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riley15 Mar 20, 2008 01:00 PM

I love Gargoyle's on the Square but is there any other places anyone can recommend in Davis Square near the Somerville Theater?

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    heypielady RE: riley15 Mar 20, 2008 01:02 PM

    I went to Namaskar in February and really enjoyed my meal there. I don't know why people even bother with Diva.

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      Boston_Otter RE: heypielady Mar 21, 2008 08:47 AM

      The masala dosas at Diva are kind of incredible, so occasionally I put up with the crap-nasty service for them. But not much anymore. It's just not worth it.

      I wish Namaskar would get rid of those awful blue lights that shine on the food. Eating a yellow curry there is a little disgusting... it's all swamp-green from the light!

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        heypielady RE: Boston_Otter Mar 21, 2008 09:05 AM

        Have you tried the dosa at Namaskar? I had it and it was great (and enormous) Similar to what I've had in India but bigger. To be fair I haven't had a dosa at Diva so I can't compare.

    2. yumyum RE: riley15 Mar 20, 2008 01:48 PM

      II like Namaskar too. I can also recommend:
      Martsa on Elm -- yummy Tibetan food
      Dave's Fresh Pasta -- delicious sandwiches, cooked entrees, take-out pasta and fancy groceries
      Anna's Taqueria -- local burrito chain but great chile verde too

      None of these serve alcohol though, so if that's a requirement head to the Burren for decent pub food and a good pint.

      Avoid:
      Joshua Tree, Diva, Mike's, Orleans, Chipotle.

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        heypielady RE: yumyum Mar 20, 2008 02:09 PM

        Just to clarify, Namaskar does serve alcohol. (I believe yumyum was referring to Martsa, Dave's and Anna's)

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          yumyum RE: heypielady Mar 20, 2008 02:23 PM

          You're right heypie -- Namaskar serves the elixir. M, D and A do not.

      2. gansu girl RE: riley15 Mar 20, 2008 02:07 PM

        Something completely different - Redbones?

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          Gabatta RE: riley15 Mar 20, 2008 02:08 PM

          Out of the Blue for fresh and reasonably priced seafood.

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            lgss RE: riley15 Mar 20, 2008 03:45 PM

            Martsa's on Elm (Tibetan). They recently expanded, so they have more seating now.

            1. gini RE: riley15 Mar 21, 2008 07:27 AM

              Dave's Fresh has minimal inside seating, sidewalk tables when the weather is better. I adore their sandwiches.

              Namaskar is also great.

              I'm really fond of Blue Shirt - a small sandwich joint next to Mike's, but I think that might be because I'm a hippy. Other hounds have told me a it's a little too "wheat germ" for them.

              There's also the crepe place next to the theater - ok crepes, awesome waffles that finlero wrote about recently.

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                MaineRed RE: gini Mar 21, 2008 10:19 AM

                Also, Dave's closes fairly early: 7pm? more of a pick up tasty food for a picnic/take home place.

              2. Aromatherapy RE: riley15 Mar 21, 2008 10:06 AM

                No recent experience, but I enjoyed the appetizers I've had at Sabur, up the street toward Teele.

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                  mr mangia RE: riley15 Mar 21, 2008 01:41 PM

                  The restaurant that used to be China Sun which I believe is now called Tokyo Tapei is pretty good, much to my surprise. I was surprised since I usually do not trust Asian restaurants that combine cuisines from different countries. I had Spicy Szechaun Eggplant and the spears were not mushy and not doused in too much oil. All the dishes were packed with flavor even It's a great quick place to grab a bite before a movie or a concert.

                  1. digga RE: riley15 Mar 21, 2008 02:41 PM

                    How close to the theater do you need to be? Highland Kitchen would be my pick.

                    I like Blue Shirt, too. Particularly the thai-seared tofu. Maybe I'm a hippie, too.

                    1. voodoocheese RE: riley15 Mar 21, 2008 08:57 PM

                      It's a bit of a walk to Amelia's in Teele Sq, but I feel like it's well worth it. Also, I second the Namaskar suggestion- avoid Diva if possible!

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                        nasilemak RE: riley15 Mar 22, 2008 06:02 PM

                        Redbones is fun...love their Jamaican Jerk Beef Sandwich.

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                          foodismyfun RE: riley15 Mar 23, 2008 07:21 PM

                          Dave's has good pasta and sauces that make up a quick meal. I also like Blus shirt too but I hate tofu.

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