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Lunch Near Highland Ave. Newton / Needham?

blglass Apr 2, 2008 04:08 PM

Any great lunch ideas in the Highland Ave Newton / Needham vacinity? My friend just took a job in that area and we would like to discover some good food. Thanks in advance.

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    Scruffy The Cat Apr 25, 2008 06:00 PM

    What about the Echo Bridge Restaurant or whatever it's called? I've never been but I always think the 40 year old sign and plastic flowers in the window are promising.

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      galleygirl Apr 25, 2008 07:42 PM

      Geez, it was questionable 39 years ago...That was the last time I went, and the first time i ate quiche!

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      ShelT54 Apr 25, 2008 03:45 PM

      Dunn Gaehrins in Newton. Farm Grill. Mandarin Gourmet is ok; Green Tea actually pretty good.

      1. Prav Apr 25, 2008 10:49 AM

        Get a "Combo" or "BBQ Pork" Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich on crusty French loaf) at Bobalicious, 300 block of Watertown St. Only $4 bucks and the owners are two of the sweetest ladies ever.


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          Scruffy The Cat Apr 25, 2008 05:57 PM

          Well, I LOVE the BBQ Banh Mi from Bobalicious, but it is across the town from Needham st.... ;-)

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          yogalife Apr 25, 2008 06:18 AM

          Newton Highlands has several places I'd recommend.

          Sushi -- try Takara's. Amazingly good sushi for a little hole in the wall. It's on Walnut Street, about a block down from Centre Street.

          Right next door to them is "Coffee Corner" - really good albacore tuna wrap.

          On Lincoln Street (around the corner) there are several places:

          Baker's Best - has cold and hot foods; sandwiches, soups, salads, etc.

          Lincoln Street Coffee -- really nice cozy little cafe - a couple of outdoor tables also. And above average lunch sandwiches, soups.

          Walnut St. Mkt -- grab-and-go sandwiches, and little nibits such as fresh roasted nuts, dips, etc. (If you're in the mood for a walk -- grab something here, then walk about 10 minutes down Lake Street and eat at the park by the lake.)

          Citrio - newest addition -- really good food. see other peoples' posts on this. Lots of outdoor tables in a charming little setting.

          51 Lincoln - across the street from Citrio -- is a step above the "grab lunch" idea. If you want to sit down for a while in a nice restaurant, this place has GREAT, truly GREAT food. I don't know which days they serve lunch. I know they have a brunch on the weekend.

          there's also a pizza place and O'Haras in newton highlands.

          Parking is very tricky around lunchtime. side streets are probably best bet.

          1. Angel Food Apr 3, 2008 10:34 AM

            I tried Citrio, the new spot in Newton last week and thought it was very good. I had a pulled pork sandwich on a house made bun that was delicious.

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              mats77 Apr 3, 2008 10:55 AM

              In that area I'm partial to the Biltmore (sitdown), even with the management/chef change, and Mighty Subs (quick).

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                hargau Apr 3, 2008 05:50 PM

                i have never liked mighty subs..to me its about 1 step better then subway. bleh! Have you tried Bobs? Only a few minutes away.

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                  mats77 Apr 4, 2008 05:15 AM

                  I'll admit that Mighty Subs is a guilty pleasure from my college days. Whereabouts is Bobs?

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                    hargau Apr 4, 2008 06:40 AM

                    Bobs is in elliott st. If you take Oak st off of needham st/highland ave. you will run straight into it pretty much.

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                      fullbelly Apr 25, 2008 09:53 AM

                      OMG! And the couple that runs it (Bob's) are so nice. Love that place. Great eggplant parms there.

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              blglass Apr 3, 2008 10:18 AM

              Thanks for all the tips!

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                bakerboyz Apr 3, 2008 05:46 AM

                New England Soup Factory on Needham Street; In Needham Center: Sweet Basil for Italian; good Thai at Rice Barn; good Indian at Masala Art; soon to open WIld Willy's for Burgers in strip plaza where Bertuccis is; fish at Village Fish (mixed reviews on this board); avoid Blue on Highland; Not Your Average Joe's--average food, decent burgers.

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                  grant.cook Apr 3, 2008 06:53 AM

                  I like shooting up to Newton Centre and eating at No 9 Noodle House.

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                  hargau Apr 2, 2008 04:14 PM

                  Years ago I worked on that street... Some favorites back then were.

                  Farm Grille- Greek food, rotisserie, kebabs
                  Oharas - very good pub food but sometimes too slow/crowded for a quick lunch. Fish and chips, chicken pot pie, meatloaf....
                  Bobs Subs - excellent subs..
                  Also there is a pizza/sub place off walnut, nicks? maybe.. forget the name
                  Green Tea Chinese just off 9 - about 5 min. drive if you know the roads.. Very good chinese

                  Newton center is a very quick drive and has alot of options..

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