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blink617 Jun 21, 2011 09:30 AM

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

  1. hiddenboston Jun 21, 2011 09:43 AM

    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. okra Jun 21, 2011 10:01 AM

      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. Science Chick Jun 21, 2011 10:08 AM

        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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          bella_sarda Jun 21, 2011 11:08 AM

          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.

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            StriperGuy Jun 21, 2011 11:14 AM

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

          2. re: Science Chick
            Allstonian Jun 21, 2011 11:19 AM

            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.

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            veggielover Jun 21, 2011 10:13 AM

            Sofra has great lamb shwarma and baked goods.

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            Sofra
            1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

            1. Bob Dobalina Jun 21, 2011 10:18 AM

              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
                StriperGuy Jun 21, 2011 10:58 AM

                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

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                  lc02139 Jun 21, 2011 01:11 PM

                  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

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                    lc02139 Jun 21, 2011 02:15 PM

                    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.

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                      Taralli Jun 22, 2011 07:47 AM

                      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...

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                        veggielover Jun 22, 2011 12:43 PM

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

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                          bizkat Jun 24, 2011 08:27 PM

                          On the subject of Strip T's:

                          http://www.bostonchefs.com/news/2011/...

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                            bear Jun 25, 2011 11:14 AM

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

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                              Pia Jun 26, 2011 05:59 PM

                              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
                      itaunas Jun 24, 2011 10:55 AM

                      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

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                      Ruprecht Jun 21, 2011 11:07 AM

                      Welcome to the neighborhood. The only things I have to add to the exhaustive lists below are:
                      Celebrity Pizza (for the soft-serve ice cream, and some like their fried seafood though I have never tried that)
                      Wild Willy's for good burgers, onion rings and fries, and great raspberry lime rickeys.

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                      Celebrity Pizza
                      684 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

                      Wild Willy's
                      46 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                        Jenny Ondioline Jun 21, 2011 12:08 PM

                        Personally, I think the super cheeseburger at Celebrity beats the pants off Wild Willy's!

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                        Wild Willy's
                        46 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                          Pia Jun 21, 2011 06:44 PM

                          Eh, I'm not a fan of Wild Willy's. The food is good enough, but it's slow and a little expensive for what you get.

                          Have lived here for nearly a decade and still haven't tried actual food from Celebrity Pizza. Maybe we will.

                          Another nearby ice cream shop is Brigham's -- not that it's that wonderful but it's walkable (a fairly long walk) for when you feel like ice cream.

                          Also, two places that notably no one has mentioned, but are near you: Porcini's is overpriced and mediocre, and Green Peapod is just terrible.

                          Victor's on North Beacon hasn't been mentioned yet, I don't think -- great diner food, and usually no crazy lines like Deluxe. Lots of diners in Watertown but I think those two are the best. Uncommon Grounds on Mt. Auburn, a block or two from Deluxe, is good for breakfast too.

                          And! Since we're talking Belmont now -- VICKI LEE'S. It's a bakery cafe. We recently started getting dinner takeout from there on occasion. I find it better than most restaurants. A few weeks ago we had a pricey meal at Savino's around the corner from there, and a few days later paid a third as much for takeout from Vicki Lee's that tasted better, was more varied because you pay by the pound, and fed our toddler too. So convenient for when you don't feel like cooking dinner, even though it's too expensive to do all the time. All the baked goods are excellent too.

                          I live in the same neighborhood and I see from your profile that you have a baby too. My email is in my profile -- contact me if you want a local chow partner!

                          By the way, to everyone on this thread: I want to host a Watertown taste-off, maybe some time in July, to finally settle the debates on who has the best lamejun, hummus, mouhamara, etc. I'll start a new thread on this, but let me know if you're interested!

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                          Vicki Lee's
                          105 Trapelo Rd, Belmont, MA

                          Celebrity Pizza
                          684 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

                          Porcini's Restaurant
                          68 School Street, Watertown, MA 02472

                          Wild Willy's
                          46 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

                          Savino's
                          449 Common Street, Belmont, MA 02478

                          Green Peapod Restaurant
                          557 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                            blink617 Jun 22, 2011 12:42 AM

                            Thanks for the tips! A Watertown taste-off sounds fun, and it would be great to meet people in our soon-to-be new neighborhood.

