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coffee shop in w. newton?

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bear Apr 30, 2008 05:36 AM

I'm looking for a place in West Newton for my (adult) son to hang out for an hour or so while I get my hair done so we can go shopping in the area afterward. Some place he can sit, read and sip some decent coffee or tea without monopolizing a table in a tiny space. I'm blanking on anything except the coffee shop that used to be in the Sweet Tomatoes space. Any thoughts appreciated!

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    avial RE: bear Apr 30, 2008 06:02 AM

    there's a bakery next to Blue Ribbon BBQ I think, if it's still there.

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      hurm RE: avial Apr 30, 2008 06:50 AM

      It's Keltic Krust Bakery at the corner of Washington and Elm. It's the only coffee shop in W. Newton.

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        MaggieMuffin RE: hurm Apr 30, 2008 10:01 AM

        It is a bit of a stretch to call it a coffee shop, but they do sell coffee, and you can hang out there for a bit. There is not much else in the area, except if you head down to Walnut/Newtonville.

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      mcb70 RE: bear Apr 30, 2008 06:45 AM

      In Newtonville, quite nearby, there is a coffee shop on Walnut (forget the name), a Starbucks, and Bread and Chocolate (my recommended choice).

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        Ralphie_in_Boston RE: mcb70 Apr 30, 2008 09:23 AM

        That Newtonville place used to be called Caffe Appassionato, but I think it's now "The Taste of Newtonville"

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        bear RE: bear Apr 30, 2008 12:22 PM

        Thanks, everyone. Sounds like Bread and Chocolate is the way to go, and I've been meaning to check it out so it's perfect. It probably doesn't make sense to hijack a table at Keltic Krust for that long, anyway, since the place is quite tiny.

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          Ralphie_in_Boston RE: bear Apr 30, 2008 12:39 PM

          Bread and chocolate might have the tastiest stuff, but I don't think they have very many tables? I've only been there once, so I don't recall well. There was a catering company there previously, maybe I"m imagining their (lack of) table configuration.

          Anyway, if there's no place to sit at B&C, the Taste is just across the street, and Starbucks right around the corner from that.

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            mcb70 RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Apr 30, 2008 01:35 PM

            There are 3-4 tables there. Midweek, it would be fine to hang out there for an hour.

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          bear RE: bear Apr 30, 2008 03:54 PM

          My son ended up at Taste (Cafe Taste? Taste Cafe?) on Walnut St. in Newtonville, which is a nice little sandwich/salad coffee shop serving Geore Howell coffee. I didn't get a chance to look around much, but it was a pleasant vibe with a small but tasty-crunchy sounding menu. Good iced tea, around the corner from Starbucks. A good choice for hanging out for an hour or so.

          Bread and Chocolate, which is almost across the street, closes at four during the week, which was too early for us. I peered in the window, and the pastries look great and the salads and sandwiches sound decent. Three or four tables.

          Now I'm off to eat Blue Ribbon pulled pork take-out. Bonus! Thanks for the suggestions.

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            Ralphie_in_Boston RE: bear May 1, 2008 09:04 AM

            Cool, I'm glad it worked out.

            And Pulled pork is my favorite thing to get at Blue Ribbon; I'm sure that worked out as well.

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