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May 17, 2010 07:04 PM


Hi All--I am new to both and also to the Needham area. I am looking for a Sunday lunch recommendation. Nothing to pricey but also not diner food. I was thinking Sweet Basil in Needham Center since that seems to be good but they dont do Sunday lunch. Any recommendations on the Needham area would be great. (Trying to stick to Needham since I recently moved here but might be willing to go down Highland into Newton if there's a great place). Lunch will be for 5-6 people who are adventurous but I also want to have some safe bets on the menu. Look forward to any feedback! Thanks!

Sweet Basil
942 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492

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  1. Farm Grill on Needham Street in Newton is my favorite place for a lunch. It is cafeteria style, though, but I think you'd still find it comfortable, very clean, and definitely delicious. It is Greek, with fabulous kabobs, salads and gyros. Their sides are not great, but you won't need them at lunch.

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    1. re: mabelm4050

      I generally agree that the sides at Farm Grille are nothing special...with one exception: their octopus salad is out of this world.

    2. The Center Cafe by the Needham Center commuter rail stop is very good. Great burger for $8 including fries. Their wings are also excellent. Farm Grill is great, though - I usually get regular gyros, a side of hummus and spicy feta spread, and a galactobouriko for dessert. They also seem to have a draconian pita policy, so you have to ask for extra, or you'd never have enough to finish the hummus.

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      1. re: nsenada

        Have Center Cafe opened for lunch?

        1. re: mirage

          Not yet open for lunch.

          Blue on Highland is usually good, I haven't had lunch there in over a year, though.

      2. Definetly try the new Greek place named
        Acropolis I was there for lunch and it was fantastic!!
        Prices are great it's right on highland ave
        Across from the high school

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        1. re: pessada

          I *think* Petit Robert is open for lunch on Sundays. Spiga on the Needham/Newton line serves lunch (not sure if they offer it on the weekends?) - I've only ever had dinner there, but I think the food is great. If you wanted to go in the other direction towards Wellesley, The Cottage and Blue Ginger both have nice lunch menus.

          Blue Ginger
          583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

          1. re: pessada

            Excited to try it - any items particularly good? How does it compare with Farm Grille.

            1. re: nsenada

              We may have to do a lunchtime comparo, Nsenada.

              1. re: Prav

                Sounds good to me - maybe some choco-cheesecake bites for dessert (I finally figured out where they are at Baza).

                30 Tower Road, Newton, MA 02464

              2. re: nsenada

                See my review of Acropolis in the Acropolis thread. Food, good; service, not so much