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                              Taralli Jun 22, 2011 09:41 AM

                              I live just up from Coolidge Sq & would like to do this. Thanks.

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                                threedogs Jun 22, 2011 03:52 PM

                                I'm here in Watertown & would love to join in, too.

                                Great thread, btw.

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                                  Madrid Jun 22, 2011 04:44 PM

                                  I'd love to join if I could. Can you add olive oil to the list, pita bread, cheese, olives, etc. If I can't join, which would be for child care issues (very special needs older child adopted from foster care), I would so eagerly await the response and especially hear the sort of recent debate.thread about olive oil continue!

                                  I live in East Somerville and would move right next to Arax in a flash if it could all be worked out (so unlikey).

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                                    threedogs Jun 22, 2011 04:58 PM

                                    Well, I bought the Olympic Extra Virgin Olive Oil that someone mentioned here on CH sometime back. The original poster was removed (but I had it saved in the notices in my email :D). Got it at Marty's nearby in Newton (and found another awesome place for cheese & chocolate - Marty's Liquor, of all places!) Don't know anything about that thread way back when - all I know is, d!@#$ that's good olive oil!

                                    Sophie's in Belmont sells it, too. Both these places are very close to Watertown.

                                    I'm still in awe of where I live. Oh, yeah, last week I even walked my dogs to a farm - Gore Place over the line in Waltham (just for info: not *in* the farm - dogs aren't allowed). Looking forward to getting some produce there when the veggies really start growing.

                                    Still have to laugh at the thought of being so close to a real, working farm. :D

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                                    Marty's Liquors
                                    675 Washington St, Newton, MA 02458

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                                      Madrid Jun 22, 2011 05:01 PM

                                      please, if you could send details about the olive oil I would really appreciate. Aforementioned specail needs child is fliphpig out and I need to get to him; otherwise I'd do the search myself. If we can get him to school tomorrow, may have chance to forage for the it.... thanks!.

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                                        threedogs Jun 22, 2011 05:16 PM

                                        Ah, my heart goes out to you - you've taken on a big responsibility.

                                        Well, it's Olympic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Originally, I couldn't even remember the name, but I knew that Marty's was mentioned. Sure enough, they carry the large (3 liter?) metal containers. I just did a search & I see that Sofra's sells it now, and they're at the Cambridge Farmer's Market, too:

                                        http://extravirginfoods.com/news/

                                        also, a bunch of other places:

                                        http://www.extravirginfoods.com/where...

                                        Take care (of both yourself & your child!) and I hope you can manage what I am sure would be a well-deserved treat w/your fellow Chowhounds.

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                                        Sofra
                                        1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                          Madrid Jun 22, 2011 05:47 PM

                                          thanks so much, Threedogs...it's been hard these past 4.5 years but so worth it.. I really appreciate your message...he's adorable, and the best thing that's ever happened to me, despite all the stress and problems. He is at a therapeutic school at McLean now though on a reduced schedule...sometimes it makes it easy to forage at Arax, Russo'sS etc. while we are in the hood waiting for his all too short school time to be over. I want this olive oil. thank again for your compassion. I'll check out all these links. Unfortunately for the parents, he has multiple food trauma experiences, so we don't exactly have a chowpup here.! But he talks about food and recipes in a really chow way so one day, we hope.......

                                      2. re: threedogs
                                        StriperGuy Jun 23, 2011 05:58 AM

                                        Heck, there is a farm much closer on Grove Street in Belmont. Great stuff.

                                        Sergi Farm
                                        34 Glenn Road
                                        Belmont, MA

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                                          LovinYankeeBarbecue Jun 23, 2011 06:44 AM

                                          Yes! Sergi's tomatoes and cabbages were amazing last summer. Sometimes banged-up tomatoes (for sauce) go down to $1/lb.

                                          This year the management structure is a little different. People who know seem to expect things to be even better.

