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Sep 23, 2007 05:30 PM

College tour of Boston

Hello. I am taking my son to tour a few colleges in and around Boston in early November. We are from Seattle. As such, where can we get a great cup of coffee. Also, my son likes ethnic food, specifically Greek, Italian, Japanese and Indian. Will you please recommend a few places for dinner. We will be visiting Tufts, Brandeis, Boston U, Emerson and Wheaton.
Thank you.

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  1. You can get a great cup of coffee at the Diesel Cafe in Davis Sqare, Somerville, which is where the Tufts students hang out.

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    1. Near Brandeis U there is Moody St in Waltham, which has many well-regarded restaurants, some more moderately priced, and some hole-in-the-wall cheap-eat types. There are several Indian restaurants. I have been to New Mother India and it is pretty good, but I have heard good things about another called Bombay Mahal. Tuscan Grille for more refined Italian, Mi Tierra for Guatemalan, Solea for Tapas... I would do a search for Moody St and you should come up with many options.

      Also nearby is Treetop Thai, Elephant Walk (Cambodian and French), and Tacqueria Mexico.

      Elephant Walk
      663 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451

      Tree Top Thai Cuisine
      53 Prospect St, Waltham, MA 02453

      Tuscan Grill
      361 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

      Bombay Mahal Restaurant
      458 Moody St, Waltham, MA

      55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA

      Solea Restaurant & Tapas Bar
      388 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

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      1. re: fbf242

        I'm not sure why a place link to Bloomingdales is showing up...

        1. Near Tufts (which is just outside Davis Square):

          Greek: Greek Corner (2366 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
          (617) 661-565; there's a second by the same name in Harvard Square) is pretty good and very homey. Not fine dining.

          Italian: Probably better saved for the Emerson visit (North End), but Sagra and la Spina in Davis Square have their admirers.

          Japanese: There are several options here. Yoshi's sushi is just off campus on College Ave in Powderhouse circle. Down the road in Porter Square, there is a collection of a half-dozen Japanese and other asian restaurants in the old Sears building at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue. There's also a Japanese grocery store. Don't eat at the sushi bar, although Blue Fin, the sit down sushi restaurant is pretty good.

          Indian: Namaskar in Davis square (the green one) is quite good and has lots of unusual (for the US) Gudjarati food. We also like the kebab factory which is a bit farther away in Somerville. Diva is a very popular Indian place in Davis Square but the food is meh.

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          1. re: DavisSquare

            Thank you for the tips on which to try and which to avoid.

          2. I have to disagree that Diesel is great coffee-good but not great. The only place I know of to get a truly outstanding coffee is Simon's Coffee Shop on Mass Ave between Harvard and Porter Square. They use George Howell beans (he is considered to be one of the finest 3 roasters in the country).


            1. If you're looking for coffee more like home, Peet's has a few outposts. One in Coolidge Corner, Brookline, one in Harvard Square, one downtown near South Station. Across from the library at BU is Espresso Royale, which is mostly a college-oriented chain. Since you'll also be downtown, my favorite coffee place is Flat Black on Broad Street in the Financial District.

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              1. re: lergnom

                Thank you for the variety of choices. I should have been more clear in our expectations. As we own a coffee roasting company, we are looking for coffee done well by an indie roaster.

                1. re: Maine Hofius

                  If you own a coffee roasting company (so cool!) you will especially appreciate Simon's Coffee Shop...they pull the best shots in Boston and Cambridge.