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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?

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.

    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.

            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.

            2. There is (or was) a Guatemalan/Salvadoran/Mexican place on Moody Street, very close to the theater. Same block as the sex store, near Bison County (i.e. diagonally across from the block where Watch City Brewing Co is). Ate there once and it was pretty good.

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              1. re: scratchie

                Guanachapa's is the name of the place.

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                1. re: scratchie

                  Yup, Guanachapi's still there on Moody Street.

                  We like Tara's Pizza - not for their pizza, but for their Chilean specialties: chacareros and empanadas.

                  I've never eaten at Marcellino; don't think I've read that many good things about it. If you really want Italian, you can try Fiorella's in Newtonville. http://www.fiorellasnewton.com/ It's just a few minutes' drive from the Embassy Theatre.

                  Finally, I *think* Dosa Factory at 434 Moody Street has opened? I don't know much else about it though.

                  Guanachapi's Restaurant
                  273 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

                  187 North St, Newtonville, MA 02460

                  1. re: y2000k

                    Dosa Factory isn't open yet - there's been a lot of construction recently though, so I'm hopeful it will open soon! It looks like it has at least 2-4 weeks more of work though, the space inside didn't look built out when I peeked in.

                2. For Indian, I think Little India is best on Moody St. Kebab and Tandoor is walkable too, just that I wouldn't rely on the service to get you in and out for a pre-theater meal.

                  For burgers and a beer, we usually skip over Watch City (after years of mug club membership and meeting each other there) and head to Bison County - burgers are 10x better and the beer is about the same quality - just not brewed in-house. The spicy Carolina wings are my favorite wing in the area.

                  We tried the Costa Rican place across the street once, and after experiencing very poor service and greasy fried food selection, never needed to go back.

                  Margaritas is acceptable for a Margarita and some chips but that's about it. But
                  Tacqueria Mexico is highly recommended and just a short walk across the river to Charles St.

                  Little India Restaurant
                  475 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

                  1. Dosa Factory in Waltham? Great news!

                    I like to go to Karibu, a Ugandan place. It's at 10 Crescent Street., just a block from the theater. Cheap and different than your usual options. Here's an old thread about it:

                    Karibu Restaurant
                    10 Crescent St, Waltham, MA 02453