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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.


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  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..

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    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.

              1. Punjab (Indian) has both good lunch specials and a fine, relaxed atmosphere right in Arlington center. If anyone in the group is hesitant about Indian food (or even if they're not) the lamb "naanwich," wonderful tender lamb rolled up in a fresh naan, will keep them happy. There is a whole range of more traditional norther Indian dishes as well.

                For buffet, I agree with Kathmandu Spice.

                1. I like Thai Moon for lunch--excellent food, friendly people, and good prices.

                  1. If you like Garden at the Cellar, Something Savory is definitely the spot for you.


                    They execute everything on the menu very well, and it's a cheery setting. One of my favorite spots in Boston and one that does not get nearly enough love on the board.

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                    1. re: Bob Dobalina

                      This place looks interesting, thanks for mentioning it - I am going to try it this week.

                      1. re: LStaff

                        That's great - let me (us) know what you think.

                    2. Za on Mass Ave in East Arlington is very conducive to lunch. Good use of local and interesting ingredients. You don't imagine you'd feel rushed there at lunchtime.

                      1. I would second Za (in addition to good pizza they have outstanding salads), Kathmandu Spice and Something Savory. I adore Toraya and eat there more than any of the other places but it's not ideal for lingering -- can't beat the sushi though and they have terrific bento box lunch specials. For me personally I would skip lunch before I went to Shanghai Village or Not Your Average Joe's but YMMV.

                        Toraya Restaurant
                        890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                        138 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

                        Something Savory
                        1312 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                        Kathmandu Spice
                        166 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474