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Jan 2, 2010 08:11 AM

Lunch near Legacy Place?

Meeting a friend for lunch near Legacy Place on Monday. Now, I would prefer not to eat at any of the mini chains at the mall, because my DC wants big portions, and is a frugal kind of gal...Any ideas for divier or ethnicy places around there, or it that all there is?

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  1. In Dedham Square Centre Deli has great sandwiches, Halfway Cafe on Washington St. Lewis' in Norwood center, Byblos and a couple blocks up 1A there is a small thai place and a shawarma shop. On rt 1, Minerva Indian(I can only vouch for the Natick location being very good) and Acapilcos.

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    1. re: trufflehound

      Deli, Halfway Cafe and the Shawarma Shop sound good....Is there sitting room at the shawarma place?

      1. re: galleygirl

        As I recall. It's been 2 years or so. In regard to catsmeow, I've heard good things about bamboo but haven't been. There is also Finz, but it's no bargain.

    2. Looked on Google Maps, and there's a place near there called the 50's Diner that seems to be popular once. CH has a reference from a post by Joanie, mostly about splitting a plate charges, but the food was apparently good.

      Their website seems to be shut down, though. Anyone know anything?

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      1. re: justbeingpolite

        I go past there all the time; it doesn't seem open....

        1. re: galleygirl

          50's Diner is open, they close at 3pm. Definitely check it out. Nothing fancy at all, but they make a pretty decent burger, club sandwich, that kind of thing. That would be my first choice for that area.

          1. re: purple bot

            Here's a hearty second for the 50's diner. It's my first choice in the area for good value, and honest food. Great breakfasts, served all day (til 3).

        2. re: justbeingpolite

          I think 50's Cafe only takes cash but the food was good and its the best around for breakfast. Plan to wait in line.

          There is also five guys burger (a chain I know) but it makes a great a plaza next to teh stop and shop in Dedham.

        3. How about the Japanese/teppanyaki place, KikuYama, about a mile and a half north of there?

          They open at noon, per the website.

          Kikuyama Japanese Steak House
          350 Washington St, Dedham, MA 02026

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          1. re: nurit

            This was recommended to me by another person when I was looking for new restaurants to try but haven't yet.

            The Phanthom Gourmet or TV Diner reviewed the Brickhouse cafe-known for their steak tips and salad in a breadbowl. Got a good review.

          2. You could go to Tahiti Restaurant, for the Polynesian experience! They have lunch specials.

            Tahiti Restaurant
            22 Mah Way, Dedham, MA 02026

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            1. re: CookieLee

              That was my grandma's favorite especially the fried shrimp, which was basically a Sea Monkey hidden in a greasy cruller. Went back once a few years ago, but they had changed the interior, and it seemed less "Polynesian" - in a bad way. I also missed the free crunchy noodles, but I guess those disappeared in the 70s. I don't remember the food as being particularly good.

              I know it's a chain, and maybe not what you're looking for, but Five Guys is what always draws me in in those parts.

            2. Bamboo, which is across the street behind CVS, has a great chinese buffet with great sushi on it. It's about $10.

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                1. re: galleygirl

                  Right now, we seem to have decided on Bamboo...Big portions, for my DC, and some decent Asian, as mentioned on the board a number of times, for me...Good call, I hope!

                  1. re: galleygirl

                    Bambo it was, and it was an excellent call. For the fairly meat and potatoes gal, who wanted big portions, it was perfect. Lots of Chinese/American, even tho there were actually a lot of Asians there, groups of ladies "out to lunch", possibly the last of the holiday season.
                    A few more Chinese things, as well. Baby bok-choy, scallion pancake, Peking ravioli, shumai...
                    Individual garden salads, very fresh. Individual seaweed salad bowls, also very fresh. I basically ate those, and sushi. The sushi made it worthwhile, for me. For $10. here, I got way more than $10 worth of grocery store sushi. Some tempura maki, some mixed fish (salmon, tuna, scallop) maki, some chopped spicy maki. Nothing that would blow up the dress of a true sushi fanatic, but better than eating at the WF across the street, for the same price..

                    .Also, some fun, if naughty, scallop shells filled with cheesy baked seafood, kind of like the mussels at Chau Chow City. Lots of tea, little pastries and ice creams which we never got to. Good find for that neck of the woods...I would have never thought of going there. (have eaten WAYYYY too many times at that Whole Foods) w/out catsmeow's rec...

                    1. re: galleygirl

                      You had me at "scallop shells filled with cheesy baked seafood."

                      1. re: nsenada

                        Yeah, I had to try several of those...;)

                      2. re: galleygirl

                        Glad you enjoyed it. Yesterday, I tried PF Changs across the street. Not good at all as well as being expensive. $39.00 for 2 entrees(very small), egg drop soup that was so thick it was disgusting and a dessert "shot " that tasted like imitation chocolate. We both agreed that Bamboo was 100% better. Never again.