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lunch in newton, not asian

judyann Nov 12, 2008 04:14 AM

I am having lunch with my 87 year-old mother-in-law. Where can we go?


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  1. mabelm4050 RE: judyann Nov 12, 2008 04:48 AM

    Johnny's Luncheonette in Newton Center is a fun, 50's style place. Cabots on Washington Street also.

    Farm Grill (Greek food, kabobs, salads, etc) on Needham Street is my favorite for lunch, but it is counter service. Otherwise, an unbelievably clean and delicious place.

    I've never been, but hear good things about Fiorella's on North Street.

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      sushidad RE: judyann Nov 12, 2008 06:40 AM

      In the Needham St. Area there is also Skipjacks (seafood) and O'Haras (pub)
      In Newton Centre you might want to try Appetito (Italian-ish).
      In Waban there is Kouzina (greek).
      In West Newton I'd recommend Paddy's (pub)

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        BBHound RE: judyann Nov 12, 2008 06:41 AM

        For something fancier, try Aquitaine Bis on Rt 9, Chestnut Hill. Next to the (former) Star Market. Good food and very relaxed at lunch.

        Aquitaine Bis
        11 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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          chuck s RE: judyann Nov 12, 2008 07:04 AM

          How about the Biltmore in Upper Falls or Paddy's Pub in West Newton?

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            Blumie RE: judyann Nov 12, 2008 07:39 AM

            I went to Kouzina, in Waban, for lunch for the first time a few weeks ago and thought it was fabulous. Of all the choices mentioned in this thread -- and there are many good ones -- it is the place I would take my 77-year-old mother.

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              emilief RE: Blumie Nov 12, 2008 08:21 AM

              Agree with Blumie. Just to clarify sushidad said it is Greek .Well. sort of. It is really not traditional Greek and there are alot of meat and seafood options that are more American with a twist. Great place to take your mom.

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              Mahj RE: judyann Nov 12, 2008 11:42 AM

              I know it's a chain but my 86 year-old mom loves Legal Seafood in Chestnut Hill. Food and service are consistently good. If you go that route, I recommend you ask to be seated in the back so she can hear your conversation.

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                Scruffy The Cat RE: judyann Nov 12, 2008 11:44 AM

                I wouldn't recommend Johnny's for an 87 year old MIL. It's too loud and the service is unreliable.

                I second (third?) Kouzina for a lovely, civilized lunch or Ariadne, even though it's not what it once was. Also the West Street Tavern, where the West Street Grill was is now a little less pub-like and a nice place for lunch.

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                  teezeetoo RE: Scruffy The Cat Nov 12, 2008 03:11 PM

                  i like Kouzinas but if your mom is a hamburger/salad type lady, the Biltmore is cozy, friendly and has good plain grub. If you want to venture into Brookline, the Fireplace Grill in Washington Square has wonderful lunches.

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                    Blumie RE: teezeetoo Nov 12, 2008 04:24 PM

                    Kouzina has great salads.

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