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Fun restaurant to go with Rt. 9/Newton "field trip"

Since we don't "do" Valentine's Day (way too many amateurs dining out)...I am kidnapping my husband and bringing him on a nerdy field trip...to the New England Mobile Bookfair (who is having a killer 30% off sale on top of their normal discounts until 2/13, including cookbooks!).

He's never been, LOVES books, and I can envision him perusing every aisle for hours. After that, we'll need a great spot to cap the day off for a late lunch...and I'm completely unfamiliar with that area.

Any suggestions?? Around our neck of the woods, favorites include Gargoyles, Neptune, Harvest...and favorite sandwich: Chacerero!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Farm Grill is right there, for amazing gyros and galaktoboureko. There's also O'Hara's on Walnut Street nearby, for great burgers and pub food.

    1. Check the hours on 51 Lincoln - you might have to go for an early dinner, but it is right around the corner.

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      51 Lincoln
      51 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA 02461

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      1. re: Angel Food

        +1 on 51 Lincoln.

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        51 Lincoln
        51 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA 02461

      2. We usually hit the Bookfair on the way to (or back from) The Local in West Newton (comfort food, good beers), or the aforementioned Farm Grill. It seems like the Farm Grill would be perfect, because it's right there, and the food is very good. Don't expect a whole lotta atmosphere, though!

        1. I love the Farm Grill's lamb gyro almost as much as chacarero! As to The Local and O'Hara's, I find that while they're fine for what they are, they are not chow-worthy.

          1. I will disagree with the others on Farm Grill. I have never been a fan of the place. the food is just ok to me. i think its overpriced especially considering its a cafeteria style place with no atmosphere and often rude employees.

            I would suggest O'Haras around the corner or Green Tea Chinese which is about a 5 min drive.

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            1. re: hargau

              Agreed on the rude employees but not the gyro. Would it kill those guys to ever smile or say thank you? But when it is on, the gyro is the best in the state and perhaps in New England. I will say, however, that I had a gyro there a few days ago that was just ok. Not sure what it was but it wasn't up to par.

              1. re: Gordough

                Yeah, they're mean as shit, but damn do I like their food :)

                1. re: Prav

                  I actually think they're not that bad - especially compared with Cowlicks in Needham, which is downright nasty. Good food, though.

                  1. re: nsenada

                    Ya know, they're not that bad. I once ordered a glass of wine, while waiting for take-out, becasue I really needed it (!). The guy insisted on giving me a few grape leaves so it wouldn't go to my head. ;)

                  2. re: Prav

                    They're not that bad at Farm Grill, though one time I do recall myself saying, "Excuse me, do you have stuffed grape leaves today or should I just go f--k myself?"

                    1. re: hiddenboston

                      Ok....I was close to Farm Grill....until HB's post. My husband would COMPLETELY say something like that to the waitstaff and then lose focus on the food. Hmm...maybe gyros for takeout another time!