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Apr 23, 2011 02:32 PM

Need a restaurant or a 2-go meal that will cheer me up

Howdy Hounds,
It's been a crumby week here in the Swankalicious household, and we're looking for a cheerful place for a comforting meal -- takeout is also fine -- in Cambridge/Belmont/Lexington. The type of spot where we'll have plenty of leftovers to slurp up the next day, in front of the TV. Any type of food is fine -- mainly just looking for soul-warming, comforting tastiness. Where do you Hounds go when you need a pick-me-up?

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  1. I would do Thai or Indian. For Thai I'd choose Rod Dee in Porter Sq where you can order a bunch of dishes to ensure plenty of leftover goodness. For Indian I would go to Guru the Caterer. (He's in Somerville, not Cambridge but I tend to lump those two towns together for some reason.) I would choose Guru because I adore the family that runs that place and the food always has lots of love in it. It's a cheerful spot simply because the owners are just so darn nice. Normally when I think comfort food I think Italian but I'm drawing a blank on Italian restaurants in those three towns.

    Guru the Caterer
    1297 Broadway, Somerville, MA

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    1. re: chefematician

      Ohhhh or Peruvian charcoal chicken. Love that stuff. But the closest place to get that is in Somerville too. Drats.

      1. re: chefematician

        Rod Dee would have been my first pick. You could also check out Greek Corner on Mass Ave in North Cambridge. Their 'Gyro Plate with Rice' is easily worth two comforting meals, especially if you get a couple appetizers along with it.

        Greek Corner Restaurant
        2366 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

      2. Your geography is not my strong point for comfort food but make sure you pick up something with swankalicious bubbles, a prosecco or cava or sparking cider. Then dress for the flute glasses and the wine. It will make you giggle and that it a comfort.

        1. I'd suggest City Girl Cafe in Inman Square or Zoe's in Somerville. City Girl is the comfiest place I know and I'm a big fan of their pizza. The comfort at Zoe's comes through the food (esp. Chongqing Chicken), which you can enjoy in front of your fireplace tonight. I find that the quality doesn't really suffer as takeout.

          1. I would head to belmont for 2 eat-in possibilities:

            --Stonehearth Pizza>> we go because the pizza is our fav (along w/ regina's no. end) and ellen the manager is such a welcoming person, and the room is bright and attractive. (We alw get Wh Wht crust, white bean ,w/ addition of marinara sauce, goat cheese and bacon)-and that is topped by a pesto spinach salad after it comes out of the oven; and the homemade sausage, caramelized onion, peppers..........We try to only go when Edwin is chefing because he does such a superior job.

            -- Il Casale across the street. Some CHs rave, others say v. good. and Rancatore's is down the street for dessert. Who doesn't smile when they eat ice cream?

            Another scenario is Mary Chung in Central Square for dimsum,or the new Floating Rock (see new thread), followed by Toscanini's. If you go via Fresh Pond, you could drive through Mt Auburn Cemetery which is bursting forth and beautiful right now. Great for these grey days. Hope things perk up soon for y'all.

            Mary Chung Restaurant
            460 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

            Stone Hearth Pizza
            57 Leonard St, Belmont, MA 02478

            il Casale
            50 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478

            1. I would go to Rod Dee or Qingdao. The food is fantastic and the leftovers are delicious. Also the staff is super friendly at both places, which makes a big difference when you've had a bad week.

              I hope next week is better!