do then, isn't there? Certainly a visit to Fiorella's is not a significant investment; it is very reasonably priced. So go and see for yourself. If you happen to really like the food, I agree with the others that it's a nice place: a warm, neighborhoody place with warm, neighborhoody service (albeit in a very nondescript setting, at least from the outside). Note that there often are waits at peak times. (I do not recall if they take reservations.)
I'd vote for Thai Thai Kitchen in Newton Centre over Amarin.
FYI, Sweet Tomatoes stops serving slices around 4 p.m.
Rice Valley is quite good Chinese.
If you venture to Waltham, try Taqueria Mexico. It's the best Mexican food I've had in the Boston area.
Sushi 21 in Watertown Square is really good and their $1 lunch specials can't be beat.
Talk of the Town Diner in Watertown Square (breakfast and lunch) makes the best omelettes I've ever had. The ambience of a neighborhood/family-run restaurant can't be beat.
For Italian, I'll throw out Appetito in Newton. I've been three times over the past couple of years and it was consistently decent for a pretty modest price. Stick to the basics. It's pretty similar to Carlo's in Allston, but not as good, imo. It's definitely easier to find parking near Appetito and there is usually a lot less of a wait than Carlo's.