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where to eat with parents/in-laws in metro-west

Any good suggestions for a great place to eat in the burbs west of Boston? My parents are coming in the last weekend in May and are staying in Natick and were asking about places in the burbs. They are happy to go somewhere in Boston (and I am tempted just to take them to one of my faves Silvertone since it's so cheap and delicious) but would like some recommendations outside the city. Looking for relatively inexpensive - thinking around East Coast Grill or Publik House prices (they love these places). I'm open to Newton, Needham, Wellesley, etc. I've been to Blue Ginger, it's good but too pricey for us. Nothing too ethnic since it might be a big group and should appeal to a broad audience. Thanks!!

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  1. In Needham there is Petit robert Bistro- a branch of same place in South End and Kenmore. Very reasonable and very good food. Fava is also very good- but probably a bit on the expensive side for what you want. Vela in Wellesley for italian or Alta Strada, which is not my favorite place but is ok. In the Waban section of Newton Kouzina is wonderful - great food, inexpensive and a nice space. Although the name is Greek and it has a Greek influence, the food is more mainstream- you will find baked lamb, a whole roasted bronzini (fish), shrimp and scallop dishes as well as a steak choice. Of all these places I think this is the best choice for something interesting. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.

    1. How about Tempo in Waltham (nearish to Newton)? I've had one great meal after the other there and the prices are pretty reasonable ($22-$25 entree). Always a good selection of beers on tap and a decent wine list. I live in Natick and go there often.

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      1. re: fabeneag

        How's the noise level at Tempo these days? I haven't been in a while, but have liked it a lot when I've been. Sometimes it can be too noisy for conversation in a group, though.

      2. In Natick there is Sel de la Terre - I haven't been to that one, but I like the one near the aquarium quite a bit.. If you go one town East from Natick you could go to Tomasso which is an Italian restaurant that gets a lot of good reviews (you could check the web site for prices). I like Stones Inn in Ashland (one town over from Natick) which is a great Irish pub. I know these are not towns you mention above, but they are very close to Natick.

        1. The Aegean restaurant in Framingham is excellent. Great food and a wonderful restaurant design.

          1. Also, a real-deal authentic Italian restaurant to check out is Tomasso Enoteca e Trattoria. Pricey but really great. Don't look for chicken parm there. You will not find it. Instead, you will find one of the best Italian restaurants in the state.


            1. I would also highlight Tomasso as you can keep the prices lower by having pizza or sharing some dishes. It isn't cheap but it is fantastic. Another option is Bullfinchs in Sudbury. While the food is decent, the prices are reasonable and it is a good, friendly place to take a family. Completely different option is phenomenal sushi at Oishii in Sudbury. Spiga which just opened in Needham offers outstanding Italian food at prices similar to Tomasso.


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              1. re: foodymom

                What about the British Beer Company on Rt 9 on the Framingham/Natick line? They have an interesting beer selection and pretty basic American and "British" food. I've only had an appetizer platter there, as we usually just stop for a beer, but it was decent and certainly inexpensive. It's always crowded-not sure if they take reservations. It may not be too chowish, but they've got Dogfish Head 90 Min, Delirium Tremens and Lindeman's Framboise, among others, on tap.

                1. re: silver queen

                  Food at BBC is pretty marginal at best. On par with Friday's, Chili's, etc. If you're in the mood for a few beers and maybe an appetizer, I'd say give it a shot, but I wouldn't bring my folks there for a good dinner.

              2. For casual, red-sauce Italian, check out La Cantina in Framingham. It's what you'd expect, but the food is always tasty, and the house salad dressing is especially good.

                1. What about Cafe Mangal in Wellesley? Food is good, and it's BYOB, so you save on cost of wine.