Looking for a great lunch in Coolidge Corner
Looking for lunch recommendations in Coolidge corner area. Up for any cuisine at a good value. Any ideas?
Try searching this board for "Coolidge Corner" and you will undoubtedly find numerous posts regarding Khao Sarn, Dok Bua, Rod Dee (now closed and moved to Washington Square, sadly), Michael's Deli, Rami's, Shwarma King, Upper Crust Pizza, and Coolidge Corner Clubhouse, Anna's Taqueria, and Boca Grande, to name a few.
250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Coolidge Corner Clubhouse Restaurant
307 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Don't know if they do it during the week but Rani (Indian) has a pretty good buffet on the weekend.
OK, I haven't been to several of these establishments, but are they really "great", as in I would make a major detour to eat there?
I think that Dok Bua is good, one of the better Thai places in Boston, but that isn't the most glowing recommendation. And Rani is definitely passable. Upper Crust is better than average, but not great. To be fair, I've not been to Rami's, which gets a lot of support on this board.
Am I alone in thinking that Coolidge Corner is way, way over-hyped?
What do you mean "way, way over-hyped"? If you mean are there restaurants in Coolidge Corner worth swooning over, I would say no. There are quite a few restaurants that are above average, and consistent. If I didn't live here, would I say, "Let's go to CC tonight!" ? Probably not. However, people have different views and tastes. I think Dok Bua is great, while after one piece of UC pizza, I would never eat it again.
I like the Paris Creperie for lunch.
278 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
By way over-hyped I mean that even when I lived in Brookline village (admittedly not CC), I would prefer to go a further distance to e.g. cambridge or Boston for dinner than CC. I can see the value of having something vaguely decent on one's doorstep if one lives in CC, but outside of immediate local area, there are usually better options not too far away. On the other hand, many friends and colleagues would often go out of their way to eat at CC, which I still don't understand (Dok Bua excepted). The long queues outside Zaftigs are still a mystery to me.