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koreansoup Oct 1, 2010 12:12 PM

Looking for a good mediterranean in the Boston area. Recommendations?

  1. yumyum Oct 2, 2010 01:40 PM

    If you are looking for Turkish, I can't say enough about Istanbul'lu in Teele Square in Somerville. Just had a great lunch there this week (which another hound is going to write up with pix!) and I think it's the best thing going.

    1. gabreality Oct 1, 2010 10:04 PM

      My top 5 mediterranean places around town:
      Vlora (Albanian I think?), Cafe Mangal (Mediterranean with a Turkish slant), Istanbul'lu (Turkish), Oleana (Gourmet Turkish), Sofra (Mediterranean bakery)
      - Gaby

      545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Cafe Mangal
      555 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482

      1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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        marcreichman Oct 1, 2010 04:28 PM


        Sabur Restaurant
        212 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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          cutipie721 Oct 1, 2010 02:45 PM


          134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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          1. re: cutipie721
            cambridgedoctpr Oct 2, 2010 01:20 PM

            out of curiosity, do you feel that Oleana is not good or not mediterranean?

            134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr
              trueblu Oct 3, 2010 08:54 AM

              I think the implication is quite the opposite: that Oleana fits the bill.


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            teezeetoo Oct 1, 2010 02:13 PM

            can you specify what you mean by mediterranean? Cafe Baraka has wonderful Moroccan/Tunisian food, Family Restaurant in Brookline has lovely Turkish food, and there are several sicilian/italian restaurants. Southern France, maybe Sandrines.

            Baraka Cafe
            80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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              StriperGuy Oct 1, 2010 02:35 PM

              Sandrine is actually definitely NOT Mediterranean. It is food from Alsace, a region that is part French and part German and just about as far from the sea as you can get in Western Europe.

              In fact in France the only way you could be much LESS Mediterranean would be to have food from Normandy or Bordeaux.

              8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

              1. re: StriperGuy
                teezeetoo Oct 1, 2010 03:20 PM

                whoops - thanks for the correction.

              2. re: teezeetoo
                gabreality Oct 5, 2010 07:35 AM

                I've gotta say not so much on the Family Restaurant comment... I've been there several times and I find their food often too greasy, and I haven't had such great service either.
                - Gaby

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                cambridgedoctpr Oct 1, 2010 12:29 PM

                mediteranean includes Italian and Spanish and Turkish food, does it not?

                There are many threads about these two cuisines; my favorite Italian are Coppa and Rialto; I have not tried Toro, but i am a big fan of Ken Oringer. And Oleana is probably the best Turkish restaurant around.

                1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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                1. re: cambridgedoctpr
                  hotoynoodle Oct 3, 2010 05:22 AM

                  toro is quasi-mexican.

                  this is such a broad request...

                  rialto and no.9 are fine dining with italian in the former and french in the latter as the motif. prezza and carmen in the north end and rocca and erbaluce in the south end are more "modern" italian. so does scampo at the liberty hotel. taberna del haro is fantastic spanish tapas. neptune oyster does italian-accented seafood. craigie on main takes its nod from france, as does clio, but the latter leans on japan as well. coppa is more casual, as are aquitaine, pierro bistro, bistro du midi and gaslight. basically a sandwich joint, but with solid food, is sultan's kitchen in the financial district.

                  and shoot the moon with menton, named after a southern french city.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle
                    hotoynoodle Oct 3, 2010 08:58 AM

                    eta: man, my syntax and typing sucked before enough caffeine today. sorry, lol.

                    1. re: hotoynoodle
                      Alcachofa Oct 4, 2010 09:39 AM

                      "toro is quasi-mexican"

                      Disagree. Can't think of anything I've had there particularly Mexican, but perhaps you've had something? What struck you as Mexican? Or was some sort of typo, also?

                      1. re: Alcachofa
                        yumyum Oct 4, 2010 09:51 AM

                        I took a double take too. But I think that awesome corn is Mexican. The rest of the menu is Spanish - inspired, I'd say.

                  2. Science Chick Oct 1, 2010 12:16 PM

                    I've already got a good mediterranean.....my Israeli sweetheart!

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                    1. re: Science Chick
                      hiddenboston Oct 1, 2010 01:12 PM

                      LOL!!!! You beat me to that one. :-D
                      My favorites are probably Alia in Winthrop, Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale, and Cafe Mangal in Wellesley.

                      Cafe Mangal
                      555 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482

                      Sophia's Grotto
                      22 Birch St, Roslindale, MA 02131

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