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We are going to a show at the Amazing Things Arts Center Friday night. Is there anything chowish nearby? A few years ago there used to be a Czech restaurant there but I know it has closed. Thanks for your suggestions!

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  1. That's downtown Framingham you are going to, not Framingham Centre which is over by Framingham State. Not too far away on Route 30 is The Aegean which is quite good. It is the land of chain restaurants. There is a new restaurant at 101 Concord Street which has received quite good reviews. The name of it is Limey's Pub and the owners are from Yorkshire. As you would expect from a pub the menu has burgers, shepherds pie, fish and chips etc. Their fries are supposed to be particularly good. This restaurant takes the place of the Sampan which was a real dump with lots of problems so I wish these owners the best. Downtown Framingham could certainly use revitalization.

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    1. re: edgewater

      Thanks for the locale correction! Obviously I do not know Framingham. :)

    2. Ditto on the neighborhood-name correction. It doesn't make sense but there it is. Limey's Pub is very enjoyable. Not superb quality, but fine. It's very close to Amazing Things, and is the only even vaguely chowish place downtown, as far as I am aware. The real chow mecca of Framingham is Sichuan Gourmet on Rt.9, an authentic Szechuan paradise and all-around excellent Chinese restaurant. If you opt for Rt. 30, right by the Aegean is also Big Fresh, which is a healthy/natural foods cafe, with wraps, stir-fries, etc. They source a lot of their ingredients locally.

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

      Sichuan Gourmet
      1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

      1. The Chicken Bone has good wings, as does Wings over Framingham. I may recommend going to the Magic Oven Brazillian bakery on Waverly St and having a kibbee, one of those big cheese balls, some grilled chicken and a rum ball. It's a short walk.

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        Chicken Bone
        1260 Boylston St Ste 3, Boston, MA 02215

        1. Aegean is excellent. There's also Sichuan Gourmet and in nearby Natick is Oga's sushi.

          http://www.aegeanrestaurants.com/aege...

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          Sichuan Gourmet
          1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

          1. uncle cheung's (shanghainese) and sichuan gourmet (sichuan). both on route 9

            1. Good luck. As you can tell from all of the recommendations, there's little to nothing in downtown Framingham.

              If you like Brazilian BBQ, there are probably a half dozen places to choose from, none of which are particularly exceptional from what I've experienced, though most of which are decent to good and cheap as can be.

              The Chicken Bone has decent wings and beer and not much else. Very much a dive if you like that kind of atmosphere.

              Acapulco's is pretty average Tex Mex.

              As others have suggested, the best chow in the area by far is either Sichuan Gourmet or Oga's Sushi, both over on Route 9. Not in the neighborhood per se, but not far away. Also in that area, the Aegean is decent Greek. There's also Sel de la Terre and the Metropolitan Club at the Natick Mall. Big Fresh is cute and decent.

              Beyond that it is chain restaurant land. Cheesecake Factory, Legal Seafoods, you get the picture.

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              Sel de la Terre
              1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760

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

              1. I've heard the Aztec is pretty good for Mexican, but I've never been.

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                1. re: nsenada

                  The Aztec is very good having eaten there many times. It's small but quaint and the locals are there every night!

                2. The Angry Hams Garage has been getting some buzz but from what I hear it's mostly pub food and some Asian dishes stemming back from when the place was a sushi joint. Its at the intersection of Rout 9 west at the 126 offramp(2 Beacon Street) near KFC and BofA.

                  I'd be curious to get someone's take on the place having actually eaten there.

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                  1. re: pondrat

                    Is that the place that was Green Tea II for awhile?

                    1. re: galleygirl

                      Yup..and was Michi Kusa before that.

                      1. re: pondrat

                        Per our discussion of last night Pondster, I think sampling the fare at Limey's prior to Don White's gig Saturdayy at Amazing Things makes eminent sense.

                        1. re: Harp00n

                          Welcome back Harp... Reviews on Limey's on Sunday please ??!!

                    2. re: pondrat

                      Ya know what? We went there last saturday, and sad to say, didn't even stay for dinner...
                      Red flag #1..There were valet parking attendants out front. For a suburban restaurant. With the lot half full. We asked if we could park our own car. They said they were just trying to save us the walk...Across the parking lot? Are you kidding me? Inside, the owner told us they were trying to add some class. Whatever.

