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suggestions for interesting restaurant where parking is easy?

We are looking for an interesting/unusual restaurant (any cuisine or price is acceptable) in Boston or its suburbs where it is easy to park (without a valet or paid parking lot). We will have someone with us who cannot walk very far. Any suggestions?

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  1. Golden Garden in Belmont. Northeast Chinese cooking - unusual, delicious, and very moderately priced. Just pull up, drop off your fellow diner, and park on the street, probably only steps away. Search this board and you will find plenty of praise for this restaurant.

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    Golden Garden
    63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

    1. Bergamot in Somerville near Harvard Square -has an open lot next door; always has open spaces. Easy/quick to drop off your guest and you while partner parks.
      Gargoyles in Davis Sq. Somerville has rear parking lot/row reserved for customers and a bigger city lot behind that/adjacent to it.
      Both places are favs of ours; excellent creative food, comfortable relatively quiet dining areas; professional gracious service.

      Our fav. suburban pizza spot is Stonehearth Pizza in Belmont; its back door opens onto a large city parking lot.

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      Gargoyles On the Square
      219 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        As a long-time Belmont resident, I must warn that the town lot can get filled up, depending on the time and day. Dinner time is a better bet than lunch time.

      2. If I remember correctly, Oleana customers can park at a lot across the street for free. I've always enjoyed my meals there and I think they qualify as interesting/unusual.

        The Blue Room validates at the nearby Kendall Square lot, which is also not far from Hungry Mother, so parking is easy for those two. But there is still a short walk from the lot to the restaurant, which may be too far for your guest. Also not sure I would classify them as "unusual," though I enjoy the food at both places.

        Summer Winter in Burlington is in a Marriott, so there is a large parking lot right in front of the hotel/restaurant. While not unusual by Boston standards, I think it is probably has one of the more interesting menus in that area.

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        Hungry Mother
        Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

        Oleana
        134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

        The Blue Room
        Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

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        1. re: stomachofsteel

          yes, Oleana has parking in a lot across the street for free. I"m not sure if it gets filled up as the evening goes on, however. Excellent, excellent food if the menu appeals to you at all.

          http://www.oleanarestaurant.com/about...

          not free, but East Coast Grill in roughly the same Inman Square neighborhood in Cambridge has validated parking across the street for $5. I've always enjoyed brunch there, in particular.

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          East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
          1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Oleana
          134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

        2. This is kind of a funny question, because I could suggest Angela's in East Boston, where there is usually plenty of free, on-street parking right around the restaurant. You could also go to East Coast Grill which validates with the pay lot across the street. Why not apply PinchOfSalt's advice and drop off your guests and then find parking? Then you can go anywhere.

          Stomach - you are right about the parking lot across from Oleana - only caveat is that it can be a tight squeeze and you have to back out into the street upon leaving. Definitely no room for the Lincoln Leviathans and Chevy Monstrosities of the auto world.

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          East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
          1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            Right on the parking lot across from Oleana, Bob. It was even a tight squeeze for our Civic. Worth the effort, though. Wonderful experience, and certainly interesting, unique flavors.

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            Oleana
            134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              Sorry, Bob Dobalina, I replied before I saw your post....hours earlier, with the same info!

            2. Gaslight (French) in the South End has a free parking lot next to it.

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              1. re: Fort Point

                A parking lot that you can use to eat at any of the other fabulous restaurants in the area

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  Can you park there and walk to other places? Sometimes there's an attendant watching and we figured they must monitor who parks there. It would be awesome if it was open parking.

                  1. re: bear

                    i do all the time.

                    though we generally have a cocktail at gaslight before heading elsewhere. but not always

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      Oh, you mean that's not the Myers + Chang/Gallows/Oishii parking lot? I mean, um...