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Apr 20, 2009 08:54 AM

New to the Neighborhood: West Newton/Moody Street

My boyfriend and frequent DC are moving to West Newton-but only a mile or so from Moody Street in Waltham. This is uncharted dining territory for both of us- with the exception of Blue Ribbon BBQ. But a girl can't live on pulled pork alone (okay, she could, but she'd get really chubby). So, any of you have some good suggestions for must-eats in our new 'hood?

We eat...everything (so, really, I'm trying to avoid 'chubbier').

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  1. For Moody Street, we like Solea for tapas. Ponzu is not bad for pan-Asian. Haven't tried Tuscan Grill but it gets okay reviews here. For more expensive/upscale Italian, there is Il Capriccio and La Campania. Both are on Main Street Waltham instead of Moody Street.

    Last night we tried out Kebab and Tandoor on Main Street - really good food. We also like Baan Thai on Main Street; and Elephant Walk next door is decent too. Yasu a few doors down supposedly have pretty good Korean (Korean/Japanese but Korean is better), but we haven't tried it yet.

    Ponzu Fine Dining
    286 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

    Elephant Walk
    663 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451

    Tuscan Grill
    361 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

    Solea Restaurant & Tapas Bar
    388 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

    Il Capriccio
    888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

    Kabab & Tandoor
    699 Main St, Waltham, MA

    La Campania
    504 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

    Sushi Yasu
    617 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

    Baan Thai
    659 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

    1. I have lived in waltham for 8 years now, here are some of my favorite places...

      On Moody Street:
      Bison County (great south carolina grilled wings) and good for a burger
      Tom Can Cook (can look dead inside at times, but a large selection of food, and great for take out)
      Lizzys (great ice cream)
      Tempo (for a more upscale "trendy" place, they make really good food and good cocktails)

      Off Moody Street
      Pisanos--it is a mexican/guatamalan restaurant off the path that has really good margaritas, and very good food. Located on High Street. Stay away from Margaritas on Moody Street...overpriced, bad food.
      Il Capriccio--for a fancy meal since it is pricey, but the best Italian in the area

      Surprisingly there are a lot of great breakfast places in waltham. My favorite is In A Pickle on Main Street.


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      1. re: marn209

        I believe it is "Paisanos" on Newton Street. But I wouldn't bother...really mediocre IMHO.

        Another possibility for upscale Italian is La Campana, on Main Street.
        Definitely second Amarin Thai...some of the best you'll find outside of Brookline!

      2. Does anyone know if the Lincoln is still open and if it serves food? Silvertone is a fave and I was hoping I could get a mac n cheese fix there instead (same owner)?

        1. For a good pub burger and fries in West Newton try The Local. For a special (fairly expensive) night out in West Newton, try Lumiere, small, chef-owned restaurant, New American food. Don't miss the movies at the West Newton Cinema, excellent foreign and smaller budget films.

          1. If you head East on Washington St. in Newton you will find Lam's (Thai/Cambodian) and Rice Valley (Chinese) in Newtonville. A bit further East is Cabot's which will never win any awards for great cuisine, but it is one of the last of a dying breed of family run ice cream shoppes with great frozen yogurt and even a decent chicken salad sandwich. If you head to Newton Corner you will find Amarin (Thai) and Buff's pub known for their Buffalo wings.

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            1. re: sushidad

              Further down on Main Street is Dom's - excellent subs (never had the pizza and pasta...) Sabatino's on Main serves up a decent slice. I strongly second the recommendation for In A Pickle. i work on Main and eat there at least once a week. You'd also do well to hop in a car and go to Russo's - not far from you.