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Group dinner near-ish to Tufts? Places in Medford I'm forgetting about?

Dave MP Apr 2, 2011 07:46 AM

I'm looking for suggestions of places for a good group dinner, near Tufts, for a Saturday night (april 16). We'd be eating early (5 or 5:30) and would be out by 7:45, so even a place that gets busy later might be okay.

The ideal setting would be the following:

1) Space for about 20 people to sit together, perhaps even in a private room or corner. Doesn't have to be a single table, but at least adjacent tables would be good.

2) Relatively low budget - those who wanted to eat less and only spend 10-15 dollars could find something.

3) Within 10 minute drive of Tufts

4) Good vegetarian options (Redbones, for example, I think is out)

4) Good food!

Last time we had this gathering, we went to the Bertucci's near Wellington Circle, which was perfect, except for the food, which to me seemed way worse than the Bertucci's food that I remember. But they did have good parking, and had a private nook for us. Maybe it was just an off night?

Other ideas that have been thrown around are Christopher's in Porter, Rudy's in Teele Square.....but I'm not sure if these would be great for 20 people.

Any other suggestions? Especially in Medford, East Arlington, Somerville? Any kind of food could potentially work, as long as the budget and vegetarian options were okay...

Thanks!
Dave MP

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    weg Apr 6, 2011 11:42 AM

    Namaskar in Davis Square for excellent Indian food. I have recently had a couple of good meals at Sei Bar (sushi/Japanese/pan-Asian) on Main Street in Medford, and my wife likes Yak and Yeti on Broadway near Ball Square.

    I think that if you dine early, any of these could accommodate 20 people. I also like Martsa on Elm, in Davis Square, but that gets busy early.

    1. Small Plates Apr 5, 2011 01:28 PM

      Pescatore is awesome, but I think Pizzeria Posto on Elm Street in Davis Square is excellent! It has a back room that can be private and the food is fabulous. Great pizzas, salads (huge and delicious) polenta, half orders of pasta for $10.95, substantive appetizers under $10. Food is very good, and portions are ample. Website: http://www.pizzeriaposto.com/menus_10...

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      Pescatore
      158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

      Pizzeria Posto
      187 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

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        smtucker Apr 5, 2011 01:45 PM

        That seems like an excellent suggestion indeed. Sounds like you could some family style on the salads, and keep the cost per person quite a bit lower. Now, I just wish I had a group!

      2. yumyum Apr 4, 2011 06:01 AM

        Dave, I've been loving Olde Magoun's Saloon lately ... they do waaaay above average pub grub, are in your general vicinity, and have veggie options. They can't seat you in a private room but you can stake out a corner of the dining room and I know everyone will leave happy. Good beer, friendly servers. You wont be sad there if you want to go pubby for this occasion.

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        Olde Magoun's Saloon
        518 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145

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          Bob Dobalina Apr 4, 2011 06:08 AM

          Heck, if you want to be really adventurous and are thinking in that direction, you could take over the "dining room" at Wang's.

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            zigzag Apr 4, 2011 04:56 PM

            Haven't been yet, what's good at Olde Magoun's?

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              Small Plates Apr 5, 2011 01:33 PM

              Magoun's is good, too. Specials of the day - like roast chicken, shepherd's pie, fish tacos, prime rib. Excellent sandwiches and burgers. Entrees all under $15 - Turkey pot pie, fish and chips, jambalaya, steak tips, Mac n Cheese. Nice price.

              http://www.magounssaloon.com/default....

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            suzysue2 Apr 2, 2011 11:19 PM

            What about Bistro 5 in West Medford? They have a room about that size and are very accommodating to dietary requests and the food is great.

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            Bistro 5
            5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155

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              pemma Apr 4, 2011 05:42 AM

              Bistro 5 is very good, but they are not cheap. The Korean restaurant in Medford Square, Chung Ki Wa is another option. Also, the new Salvatore's in Medford Square. They have a private room that used to be the vault where the infamous "The Cops Are Robbers" break-in occurred.

