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Waltham recommendation

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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  1. pondrat RE: jdoc Aug 25, 2008 01:14 PM

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

    1. Luther RE: jdoc Aug 25, 2008 02:15 PM

      Beijing Star

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        jdoc RE: Luther 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.

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        y2000k RE: jdoc 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 RE: y2000k Aug 25, 2008 02:35 PM

          Il Capriccio - Italian

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            justbeingpolite RE: lizziee Aug 25, 2008 03:08 PM

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

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              pondrat RE: justbeingpolite Aug 25, 2008 03:23 PM

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

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          okello RE: jdoc 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 RE: okello Aug 25, 2008 05:50 PM

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

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              pondrat RE: Mayflour Aug 25, 2008 06:00 PM

              Within the past 2 months ?

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                Mayflour RE: pondrat 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 RE: Mayflour 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 RE: Harp00n 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 RE: pondrat 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 RE: pondrat 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 maƮtre d' wearing track suit with her midriff showing, and worse still, fruit flies buzzing around.

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                        pondrat RE: y2000k Aug 26, 2008 09:53 AM

                        How was the food ?? :-)

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              jdoc RE: 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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