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trev80 Oct 22, 2007 12:26 PM

Checking out a movie tonight any good eats near by?

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  1. hiddenboston RE: trev80 Oct 22, 2007 12:35 PM

    There are lots of good places within walking distance. Rami's (Kosher), Dok Bua and Khao Sarn (Thai), Pho Lemongrass (Vietnamese), Shawarma King (Middle Eastern), and many, many others.

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      MC Slim JB RE: hiddenboston Oct 22, 2007 01:49 PM

      Rami's is my favorite shwarma place in town, with good Israeli-style falafel (chickpeas), too. I didn't realize it was kosher.

      Rubin's up the street is about as good as it gets (which is to say, not especially amazing) in Greater Boston for kosher deli. Michael's has fine corned beef sandwiches. Rani, the Indian place on Beacon is a rare outpost of Hyderabadi cuisine. Yasu is a Korean joint around the corner with BBQ tables that I haven't tried. I've had good luck with the Japanese menu at Fugakyu, but haven't been lately. I echo the recommendations for Khao Sarn and Dok Bua.

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        yumyum RE: MC Slim JB Oct 22, 2007 02:08 PM

        Dude -- tatamagouche turned a few of us onto the ground lamb on hummus at Shawarma King and just do yourself a favor and put it on your "must scarf" list for next time you're there. Other rec's aside.

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          Discoethan RE: MC Slim JB Oct 23, 2007 07:16 AM

          For the OPs info, Fugakyu is a bit nicer and pricier than the average sushi joint. Haven't eaten at Yasu, but it also seems a few dollars more expensive than most of the other places mentioned.

          For the most part, the other recs are cheaper dine-in-or-take-out type places, so if you want a bargain, there are a lot of great choices. Shawarma King's plates seem a little expensive (~$10), but one is probably enough for two people (even for me, and I can eat a lot).

          Dok Bua is one my favorite Thai restaurants: excellent Tom Yum Soup.

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            totoro RE: Discoethan Nov 14, 2007 02:37 PM

            Fugakyu is pricey, but IMO not up to the standards of Ginza or Oishii. In fact, I'd go to Mr Sushi down by the Barnes and Noble first.

            For good cheap food, I love Taqueria Mexico up by Shawarma King.

            Yasu is actually pretty good. For whatever reason, Korean restaurants never seem to be cheap.

            There's a new izakaya restaurant right near the theater called Shiki that I heard about on this wonderful board (On the corner of Babcock and Harvard, where Firenze used to be). It's not cheap, but it's really pretty good, and is the only place I know of that serves this style of Japanese food in the Boston area.

      2. yumyum RE: trev80 Oct 22, 2007 01:09 PM

        Last time I was there I got a pizza from Upper Crust but I wished I'd crossed Beacon and had gone to Shawarma King for the amazing ground lamb served over hummus that a fellow hound turned me onto. I believe there's a good Tacqueria in that general vacinity now too. Dok Bua and Khao Sarn are great rec's too ... with KS being closer and prettier and DB being better, cheaper and more "authentic".

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          nasilemak RE: trev80 Oct 22, 2007 02:04 PM

          Just a little further up on Beacon street is Rod Dee which i think is the best Thai in the area.

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            teezeetoo RE: nasilemak Oct 22, 2007 02:30 PM

            all the above are good recs - if you want pastrami or corned beef and your movie is on the early side, try Michael's deli, next to Khao Sarn on Harvard or Zaftigs, going toward Commonwealth, near Barnes and Noble on Harvard. Tacqueria that is the sister of the one is Waltham also pretty good. I'm not a fan of Finale, on Beacon, but you could get post-movie desert there. Not to mention a Peets, Starbucks, and Paris Crepes right across from Coolidge Corner cinema. Can't starve in brookline

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            bachslunch RE: trev80 Oct 22, 2007 02:45 PM

            Plenty of good suggestions above, which I'll second. If you're hankering for sushi, I'll second the suggestion of Fugakyu and also suggest Tsunami or Mr. Sushi. For really cheap, quick, and worthwhile Mexican burritos and such, there's always Anna's Taqueria or Boca Grande, though I'd bet they're less authentic than anything you'll get at the above suggestion of Taqueria Mexico (this outpost of which I haven't tried yet, though the ones in Waltham and Lynn have very good food). And Bottega Fiorentina does good take-out quality Italian.

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              another_adam RE: trev80 Oct 22, 2007 04:27 PM

              Also right nearby there on babcock st is the newly opened Shiki, for japanese izakaya style food. First visit there was promising when newly opened-- hopefully they've only gotten better, though I haven't had a chance to see. It's tucked out of the way (you have to turn down babcock, off of harvard) and practically invisible to foot traffic, below street level.

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                totoro RE: another_adam Nov 14, 2007 02:39 PM

                I went last Saturday. It was very crowded. The food was very good. The service was friendly but a little slow and disorganized. But they coped, and as long as you aren't in a rush, it's a lot of fun.

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                chuck s RE: trev80 Oct 23, 2007 12:21 PM

                Dok Bua has been my #1 recommendation for years for authentic Thai. I'd also add Gari Japanese Fusion, on Harvard toward the Stop and Shop, for wonderful designer makki and appetizers. I'm surprised that I haven't seen more on this board about it.

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                  BJK RE: trev80 Oct 24, 2007 07:22 PM

                  Too late for your movie, but I heartily second all of these recs. I used to live in the neighborhood, and there's no shortage of good cheap eats nearby.

                  I'll add Coolidge Corner Clubhouse to the list. Not the classiest of joints but they make a very tasty burger, excellent fries, an obscenely large plate of nachos, respectable salads, and decent wings. They also have a full bar and lots of TVs.

                  The places I miss the most, though, are Rod Dee, Shawarma King, and Party Favors for cakes and cupcakes.

                  BK

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