                                          All I know is that the snap peas I got in our first farm share of the year were the best I've ever had.

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                                            beetlebug Jun 23, 2011 07:47 AM

                                            Sergi's also has the best corn.

                                          2. re: StriperGuy
                                            Pia Jun 23, 2011 01:55 PM

                                            How have I never been there? It's a mile from my house! Thanks!

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                                              threedogs Jun 23, 2011 06:30 PM

                                              Gore Farm is closer for me, but boy, I'm getting out to Sergi when I can (great name, btw - reminds me of one of my mom's fav singers of years ago - Sergio ... oh dear, can't remember his name now... I'm officially old, I guess, lol).

                                              Thanks for the tip, StriperGuy!

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                                            gourmaniac Jun 23, 2011 07:56 AM

                                            What a coincidink! I used to go to Marty's all the time when I lived nearby and was back just last week to get EV olive oil, cheese, chocolate and coffee. For olive oil, I tried a bottle of Lebanese that was on sale. very good, balanced and fruity but lacking the peppery taste that I prefer. I got a small container of Lindt white chocolate pieces that were excellent and an inexpensive Havarti. The coffee which used to be great value is now similar to other places (Russo's, Harvest Co-op).

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                                              kimfair1 Jun 23, 2011 10:52 AM

                                              I use Illy coffee, and Marty's has it for the best price $11.99 a can, $13.99 and up everywhere else I've seen it.

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                                              stomachofsteel Jun 23, 2011 02:08 PM

                                              I'm not sure I would call the Gore Place a farm. To clarify, it's first and foremost a historical estate and museum (early 19th c. summer home of Governor Christopher Gore), which happens to have a working farm on site. I believe it's only recently that they have been selling what they grow; I'm not sure for how long (post 19th-century) they've actually been farming it. I'd be interested to hear if others have bought food from them.
                                              http://www.goreplace.org/index.htm

                                              And there's another working farm not far from the Watertown line, also in Waltham: the Waltham Fields Community Farm, on the site of the old UMass Agricultural Field Station. However, I think the food they grow is only available through their CSA program (which always sells out).
                                              http://communityfarms.org/

                                              1. re: stomachofsteel
                                                threedogs Jun 23, 2011 06:33 PM

                                                Gore Farm donates a lot of their produce to local food banks (which is totally awesome, btw). I missed the Sheep Shearing Festival this year, but hope to catch it next. Haven't been there to take a tour of the house, but I will, eventually.

                                                And yes, good you mentioned the Waltham Fields Community Farm. Read about that but forgot.

                                                Terrific info!

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                                                  StriperGuy Jun 24, 2011 10:22 AM

                                                  Yah, that farm in Waltham does not have a stand.

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                                              fantundo Jun 26, 2011 09:10 PM

                                              Since you're talking Belmont/Cushing Square, I would also mention Kitchen on the Common, a small, homey place across Common Street from Savino's, open for lunch and supper. Family-owned; you'd think from the menu that mom was in the kitchen, tho actually they have a chef. Inexpensive, no liquor license.

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                                              Savino's
                                              449 Common Street, Belmont, MA 02478

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                                              katzzz Jun 22, 2011 06:22 AM

                                              Celebrity's fried seafood is good, definitely worthwhile if you're in the mood for it and don't want to drive to the North Shore or Kelly's. I usually opt for the seafood plate, which gets you a piece of two or fish, clams, scallops and a shrimp or two, also a heap of fries, onion rings (included; ignore the note on the menu which says subbing rings for fries is $2), and a little paper cup of cole slaw. The fish is fine, the clams are average or slightly better, the scallops are very good and the shrimp, surprisingly, tastier than most. For $20 you'll get a seafood dinner for two (or three) as well as an overview of Celeb's frying skills.

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                                              Madrid Jun 21, 2011 11:18 AM

                                              Sophia's Greek pantry for amazing yougurt, in Belmont very near Watertown.