                      Red Flag #2. The menu. All over the place. Yep, my guess is that if you have chicken, and pizza, and Chinese food, and sangies (ergh, like nails on a blackboard), chances are, they all came in on the Cisco truck.

                      Red Flag #3. It looks like a garage. And not in a funkie, Blue Ribbon kind of way. Like they cleaned the garage up, nice and sterile, put bright lights in, too much space between tables, a BLARING SOUND SYSTEM bouncing off the jarru\ing concrete surfaces, and TVs. In the whole place. It was so loud in there, TC said he couldn't even concentrate on the menu. No thanks.
                      When we got up to leave, the owner asked why we were going,

                      I told him I was in the industry, and t I sort of thought with a menu that farflung, I was guessing some came in on a foodservice truck (hell, you can buy frozen chicken breasts complete with grill marks, ya know, prefect for those Ceasar salads). He swore up and down that they made everything from scratch. Well, ya know, _no one_ makes everything from scratch...

                      Then I said I was vegetarian, and there weren't many seafood or veggie options. He wanted to know what was wrong with a brocolli pizza. If I wanted pizza, I wouldn't have come here, I would have gone to a place that specializes in pizza...
                      Bad vibe overalll. :shudder:

                      1. re: galleygirl

                        I think when you head into a place expecting the worse you get what your looking for.
                        I've been in on several times and had the filet which was cooked perfectly and delicious. Another time I was in the mood for the general gaus and it was the tastiest , freshest I've ever had. Then I've had the Benedict pizza and it was one of the best pizzas I've ever had. It's also a hangout on the weekends with a more barlike atmosphere so maybe you could have just asked for the music to be turned down while you dined. You can't knock a place without even trying it. As for the valet the parking is pretty limited so it's a nice touch if the lot fills and you dont have to cross rte 126.

                        1. re: lulatula

                          We went excited about trying a new place close to home. With all the bad signals, it's hard to believe that you had the best filet, the best General Gau's, and the best pizza you've ever eaten, all in the same place. Luckily it fulfills all your expectations...We were there at 8:30 on a Saturday night, and the parking lot was half full, so I can't figure out when they actually need that valet parking. Luckily, you'll always be able to get a seat, cuz you won't have to fight us for one!

                          1. re: galleygirl

                            I stopped in to kill some time. I only had a drink at the bar. The service was friendly and the decor was perfect for what they are going for. No valet parking offered. Everyone at the bar eating seemed to be enjoying the food. I looked over the menu and will give them a try when I am in the neighborhood again.

                          2. re: lulatula

                            I think if I had to park across 126 I'd park at Sichuan Gourmet and carry some authentic General Gau and dried beef with chili pepper back to the Angry Ham !!

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                            Sichuan Gourmet
                            1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                            1. re: pondrat

                              I guess that's what they're trying to circumvent!

                        2. re: pondrat

                          I went on Thursday night with a buddy, and was mostly disappointed, although we didn't order any apps, which I bet could be their bread-and-butter.

                          The decor is what it is - reminiscent of Doc's in Milford, for those of you who know the area. Bar on the right, large open space on the left. It was not particularly busy, which surprised me, since it was the end of the Christmas shopping season, the last day of the work week for many, and there was an NFL game and a Bruins game on. When a space that large is so empty, it really detracts from the atmosphere. The service was attentive and friendly, so that was a nice plus.

                          Unfortunately, we didn't order an appetizer, so I can't speak to that. My friend got the chicken parm. sandwich with french fries, and enjoyed both. I got a cheeseburger with bacon and sauteed onions. The burger itself was good, but the accoutrements were atrocious. Instead of french fries, I ordered sweet potato "wedges" which were really just large fries. The wedges had a nice crispy exterior, but were ICE cold in the middle - definitely came from a freezer. Each sandwich was also accompanied by a deep-fried pickle. Normally when you see this, it's a thin slice dredged in a little cornmeal, but this one was a dill spear soaked in batter. Unappetizing.

                          Because I want this type of place (non-chain sports bar) to work in the area, and because the burger was solid, I'll probably give this joint another try - seems like a good place to maybe watch NFL Sunday games. I'll try the buffalo wings then, as that's the measure of this type of place, IMHO.

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                          Angry Hams Garage - Restaurant & Pub
                          2 Beacon St, Framingham, MA 01701