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What're your favorite workweek spots for lunch?

Prav May 21, 2010 12:11 PM

Near my office, some favorites are:

* Farm Grille rotisserie for their home-y moussaka, tender lamb shank, and cold lemony octopus salad.

* Green Tea for Sichuan Beef Noodle soup, with spicy anise-y numbing hot liquid with doughy toothsome udon-style noodles and chunks of tender beef. Sometimes they'll make their weekend dimsum items for you on weekdays, if you ask nicely. Their tarot cake is a favorite of mine.

* Bobalicious (a little further out of the way) for superb banh mi, and sometimes seasonal soups

What chowishness is available near your places of work?

308 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458

Green Tea Restaurant
24 Elliot St, Newton Highlands, MA 02461

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    gourmaniac RE: Prav May 21, 2010 12:49 PM

    I work across the street from Chinatown, so asian chowishness abounds. My regular favorites for taste and convenience are: Royal Pacific (Salty spicy pork chop on rice), Great taste (sticky rice, big steamed bun, beef brisket noodle soup), Taiwan Cafe (Pork chop special, Eggplant and basil), King Fung Gardens (Noodles with lamb, scallion pie), Winsor Dim sum, New Shanghai (pork belly, dried chicken with chili peppers).

    King Fung Garden
    74 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111

    New Shanghai Restaurant
    21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

    Royal Pacific
    70 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

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      lypp RE: gourmaniac May 21, 2010 02:20 PM

      I'm jealous! I'm near Faneuil Hall and I'm surprised and what slim pickings there are that would be considered Chowish around here - in fact I'd love more ideas. Volle Nolle, Umberto's and Neptune in the North End come to mind. I also really like Sultan's Kitchen. I am really getting into a rut though. I'm going to start heading to East Boston for lunch treats - I figure it's a quick T ride to some good ethnic food.

      Volle Nolle
      351 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

      Sultan's Kitchen
      116 State St, Boston, MA 02109

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        gourmaniac RE: lypp May 25, 2010 06:08 AM

        I agree about Faneill Hall area. You are close to Govt Center Plaza with Cafe Latino (for Pernil plate) and Zo (Gyros). I love the East Boston idea and did this once for an afternoon. It seems too indulgent to become a habit though.

        Cafe Latino
        2 Center Plz, Boston, MA 02108

        1. re: lypp
          nsenada RE: lypp May 25, 2010 11:06 AM

          La Grassa and chacarero aren't far away, and Villa Mexico and Anna's are a reasonable walk towards MGH down Cambridge Street.

          Villa Mexico
          296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

        2. re: gourmaniac
          nsenada RE: gourmaniac Jun 13, 2010 10:17 AM

          My new Great Taste flavor explosion obsession is the deep fried crab and seaweed dim sum offering.

          Great Taste
          201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

        3. nsenada RE: Prav May 21, 2010 03:57 PM

          Have you ever been to Mighty Subs, where "their large is our small?". I think they're only open during the week, but I've always been curious.

          Mighty Subs
          250 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494

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          1. re: nsenada
            Prav RE: nsenada May 25, 2010 09:55 AM

            I have once a few years ago, but it was unmemorable... people from my office get it regularly. It's nothing special; I guess their appeal is the huge size, i.e., "eating contest" sized.

          2. mtm7654 RE: Prav May 25, 2010 09:15 AM

            I'm in the culinary wasteland of North Station (unless I want to run over to the NE) but enjoy the lamb burrito from Viva Burrito and just about anything from Rustico. Also the Pinehurst sandwich from Mulligans-roast beef, corned beef, swiss L&T, onion, horseradish and mayo on marble rye. Oh my!

            Viva Burrito
            66 Staniford St, Boston, MA 02114

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              kimfair1 RE: Prav May 25, 2010 09:53 AM

              I'd kill to be within walking distance of the North End for lunch! If you think North Station is bad, try the Longwood Medical area! We have Sami's (middle-eastern) a McDonalds, a Subway, a crummy burrito shop, numerous Dunkin Donuts, bad Chinese, and bad Chinese pretending to be Cajun. Blechh!

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                jgg13 RE: kimfair1 May 25, 2010 10:37 AM

                is the chinese truck still on ave pasteur? it wasn't *good* by any means, but there was something about it that I liked.

                The chinese place that was in the food court before the current one was better IMO. Their cashew chicken + chicken fingers played a role as hangover helper and did its job well.

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                  kimfair1 RE: jgg13 May 25, 2010 12:07 PM

                  The Chinese truck has not yet returned (usually May/June-October). Agreed it's nothing special, but it is cheap. The old Chinese place in the gallaria was better. I actually sometimes prefer the chinese posing as Cajun place with their "Cajun bbq boneless ribs", and their cajun spaghetti (lo mein)!

