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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?

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  1. 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.

    Khao Sarn
    250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

    Michael's Deli
    256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

    Coolidge Corner Clubhouse Restaurant
    307 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

    1. I've recently enjoyed lunches at Rami's, Jerusalem Pita, Michael's, Dorado, Regal Beagle, Dok Bua, and Yasu.


      Regal Beagle
      308 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Add Shiki to your list, but I second the others and give my first nod to a falafel pita at Rami's (based on my appetite today)

        9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

        1. re: justbeingpolite

          Lunch at Shiki can take a while (2+ hours last time I was there, on a weekday), just a heads up.

          9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

      2. Don't know if they do it during the week but Rani (Indian) has a pretty good buffet on the weekend.

        1. 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?


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          1. re: trueblu

            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.

            Paris Creperie
            278 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

            1. re: CookieLee

              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.


              1. re: trueblu

                You may be suffering from the "familiarity breeds contempt" syndrome. And Brookline isn't as young as Somerville, parts of Cambridge, so isn't as hip.

            1. Rami's is basically a take out joint....but the falafel is amazing. I used to live in the neighborhood and every time I'm within range, go in and get the platter with the hot sauce zhoug. The pita is great and mixing up everything on the platter works well. Kosher...closes early on Friday, and not open on Sunday.

              1. I will add Temptations. Great wraps and one of the best Greek salads in the city. Pesto chicken panini is my fave.

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                1. re: hhookk

                  Is Temptations on Beacon St? Down near the Beacon St. Tavern? That's St. Mary's. If it's in CC, I don't know where it is! :D

                  I agree about Zaftig's. The issue there is there is no other breakfast/brunch place in the immediate area.

                  1. re: CookieLee

                    I believe theres a new Temptations right near Boca Grande. Not 100% sure.

                    1. re: CookieLee

                      There is now a Temptations in CC on the block with Party Favors.

                      Party Favors
                      1356 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

                  2. My favorites for lunch in Coolidge Corner are
                    - Rami's (falafel with hummus in pita is one of my "perfect sandwiches")
                    - Dorado Taco (enjoy the fish tacos)
                    - Genki Ya (their weekday lunch special is a real bargain, 3 rolls for something like $12 comes with soup and salad)

                    I go during the week as I work 10 minutes away. I can hit Rami's and/or Dorado and be back in an hour. Genki Ya is more like 1.5 hours roundtrip.

                    398 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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                    1. re: desuka

                      I once got that sushi lunch special and threw out most of it. Worst sushi I've ever had. Maybe it was a fluke, but I never ate there again. Their eel was very fishy and their salmon was rubbery.

                      Rami's at Coolidge corner is very good-- so is Jerusalem Pita. Michael's is one of the best deli's I've been to in Boston. Those are two casual options. Shiki is very yummy too! Good sushi!

                      I've never been to Lineage, but I think it was picked as best in Brookline in the Improper. Anyone think it's good?

                      9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

                    2. Gari on Harvard towards the Stop and Shop has excellent sushi and lunch time specials.