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Moved to Lexington (on the Waltham line) -- trying to find new "go to" places

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Hi all,

We have just moved to Lexington (very close to route 2 and the Waltham line) and are realizing that we have to start all over again finding the places that we go to on a fairly regular basis, our "go to" resturants. Would love some help getting us started. Here are the types of places we are looking for:

Bagels (surely one doesn't have to go all the way to Newton for a good bagel?)

Indian (sit down and takeout)

Thai (sit down and takeout)

Chinese (sit down and takeout)

Pizza (delivery? takeout)

Diner (or other weekend breakfast place we can go with kids)

Weekend dinner with the kids (4 yr. old twins) -- a place where we won't feel bad bringing kids, but we'll still like the food and can get a good glass of wine. [we tried ZA in Arlington the other night - that's the kind of place I'm thinking about]

Bakery (for bread mostly)

Thank you very much for your suggestions

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  1. Bagels: Sad to say, Newton is the place to go.
    Indian: Kabab & Tandoor on Main Street in Waltham is very good for dining in or takeout.
    Thai: Thai Moon in Arlington Center is also good. Small place, but ok for dining in.
    Chinese: Sato on Winter Street in Waltham is good for both Chinese and Japanese.
    Pizza: For takeout, Franco's on Moody Street in Waltham is terrific.
    Diner: Maybe In a Pickle in Waltham Center? Never been, but hear good things.
    Weekend dinner: Maybe Via Lago in Lexington Center. Good Italian food, nice atmosphere.
    Bakery: Winchester isn't far, so maybe Mamadou's Artisan Bakery on Swanton Street.

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    Kabab & Tandoor
    699 Main St, Waltham, MA

    In a Pickle Restaurant
    655 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

    Mamadou's Artisan Bakery
    63 Swanton St, Winchester, MA 01890

    Thai Moon
    663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      Have to agree with hiddenboston.................Newton is the place to go for bagels.

      You might want to try the bagels at Russo Brothers, Pleasant Street in Watertown. I bought some there a while back and they were excellent.

      In a Pickle on Main Street (across from City Hall) is a good choice. Not many tables though and can get very crowded, especially on weekends.

      For Italian and American fare head to Fiorella's on North Street in Newtonville.

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      In a Pickle Restaurant
      655 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

      Fiorella's
      187 North St, Newtonville, MA 02460

    2. In Lexington, just off Waltham Street on Marrett Road is Formosa Taipei. Definitely a good choice for "go to" Chinese (Taiwan style) take-out.

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      Formosa Taipei
      315 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

      1. Had a very good falafel wrap at Nourish in Lexington center recently. Can't vouch for the food in general, but there is an emphasis on healthy choices, plus a few old standbys. Definitely kid-friendly.

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        1. re: jpcat

          I didn't feel this warranted a new thread, and I hate starting a negative thread on a place I've only been to twice, but I have to add in that I had a pretty lousy lunch experience yesterday at Nourish (after a mediocre experience last time). I was served a very measly portion of cod cakes ($11), and after initial disappointment at the size of the dish, was even more disappointed to find that they were charred black on the bottoms. I sent them back and 25 agonizing minutes later (with an infant and a 3 year old dining with us in an almost empty restaurant) my re-order of a quesadilla came out lukewarm. My friend's kid portion of mac and cheese was a stingy little soup cup of pasta for $6 and it appeared that they microwaved mozzerella with noodles- how else to explain the stringy cheese that she had to cut apart for him to eat? Her 3 year old complained "mommy, I'm still hungry." Really, pasta's cheap. For that price at any red sauce joint, you can get a side of a huge portion of pasta. Although the manager apologized for my cod cakes, there was no adjustment on the bill or offer of a free beverage while we waited or anything. We won't be back.

          1. re: Parsnipity

            Our lunch experience was also pretty lousy. The food was expensive, but unimpressive. Not sure if any of it was actually local/organic/etc. as the menu doesn't tell any specifics to explain the prices. The burger had a slightly spicy (almost cinnamon??) flavor, which was odd, and my nachos had a lot of flavorless white cheese that could have been mozzarella (texture, but no flavor). The service was horribly slow. Although there was only one other table, our food took about half an hour (burger and nachos). Drink refills were slow or non-existent. When we asked for our check, our dirty dishes were left on the table. We looked on Yelp afterwards and saw similar issues from a year ago.

            The black and green iced tea was great.

            1. re: quirkydeb

              I tried this place once and it was so meh I can't remember what I ate. That's bad by the way.

          2. re: jpcat

            Nourish has good and pretty healthy food- lots of it organic. The original owners had ties to organic produce and that was one of their passions (they owned Big Fresh in Framingham)
            I recommend it, plus there is music sometimes.

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            Big Fresh Cafe
            341 Cochituate Rd Ste 3, Framingham, MA 01701

            1. re: jpcat

              Have yet to have a decent meal at Nourish. Sorry, we were so hopeful for it. While NYAJ's had terrible service and seemed to have problems getting food out of the small kitchen it was so much better than Nourish. Sad to say.

            2. For bread, you want Nashoba Brook Bakery. It's in concord and not easy to find. Worth seeking out. They have very good sandwiches, too.

              www.slowrise.com

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              Nashoba Brook Bakery Cafe
              152 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742

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              1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                You can also buy Nashoba bread at Verrill farm.

              2. In Belmont Center you have Il Casale (nice, but I think the kids would be fine there unless they are terrors), Stone Hearth Pizza, A Thai place, and an Indian place.

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                Stone Hearth Pizza
                57 Leonard St, Belmont, MA 02478