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                    jgg13 RE: kimfair1 May 25, 2010 12:22 PM

                    Another option that I remember is the cafeteria at childrens. I always thought that was the best option of the bunch in terms of the cafeterias (certainly better than the one at DFCI).

                    It was only recently that I realized that those food court cajun places are exactly the same as the food court chinese places, and now I can't stop seeing references to that :) I didn't hit it up that often, my food courting was mainly limited to the previous chinese place (mr changs?), the burrito cart and McDs. Your original point stands, not many options over there :)

                2. re: kimfair1
                  gourmaniac RE: kimfair1 May 25, 2010 01:46 PM

                  Sorry that Longwood Medical hasn;t improved. I used to be there many years ago when Samis was a wagon. On the Huntington side of Longwood Medical is Flames, Penguin Pizza. A slightly longer walk in the other direction are Trattoria Toscana, :Gardiner Museum cafe. These would take longer for lunch but nice for the occasional treat.

                  Trattoria Toscana
                  130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                  Penguin Pizza
                  735 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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                    kimfair1 RE: gourmaniac May 26, 2010 05:41 AM

                    In 25 years of working here, I've never made it to the Children's cafeteria, though I hear it's good. In good weather I've gone to Flames, but that's about as far as I can go in the allotted time. We used to take the bus sometimes to Popeye's but that closed. I can also walk to the old Sears building (Panera, Chipoltle, D'Angelo's, Il Giardino) but that's a haul as well.

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                      Prav RE: kimfair1 May 26, 2010 06:33 AM

                      I used to work in Longwood; sucks that the food court has such nasty stuff in it. I used to hit up Flames, not because I thought it was great, but it was the only Jamaican food nearby. :( There's an Indian place next to it (Halal something?) but I've never been.

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                      Joanie RE: gourmaniac May 26, 2010 06:57 AM

                      There's also Brigham Circle Diner, The Mission, Savant Project, the burrito place, Flan's Irish pub, Squealing Pig, and the dive bar past the gas station has been renovated and now serves food. They might not be super fast but there's more besides the food court.

                      And the crappy Chinese truck is back, seems like it has been for a while. God, I gave them 3 chances and even tho it's a standby of people on my floor, never again.

                      I'm psyched to see that Viva Burrito by North Station makes a lamb burrito, need to try that. And Mulligan's Roast Beef, have never heard of that place.

                      Viva Burrito
                      66 Staniford St, Boston, MA 02114

                      The Savant Project
                      1625 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120

                      Squealing Pig
                      335 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

                      Brigham Circle Diner
                      737 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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                        kimfair1 RE: Joanie May 26, 2010 07:02 AM

                        Yeah, unfortunately for me the Huntigton St side of the Longwood area is a haul (I'm at the BIDMC corner of Longwood and Brookline). I also don't mind Pat's sub shop in the Brigham.

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                          gourmaniac RE: kimfair1 May 26, 2010 01:54 PM

                          I used to enjoy Pat's especially the chicken cutlet sub with everything.
                          Brings back nice memories.

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                            Allstonian RE: kimfair1 May 27, 2010 01:05 PM

                            I have the opposite problem - I'm at BWH at the Brigham Circle end of the campus, so even the hospital cafeteria is a 10-minute round trip from my office! Doesn't leave much time to eat. and I almost always brown-bag it or hit Pat's. I'm partial to the tuna melt or the Italian sub.

                            I occasionally hit the Sami's cart at the corner of Longwood & Avenue Louis Pasteur. After a couple of ghastly lunches I've sworn off the Chinese truck, but have (somewhat to my surprise) had a couple of passable Americanized Chinese combos from Brigham Circle Chinese. Still haven't tried the Indian place or Monte Cristo.

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                              eatanddestroy RE: Allstonian Jun 2, 2010 10:51 AM

                              It's been a few years since I worked in that area, but the $2.50 veggie sandwich at the MassArt cafeteria was an amazing deal.

                          2. re: Joanie
                            mtm7654 RE: Joanie May 27, 2010 01:12 PM

                            Mulligans is a sandwich joint-only open for lunch (and possibly breakfast). Their roast beef/corned beef/pastrami doesn't touch LaGrassa's but it ain't bad.

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                              Joanie RE: mtm7654 Jun 1, 2010 07:18 AM

                              Even tho I'll probably never make it to Mulligan's since it's lunch only, where is it?

