"authentic" falafels,Thai and oysters
Visiting the Longwood area and need to find a falafel place that serves them up in a gyro with the different salads(eggplant,veggie) and more all smothered in a tahini sauce and hot sauces,pickles etc. Also need to find a real Thai place ....thick curry sauces, very spicy and not watered down to the western palate. Will travel
Also safe, reasonablepriced place to order a few dozen oysters
Completely agree with the suggestions for Dok Bua and Rami's.
If you want to venture into Cambridge you might enjoy the East Coast Grill & Raw Bar for oysters. Oddly enough, there is also good Falafel at Sepal, on the second floor of the MIT Student Center (building W20), and 84 Massachusetts Avenue, just on the Cambridge side of the river.
East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Rami's in Coolidge Corner has authentic Israeli-style falafel. No eggplant, but you get cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, hummus/tahini, hot sauce and pickles.
Haven't been there in a while, but we always liked the falafel at Sami's. It's a food cart on Ave. Louis Pasteur, next to the Med School dormitory.
If you're heading up to Coolidge Corner, then I'll dissent and say my money is on Shawarma King and Rod Dee (both on Beacon) over Rami and Dok Bua.
I have to admit that at Shawarma King I often go for things other than falafel, but the falafel has always been fine when I've had it, and I think their pita is better, their sauces are tastier (including super garlicky toum sauce, if you want full on heat!), and they often have good special sides (Lebanese soups, yogurt drink, etc.) to go along with it.
For Thai, I used to be a Dok Bua fan, but lately it seems to have been lackluster and heading towards the overly sweet direction (and I seem to have lost the magic touch in getting them to give me spicy versions- no matter how many times I say I want the Som Tam extra-spicy, it's kind of bland and dull). I've been more consistently happy with take-out from Rod Dee, especially if I stop in and choose from the specials board.
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