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Sep 3, 2008 11:47 AM

T Rex -- Brookline Village in General

I was wondering if anyone had stopped in T Rex Tacqueria in Brookline Village. I know its rather a long shot since they just opened today, but I am debating dinner tonight and wanted to hear the scoop.

Also, I just moved into Brookline Village from inside Boston and am looking for any food recommendations. I don't know the area to well and my roommates and I are all currently rather busy, at least enough that we don't really have the opportunity to scope out possible dinning/ take out destinations. I did grab some take out from Brookline Family Restaurant the other day and loved it, but haven't really investigated the culinary scene further. All of us love all types of food (two are pesco-vegetarians) and have been spoiled by our previous proximity to great restaurant. I would really appreciate any restaurant or take out recommendatios - we really need to build up our list (staple neighborhood sushi, pizza, indian, thai... etc.) Thanks in advance!

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  1. I was thinking about trying T Rex tonight too.

    For take out subs/wraps/pizza go to Brookline Spa. Mangia next to T Rex has good neapolitan style pizza. Matt Murphys is a great Irish style pub. Stoli Bar is a Russian eatry that you need to try and you already found Brookline Family Restaurant.

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    1. re: psc109

      Second the Brookline Spa. Better than average subs, salads, sandwiches, etc. Coolidge Corner is not too far from you, so I'd recommend Rod Dee Thai for takeout. They are supposed to be opening another branch in Washington Square which might be closer for you from Brookline Village.

      1. re: mabelm4050

        No, Coolidge Corner is much closer than Washington Square. Washington Street meanders a lot on its way out, but Harvard Street is a relatively straight shot.

        Where's T Rex? Is it where that other taqueria was, a couple doors from Serendipity?

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          T Rex is across from the CVS on Cypress, corner of Washington.

          I'll disagree that Coolidge Corner is much closer that Washington Square. Wash. Sq. is also a straight shot, but up Washington instead of Harvard.

          1. re: mabelm4050

            But starting from the split in front of the liquor store, Coolidge Corner is a little over half a mile away and Washington Square is just about exactly a mile away. So Washington Square is nearly twice as far from Brookline Village as Coolidge Corner, although neither distance is at all untenable.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              But walking up to Coolidge Corner is more entertaining along the way, a few more commercial venues, while Washington Sq. is all residential....walking to CC, one could stop at a number of Indian groceries, get a peddy, stop at Stop and Shop, get a beverage at a pub, etc....

                1. re: Prav

                  Yes, there are two different small Indian grocers on Harvard Street between the Stop & Shop and Coolidge Corner. Neither of them holds a candle to the shops in Waltham, but they're handy in a pinch.

                  1. re: Prav

                    There's a couple of Indian groceries on Harvard between Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner. Neither as good as the places on Moody Street in Waltham, like Patel Brothers, but useful nonetheless.

                    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                      There's another, almost directly across the street from this new taqueria.

                      The markets are each slightly different, perhaps a competitive niche-making thing.

      2. Sichuan Garden is a must. Don't bother with the food at Matt Murphy's -- I was once served a plate of fish and chips that I took as a personal insult.

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          I second not trying Matt Murphys--Not for the food, at least. Ended up there for brunch (pretty much by mistake) one Sunday and got to experience what cold and rubbery eggs taste like.

          Go try Orinoco-- As much love as I have for the SE, I like this location better. Absolutely try the datiles (dates stuffed with almond paste and an almond and wrapped with bacon), and go in on a Sunday night when Rick (the GM/Ops guy) is behind the bar-- he make some serious cocktails.

          1. re: stay_classy

            Never had brunch at M Murphy's but I enjoy the shepherds pie, beef stew, fish and chips and the cheese plate. The session music is pretty good too.

        2. Welcome to the neighborhood!

          A few tips: New Paris - next to aforementioned T.Rex - for eclairs. Manga is Italian pizza, while the others in the Village are Greek. Sichuan Garden can be excellent, especially if you order the Sichuan food - and try anything off the separate Sichuan menu. The new hamburger place - Frank & The Boys - is kind of $$ for basic, griddle cooked burgers. The best burger in the area is probably Coolidge Corner Clubhouse (which is guess where). The Korean place opposite Pierce School - forget the name - can be good. I like their stews. Martin's is a decent breakfast counter. The carryout Italian place - changed names recently but similar food - has good sandwiches. The little cafe on Station Street past the post office is pretty good. The sandwich shop on the corner, next to the yarn place - I still think of it by the old name - is just okay.

          BTW, one of my daughters loves Brookline Spa's Buffalo Chicken pizza - by the slice - and they use Boar's Head meat for the sandwiches.

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          1. re: lergnom

            The Korean restaurant is Minsok.

            Has New Paris improved again? I was a fan of their eclairs for decades, but the last time I bought a dozen of the minis they were horrible, with chocolate icing that tasted mostly of wax and over-stiffened, off-tasting pastry cream filling.

            1. re: Allstonian

              We get them now and again and there has been variance but no general change.

              Minsok is not bad, especially if you're not Korean and aren't comparing it to food from home, from your grandmother or from your favorite restaurant growing up.

              I would say in the Village it's easier to point out the no-go places: the take-out only Chinese place, Village Pizza & Village Fare - though both can do a decent eggplant parm and, of course, if you go to Brookline High - and, for many, Village Smokehouse. The rest are at least worth trying to see what you like. There's even La Morra on Rt 9.

              1. re: lergnom

                I never know which is Village Fare vs. Village Pizza, but I've gotten a decent crab salad sub from one and steak & cheese from the other.

                1. re: Joanie

                  Village Fare is the one at Cypress. High school hangout once open campus kicks in, meaning soon. I think it's the better of the two. They both make decent, meaning fair, sandwiches. It must be hard for them with Town Hall closed because Town employees are / were a big portion of their lunch businesses.

          2. I really love Pomodoro. Every meal I've had there has been great. Everything's very fresh and fitting with the seasons. It's a pain that they're cash-only, though. They do a lovely brunch with live jazz.