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Delivery to Union Square

I spent about two hours last night searching the board and calling places, all to try and find somewhere that would deliver Chinese food to Union Square. I ended up giving up and driving out to Qingdao Garden to satisfy my craving. When I'm feeling lazy in the future, though, where can I call that will deliver to Union? No particular limits to Chinese food, either, that was just my craving de jour (de la nuit?).

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  1. Wang's Fast Food! They deliver to our house in Union Square at the drop of a hat. Arrives hot and tasty.

    1. Sorry, didn't really read the whole question:

      Chinese: Wang's Fast Food [$2 delivery charge]
      Indian: India Palace [$15 minimum]
      Pizza: Pini's [have your oven on to crisp up a bit upon delivery]
      Other: CitySlickers [good chowhound reports, but haven't ever actually ordered]

      This is a short list that I have compiled, but I don't do delivery all that often.

      1. I think Montien (good Thai) in Inman will go there. They unfortunately don't make it to Porter. There is another Thai place right next to the Independent - I think it's Great Thai Chef - I am in the minority that I think it should be called Not THAT Great and Somewhat Overpriced Thai Chef, but it has its fans.

        City Slickers will surely go to Union. There is a place in Union - I think it's something like East Asia - it's on Somerville Ave across the street from Sally O'Brien's. I think they deliver and they have good value very typical take-out Chinese. Like you know, good gooey General Gao.

        Zoe's Chinese on Beacon Street in Somerville will likely also deliver to Union. People like the tea-smoked duck and other more authentic Chinese offerings.

        There is another place, China Delight, on the Ave., closer to Porter which just underwent a major face lift coinciding with their take-over of the former Sky Bar. Their menu looks to be the same, which is to say small in scope compared to other typical Chinese take-out, and higher priced by ~1-3 dollars per item. The food was never that good there before but would be curious if anyone has dared to try them.

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        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          I was reading about China Delight last night and decided to steer clear of it. The place from Sally O'Briens's is called New Asia, I think, and that location is closed. Only the Harvard Square location is open and they wouldn't deliver to Union.

          Anyone know about the place that is next door to India Palace?

          1. re: meaganl

            The Red Hat or Red Door is next to India Palace and it is awful, in my opinion. New Asia is equally nasty. They don't actually cook anything in Union Square, they deliver it from another location. Their shop in Belmont was shut down numerous times for health violations, and I cant' get past the photos that ran in the Belmont local paper following the first closure.

            1. re: smtucker

              Shows you how often I've been there lately. I am a Qing Dao delivery devotee.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                When I have asked at Qung Dao, they have indicated that they _might_ deliver to Union Square on a slow night, but the body language indicated that there was NEVER going to be a night slow enough to go _all_ the way to Union Square. It is okay, I just have to go to them.

          2. re: Bob Dobalina

            I have tried the new China Delight, and noticed no improvement. That said, it's not HORRIBLE, just the typically Americanized, middling Chinese food many of us grew up on. As an aside, I was surprised to find their new bar full of patrons from Razzy's down the block—not sure that's what the owners had in mind with new bar space.

          3. Second Wangs for Chinese. Zoe's might also deliver to you but I've not heard any recent reports about the food ... last I heard it wasn't thrilling the way it used to.

            Not Chinese but I just had delivery from India Palace this week and the food arrived really quickly, well packaged, and piping hot. Since you live there you can take away too. I really like that place.

            1. Second City Slicker - interesting pies, good salads, decent main meals, though the meatloaf is rock solid. ETA: that would be solid as a rock, not the single greatest culimary achievement in the history of mankind. In case my poor word choices confuse you.

              New Asia does an American combination of Thai & Chinese - nothing's great, but everything seems fresh and the portions are huge and cheap.

              I like India Palace much more than Passage to Indian, which also delivers.

              Sugar & Spice might deliver to you for good Thai. It's not mindblowing, but it's solid. ETA: the food is not a coagulated block. Rather, you get average Thai food that's fine.

              Redbones for BBQ.

              Soundbites for Middle Eastern, sort of.

              I just ordered from Zoe's last night. I don't know if Zoe's was ever actually thrilling, or if 'hounds just hadn't had Sichuan and Shanghaiese food done the right way. It's still completely solid (ETA: that would be solid as in representative of good cooking), though Sichuan Garden and New Shanghai are still better options if you're looking for those cuisines.

