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Waltham near the movie theater

I'm looking for suggestions of where to grab a bite to eat before a film in Waltham and am wondering what the CH folks eat when they are not being ubber-foodies and just wanting to not spend too much $. I've tried Tacqueria and Ponzu and liked but am looking for some other choices. Solea, Tempo and Tuscan Grill are too expensive for this casual don't-want-to-cook night. Is Restaurante Marcellino eatable food - I always look at it when I park? What about Central American places - isn't there a Costa Rican, ElSalvadoran, Guatemalan place somewhere within walking distance of the Embassy Theater?

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Tuscan Grill
361 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

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  1. Mi Tierra is a few blocks back up Moody going toward Newton. Good food, nice people, very affordable.

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    Mi Tierra Restaurant
    585 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

    1. Pretty decent burgers and beer at Watch City.

      1. Sadie's Saloon, across the street from the cinema, has really good steak tips.

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        1. re: BBHound

          Strong 2nd for Sadies. The steak tips are some of the best around. The rest of the menu (casual bar/pub) food is great as well.

        2. Has anyone been to the other place across from the cinema - I think it may be called El Coqui? Any good?

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          1. re: Eatin in Woostah

            Anyone have comments on the chow at the Skellig?

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              I've found it to be inconsistent, sometimes pretty good, other times not good at all. Service can be very slow. Beer selection is pretty good though.

          2. Up on Main Street, a block or so from Waltham Common, are two excellent places: Kabab and Tandoor, Indian, and Beijing Star, Chinese. Each has regional dishes that are not found in other restaurants of its nationality, both are reasonably priced. K&T has no liquor license, if that matters.

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            Beijing Star Restaurant
            835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

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            1. re: peregrine

              i believe kebab and tandoor is halaal, is it not? which would make the serving of alcohol forbidden. minor point.

              1. re: hyde

                Yes, it is halaal.

                Not everyone is up on the details of halaal; many people enjoy a beer with their spicy food; so I just cut to the chase and mentioned the lack of a liquor license.

                Their lassis and other beverages are excellent.