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?
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Green Tea Restaurant
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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
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New Shanghai Restaurant
21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111
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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.
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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!
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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!
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.
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)!
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 :)
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.
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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.
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.
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The Savant Project
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Brigham Circle Diner
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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.
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.
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.
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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
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Gourmet Dumpling House
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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.
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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...
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