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Mar 14, 2008 10:50 AM

Take out/Delivery Davis area

Hello Fellow Foodies,

So, I'm thinking that cooking is just not gonna happen tonight. I've not been truly impressed with the take out and delivery options in my area, does anybody else have good news for me? I'm near Powderhouse Square near Davis Sq. in Somerville.

Much obliged!

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  1. Lots and lots of posts about Davis/Somerville so definitely check out the search function. Given you are in Powderhouse, I'd definitely recommend East Asia right there next to Tu y Yo. Above average Chinese food, especially notable for tofu dishes.

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    1. re: yumyum

      Yep, definitely East Asia for excellent, if semi-yuppified Chinese and Thai. For more authentic Northern Chinese, Wang's or Qingdao Garden.

      Angelina's is probably the best pizza that delivers, order well done. Pini's is great by the slice, but adequate whole-pie.

      City Slicker does awesome upscale comfort food, I'm a fan of their personal-sized meatloaf, as well as their baby spinach salad, and many of their pasta options. Good pan pizza if that's your thing (it's not really mine).

      Yoshi's is nowhere near as good as the Japanese or Korean in the Porter Exchange, but they do deliver. Solid bibimbap, chirashi, naruto.

      I'm not a huge Redbones fan, especially when not partaking of their wheel o' microbrews, but if you have a hankering for mediocre BBQ, they do deliver.

      Namaskar and Diva both do very good Indian, not sure if either delivers, but they do take-out for sure. I'm given to understand Namaskar is more authentic, Diva is a little less of a ghee-soaked heart attack in a plastic tub.

      1. re: finlero

        I have to say that East Asia is pretty much classic American Chinese. They added lots of sugar to 2 of the 3 dishes I tried. I didn't try any of the Thai food, but if you like authentic Chinese, this is not the place for you.

        East Asia Restaurant
        868 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

        1. re: Materials

          I have to agree that I have never been impressed with East Asia. It seems the tofu is homemade, so if you like that, go for it; otherwise, the food is nothing special (and not especially cheap as Americanized Chinese food goes). I am also wary of ordering Thai food from a Chinese place. If you are looking for Thai, I wholeheartedly recommend Lemon Thai on Highland Ave (they deliver to powderhouse). I have never once been disappointed in the food or service from this friendly family establishment. My favorites are crazy noodles, drunken udon, basil fried rice, country pad thai, and spicy hot basil. Always fresh and tasty. Once (out of many many correct orders) they delivered the wrong food. I only realized it after the delivery guy was gone -- they called me right afterward, apologized, offered to bring new food (I declined), and said they would credit my account. The next time I called, they reminded me I had a free entree! Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

          Lemon Thai Cuisine
          215 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

      2. re: yumyum

        Hi Yumyum,

        Interestingly, I've done searches before for the Davis area, and though it's mentioned often, nothing I could find was dedicated to delivery or take out. I've explored the sit-downs well, and I just find the trashy take out menus thrown in my mail poor quality. I was specifically looking for new options for me to indulge at home.

        But thank you, I haven't tried East Asia yet. I'm often wary of places that mix styles of food - do you prefer their Thai or their Chinese?

        1. re: nomadic_lauren

          I totally hear you on the style mixing thing. Usually, if a restaurant claims to specialize in two cuisines, the smart money says they stink at both. East Asia is a happy exception.

          I like their Thai well enough, but for Americanized Thai in the 'hood, I'm partial to Sugar & Spice in Porter. Sugar and Spice, incidentally, is quite good for takeout, but delivery can take an unfortunate amount of time to arrive.

          So for me, East Asia is predominantly about the Chinese.

          1. re: nomadic_lauren

            I like their Chinese. Much better thai can be found on the other side of the river. That doesn't help for tonight, but just my opinion.

            Note, East Asia makes a great "wanton" soup. Great when you need that comfort.

            And Wang's probably will deliver to your hood. Just up Broadway in Magoun Square. GREAT dumplings.

            I've gotten takeaway from Diva but not Namaskar (altho Namaskar is definitely better food). I usually get Indian takeaway from India Palace in Union Square. They might deliver to you as well.

            And Tu y Yo will box up food for you to take home. I haven't had their dinner fare recently, but I have had breakfast/brunch there and I really like their homey cooking. Note, it's not a burrito joint.