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              Bistro 5
              5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155

              Chung Ki Wa
              27 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA 02155

            2. Dave MP Apr 2, 2011 09:28 PM

              Thanks everyone for the responses so far. Pizza Regina in Wellington might be a good bet - I called today and they do take reservations for groups this large.

              I think Sabur, Gran Gusto and Pescatore are good suggestions, but maybe slightly too pricey for this occasion.

              I also thought about FuLoon (just ate there for the first time last week) but I think it's slightly too far....maybe not for me, but it might be complicated convincing the rest of the group to go all the way to Malden Center.

              Any other ideas would still be appreciated!

              Dave MP

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              FuLoon
              375 Main St, Malden, MA 02148

              Pescatore
              158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

              Gran Gusto
              90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

              Sabur Restaurant
              212 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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                opinionatedchef Apr 2, 2011 10:20 PM

                dave, did you check the sabur prices? that was where i was going to recommend. how about the mexican/salvadorean place behind Porter Sq- Tacos Lupita? Maybe they would cordon off some tables for your group.(sorry, i can't remember if you are alrdy one of the champions of this place.)
                and what about vinnie's?

              2. Science Chick Apr 2, 2011 01:29 PM

                Would Pescatore work?

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                Pescatore
                158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

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                  teezeetoo Apr 2, 2011 02:32 PM

                  Gran Gusto isn't far. I think they have a room that would handle 20. Dali might be another option. Neither is quite next to Tufts but Gran Gusto has a parking lot.

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                  Gran Gusto
                  90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                    smtucker Apr 2, 2011 03:20 PM

                    I am not sure you could eat a meal at either Pescatore or Gran Gusto for $10.

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                    Pescatore
                    158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

                    Gran Gusto
                    90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                      bartleby Apr 3, 2011 05:14 AM

                      Maybe not $10, and maybe not an entire meal (though it fills me up), but the truly excellent pizza margherita at GG is only $12.

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                        Science Chick Apr 4, 2011 11:56 AM

                        Not a meal, no. But the OP said "who wanted to eat less and spend $10-15". There are plenty of salads and apps that fit that bill at Pescatore, as well as pastas and pizzas in the $11-13 range.

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                        Pescatore
                        158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

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                      Bob Dobalina Apr 4, 2011 04:53 AM

                      Had a fine meal at Pescatore on Friday, but did notice that the prices have upticked a bit - the seafood amalfi which I always thought was undervalued at $17 is now past the magical $20 barrier at $21. Given the amount of shrimp, scallops and lobster you typically get in that dish, not unreasonable, but may cause a little sticker shock for some in the nabe.

                      If you had any flexibility on time, I think Istanbul'lu would be perfect for you, chow-wise. Small plates in your price range and veggie offerings. It's so small though that you would have to go at a special time, I would think. Maybe not....

                      What about Tu y Yo? Haven't been in a while... The Foundry also has a lot of space at the back that would accommodate and lower-priced sandwiches and such. Also the Flatbread Pizza / Sacco Bowl Haven, and the Middle-Eastern place on Mass. Ave. which I cannot remember at the moment...ugh.

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                      smtucker Apr 2, 2011 01:27 PM

                      That Bertuccis is indeed horrid. You did not hit it on a bad night; it is always that bad.

                      How about the Pizza Regina's in Wellington Circle. Lots of parking, large space, and for 20 people I think they are willing to reserve. I have seen little league groups and such there.

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                        trueblu Apr 2, 2011 01:07 PM

                        How about Fuloon in Malden? It's about 10-15 mins drive, can cater to a modest budget, ideal for groups. I think vegetarians should find something on the menu, but note that many 'veggie' dishes, which might be meat free on a westernized chinese menu, do indeed, contain meat.

                        Of course, if you go, you should avoid the westernized dishes, and stick mostly to the sichuan dishes and other specialities.

                        tb

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                          muffingirl Apr 2, 2011 12:30 PM

                          I would suggest Sabur in Teele Square. They have several vegetarian options and they have options under $20. It is a very nice atmosphere, good food and could accomodate 20 people. I have actually had dinner there with a large group and it was very enjoyable.

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                          Sabur Restaurant
                          212 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

                          Teele Square Cafe
                          Somerville, MA, Somerville, MA

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