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Oct 28, 2011 04:30 PM

Rave for Arlington Restaurants

Anyone who considers him or herself a "foodie" should seriously consider relocating here.
Over the past several months, I've been amazed with the depth and breadth of tasty places in Arlington.
A few of our favorites:

Sabzi: Delicious Persian in a warm, cozy room; very nice owners

Madrona Tree: locavore, burgers, California laid back service

Punjab: Upscale Indian

Zocalo: Very good Mexican

La Posada: Family-friendly, homestyle Mexican

Tango: Upscale Argentinean

Za: Fantastic pizza and salads from the owners of EVOO

Chilly Cow: Adorably old-fashioned ice creme parlor

Toraya: Best sushi in the 'burbs

Sweet Chili: Best Thai in the 'burbs (in my humble opinion, of course)

Menotomy: Friendliest wine shop in town

Blue Ribbon: Fab 'cue

Arlington is one heck of a town.

Toraya Restaurant
890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

203 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

689 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02720

Chilly Cow
451 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

EVOO Restaurant
350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

Sweet Chili
470 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

352 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

Madrona Tree
315 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

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  1. I'd add Little Q Hot Pot, whose MaLa broth is a wonder, and Pasha, which is a little uneven these days but still has some of the best Turkish in the area.

    1. Don't forget Kathmandu Spice!

      Kathmandu Spice
      166 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

      1 Reply
      1. re: Stride

        If only Il Casale had opened in the Center instead of Belmont

      2. I love Sabatino's Pizza.

        Sabatino's Restaurant
        735 Broadway, Malden, MA 02148

        4 Replies
        1. re: StriperGuy

          Sabatino's may have gone a little south these days. Last pie I got was way underdone (and I had specified well done), waxy and unpleasant. The crust seemed to have changed as well. I don't know what's up there. Hopefully it was an aberration.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              never liked the waltham location pie. always wondered if the arlington loca was different. when im over that way too much better stuff to eat.

            2. re: Chef Bwana

              As someone who lives very close to Sabatino's and orders there often, I can say that the quality is up and down, very inconsistent. Sometimes, not enough sauce, sometimes, weak crust, sometimes dead on perfect. The unfortunate part is the dice-roll about not knowing what pizza you're going to get!

              Sabatino's Restaurant
              735 Broadway, Malden, MA 02148

            1. re: hyde

              Doubled, tripled, quadrupled! How anyone can eat at Sweet Chili when Thai Moon is here blows my mind. That is some of the best Thai around. Our life is basically split between Thai Moon and Rod Dee Porter.

              Sweet Chili
              470 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

              Thai Moon
              663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

              1. re: marcreichman

                Checked out Thai Moon again after a long hiatus...used to eat there almost every week when i lived in the area. And yes, that spot is much much better than the mediocre Sweet Chili.
                I was disappointed to discover that the ownership had changed and the food was respectable but not quite as strong as the previous owner's cooking. She has since moved on and taken over Erawan in Waltham, i was told.

                Sweet Chili
                470 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

                Thai Moon
                663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

            2. Ristorante Olivio is good too and even Jimmy's Steer House is far better than Frank's in Cambridge.

              Ristorante Olivio
              201 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474

              Jimmy's Steer House
              1111 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

              4 Replies
              1. re: carneyvore

                I have been to both olivio and jimmy's and would go back to both.

                1. re: carneyvore

                  Big fan of olivio's...Jimmy's seems as if they Changed the Beef they serve. Quality has been off.

                  1. re: Northstar22

                    Had a strip steak at Jimmy's on Monday night. Just as good as its been for the last 5 years I've been going. My wife enjoyed her steak tips and scallops too.

                    1. re: LStaff

                      Thats great to hear..I will make another visit.