            1. re: yumyum

              Namaskar does takeaway, as well. And I will echo all the recs for East Asia's Chinese food.

          2. re: yumyum

            Are there any particular tofu dishes that you'd recommend? I love tofu and love East Asia's fried rice, but haven't ventured from that one dish very often. In part because the 2 or 3 times I did, the non-fried rice items were not very good. I'm sure I'm just ordering wrong, so if you can make some specific tofu recommendations, that would be great! Also, I'm not a fan of bell peppers, so dishes without are much preferred.

            1. re: maillard

              I routinely order East Asia's homemade yu hsiang spicy tofu with broccoli. One of my favorite items on the menu.

              1. re: maillard

                I haven't been in a while, but I think there was a royal tofu that was great. The texture of it was what was unusual - I think it may be homemade. I admit I like sit down when I'm there because I'm a sucker for the complimentary fried wonton strips!

                1. re: Bluebell

                  It is homemade I think, and I like yu hsiang a lot too. They have a very simple tofu with brocolli which is good too. I'm a big carnivore but this tofu reminds me why it's desirable some of the time.

                2. re: maillard

                  Tofu red curry is really good. Some of the other Thai dishes aren't the best, but I like the curry and as mentioned above the homemade tofu is really worth trying.

              2. For seafood takeout you can add Pescatore Seafood to the list. They are in Ball Square.

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                1. re: SEH

                  Indeed. If we broaden this to Ball Square (and why not, we already worked West to Teele and East to Magoun) then add Victor's excellent chicken parm to the list. Take-out. Also, Soundbites and True Grounds for take-out.

                  Delivery is trickier. To the OP -- did you look on foodler yet?

                  1. re: yumyum

                    Doesn't Victor's close at 5? Add Dave's Fresh in Davis for takeout, and a lot of people like Pemberton Farms for takeout. Bengal Cafe for Bangladeshi, I think they deliver close by. If we're going to Magoun you can pack up takeout from the buffet at Churrasco Grill, and I think Oasis has set up a dinner buffet now too, not sure (both Brazilian).

                    1. re: Aromatherapy

                      I really thought Victor's was open later, but now I doubt myself. Well, maybe the OP can pick up earlier in the day and reheat ... the superlative american chop suey comes to mind. Or the roast turkey dinners with stuffing and gravy. They do very good old-school comfort food entrees each day as well as the regular subs, calzones etc.

                      1. re: yumyum

                        Sign in Victor's window this a.m.: Wed-Fri open until 8.

                      2. re: Aromatherapy

                        Churrasco has made their fixed-priced "marmitex" essentially permanent and its fairly inexpensive (I think $7.99). Not certain about a dinner buffet at Oasis, but they have added more daily choices for a fixed price available also at dinner (looks like these are not on the web site, bacalhoada on saturdays is the extent of what I remember). Also added blended juices and some other changes, but someone threw out my menu. Plus they added online ordering which should help for delivery and with language barrier issues ( That said, I still prefer Churrasco for overall consistency.

                        1. re: itaunas

                          Oasis on Main Street in Medford has a new banner hanging in front of it's restaurant advertising an all you can eat buffet with Brazillian bbq Monday-Thursday 5pm-11pm for $9.99. Has anyone gone to Oasis recently? I got their lunch buffet for take-out a few years ago and the food was pretty good. I didn't like the fact that they weighed the styrofoam container on top of an empty dish to determine the price. I forget how much per pound the lunch buffet was but I'm sure it's gone up since then. Any new reviews of Oasis in Medford?

                  2. I always order from Angelina's for pizza, Wing Work's for fried things (Rochester, yum), and Tom Yum Koong for Thai. Namaskar is great eating in- I haven't tried their delivery just yet. Also, if I'm in the mood for a certain kind of sub- I order from Davis Sq Pizza. I like Deli-icious, but the don't have a tip line on their receipt- and that drives me crazy!

                    1. How about some place links? These are the ones I can personally vouch for. What an embarrassment of riches.

                      Wang's Fast Food
                      509 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

                      Namaskar Fine Indian Cuisine
                      236 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

                      East Asia Restaurant
                      868 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

                      Victor's Meat & Deli
                      710 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

                      Dave's Fresh Pasta
                      81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

                      Angelina's Pizza & Subs
                      230 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

                      1. I'm adding this link to catalogue the options, but the thread already covers the chowhoundy angle very well.