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Jan 1, 2008 05:46 AM

Orleans Restaurant

Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square, Somerville has great sandwiches for lunch. It is the best restaurant in that area.

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  1. Fascinating. How do you think their sandwiches compare to Dave's Fresh Pasta up the street? Or Sessa's? Or Blue Shirt's?

    1. No CH reports on Orleans in years. Mostly just considering going for $1 oysters and 1/2 price apps (3-6PM on Mondays.) Thinking Mex. and raw seafood things. Anyone? thx much.

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        I have lived 2 blocks away from Orleans for 8 years and I am pretty surprised that anyone is considering making a trip there. I guess it would be nice to know if I'm missing anything.

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          OC, we have dinner with a group of friends there a couple times a year before shows at the Somerville Theatre, and Orleans has been convenient for that. Nothing memorable about the food in my opinion -- more of a spot to grab a bite and a pint if you happen to be in the 'hood. Hope this helps.

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            I had dinner at Orleans last fall (not by choice). I would not go back for $1 oysters or 1/2 price apps. I would not go back for free.

            1. re: Alcachofa

              Same here. It's like a bad chain restaurant. The last time I was there (in 2014) they were blaring the Spice Girls.

              1. re: Alcachofa

                well al, you et al have convinced me. thx everyone!
                hahahaha--pun ishment.

              2. re: opinionatedchef

                The oyster special seems to change every day. It used to be every day until 7:00. So I went on a Tuesday at 6:00. Alas, it has been changed to every day until 6:00 and I had just missed it. A few weeks later, I tried again - I think on a Wednesday at 5:30. This time, the special had changed to just Monday nights.

                I feel like they have different menus that they pull out based on the day/time, so that it is never actually $1 oyster time.

                Also, I don't trust any place that offers an oyster special but doesn't regularly have oysters on the menu.

                1. re: nyc_to_ma

                  that's so funny. i can't think of a clever quip that references Kafka or The Castle, but i know there are numerous sharp CHs out there who could!

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    Well, obviously the correct quote would be Lewis Carroll: Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.

                    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                      Perfect :)
                      I AM hoping to be better read in my next lifetime.

              3. I wouldn’t order cooked food there, let alone raw. Spilled a drink into the ice machine? That’s what soda guns are for.

                To their credit, their blue drinks - “you can’t even taste the alcohol! woooooooo!” are very blue.

                Also to their credit, they have a more difficult name to pronounce than Joshua Tree.

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                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    In fairness, I checked the menu today and saw no blue drinks on the cocktail list. I did, however, see Thai chicken dumplings, short rib tacos, a beet salad, a “poutine burger,” an “ultimate” cubano, fish tacos, truffle fries, and Guy Fieri.

                    1. re: enhF94

                      and the year 2004. I could do this all day

                1. Hmm. This must be a old post.