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bensherman Apr 27, 2009 03:36 PM

I have a car this week for work, and I can drive somewhere normally not accessible by T - I've seen the "where can we go by T" question before, but not the other way around! What are you favorite places otherwise inaccessible?

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  1. rlh RE: bensherman Apr 27, 2009 03:41 PM

    Oishii, Too in Sudbury - really - totally worth the trip and much lower prices than the one in the South End (for similar but not identical menu) with more seating than the one in Chestnut Hill.

    Sushi Island is another great find in Wakefield Center worth a drive.

    Lobster Pool in Rockport if you 're up for a longer drive and spectacular outdoor sunset dinner (or my recent find in Essex - The Blue Marlin - but much less atmosphere there - just great fresh seafood)

    Moulton's in Medford if only for the lobster scampi - best value around - and delicious!

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      bachslunch RE: rlh Apr 27, 2009 04:02 PM

      Good suggestions. Should note that it's actually possible to reach Wakefield Center via commuter rail or bus (but it takes a while from Boston), and Rockport can also be accessed via commuter rail (again takes a good while, and there's a bit of a walk to the waterfront area from the stop).

      Essex, Sudbury, and the area in Medford where Moulton's is are indeed anywhere from tough to impossible to access via public transportation.

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        rlh RE: bachslunch Apr 28, 2009 06:53 AM

        Good point on Wakefield, however, where the Lobster Pool is in Rockport is REALLY far from any commuter rail stop I'm aware of - if it exists, it would be a long, slow bus ride around Cape Ann after the long commuter rail ride - it's out by Halibut Point State Park.

        Also, the founder sushi chef of Oishii (Kung, I think?) seems to be in Sudbury virtually every time we go there - and that's a really good thing - great to sit at the sushi bar and watch him/chat with him if it's not too busy.

        Finally, call ahead to Moulton's if it's only lobster you seek - we have been shut on on our last two visits because we came too late in the evening and all of it had been sold that day.

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          itaunas RE: bachslunch Apr 28, 2009 10:26 AM

          Its still worth a car ride, but to correct future misconceptions, the 96 bus out of Harvard or Davis can drop you off at Winthrop and George, less than a 5 minute walk to Moulton's. The 95 from Sullivan you can get off in front of the Medford Police station and cross the street, walk up to where Rt 16 East traffic is existing and walk down the South street, probably about 10 minutes. Additionally if you are coming from Medford Sq (more buses from Arlington or Malden/Wellington/Sullivan on Orange Line, a direct weekday bus from haymarket) there is a bridge to cross the river just past the center which can get you over to South st, probably a 10-12 minute walk total to Moulton's depending where you get off the bus (its hard to describe, but the bus drivers which pass in front 80,95,326 might be able to orient you correctly).

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            mtm7654 RE: itaunas May 4, 2009 11:55 AM

            Geez, I wish I"d known about chowhound when I lived in Medford!

      2. BostonZest RE: bensherman Apr 27, 2009 03:52 PM

        Speed's - yes, I know you can get there by public transit but you can't lean on the hood of the car while you eat your hot dog.

        The Clam Box in Essex. Jake's in Hull, Bell Island Seafood, Al Forno in Providence for Pizza.

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          bachslunch RE: BostonZest Apr 27, 2009 03:57 PM

          Belle Isle Seafood actually can be reached via public transportation if you take the Blue Line to Orient Heights and then walk several blocks (or take a Winthrop bus from the subway stop).

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          bachslunch RE: bensherman Apr 27, 2009 03:53 PM

          Not sure where you're located and how long you have for lunch/dinner, but here's a few thoughts.

          If they're open, I'd think the clam shack places in Ipswich and Essex might be among the hardest good-quality spots to reach without a car. The Clam Box is a long way from the Ipswich commuter rail stop and not reachable via bus, while Essex (J.T. Farnham's, Woodman's, The Village) is neither reachable via commuter rail or bus.

          There are also a few decent Italian spots on the North Shore (Donatello's in Saugus, Ponte Vecchio in Danvers) that definitely can't be reached via public transport.

          J's at the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton definitely can't be reached except by car.

          1. galangatron RE: bensherman Apr 28, 2009 06:56 AM

            lowell. home to the second largest cambodian population in the country and full of se asian markets, banh mi shops, cambodian restaurants, vietnamese restaurants, and the only exclusively laotian restaurant in massachusetts

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              bensherman RE: galangatron Apr 29, 2009 08:47 PM

              This is exactly what I'm looking for - thank you!

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              ginafly RE: bensherman Apr 28, 2009 07:26 AM

              Za, in Arlington!

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                wonderwoman RE: ginafly Apr 28, 2009 08:00 AM

                which the #77 mass ave bus drives past, along with the #79 and #350...

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                  ginafly RE: wonderwoman May 4, 2009 10:24 AM

                  Ah, yes, sorry. I think "public transit" and only think of trains, not the buses. This could be because the #1 bus has wronged me too many times. =)

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                  bensherman RE: ginafly Apr 29, 2009 08:47 PM

                  The 77 Bus is the bus I ride the most. I need to try za (and blue ribbon BBQ!). I discovered it on a trip to Penzy's.

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                    rlh RE: ginafly Apr 30, 2009 08:23 AM

                    More resounding support for Za from a regular there for at least the past couple of year - great food, nice beer/wine choices, reasonable prices, and super nice people! Open for lunch and dinner.

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                    hckybg RE: bensherman Apr 30, 2009 09:03 AM

                    Wow, I totally empathize with this post. I too am carless (by choice) but eager to find my way to more remote places anytime I have use of a car. Two places I have gone recently with a car that I couldn't otherwise reach easily: Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham (also in Billerica) and Five Guys in Dedham. The latter was a favorite when I lived in DC, and was absolutely worth the 20 dollars I spent for a zipcar. I suppose you could get to SG through some very complicated route of buses, but I wouldn't count that as accessible.

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                      bensherman RE: hckybg Apr 30, 2009 09:14 AM

                      They have imported five guys up here, hopefully El Pollo Rico is next. (and Super H Mart and Wegman's!) I'm also a former DC resident, and those are the only things I really miss!

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                        hckybg RE: bensherman Apr 30, 2009 12:32 PM

                        Well, to be perfectly honest I really miss 2Amys pizza, but that I will have to return for. I was thrilled to see Five Guys reaching this far north. I don't think it has suffered much for the distance.

                    2. MC Slim JB RE: bensherman Apr 30, 2009 09:35 AM

                      I know buses will get you to some of these places:

                      Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham
                      New Bridge Cafe in Chelsea
                      Highland Kitchen in Somerville
                      Pupuseria Mama Blanca in Eastie
                      Guru the Caterer in Somerville
                      Mi Tierra in Waltham
                      Beijing Star in Waltham
                      New Jang Su Korean BBQ in Burlington
                      Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                        alwayscooking RE: MC Slim JB May 4, 2009 07:51 PM

                        Don't miss Guru and there's another Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham.

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                        mimi175 RE: bensherman May 4, 2009 03:14 PM

                        MC Perkins Cove in Ogunquit Maine, closer than you would think and worth it when you get there.

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                          robertlf RE: bensherman May 4, 2009 07:49 PM

                          Dynamite Sushi in Hudson, NH (Korean-Japanese) is not your average sushi restaurant. The owner pays attention to every little detail and you can taste it in the rice and the creativity of his delicious dishes.

                          http://www.dynamitesushi.net

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