Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
Mar 2, 2009 01:43 PM

Arlington Lunch Spot

Can anyone think of a decent place (atmosphere and food) to have lunch on Friday? Last time we met at garden in the cellar and liked it but arlington is more convenient. We won't want to be rushed.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Kathmandu Spice one of the best ethnic (Nepali) restaurants in Boston with a delicious lunch buffet and the decor is really quite nice. You can hang out for hours. I would also suggest Toraya, but the vibe is not so soothing or conducive to lingering..

    5 Replies
    1. re: StriperGuy

      May I second Kathmandu Spice? I took my incredibly picky teenage son there last week; I swear, if we didn't have to make a Dr.'s appointment, that child would *still* be there, piling up his plate.

      During the week, it's more familiar North Indian fare (the Nepali buffet is on Sundays), but it is very fresh, no standard "curry base" here. I swear that kid ate his weight in lamb curry, and anyone who can get this kid to eat multiple servings of okra (Okra!!! I kid you not!) is doing something very, very right.

      1. re: sablemerle

        I tried the buffet there last week based on the recs here and thought it was nothing special. Most items badly needed salt - especially the okra - some noodle dish seemed like any noodle bowl from a supermarket freezer with mushy noodles and frozen vegetable flavor - curry chicken was just ok and had good heat, but that was about it as far as spices. Only thing that I thought was really good was the tandoori chicken which had a very good spice rub/marinade. Maybe I just hit it on an off day....

        1. re: LStaff

          I've found it to vary from uninspired and passable to excellent, tilting more to the latter. There's always at least one hit. I remain a fan.

          1. re: Aromatherapy

            Every time I've been it is good to excellent.

      2. re: StriperGuy

        I just discovered that they post their daily buffet menu on their website. Handy.

      3. Shanghai Village
        Not Your Average Joe's
        Ixthapa (Lexington)
        Jimmy's Steer House

        1. Thai Moon if you are in the mood for Thai.

          1. I really like MiFume for sushi...and when my mom comes into town, she loves their chinese/japanese dishes. If it's a burger and good conversation, Krazy Karry's is great!

            1. Sweet Sue's on Mass Ave at the Jason/Mill Street intersection is a friendly place where you are welcome to sit (warning: kids are welcome, too!), and there is a variety of salads, quiche, sandwiches, and a quesadilla that will feed 12. She roasts fresh chicken every day, so all the chicken dishes are moist and tasty. Yummy cookies as well.