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Jun 7, 2010 02:15 AM

"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

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  1. Being in the Longwood area, you're in luck for Thai. Try Dok Bua (Harvard St), and for a slightly upper-scale atmosphere (but excellent food as well), try Khao Sarn.

    Khao Sarn
    250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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    1. re: Prav

      To keep it on Harvard Street: For falafel, try Rami's. I recall that LIneage (near Khao Sarn) has $1/ oyster special.

      Khao Sarn
      250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

      1. re: gourmaniac

        mm any more info re : "Llnage" ?? address, phone? any more help....quality of the oysters? sorry to bother you but relly looking

        1. re: surgeon

          I can't comment on the quality of their oysters, as I generally am not a fan, but I have eaten at the restaurant, and it is generally excellent.

    2. 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

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      1. re: lipoff

        Many years ago Sepal used to be where Fordee's Grill is now in Watertown. (Sepal moved from Mr. Auburn street to Nichols, then to MIT.) They both have great falafel.

        Fordee's Grill
        555 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

        1. re: tatsu

          We loved Fordee's after searching for a great falafel after enjoying our first in Paris!!!

      2. Rami's in Coolidge Corner has authentic Israeli-style falafel. No eggplant, but you get cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, hummus/tahini, hot sauce and pickles.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

            Shawarma King
            Brookline, MA, Brookline, MA