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ISO Davis Square Area Suggestions, Not too spicy, red meat unfriendly

VivreManger Oct 11, 2011 01:16 PM

In a few hours I am meeting someone for dinner who does not eat much meat and has trouble with spicy food. My two go-to places in Davis Square are Red Bones and Namaskar. My instincts are spicily carnivorous so I can't go with my gut.

We have agreed to meet in front of Namaskar and then check out the options. Since we are also trying to have a business meeting we need to be able to hear each other. A glass or two of wine would be welcome as well.

So are there any places in Davis Square or nearby that would meet these needs vegie-friendly not too spicy with a liquor license (at least beer and wine) and not noisy?

Namaskar is a back-up since I assume that the spices can be reduced and it meets the other desiderata. However I am not crazy about it so an alternative would be welcome.

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    Parsnipity Oct 11, 2011 01:25 PM

    True Bistro is just up Holland Street in Teele and is veggie only. But wait-- don't stop reading-- I eat meat and have had a very good meal there. They also have a liquor license and a quiet, business-appropriate atmosphere. It would be about a 10-11 minute walk but if you're up for it worth considering.

    1. MidCoastMaineiac Oct 11, 2011 01:28 PM

      How about Tu y Yo just up College Ave (off Powderhouse Square). Too far to walk? Great "upscale" Mexican...good veggie options, doesn't have to be spicy.

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        emannths Oct 11, 2011 01:29 PM

        Pizzeria Posto? It can get a little noisy, but you can always back out if necessary. I wouldn't say it's any louder than most restaurants these days.

        Pizzeria Posto
        187 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

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        1. re: emannths
          Parsnipity Oct 11, 2011 01:36 PM

          Posto is more than a little noisy. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're going way off-hours. Who wants to back out of a business dinner?

          I was going to say to consider Out of the Blue-- just very simple seafood, nothing earth-shattering and you may feel a little like you've stepped back in time, but it will likely be quiet and definitely be convenient and I've always had good quality meals when ordering simply.

          Out of the Blue Restaurant
          215 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

          1. re: Parsnipity
            VivreManger Oct 11, 2011 01:50 PM

            I could not find any wine or liquor on Namaskar's website and they did not answer their phones so they are supposed to be open now. Do they serve any kind of booze?

            I am ruling out Posto. As for the others, Out of the Blue, and Tu y Yo, do they serve wine?

            What are the BYO regs in Somerville? I seem to remember that it is not allowed.

            Out of the Blue Restaurant
            215 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

            1. re: VivreManger
              emannths Oct 11, 2011 01:56 PM

              No BYO in Somerville. Tu y Yo is not a bad choice. They have a full alcohol license, and it's not loud.

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                VivreManger Oct 11, 2011 02:01 PM

                Both Blue and Tu seem like good options. Thanks for the Tu liquor info. Their website was not clear on the subject. Blue is now offering beer and wine. One reason I might prefer Tu to Blue is that the Tu website lists prices, the Blue does not.

              2. re: VivreManger
                MidCoastMaineiac Oct 11, 2011 02:01 PM

                Tu y Yo certainly does...beer, wine, sangria, and your typical Mexican mixed drinks.

                1. re: VivreManger
                  LeoLioness Oct 12, 2011 06:51 AM

                  Namaskar has wine and beer, but I don't think they have a full bar.

            2. Boston_Otter Oct 11, 2011 02:09 PM

              Hana Sushi, a few blocks from Davis Sq on Mass Ave, is nice and quiet.

              A vegetarian friend of mine loves going to Martsa on Elm, and their food is generally not too spicy.

              I really wish Posto would better noise-baffle their place. It's great for everything you mention except that it's cavernously noisy. It was a problem when they were Boloco and O'Naturals, too, and I'd hoped the new owners would help.

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                Jolyon Helterman Oct 11, 2011 02:32 PM

                Foundry on Elm, with a table in the back (quieter): the salmon dish I had last week was excellent.

                Foundry on Elm
                255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

                1. re: Jolyon Helterman
                  Boston_Otter Oct 11, 2011 04:49 PM

                  I love the food at Foundry -- they've really stepped it up since they opened, when their poutine was the best thing on the menu. I was really surprised by how much they've improved. That said, I hesitate to recommend it to the OP, since the place can get extremely loud depending on where you're seated.

                  1. re: Boston_Otter
                    VivreManger Oct 11, 2011 07:41 PM

                    Out of the Blue Restaurant was excellent. Before choosing it we walked up and down a few blocks to consider the alternatives, but the menu was attractive and because it was not crowded - - in contrast to The Foundry - - it was quiet. So we went Blue.

                    On the other hand I imagine that given all the hard surfaces within the restaurant on a busy night it would be as bad as The Foundry.

                    I was pleased with the food and the price. Dinner for two with wine, no coffee and no dessert was about $71.00

                    We ordered the little necks with white wine broth, one ciopinno and one monk fish and sword fish. I did not taste the ciopinno, but I had the other two dishes. The broth was delicious and the liitle necks fresh and tasty, an excellent dish worth having again. My sword fish and monkfish was a little sweeter than I would have liked, but the two fish were well sauted so they retained their moistness. The sweet potato was better than the regular potato that accompanied the dish, but neither was particularly distinguished.

                    Thanks to Parsnipity for the recommendation. Despite the absence of prices on the website menu, the cost was not bad. Starters were in the 6 to $13 range. Mains were in the high teens to low twenties. I had a half bottle of Cretan red for $10 that was well worth it.

                    Out of the Blue Restaurant
                    215 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

                    1. re: VivreManger
                      Boston_Otter Oct 12, 2011 05:14 AM

                      I'm glad your experience at Out of the Blue was successful -- it's a nice quiet sleepy seafood place that often gets overlooked, but has always been consistently high quality.

                      Out of the Blue Restaurant
                      215 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

                2. re: Boston_Otter
                  yarm Oct 12, 2011 06:48 AM

                  I second Martsa (right across the street from Namaskar). It's Tibetan-India. Most of the food is rather flavorful without being spicy, but there are some dishes that are spicy. Great for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike!


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