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Sep 18, 2010 08:57 PM

New to Arlington - Where should we eat?

We just moved to Arlington and to find all new local places to eat. We are looking for good quality, fresh ingredients, family friendly, reasonably priced places. Any cuisines, breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Any recommendations?

So far we have tried (with mixed results):
Blue ribbon BBQ
Bagels by us
Sweet Basil
Arlington Dinner
La Posada

On our list is:
Little Q
New bagel place in the heights when it opens

Where else is worth a trip?
Lady Siam?

Have read about a lot of bakeries for sweets, any place to get sourdough type breads around town?


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  1. Thai Moon is my favorite Thai place in Arlington.

    Chilly Cow for ice cream (try the pumpkin custard if they have it).

    Za is okay, but it's more like a local improvement on California Pizza Kitchen (from which it's a huge step up) than a replacement for real pizza.

    Where did you move from? If you haven't lived in the general area before, there are good restaurants worth trying in nearby Cambridge, Somerville and Medford too.

    Chilly Cow
    451 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

    Thai Moon
    663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

    1. Tango, the Argentinian steak restaurant is fabulous!

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      1. re: CookieLee

        Just wanted to add my assent here. Tango is lovely (a little bit loud due to wooden floors, but other than that I had no complaints). Some of the best grilled meats I've ever had, period. The sweetbreads are not to be missed (huge portions, too), the wine list is robust, and the skirt steak is perfect every time. If you have to have something other than red meat, the salmon is delicious. The chimichurri sauce alone is reason to eat there, but the warmth and hospitality of the staff and owners will bring you back again and again. Wish it were local to me (I live in Harvard, about thirty-five minutes away).

      2. Toraya, Kathmandu Spice, Sabatino's Pizza, Little Q. For more info on these search chowhound.

        Toraya Restaurant
        890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

        Kathmandu Spice
        166 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

        1. Welcome to Arlington! My wife and I live on the east end of town, by the Somerville line.

          Echo Thai Moon for sure, Toraya may just be the best sushi in the whole area, and Sabatino's has some great pizza. Lady Siam is most certainly NOT good. We enjoy the various savory croissants at Quebrada. Ristorante Olivio is nice for a warm romantic, if not pricy, Italian spot. Chilly Cow and Capitol Creamery both do a decent job for ice cream. The diners and bagel shops in town are pretty meh, as I am sure you have figured out by now. Jam'n'java is a nice place to sit with a cup of coffee on the weekends.

          There are more for sure, and plenty over the Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Lexington lines. I am sure I have left stuff out but that should help keep you moving. Let me know if y'all want to head somewhere! We are always game for food-loving local pals.

          Toraya Restaurant
          890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

          Chilly Cow
          451 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

          Ristorante Olivio
          201 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474

          Thai Moon
          663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

          Sabatino's Restaurant
          735 Broadway, Malden, MA 02148

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          1. re: marcreichman

            i think that Cambridge offers as good a dining experience as Arltington.

            New American: Cragie on Main, Rendezbous both in Central Square
            Evoo in Kendal Square
            Italian: Rialto in the Charles Hotel
            Chinese: Mulan and Thailand Cafe - sichuan only - near MIT
            Indian: Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square, my favorite Indian restaurant
            Eclectic/ribs: East Coast Grill
            Sushi: Blue Fin
            Cambodian: Elephant Walk.

            East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
            1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            Tamarind Bay
            75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

            Elephant Walk
            2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

            Blue Fin
            1815 Massachusetts Ave # 1, Cambridge, MA

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr

              These towns in the Greater Boston area are so closely packed together that confining yourself to one doesn't make food sense. And if you're (speaking to all) going to go to the MIT end of Cambridge from Arlington, you might as well wander over to Belmont, Somerville, and Watertown where other possibilities open.

              In Cambridge I'd add Oleana and Hungry Mother to your list, and Formaggio Kitchen (not a restaurant, of course, but still a must for anybody who likes food).

              Formaggio Kitchen
              244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

              Hungry Mother
              Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

              134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

              1. re: FoodDabbler

                I live in Cambridge and know it best, but there are other contiguous towns that are well worth exploring.

                1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                  Another place in Cambridge that is relatively close to the Alewife Whole Foods area (I figure that area could be part of your day-to-day life, as that Whole Foods combined with the liquor store right next door, Cambridge Wine & Spirits, is what I consider one-stop shopping) is Gran Gusto, which has my favorite margarita-style pizza in all of Boston.

                  Cambridge Wine & Spirits
                  202 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02138

                  Gran Gusto
                  90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

          2. I agree with all of the other recommendations, and also recommend Tryst for excellent brunch (also quite fond of their dinners, although pricey) and Zocalo for burritos. Just across the Somerville line on Broadway is Guru for excellent Indian takeout. Midami (formerly Kayuga II) makes a good okdol (hot stone bowl) bibimbap and decent sushi. For guilty pleasure Americanized Chinese food, we're actually quite fond of Shanghai Village. For straight up sushi, Toraya is definitely the best around, although we find Mr Sushi to be a little more kid friendly and relaxed (as Toraya has very limited seating and always a queue of waiting customers).

            (formerly)cambridge(now arlington)jen

            Shanghai Village Restaurant
            434 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

            Toraya Restaurant
            890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

            203 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

            1030 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

            Mr Sushi
            329 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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            1. re: cambridgejen

              Second Tryst. And not only for brunch!

              689 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02720

              1. re: okra

                I'll third this, although I would not say it is family friend. Then again, neither are many of the places recommended here.

                Would also recommend Za, which is on your list. This IS family friendly.