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Swankalicious Apr 23, 2011 02:32 PM

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?

  1. chefematician Apr 23, 2011 03:17 PM

    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
      chefematician Apr 23, 2011 03:20 PM

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

      1. re: chefematician
        jforman Apr 23, 2011 08:04 PM

        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. BostonZest Apr 23, 2011 04:20 PM

        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.

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          hckybg Apr 23, 2011 04:57 PM

          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. opinionatedchef Apr 23, 2011 09:33 PM

            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. maillard Apr 24, 2011 06:55 AM

              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!

              1. PinchOfSalt Apr 24, 2011 07:12 AM

                Nothing cheers me up when life is too much and I have no energy to cook than a nice array of Chinese food. Sometimes it is boring Americanized stuff that nobody would call chow - but when I really want to be nice to myself (and have great left overs), heading over to Golden Garden does the trick. (I live in Belmont, towards the other end of town.) You could eat there or get a pile of take-out without breaking the bank. The big flavors make my mouth smile and soon it spreads to the rest of me! Their pork belly and sour cabbage dish is a great choice for "soul-warming, comforting" and general slurpiness.

                Golden Garden
                63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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                  grant.cook Apr 24, 2011 08:10 AM

                  Flatbread in Davis Square.. then you can go candlepin bowling afterwards..

                  1. StriperGuy Apr 24, 2011 05:09 PM

                    Golden Garden.

                    Golden Garden
                    63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

                    1. opinionatedchef Apr 24, 2011 11:54 PM

                      swank, i've been doing a bunch of researching about banh mi and i keep reading CH references to this food truck, Momogoose, at Kendall Sq. Check out this menu; might be fun for you to try a bunch of different things.


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                      1. re: opinionatedchef
                        somerville01 Apr 28, 2011 04:40 PM

                        Interesting you should mention that place. I stumbled upon it today and tried it and was a little underwhelmed. Didn't hold up to my favorite bahn mi from 163(?) Harrison. That sandwich rocks.

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                        bear Apr 27, 2011 07:41 AM

                        Hope things are looking a bit more rosy for you and yours, swank. I'll add Cafe Barada on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge to all the great suggestions. Nothing fancy, just simple comfort food. Their olives, ful muddamus, hummus, and mujedarra with their simple, lemony salad help brighten my mood.

                        The avgolemono soup from Greek Corner is comforting, too.

                        Greek Corner Restaurant
                        2366 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

                        Cafe Barada
                        2269 Massachusetts Ave Ste 1, Cambridge, MA 02140

                        1. Bob Dobalina Apr 27, 2011 07:45 AM

                          Our default is Highland Kitchen.

                          Highland Kitchen
                          150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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                            Swankalicious Apr 27, 2011 05:29 PM

                            Thank ye, Hounds. Your suggestions were most helpful. Indulged with Golden Garden and Tom Yung Koong (Thai) in Arlington. Their Tom Yum soup is amazingly spicy yet sweet -- a slurpy bucket o'goodness on a dreary day. We also tried Villa Pizza for really solid subs in Arlington Heights. I would recommend the place for a warm, soft gyro.

                            Golden Garden
                            63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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                            1. re: Swankalicious
                              digga Apr 27, 2011 05:49 PM

                              Dude, I didn't know you were close to Arlington Heights...Nicola has pretty good pizza (I love the Sicilian-style Italian Flag) and we recently had a very tasty meal at La Posada. To really lift your spirits, you should have gotten cookies from Lakota. And I decidedly do NOT have a sweet-tooth. Now back to the B's game!

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