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Best food and value on Moody Street?

greygarious Jan 14, 2011 05:29 PM

There are so many choices in the Moody Street area of Waltham. I am planning to visit the museum there and trying to decide where to eat, either lunch or early dinner. Fiery hot food is out, but anything else is a possibility. I'd appreciate input from Chowhounds who frequent Moody Street restaurants.

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    jamieeats Jan 15, 2011 05:50 AM

    my boyfriend recently went to il capriccio for a company dinner. it might be on the pricey side, but he said that everything was absolutely delicious. he had the steamed mussels and mixed greens to start, and the entree sized duck ravioli. he came home raving.

    on a cheaper note, he typically frequents dominic's on main street for lunch. enjoy!

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      catspercapita Jan 15, 2011 06:11 AM

      The New Mother India is good for Indian food. Tempo has good bistro dishes a good bar and ambiance. If you are Vegan, Masau's kitchen is top's in vegan cooking. Even if you are not a vegetarian Masau's is terrific, one of my favorite places on Moody. Tacqueria Mexicana right off Moody (on Fenton I believe) has good Mexican food (Mexican beer). Nearby Tacq, Mex. is Franca's (kind of a Brandeis hang) with ok pizza and ok finger food and pitchers of beer.The Elephant Walk (French-Cambodian) is on Main st, off Moody. Watch City Brewery has good beer and some ok food ( oops, there's the beer thing again, I see a thread here). I'm not a big fan of Tuscan Grille, or Solea, or Tom Can Cook or Margarita's or Gemelli's but I'm sure they have their champions here. Good luck.

      Elephant Walk
      663 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451

      New Mother India
      336 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

      Tom Can Cook
      374 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

      315 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

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      1. re: catspercapita
        failingwannabevegan Jan 15, 2011 07:12 AM

        Gemelli has been closed for at least 2 years, and Franca's is as well I believe.

        315 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

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          catspercapita Jan 15, 2011 06:59 PM

          Wow. I guess I really didn't like those places very much. I hadn't been there for at least two years.

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          stomachofsteel Jan 15, 2011 10:03 AM

          A quick correction -- it's Taqueria Mexico, and it's on Charles Street (but that's a block away from Felton, which is what you were probably thinking of). Also, I agree with failing -- I think Franca's is closed (not familiar with Gemelli's).

          Taqueria Mexico
          24 Charles St, Waltham, MA 02453

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          cheesehead in recovery Jan 15, 2011 10:09 AM

          There's a new place just off of Moody, across the street from the movie theater. Costa Rican, I think. We at there last weekend, very good. Not spicy... but some mexican on the menu Bar is very reasonably priced. I had a dish with beans, rice and yucca and plaintains. Very good.

          1. MC Slim JB Jan 15, 2011 10:31 AM

            I've long been a fan of Mi Tierra, a humble, tasty, high-value Salvadoran/Guatemalan place. Sadie's Saloon, just off Moody on Pine Street, is a terrific old-school bar with above-average American pub fare, including really fine steak tips. Solea may not wow people who have discovered more traditional or more creative tabernas in Boston, but it's a solid tapas joint with decent drinks. Similarly, Erawan of Siam isn't the equal of Boston's more traditional Thai places, but it is good in its rather Americanized way.

            I'd much rather send you a mile or so away to the outstanding Taqueria El Amigo, but Taqueria Mexico is a decent alternative with the advantage of nicer ambiance and a full bar. Tempo is pretty okay for a slightly-creative New American bistro. Mimi's is your typical no-frills North Shore style roast beef sandwich and fried seafood joint, solid of its type. Franca's does very creditable brick-oven pizzas in a very casual setting.

            Close by on Main Street, Kebab and Tandoor does very nice Hyderabadi cuisine. While it won't make you forget Floating Rock, the Cambodian side of the menu at Elephant Walk is good, if rather Westernized (the French food is less interesting). Sushi Yasu a little down the block doesn't do extraordinary sushi and Japanese, but its dinner menu of Korean food is worthwhile.


            Floating Rock
            485 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

            Erawan of Siam
            469 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

            Elephant Walk
            900 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215

            Taqueria El Amigo
            196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

            Taqueria Mexico
            CLOSED, Brookline, MA

            Sushi Yasu
            617 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

            Mi Tierra Restaurant
            585 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

            Main Street Cafe
            85 Main St, Woonsocket, RI 02895

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            1. re: MC Slim JB
              LStaff Jan 16, 2011 06:48 AM

              Full bar at Taqueria Mexico? Is there a back room I don't know about? They only offer beer, wine and sangria as far as I know.

              I used to hit up Mimi's for the seafood until one day I got some off scallops which tasted like amonia, When I tried to return them, the cook wanted to try them and said they were fine. If they guy preparing the seafood can't tell fresh from bad, its not a place I want to eat seafood.

              Franca's has been closed for a while. But Franco's at the upper end of Moody St. makes the best italian style pizza in town imo. Sabatino's comes in second, but delivers, so we end up getting pizza from there most of the time.

              Bison Country for burgers and awesome smoked/grilled wings - I can't get enough of the spicy carolina wings. The burger is cooked perfectly as requested every time. The rest of the bbq is not all that great as far as bbq goes imo.

              Lunch Buffet at Little India. I used to visit New Mother India's buffet for the longest time until I discovered this one. A little less choices offered, but the food is so much more flavorful (but not spicy hot for the OP) and the service is 10x better.

              Taqueria Mexico
              CLOSED, Brookline, MA

              New Mother India
              336 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

              Little India Restaurant
              475 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

              1. re: LStaff
                MC Slim JB Jan 16, 2011 10:17 AM

                Er, on further review, Taqueria Mexico is beer/wine only. It has been years since I've been back (if I head to Waltham for Mex, it's always El Amigo, one of my favorite anywhere in Boston). I do remember having a few Mexican beers there, myself. The patio seating is nice, too. Too bad about Franca's; good to get some other local pizza tips.


                Taqueria Mexico
                24 Charles St, Waltham, MA 02453

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              hurm Jan 15, 2011 11:51 AM

              I really like Ponzu for sushi and asian tapas.

              Ponzu Fine Dining
              286 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

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                CookieLee Jan 17, 2011 07:37 AM

                What museum are you visiting?

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                1. re: CookieLee
                  Eatin in Woostah Jan 17, 2011 08:06 AM

                  The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation is on Moody. I'm assuming that's where grey's headed.

                  For the combo of great food and value, Taqueria Mexico is probably the best bet on Moody.

                  I also like Ponzu. I've always found the sushi to be fresh and the rice bowls to be yummy.

                  You might also want to check into Tara Pizza, not for the pizza, but for the Chilean menu. They have a good variety of empanadas and chacarero sandwiches.

                  Taqueria Mexico
                  24 Charles St, Waltham, MA 02453

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