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jdoc Aug 25, 2008 12:43 PM

Throwing together a last minute dinner gathering for around 8 people tomorrow, with attendees coming from Southern NH, downtown, JP and Walpole. Looking for something reasonably fair to all travel-wise, and thought Waltham might work. I know there are a lot of restaurants in that town, but haven't been in a while -- I wondered if anyone had any fun mid-range recommendations in or around Waltham.

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    jdoc Aug 26, 2008 06:42 AM

    Thanks for all the input. Made a reservation at Solea. Will report back as to how it goes.

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      okello Aug 25, 2008 03:33 PM

      Ditto Solea or Elephant Walk. I'd probably go for Solea between those two--it's fun and I enjoy the Sangria.

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        Mayflour Aug 25, 2008 05:50 PM

        Don't go to the Elephant Walk......it's yucky now.

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          pondrat Aug 25, 2008 06:00 PM

          Within the past 2 months ?

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            Mayflour Aug 25, 2008 06:05 PM

            Went in November 07. Yucky. I'm comparing it to when I was there years ago when it was in Union Sq. Back then I was AMAZED. Now I'm skeeved. I'll never go back.

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              pondrat Aug 25, 2008 06:51 PM

              While the Waltham branch doesn't have the most appealing decor, the food still seemed to be good. I will agree that the "amazing" bloom is surely off the rose. Now it's just your standard French Cambodian restaurant in the suburbs.

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                pondrat Aug 25, 2008 07:20 PM

                Ahhh there was a memorable little place in Oddar Meancheay Province back in '68...a somlar kor ko to die for...(so to speak) ...:)))

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                  Harp00n Aug 25, 2008 07:44 PM

                  Would that be the little place at the end of the cart track in Kampong Reab?

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                  y2000k Aug 26, 2008 09:46 AM

                  The last 2 times we ate at the Elephant Walk Waltham for dinner (within last 6 months), we found the waitstaff unpleasant, the maître d' wearing track suit with her midriff showing, and worse still, fruit flies buzzing around.

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                    pondrat Aug 26, 2008 09:53 AM

                    How was the food ?? :-)

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          y2000k Aug 25, 2008 02:19 PM

          Ditto Soleo. Also consider Ponzu (pan-Asian), Baan Thai (next door to Elephant Walk), and New Mother India.

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            lizziee Aug 25, 2008 02:35 PM

            Il Capriccio - Italian

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              justbeingpolite Aug 25, 2008 03:08 PM

              What's happened to the Tuscan Grill? Jump the shark?

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                pondrat Aug 25, 2008 03:23 PM

                Yes but in their case it's more like the more appropriate media phenomena called "nuking the fridge"

          2. Luther Aug 25, 2008 02:15 PM

            Beijing Star

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              jdoc Aug 25, 2008 02:20 PM

              Thanks, Luther, but one guy's just back from the Olympics and says he won't go if it's Chinese! Hard to blame him.

            2. pondrat Aug 25, 2008 01:14 PM

              Soleo for Tapas on Moody Street
              Elephant Walk for French Cambodian
              Campania for Italian on Main

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