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mldd May 15, 2009 09:43 AM

Hi -
I was in Cambridge Galleria earlier this week; got hungry and hit the food court. Went to Shrimp Market and had their Jambalaya. Pretty tasty and with a decent spicy kick. Any other Mall meals folks would recommend?

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    LynPB May 18, 2009 12:46 PM

    Appleseeds in Burlington is really good. They make savory and sweet crepes. The tuna salad was terrific.

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      drbangha May 18, 2009 05:18 PM

      For my vote, there is a very tasty Indian place in the square one mall in Saugus. I don't recall the details, but the Globe or something wrote an article on the same, and the prominent posting of the article by the resteraunt is what drew me in while I was waiting for the wife to finish her stuff.

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        lipoff May 19, 2009 12:09 AM

        Great thread!

        - Chick Fil A in the Burlington Mall, at least for their waffle fries.
        - Trini's Mexican Grill in the Arsenal Mall.
        - The Melt Gelato & Crepe Café (not in the food court) on the second floor of the Natick Mall has good crepes and gelato.
        - The little restaurant (Cafe Bistro?) inside the Nordstroms department store in the Natick Mall has some interesting appetizers.
        - I have a friend who swears by the Mozzarella Sticks at the Burger King in the Cambridgeside Galleria.
        - I believe there's an Orange Julius in the Hanover Mall.

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          MC Slim JB May 19, 2009 05:11 AM

          Mozz stick at BK? Let us never speak of this "friend" again.

          As I recall (from urban legend), the secret in Orange Julius is Dream Whip.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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            lipoff May 19, 2009 06:06 AM

            I have never tried them, but she swears by them --- going out of her way to get them from the Cambridgeside Burger King in particular, so maybe there is something to it.

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      salemmass May 16, 2009 08:11 PM

      I tried the Shrimp Market at the North Shore Mall. I thought it was a joke it was so bad! Tiny little shrimp and quite expensive for mall food. Chick Fil A is actually a real food court treat. There's a new Regina's in the North Shore Mall as well, tasted a lot better than the one at the Pru.

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        Frank Enbean May 18, 2009 04:14 PM

        Chick Fil A!

        I love that place. Best lemonade in the world. Period.

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          robertlf May 18, 2009 06:09 PM

          The best lemonade in the world is actually at Baraka Cafe in Cambridge.

          http://www.barakacafe.com

      2. MC Slim JB May 15, 2009 04:59 PM

        Flat Patties, The Garage
        Trini's Mexican Grill, Arsenal Mall
        Blue Stove, Burlington Mall

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          robertlf May 15, 2009 09:10 PM

          Ginger Pad in Burlington at Wayside Commons mall is excellent. I particularly recommend their bento boxes which is on their new menu/format. It's an Asian fusion type bento box.

          http://www.gingerpad.com

          Speaking of Asian fusion bento boxes, Dynamite Sushi (Korean-Japanese) in Hudson, NH makes fabulous ones.

          http://www.dynamitesushi.net "I'm Hot like Wasabi"!

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            robertlf May 16, 2009 08:54 PM

            Clarification: Excellent for MALL FOOD.

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            lisa13 May 16, 2009 10:10 AM

            second blue stove

            add the indian place at Burlington mall food court (but avoid the fried apps, they tend to be soggy from the steam tray) They nan is freshly made to order, fluffy and good.

            I must disagree with Ginger Pad, though I have never tried the bento box. The food is not terrible, but not really good either. I've had several of their noodle dishes, the fresh spring rolls, a curry...all have been rather bland and one dimensional. My latest attempt was about two weeks ago, and I tried the Singapore curry noodles. It was rice vermicelli tossed with an ample portion of chicken, about 10 beansprouts (I kid you not), onions, a few slices of carrot, oil and curry powder one would find in the supermarket. Eh.

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              Eatin in Woostah May 16, 2009 05:41 PM

              Completely agree. Blue Stove is quite tasty, though I think a bit overpriced. The Indian place is so good I've gone to the mall just to eat there.

              I'll go a step further on Ginger Pad - I think it's the worst meal I've ever eaten in a restaurant. So bad that I was compelled to send my first compaint email ever to the company. I posted about it here somewhere...

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/553725

          3. Infomaniac May 15, 2009 04:48 PM

            Chick-fil-A at the North Shore Mall in Peabody or the Burilngton Mall for a chicken sandwich and some carrot and rasin salad.

            1. SaraASR May 15, 2009 10:31 AM

              I like Calypso (Caribbean) and the sushi place in the Downtown Crossing food court. Indian in Cambridgeside isn't that bad, either.

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                BobB May 15, 2009 11:42 AM

                The Chinese place in Downtown Crossing is not bad either if you get the right stuff. I'd rate their hot & sour soup above many that I've had in more "reputable" restaurants.

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                  chickendhansak May 15, 2009 11:44 AM

                  I think that Indian place in Cambridgeside shut down in recent months, but I haven't checked again recently.

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                    Eatin in Woostah May 16, 2009 05:35 PM

                    Yeah, it's gone. I actually wasn't a fan - ate there twice and both times the food had an odd scorched taste.

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