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                                                bear Jun 21, 2011 11:31 AM

                                                Great suggestions here. Lots of great chow in Watertown. Right over the line in Belmont on Belmont St. is Fiorella's Express. They have the same excellent red sauce that the Newton Fiorella's has, along with very good wood-fired pizzas and calzones at really great prices.

                                                The son, who owns the Newton restaurant, recently took over when his dad retired and completely renovated and changed the menu to reflect the Newon offerings. It's a little bright for my taste but great for takeout or a quick bite in.

                                                Actually, you're not all that far from the Newton Fiorella's. I haven't been since they recently expanded, but would recommend it based on past experiences when you're looking for a casual, warm red sauce place.

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                                                Fiorella's
                                                187 North St, Newtonville, MA 02460

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                                                  StriperGuy Jun 21, 2011 11:45 AM

                                                  I was underwhelmed by their pizza the one or two times I tried it... perhaps will give it another whirl.

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                                                    bear Jun 21, 2011 12:03 PM

                                                    Actually, I find the pizza at the Newton location good but lacking in salt. I'm assuming Express is the same recipe. With Stella's near by, you might want to stick with them since I know you like a well-fermented, flavorful dough. That said, it's still a good pie in my book with a little char and smoke from the wood oven, but I tend to get a flavorful topping like pepperoni or salami to up the flavor a bit.

                                                    I do like the red sauce dishes, though...pasta with meatballs, eggplant or chicken parm, etc. Normally I'm not a big fan of a pronounced oregano flavor in sauce, but this works for me.

                                                    I also love the bread sticks, which are thin strips of pizza dough baked with garlic and cheese accompanied by more of the red sauce.

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                                                      StriperGuy Jun 21, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                      Hmmm, will give it another whirl for sure. Wood fired certainly wins points.

                                                      This place is also pretty decent, owned by the brother of the guy who own's Sabatino's in Arlington (different crust, with no semolina in the dough, but a decent pie:

                                                      Gerry's Italian Kitchen
                                                      1074 Belmont Street
                                                      Watertown, MA 02472
                                                      (617) 484-0606

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                                                      Sabatino's Restaurant
                                                      735 Broadway, Malden, MA 02148

                                                      Gerry's Italian Kitchen
                                                      1074 Belmont St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                                                  LovinYankeeBarbecue Jun 21, 2011 12:11 PM

                                                  This question inspired me to create a Chowhound account and make my first post.

                                                  A hidden gem in your area is Coolidge Variety, right across the street from the Deluxe Town Diner. Nick, the co-owner, is an excellent butcher with some creative tricks up his sleeve. He's tied custom roasts for me on several occasions for no extra cost. He will also sell you raw meat for Ghayma, an Armenian steak tartar. Other butchers look at me in disbelief when I ask for something to serve raw.

                                                  Coolidge Variety is not the place to go if you want elk tenderloins or need everything to be local and grass-fed. But the meat is fresh, well-cut, and priced below the supermarket. They also have cold cuts, beer and wine, and a decent selection of packaged foods.

                                                  Highly recommended!

                                                  The Deluxe Town Diner is also one of my favorite restaurants.

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

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                                                    StriperGuy Jun 21, 2011 12:22 PM

                                                    True, true. He is also a GREAT source for lamb (legs, steaks, whole lamb).

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                                                      Bob Dobalina Jun 21, 2011 12:32 PM

                                                      On the subject of Nick, stopped in last weekend to price out lamb - the loin was $16.99/lb - thoughts on whether this is a high/med/low price?
                                                      Nick, of course, could not be nicer.

                                                      1. re: Bob Dobalina
                                                        StriperGuy Jun 21, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                        Yah, I kinda feel his pricing is getting a bit out of whack. I mean seriously it's not like the joint is Savenor's or John Dewar.

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                                                          Bob Dobalina Jun 21, 2011 12:55 PM

                                                          He said something about lamb being expensive now...I have no idea.. but there probably is a lamb season...spring?

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                                                            LovinYankeeBarbecue Jun 22, 2011 06:12 AM

                                                            Nick has mentioned several times this spring that the price of lamb is outrageous right now. He was worried about how his Greek clientele would react at Easter. Didn't stop me from getting a delicious boneless leg from him for my own (non-Greek) Easter dinner.

