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Watertown tips?

So, I'm moving from East Somerville to Watertown next month. The new place is near Red Lentil and Deluxe Town Diner. What spots do I need to know about - both restaurants and markets - and what do I need to try at them? Any tips would be appreciated.

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Deluxe Town Diner
627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

Red Lentil
600 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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  1. Jasmine, which is in that block, serves up some good Persian dishes. Stella, which is in the same block, has very good thin-crust pizza. Deluxe Town Diner is great, with some of the best corned beef hash I've had anywhere. Donohue's is a couple of blocks south of the diner and has decent pub grub (the wings are good).

    1. Lots of Markets and Fordee's makes damn good Falafel. Not that far from Shangri La either.

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      Shangri-La
      149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

      Eastern Lamejun Bakers
      145 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

      Fordee's Grill
      555 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

      Sevan Bakery
      599 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

      Arax Market
      585 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

      Massis Bakery
      569 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

      1. Check out Spot Cafe in Main Street for wonderful breakfasts, soups. I second Stella's pizza, but make sure you order the 18", otherwise you don't get the thin crust (they use the 16" dough amount and stretch it thinner). Shangri-La, just over the Belmont line, right near where Arlington St. meets Belmont St., has awesome Taiwanese food. Fordee's for falafel and Arax grocer for spices, fruits, veggies, olives, oil (heck, all things Mediterranean). I prefer Sevan for prepared foods and baked items, far above Massis IMHO. Travel over the bridge into Nonantum section of Newton for Antoine's bakery (rivals any NorthEnd italian bakery) and DePasquale for homemade sausage. Newton Corner for Amarin Thai.

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        Shangri-La
        149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

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        1. re: Science Chick

          I second the prepared foods @ Sevan. Their spicy hummus, in particular, is out-of-this-world. There's also Russo's supermarket, of course, with amazing selection of produce, cheeses, baked goods, etc.

          1. re: bella_sarda

            YES to Russo's. Probably the best produce in greater Boston.

          2. re: Science Chick

            And don't forget Russo's on Pleasant Street (before you cross over that bridge into Nonantum) - the biggest and best greengrocer in the greater Boston Area. Also good for cheeses, breads of all kinds, deli meats, dairy, and bulk coffee, not to mention a florist section and garden center.

          3. Sofra has great lamb shwarma and baked goods.

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            Sofra
            1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

            1. Sort of a major culinary shift - from Mexico/Latin America to the Med / Middle East - can't think of any good Mexican in Watertown.... although there are a number of places in Waltham that fit the bill.

              Good sushi at Super Fusion II in Watertown Square.
              Tabrizi Bakery next door has Persian confections and foodstuffs, that are a little different than the other markets up the road.

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              Tabrizi Bakery
              56 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

              Super Fusion II
              54 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                For a second I thought.. a thread on Watertown, and I have nothing to add. Snif... my work is done here ;-)

                But noone mentioned Demos. Total dump with excellent food on Mt. Auburn near Watertown Square. Great Skewers of lamb, chicken, or beef, and I love their black bean soup.

                Also, just a bit further afield, Golden Garden in Belmont is awesome Manchurian Chinese food and worth the trip a few blocks over to Belmont. Also just barely over the Belmont line is Sophia's Greek grocery, try her homemade goat milk Yogurt!

                And just cause I can't let a Watertown thread pass without plugging them: I love Arax for produce, yogurt, and prepared foods.

                And the new Wing place (opened by the Sevan kids) just a few doors down is decent.

                There, I feel better now.

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                Golden Garden
                63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  If we are talking Belmnot you might want to try the ice cream at rancatores on leonard street. http://www.rancs.com/
                  I'll second or third Sophia's for yogurt and sweets, Shangri-La and Golden Garden also not far from the freshpond Iggy's bakery store.

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                  Shangri-La
                  149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

                  1. re: lc02139

                    Since this is a Watertown thread what do people thing or Strip T's ?? it doesn't look fancy or anything but was just wondering how it was.

                    1. re: lc02139

                      Strip T's is a very homey little storefront w/homemade soups and lots of blackboard specials everyday w/b&w license. 6/22 lunch menu shows soft shell crab po'boys w/kimchi for $12.50 and lobster roll for $16, veggie bahn mi, roast pork loin, etc. More choices, for sure, on the dinner menu. Portions are generous, prices reasonable., service friendly & always lots of newspapers to browse: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Strip-T...

                      1. re: lc02139

                        I haven't been there for a few years, but I have always enjoyed it for good food at reasonable prices.

                          1. re: bizkat

                            Wow. I haven't been for a couple of years but need to head back soon. Sounds really good.

                            1. re: bizkat

                              Wow, thanks for the tip! Looks like the menu is getting a lot more upscale but the prices are not. (Plus, poutine in my neighborhood!)

                    2. re: Bob Dobalina

                      Trini's at the Arsenal Mall is pretty good for basic made to order taqueria fare. That is a somewhat dated opinion because they close early (by 6:30 _sharp_) and Taqueria El Amigo is such a quick ride to Waltham from there so I almost never make it on evening forays. But its a decent lunch or Saturday (Home Depot) option in Watertown.

                      The proximity to Allston/Brighton opens up a _lot_ of chow, plus there are places in Waltham which don't get mentioned as much because a lot of us are used to lunching there. Taqueria El Amigo is superior for taqueria fare, but Taqueria Mexico is definately worth a visit for their Birria, having aguas frescas, a bar. Panela de Barro can be simpler than Cafe Brazil because of the buffet (vs a la carte) service, but the bar is also a good option at Cafe Brazil for trying a few appetizers and having a full dinner.

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                      Taqueria El Amigo
                      196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453