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Dinner near Paradise Rock Club?

We are seeing a show there this weekend and I can't seem to recall many possibilities in that area.I know thee's Carlo's over on Brighton Ave and Sunset Grill (good for beer and maybe an app or two)...but anything else? Mind is sorta drawing a blank over in that area. TIA.

Sunset Grill
916 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. YoMa (Burmese). S&I Thai. Deep Ellum would be another option for beers if you're looking for alternatives.

    Deep Ellum Bar
    477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

    1. Plenty of choices on Brighton Ave. - Jo Jo Tapei, Punjab Palace, Blue Asia. Closer, on Comm Ave, there's Brown Sugar Cafe. I haven't been to Victoria Seafood for a long time. Has anyone been recently?

      Victoria Seafood Restaurant
      1029 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

      Brown Sugar Cafe
      1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

      Punjab Palace
      109 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

      Blue Asia Cafe
      113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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      1. re: CookieLee

        Also, the Super 88 food court has many good choices. Bon Chon chicken near Carlo's. Other examples given above are also all good.

      2. In addition to the places already mentioned, there's Shanghai Gate (corner of Harvard & Commonwealth), Ariana (Afghani restaurant in the same block on Brighton Ave. as Carlo's, Bon Chon, Jo Jo Taipei, Punjab Palace, and Blue Asia.) There are a ton of worthwhile Korean places: in that same block there's Buk Kyung II; around the corner on Harvard is Myung Dong 1st Avenue, and on Harvard between Brighton & Commonwealth there's Korean Garden, plus Color and Hanmaru closer to Comm. Ave.

        On Brighton Avenue between Harvard Ave. & Union Square there's Fish Market Sushi, Boston Kabob Company (astonishingly good falafel and other middle eastern food), and the well-loved S&I Thai. Oh - also on Brighton a bit closer to Packard's Corner is Shabu-Zen. And on Harvard Avenue on the opposite side of the street from all the Korean restaurants is Garlic 'n' Lemons, more great Middle Eastern food.

        (If beer with your meal is important, be warned that many of these places are not licensed.)

        Places to avoid: the Turkish restaurant Saray, on Comm. Ave. right at Packard's Corner, used to be good but has slid WAY downhill; ditto for Quan's Kitchen, also on Comm. Ave. just off Babcock, and I've never had anything but mediocre food and surly service at Victoria Seafood. (CookieLee: no, I haven't been recently, because they used up all of their one-more-try-because-people-keep-saying-it's-good credits in my book in about 2005.)

        1. Hitthe Silhouette Lounge for before or after drinks.

          I think they still have a group photo with me in it in the wall ....

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          1. re: C. Hamster

            I used to LOVE the Silhouette!!! I lived on Quint ave back in the day (right at the top of the hill, apartment was small, but NICE, and only $600 a month!!! Can you imagine it?), and would pop down there for some beers (some months they would have food, some not, go figure) and the free popcorn! soooooooooo awesome!

          2. We like SoulFire on Harvard, just beyond Comm Ave. Very good BBQ, good bartenders, great music.

            1. Lots of good choices: Bon Chon, Soulfire, Brown Sugar, Shanghai Gate, Carlo's, T. Anthony's...


              Brown Sugar Cafe
              1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

              1. an earlier thread talked about Roast Beast down the block from PRC. sounded like something to try.

                someone asked about Victoria's ... I've been a couple times over the past couple months. still cheap Canto food, but it wasn't as good as I remembered, nor is it really a place I'd want to go to if I had a choice.

                Bon Chon can be a wait, especially now that the college kids are back in the area. (I feel like the BC patrons are mostly college kids.)

                Roast Beast
                1080 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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                1. re: tammyh

                  Roast Beast is across Commonwealth from the Paradise - actually, almost directly across from the Star Market. It's a great little place, but pretty minimal - half a dozen or so stools along a counter. Definitely not a place you're going to hang out for much more than the time it takes to prepare and eat your sandwich.

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    Plus it closes at like 7 p.m., I think.

                  2. re: tammyh

                    We were at Bon Chon a couple of weeks ago for lunch & were ready for a 45-60" wait. Not so, our platter of half & half delish chix arrived in about 15" & place was 3/4 full.

                  3. Worth noting too that you're walking distance to the Coolidge Corner area if you're looking for something with a different vibe. Cognac Bistro, Regal Beagle, Shiki, Lineage to name just a few.

                    9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

                    Regal Beagle
                    308 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

                    Cognac Bistro
                    455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

                    1. Also worth noting UBurger is very close by, and the only times I've been have been for something quick just before or even between sets at a Paradise show.