                                                            But truthfully, I don't worry much about the price of lamb. I'm trying to feed a family of four, so I hardly ever buy meat that cracks double digits in price per pound. When Nick has a good piece he wants to move, he gives me a great price. Otherwise, it's sirloin tip ($6.99), chicken ($2), freshly ground burger ($3.50), or whatever else is good.

                                                            Actually, the sirloin tip and hamburger are worth mentioning again. In three years of shopping at Coolidge, I have never gotten sirloin that's anything less than meltingly tender straight out of the package. This is in contrast to supermarket cuts that often have to be marinated for a day or more. And since Nick will grind the burger fresh if you ask, you can cook it medium-rare or however you like. Again, a huge improvement over the supermarket.

                                                            Can you tell I like this place?

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                                                              okra Jun 22, 2011 01:58 PM

                                                              Last year he was carrying Island Creek oysters in the case - this year, so far they've been from VA, and not my cup of tea.... but ask when you go!

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                                                              Coolidge Variety & Deli
                                                              4 Bigelow Ave, Watertown, MA 02472

                                                    2. re: LovinYankeeBarbecue
                                                      Pia Jun 21, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                      Yes, great tip! My favorite Chinese in the area is Wonder Cafe on Mt. Auburn Street, on the same stretch as Demos and Super Fusion II.

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

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                                                      stomachofsteel Jun 21, 2011 01:16 PM

                                                      Also not far over the Belmont line is Ohlin's Bakery for doughnuts.

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                                                      Ohlin's Bakery
                                                      456 Common St, Belmont, MA 02478

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                                                        StriperGuy Jun 21, 2011 02:09 PM

                                                        AND Linda's.

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                                                          LovinYankeeBarbecue Jun 22, 2011 06:31 AM

                                                          Not just donuts, either. Linda's makes a great breakfast all around, and Ohlin's is a fantastic source for bread, rolls, etc.

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                                                            StriperGuy Jun 22, 2011 07:06 AM

                                                            For bread and rolls I prefer Iggy's which is right near by, though Ohlin's is good for soft, american style bakery bread.

                                                            Whoops also forgot Danish Pastry House, but only for the Danish breads, don't really care for the pastry.

                                                            Who knew Watertown rocked it so good!

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                                                            Danish Pastry House
                                                            205 Arlington St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                                                              LovinYankeeBarbecue Jun 22, 2011 07:55 AM

                                                              Ohlin's is definitely more of an old-New England bakery. It's not the place to go if you need a hand-shaped loaf with 1/4-inch thick crust covered in seeds.

                                                              But for any soft baked good, they rule.

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                                                                Jenny Ondioline Jun 22, 2011 10:15 AM

                                                                I've long said that if I were going to live anywhere in Boston other than Allston, it would be Watertown, and the food is a primary reason why.

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                                                                  StriperGuy Jun 22, 2011 10:59 AM

                                                                  Arlington is doing pretty well these days too.

                                                              2. re: LovinYankeeBarbecue
                                                                okra Jun 22, 2011 08:11 AM

                                                                Literally just finished a Linda's Honey Dew donut, while sipping their coffee. Great mid-morning pick-me-up.

                                                                Re: Victors - it's changed a bit in the past couple months - go back, and let the group know what you think.

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                                                                Linda's Donuts
                                                                247 Belmont St, Belmont, MA

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                                                            carneyvore Jun 21, 2011 02:23 PM

                                                            Strip-T's is reasonably priced and well-prepared food, serving all 3 meals. Grappa is a decent Italian restaurant.

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                                                            Strip-T's Restaurant
                                                            93 School St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                                                              fantundo Jun 21, 2011 06:47 PM

                                                              I'm also a Strip-T's fan. The people couldn't be nicer (or funnier), the prices are reasonable, and the food is always fresh. Regulars seem to develop their own favorites - I have friends who will always order the fish specials, and I'm pretty partial to their ribs and their teriyaki steak wrap, when they have it.

