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Seeking ethnic dining on the North Shore

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StephVW May 5, 2009 10:04 AM

I'm looking for a restaurant between Malden and Newburyport that serves something other than a burger :) Any suggestions? We were thinking Thai but am open to anything really.

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  1. hiddenboston RE: StephVW May 5, 2009 10:10 AM

    Not exactly the North Shore, but if you are taking Route 93 to 495, Mango II in Tewksbury has some of the best Thai food I've eaten in the Boston area.

    1. LindaWhit RE: StephVW May 5, 2009 10:17 AM

      Ithaki in Ipswich might fit the bill: http://ithakicuisine.com/ Greek and Mediterranean.

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        StephVW RE: LindaWhit May 5, 2009 01:28 PM

        This was my Mom's suggestion too. A little pricey though. What would you suggest on the menu?

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          ScubaSteve RE: StephVW May 5, 2009 01:32 PM

          i'll chime in here and say anything lamb. the octopus app and if they have them, the grilled whole sardines are wicked good. they also have a flair for whole fish and the last two times we ordered scallops we were very pleased.

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            LindaWhit RE: StephVW May 5, 2009 01:37 PM

            I've not been, but other reviews I've read sound very good. (But I really really REALLY hate their website tho! LOL) Having said that, I'm a sucker for lamb, so I'd probably go that way or something "spring like".

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              StephVW RE: LindaWhit May 6, 2009 06:16 AM

              That is so funny you say that about their website. I was annoyed the second I loaded the page. Also, the menu doesn't look that impressive even though I've heard nothing but great things about the food.

              I think this may be our choice since my Mom threw out the suggestion first. It is Mother's Day after all.

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          lisa13 RE: StephVW May 5, 2009 10:36 AM

          Do you mean to include the endpoints? Malden itself has plenty of ethnic options: FuLoon, Pho 99, All Season's Table, and Habesha are the top choices IMO....

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            StephVW RE: lisa13 May 5, 2009 01:26 PM

            I was hoping to be closer to my end point, which is Newburyport but Malden is an option.

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              junior coyote RE: lisa13 May 5, 2009 04:40 PM

              I second either Fuloon or Habesha.

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                ScubaSteve RE: junior coyote May 5, 2009 05:20 PM

                YES! Fuloon! i 4get that's in the North Shore.

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                  ScubaSteve RE: junior coyote May 5, 2009 05:20 PM

                  will be trying Habesha on Saturday.

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                    hiddenboston RE: ScubaSteve May 6, 2009 07:09 AM

                    Habesha doesn't have the atmosphere of Addis Red Sea in the South End, but the food is tremendous. Let us know what you get when you go there!

              2. ScubaSteve RE: StephVW May 5, 2009 10:36 AM

                just had a great meal at Mittapheap in Lynn.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616378

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                  StephVW RE: ScubaSteve May 5, 2009 01:27 PM

                  What's the atmosphere like there? This sounds promising.

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                    ScubaSteve RE: StephVW May 5, 2009 01:30 PM

                    the place itself is in Da 'Hood. but the inside is very clean and pretty nice given the location. be advised they're cash only and serve no alcohol.

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                  RoyRon RE: StephVW May 5, 2009 03:27 PM

                  You can't go wrong with Sushi Island in Wakefield Center for excellent Japanese and I am also a big fan of Tepthida Khmer on Chelmsford St. in Lowell for wonderful Cambodian food. Try the Drunken Noodles and Loc Lac with beef.

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                    ScubaSteve RE: RoyRon May 5, 2009 05:21 PM

                    another good recco.
                    try the Akima(o).

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                      drbangha RE: RoyRon May 7, 2009 06:23 AM

                      A big second for Sushi Island if you have any inkling for sushi. Go, sit at the sushi bar, and order $50 of omakase a person and let the chef serve you one delicious bite of heaven after another. Very accesible via 93/95 as well.

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                      treb RE: StephVW May 5, 2009 03:45 PM

                      Some pretty good Q at American BBQ, 5 Railroad Avenue Rowley, MA. Here's their website. www.theamericanbarbecue.com

                      Oh yah, Q is ethnic!

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                        ScubaSteve RE: treb May 5, 2009 05:22 PM

                        have U tried their second place @ the Cummings Center??

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                          treb RE: ScubaSteve May 6, 2009 06:59 AM

                          Not yet, I hope they use the same kind of smokers. Road Trip?

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                            ScubaSteve RE: treb May 6, 2009 07:43 AM

                            possibly. although Beverly is not on my route as of late. i will be near once diving starts up full time.

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                              treb RE: ScubaSteve May 6, 2009 04:28 PM

                              Bugs in Gloucesta ! I'll have to check out their hardware and sample the goods. I usually go through Beverly, a few times a week, on my way to Rockport and Gloucesta. I'll give you a shout with the my opinion.

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                          StephVW RE: treb May 6, 2009 06:17 AM

                          This is a great place. My kids and husband love it. I'd feel too guilty going there without them.

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                            treb RE: StephVW May 6, 2009 07:01 AM

                            Don't feel so guilty, you know it's good, it's a good value and it's close to NWBYPT.

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