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              1. re: gini

                > Second City Slicker - interesting pies, good salads, decent main meals, though
                > the meatloaf is rock solid.

                Are you speaking literally or figuratively? It matters. :) Is that a recommendation of the meatloaf or not? (Decent mains, though the meatloaf is particularly good; or, decent mains, though the meatloaf is as hard as a rock.)

                1. re: chickendhansak

                  Personally, I find it figuratively rock solid, literally juicy and flavorful, and hyperbolically the single greatest culinary achievement in the history of mankind.

                    1. re: Bob Dobalina

                      You all make me laugh. The meatloaf is literally as solid as a rock, or at least has been the two times I ordered it (fool me twice, shame on me...). I have adjusted my post above!

                      1. re: gini

                        Interesting. Wordplay and hyperbole aside, I've definitely been really pleased with the meatloaf, although admittedly it's been several months since I last tried it. Superb with sides of broccolini and roast new potatoes.

                        1. re: finlero

                          I think I'm gonna have to try it now, rock solid or rock hard as it may be.

                          Rock on ...

                          1. re: chickendhansak

                            The meatloaf is the best thing on the City Slicker menu, imho. Sometimes unfortunately they scrimp on the luscious brown onion sauce though. I second the broccolini recommendation. I wish Foodler would allow me to select 2 sides of broccolini instead of having to choose 2 separate sides.

              2. I bet that the Kebab Factory would deliver to Union. They definitely deliver to Davis (yum) and Union is much closer to them. Currently our favorite Indian delivery. I also bet that East Asia near Powderhouse would deliver good fresh American Chinese and Thai.

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                East Asia Restaurant
                868 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

                The Kebab Factory
                414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

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                1. re: DavisSquare

                  Kebab Factory DELIVERS? That completely changes my universe. Thank you.

                  East Asia will definitely get out there.

                2. Try The Snack Bar in Cambridge for Portuguese delivered (homestyle, not super fancy), make sure you ask about daily specials (greek style pizza, _ok_ basic subs, worth trying portuguese man-o-war though). Skampa delivers with excellent roast beef, solid pastrami (my fix since Maria's changed hands), decent haddock sub too.

                  There are a bunch of Brazilian places that deliver to Somerville. Oasis in Medford for a la Carte, Minas Grill on lower Broadway and Cafe Varandas for churrasco. Pizza Crust and Grille and Picnic Pizza for less expensive fix-priced Brazilian plate of the day (and decent brazilian style steak with onions, cooked well done). Some Oasis suggestions are here http://www.chowhound.com/topics/468647.

                  I have seen delivery mentioned on the menu at Montecristo on Broadway, who has a good Montanero and decent tacos (ok adobada) just haven't seen drivers around at lunchtime. Tropico in East Cambridge delivers, but not certain about Union Sq -- better for carne asada tacos, also grilled chicken legs.

                  Its worth checking if the Paddock is still delivering after they reopened, East Asia at Powderhouse definitely delivers, and a family member orders from Cafe Kiraz.

                  I recently hit Zoe's one night that I forgot Qingdao closes on Tuesdays. Instead of ordering sichuan dishes, I tried several dishes they had in common with Quindao and was pleasantly surprised. Still solid and reliable...

                  1. Chinese delivery- I love Wok 'n Roll from Porter Square ( not only because of the great name)-it has left all the others I have tried in the dust- always fresh and hot- even the soups are delicious!
                    Pizza - Espresso's Pizza in Medford.
                    Indian- India Palace is the best!

                    1. Good ones have been mentioned already. I'd add Great Thai Chef (right in the square, next to the Independent). Nice folks, good food, and quick delivery.

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                      1. re: franksnbeans

                        franks, what do you order there? I have eaten there twice and was underwhelmed. However, it is really possible that I simply ordered boring items.

                        1. re: smtucker

                          On the meat side of things, a favorite is their beef w/pineapple; really tasty. On the veggie side, their Jungle Curry is great (nice spice, crispy tofu, good veggies, and made w/out coconut milk). And I'm a sucker for the rice noodle dishes: pad thai, kee-maw, see-eu are all good. The spicy seafood dishes too. Fresh rolls dropped off their dinner menu, and it's a shame, because they did them well. They might still be on the lunch menu though.