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Take-Out for 10, within 20 of Chestnut Hill

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VivreManger Sep 24, 2008 03:34 AM

Within the next month or two, I am seeking to feed take-out dinner to 10 people for about $150. The take-out has to be within 15 to 20 minutes of Chestnut Hill. In the past I have gotten food from Blue Ribbon BBQ in West Newton and from Arax in Watertown. I would be happy to use either again, but I am hoping to try something new.

The closest possible is Oishii, but I fear that $150 would not buy enough sushi to offer a full meal. Baker's Dozen is worth a call since their platters can be quite good, but I don't know their prices.

Has anybody tried Athan's (sp.?) in Brighton, the cheaper offshoot of the pastry shop on Beacon St? Pizza is always an option, but that is booring and the best pizzas often deteriorate in the transport.

Any suggestions? Any experience with the Brighton Athans?

I am hoping that there might be some unusual Chinese. Sichuan Garden's comes to mind, but that might be too adventurous and spicy for this crowd. Family Restaurant is another idea, but I was disappointed by an okra and lamb dish I had there last week.

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  1. Angel Food RE: VivreManger Sep 24, 2008 04:22 AM

    Baker's Best came to my mind first, we've used them quite a bit for office lunches and they are good. Also Citrio right across the street from there might work.

    1. galleygirl RE: VivreManger Sep 24, 2008 05:23 AM

      If you want sushi, SuperFusion in Washington Sq. could probably come in under your $150. for platters ordered ahead.

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        baldwinwood RE: galleygirl Sep 24, 2008 05:39 AM

        Golden Temple on Boylston, some of the best chinese in the area.

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          galleygirl RE: baldwinwood Sep 24, 2008 05:43 AM

          Tee hee hee; yer funny!

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            VivreManger RE: galleygirl Sep 24, 2008 07:59 AM

            Agreed.

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        jylze RE: VivreManger Sep 24, 2008 07:07 AM

        la rotisserie? maybe not enough variety for 10?

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          VivreManger RE: jylze Sep 24, 2008 08:00 AM

          La Ro is a possibility, but it strikes me that many of their dishes, notably the ribs, and the sides, are an inferior version of Blue Ribbon BBQ. Though I think their chicken is better.

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          emilief RE: VivreManger Sep 24, 2008 08:38 AM

          For less adventurous but excellent fresh Chinese food try Bernards in the Chestnut Hill Mall. Also, Kouzina in Waban has a take out menu. Resonable very good food- a modern twist on some Greek dishes, interesting salads and some pizzas.

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            rachybaby RE: VivreManger Sep 24, 2008 08:44 AM

            You also might try Comella's in West Newton. Delicious red sauce Italian food with huge portions... for $150 you could feed 20!

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              teezeetoo RE: VivreManger Sep 24, 2008 12:07 PM

              Rod Dee (don't know if the new store on Beacon in Washington Square is open yet but the old one on Beacon above Winchester is) has excellent Thai takeout and Lemon Grass on Harvard has very good Vietnamese - i think they are within 20 minutes, unless the traffic sucks. Rod Dee only takes cash.

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                RDR RE: VivreManger Sep 24, 2008 01:37 PM

                Demo's in Watertown would be a good choice--they have a menu for large groups.

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                  Blumie RE: VivreManger Sep 25, 2008 09:20 AM

                  Feeding 10 people for $150 at Baker's Best might be tough.

                  Another option to consider is the Farm Grill, on Needham Street.

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                    bakerboyz RE: Blumie Sep 25, 2008 09:31 AM

                    To keep it around $150 for 10 people I would stick with Blue Ribbon or as someone else suggested, Comellas, I also think Baker's Best would be very difficult to do for under $10 a person.

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