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                                Prav RE: Joanie Jun 1, 2010 08:29 AM

                                83 Canal Street

                      2. Matt H RE: Prav May 25, 2010 10:13 AM

                        I work in Brookline Village so:

                        - Cutty's: Roast Beef Sandwiches (or any sandwich for that matter) and homemade potato chips
                        - Brookline Family: Turkish, mostly Doner Kebab and Lamb Shish.
                        - Orinoco: Venezuelan Arepas
                        - New England Soup Factory: In the winter for my soup fix
                        - Brookline Spa: Slices of Pizza and Subs
                        - Oriental Pearl: Pho, which is actually really good.
                        - Bottega Di Carpri: Italian Subs
                        - Tashi Delek: Tibetian
                        - Olecito: Tried it for the first time yesterday and had a great Shrimp Taco and Chicken Torta.

                        Coolidge Corner and Mission Hill are both easily accessible as well. In CC: Mikes for Corned Beef, Rami's for Shawarma. In Mission Hill: Flames II for very good Jamaican food.

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                          teezeetoo RE: Matt H May 26, 2010 05:54 PM

                          i'd add to the brookline list (very good list Matt, with Family my top choice on your list), Fireplace Grill in Washington Square - excellent hamburger and very good soups and salads.

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                          veggielover RE: Prav May 25, 2010 11:10 AM

                          I work in Watertown.
                          Sofra for soup, salad, and lamb shwarma, Fordee's for felafel, Stella's for pizza slices, Shangri-La for Chinese food, and the Town Diner, Red Lentil and Jasmine Persian Restaurants for a sit-down meal with colleagues and friends.

                          I have been known to get in the car and go to Strip-T's, Stellina's for a special occasion, or even Iggy's for one of their sandwiches.

                          149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

                          Strip-T's Restaurant
                          93 School St, Watertown, MA 02472

                          1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                          Stellina Restaurant
                          47 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472

                          Town Diner
                          627 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

                          Red Lentil
                          600 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

                          1. jgleeche RE: Prav May 25, 2010 11:24 AM

                            Fugakyu has an awesome lunch special (sushi sashimi combo is only $14, I believe). Hi Rise Bakery, Cafe Luna, Pacific Cafe, Mariposa, Dave's Fresh Pasta are all great Bakery/Cafes.

                            If I worked near Chinatown I would be at Gourmet Dumpling House or Taiwan Cafe all the time.

                            I bet the lunch at Garden at the Cellar is great too, but I've never actually been there for lunch, but menu is a subset of the dinner menu, which is fantastic!


                            Dave's Fresh Pasta
                            81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

                            Gourmet Dumpling House
                            52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                            1. BoDubya RE: Prav May 26, 2010 02:39 PM

                              Blunch on Harrison in the South End has been making me very happy lately. Also - love the name, very friendly and competent. The Chinese supermarket at the corner of Washington and E. Berkeley now has a hot bar - it's kinda hit and miss, but super cheap. Rudi's in the Hampton Inn just off Mass Ave. in the South End has some quality sandwiches and lunch options (and a full bar). And my favorite place for a basic sub - Doughboy Donuts in Southie, of all places. It's better than any of the greek spots around here.

                              I'm so done with the Appleton Cafe...stale bread, wrong order, confusion, etc.

                              59 E Springfield St, Boston, MA 02118

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                                Prav RE: BoDubya May 26, 2010 03:04 PM

                                What's in that Chinese hot bar, out of curiosity?

                                And, mm, I love Doughboy Donuts. Their broasted chicken and a cup of soup makes a meal. :)

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                                  Joanie RE: BoDubya Jun 1, 2010 07:17 AM

                                  What about that Cafe 508 or 805 or whatever is on the corner of Mass Ave and Harrison? I got breakfast there one Sat. and it was pretty good and well-priced. Seems like it'd be decent for lunch in that area.

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                                  itsparadise RE: Prav May 27, 2010 04:38 AM

                                  Downtown Boston:

                                  Sebastiens for their salads
                                  Falafel King for either a falafel wrap or veg plate
                                  Boloco for a Bangkok bowl\brown rice
                                  Cosi occassionally, bread rocks!

                                  I keep it simple...

                                  720 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02111

                                  82 Water St, Boston, MA 02109

                                  1. Eatin in Woostah RE: Prav May 27, 2010 05:25 PM

                                    Near the Cambridgeside Galleria. Faves are
                                    Similans for Tom Yum Noodle soup
                                    Boca Grande
                                    The patio at Dante
                                    Resto at the Culinary Institute
                                    Christinas for Greek salad with chicken kabob

                                    The Similans
                                    145 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

                                    Boca Bar & Restaurant
                                    11 Pine St, Waltham, MA 02453

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                                      yumyum RE: Eatin in Woostah Jun 1, 2010 07:21 AM

                                      Love Christinas. Everytime I drive by I hold my breath hoping they are still making it. Super nice family, yummy lunch dishes. Try the spanikopita.

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