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                                                              Strip-T's Restaurant
                                                              93 School St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                                                              cpingenot Jun 21, 2011 02:55 PM

                                                              I used to live right there, and I'll 2nd or third Arax. The family that runs it is super friendly, in contrast to some of the other shops in that row, and they have amazing produce for ridiculously low prices.
                                                              I'll add Fastachi, for the freshest nuts you'll ever find.
                                                              Don't miss the greek festival this weekend for amazing grilled meats.

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                                                              Fastachi
                                                              598 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA

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                                                                hyde Jun 22, 2011 12:53 AM

                                                                i think you have to try them all and then pick one and be loyal to it. i am an arax guy.

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                                                                  okra Jun 24, 2011 08:48 AM

                                                                  Link to the menu for this weekend's Greek Festival (Fri-Sun)

                                                                  http://www.goarchangels.org/Home_Page...

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                                                                  lergnom Jun 21, 2011 03:13 PM

                                                                  Tabrizi is a tiny but excellent bakery in the square. Great macaroons. Next to Demos, which some people like for it's dated dive quality. They do have good skewers that come with a decent Greek salad.

                                                                  My favorite restaurant in the square is Stellina's. Consistent, relatively creative, moderately priced, northern Italian in a nice room with good service and many locally sourced ingredients.

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                                                                  Watertown,MA, Watertown, MA

                                                                  Stellina Restaurant
                                                                  47 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                                                                    teezeetoo Jun 21, 2011 06:16 PM

                                                                    Spot Cafe or Deluxe Town for breakfast, Tabrizi and Antoine's bakery, second/third Russo's, Arax, Sevan, Fastachi for candy, nuts, etc., Stellina's, and then go explore Waltham which is just up Main Street and has some grand options too.

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                                                                    Fastachi
                                                                    598 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA

                                                                    Tabrizi
                                                                    Watertown,MA, Watertown, MA

                                                                    Stellina Restaurant
                                                                    47 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                                                                    blink617 Jun 22, 2011 12:38 AM

                                                                    Thanks for all the recommendations, everyone! I'm excited to have so many new places to check out.

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                                                                      teezeetoo Jun 24, 2011 01:10 PM

                                                                      I think I forgot Victor's Diner, North Beacon, for absurdly over-sized, immensely friendly, and calorie-laden breakfasts.

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                                                                      Victor's Diner
                                                                      214 N Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                                                                      LovinYankeeBarbecue Jun 22, 2011 07:59 AM

                                                                      Almost forgot ...

                                                                      Conley's, on Belmont St., is a FANTASTIC local bar. Good food, cheap enough beer (at least PBR), and plenty of seats/TVs. Plus it's stumbling distance from my house, which doesn't hurt.

                                                                      Across the street is Shangri-la, my favorite Chinese food around.

                                                                      In case you can't tell, you're moving into a great area!

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                                                                        hiddenboston Jun 22, 2011 08:02 AM

                                                                        Conley's has really good pizza, by the way. And excellent steak tips.

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                                                                          grahams Jun 22, 2011 02:35 PM

                                                                          And, imo, the best bone-in buffalo wings in the greater boston area.

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                                                                            StriperGuy Jun 23, 2011 05:59 AM

                                                                            Better than Buff's Pub? I give the edge to Buff's.

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                                                                            Buff's Pub
                                                                            317 Washington St, Newtonville, MA 02458

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                                                                              grahams Jun 23, 2011 06:40 AM

                                                                              Definitely better than Buff's. I never understood the love for that place.

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                                                                                StriperGuy Jun 23, 2011 07:07 AM

                                                                                I've had the wings at both many times and I give Buff's the edge by a long shot.

                                                                                To each his own.

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                                                                        Crazy Egg Jun 25, 2011 08:25 PM

                                                                        Not mentioned yet is the Persian restaurant, Molana on Spring Street by Watertown Square. I give them the edge over Jasmine. Only exception is that Jasmine has tahdig. Haven't tasted the tahdig myself, but just do not venture to Jasmine anymore.

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                                                                        Molana Restaurants
                                                                        5 Spring St, Watertown, MA 02472

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