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Lunch in West Newton?

mabelm4050 Feb 4, 2008 07:15 AM

Hi-- I have a lunch meeting coming up in West Newton. The places I like in that neighborhood seem to be more take-out: Blue Ribbon, Sweet Tomatoes, Comellas. I need more of a sit-down restaurant and I'm drawing a blank as to what else is around there. Isn't there a chinese place near Sweet Tomatoes--is that any good? What else?

Thanks very much!

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    joebelt Feb 4, 2008 07:34 AM

    Is Lumière open for lunch?

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    1. re: joebelt
      Blumie Feb 4, 2008 07:38 AM

      Unfortunately not (nice use of the accent, BTW!).

      The closest decent options probably are in Newtonville, either Ariadne or, for a casual lunch counter kinda place, Cabot's (closed on Mondays). Both are five minutes from West Newton.

      1. re: Blumie
        gansu girl Feb 4, 2008 09:13 AM

        As much as I want to love Cabot's (and I have a preschooler, so it'd be my kinda place), I've had a few really mediocre to bad lunches there recently. Food stone cold, terrible service - and when the food was warm, it was really not so great. I've only been ordering lunch-counter standbys, too - grilled cheese, BLTs, etc. - all stuff I'd order at Brigham's, for instance. The icing on the cake was when their ATM was out of order (they only take cash, in case you do go) and the manager told me when I asked if they'd take a credit card under any circumstances that "it wasn't his responsibility to accommodate" me. Nice, huh? I mean, I understand the cash-only thing, but at least be NICE about it.

        Anyway - I'd vote for Kouzina in Waban (see below) - had some really good lunches there and the atmosphere is nicer.

        1. re: gansu girl
          hargau Feb 4, 2008 09:21 AM

          Years ago i lived behind Cabots. Every time i got anything other then ice cream i found it disapointing.

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      sushidad Feb 4, 2008 08:03 AM

      Paddy's on Elm St is probably your best bet if you want to stay right in West Newton. I would avoid Shing Yee, the Chinese restaurant next to Sweet Tomatoes. If you want Chinese I would head down Washington St. to Newtonville to Rice Valley. Also, next to Rice Valley is a great Thai/Cambodian restaurant: Lam's.

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      1. re: sushidad
        Science Chick Feb 4, 2008 10:12 AM

        I second Lam's. Nice atmosphere and food is quite good. Alternatively, you could head up to Moody Street in Waltham...just as far as Newtonville from W. Newton!

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        emilief Feb 4, 2008 08:03 AM

        Kouzina in Waban is a short ride from West Newton. Open for lunch -but closed on Mondays.

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