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ISO: Davis Square restaurant- Sat. lunch, good for conversation

edinaeats Nov 24, 2011 08:46 PM

I'm looking for a Davis Square restaurant for lunch on Saturday. Don't want to be rushed, must be comfortable and good for conversation. Bars fine too. Ideas?

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    joth68 Nov 25, 2011 10:10 AM

    PJ Ryans, Foundrey on Elm(can get loud but generally not bad at lunch), Diva

    The Burren would be good for conversation but I wouldn't reccomend eating there.

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    Burren
    247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

    PJ Ryan's
    239 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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    1. re: joth68
      Bob Dobalina Dec 8, 2011 05:44 AM

      I second PJ Ryans in Teele - the chow is really quite good, it's darkly lit, so you can get a table in a corner - only problem is all are high chairs or bar stools.
      Orleans definitely has the comfort thing going for it. Namaskar has big booths.

      1. re: Bob Dobalina
        digga Dec 8, 2011 06:11 AM

        It's been a while since I've stopped in, but doesn't PJ's have the normal height chairs and tables (and a long banquette) alongside one wall (near the fireplace)? Did they change this up?

      2. re: joth68
        opinionatedchef Mar 3, 2012 02:48 PM

        joth, fortunately there is a great celtic group at the burren this month but UNfortunately, we must have dinner there- so to get good seats :-(
        What's our best bet for entrees? or is it so bad we should sneak in snacks? thx for your help.

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        Parsnipity Nov 25, 2011 10:12 AM

        Price point or food preferences might help. Consider Foundry for slightly more upscale pub-type food. Can be loud but I bet this Saturday at lunch it would be quiet and slow. I just walked by and they're almost empty and have their windows open- looks lovely. Five Horses Tavern is cheaper, also pub type food but with pizzas and tacos as well which I can't vouch for. Namaskar is Indian and has a lunch buffet which is quite good and it's usually very quiet in there and they don't seem to mind if you stay all day.

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          surferbettygal Nov 25, 2011 11:43 AM

          I think it's called Posto Pizzeria (??) and it's between Davis and Porter. I don't know how familar you are with the area but I believe there was a Steve's ??? ice cream place there years ago. Not sure if this place serves lunch but worth a try.

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            Madrid Nov 25, 2011 11:45 AM

            not open for lunch any day except Sunday brunch

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            LeoLioness Nov 25, 2011 12:02 PM

            Out of the Blue for seafood, Flatbread Company (inside Saccos bowling alley), Namaskar for Indian (buffet only for lunch). The Burren is pretty mellow in the daytime but I think their food is awful.

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            Burren
            247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

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

            Flatbread Company
            138 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

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              VivreManger Nov 27, 2011 03:23 AM

              Food at Out of the Blue is very good, assuming that lunch is served and is as good as dinner. The hard-surface space could be noisy, but the tables are not crowded and despite the high quality of the food the place tends to be empty.

              I think their food is better than Namaskar.

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

              1. re: opinionatedchef
                Jolyon Helterman Dec 9, 2011 02:18 AM

                One vote for sticking with the baked or grilled things.

                1. re: VivreManger
                  opinionatedchef Dec 9, 2011 10:40 AM

                  vivre,wow i haven't seen you for ages. hope paris was divine. what dishes do you like at Out of the Blue? (i've never been); aside from the baked and grilled, have you had their cioppino, clams casino and pasta? thnx much.

              2. Boston_Otter Nov 25, 2011 12:26 PM

                I'd vote Burren. Lots of space for conversation, and I'll stand up for their food -- I've had some really decent sandwiches, fish & chips, and chowder there.

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                  professor shorthair Nov 27, 2011 05:57 AM

                  Check out the Rosebud.

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                  spikemom Dec 7, 2011 03:03 PM

                  Orleans in Davis Square has good food (not remarkable, but quite good) and a really civilized setup where you can sit over a meal for a long time and they don;t seem to mind. They have booths, tables, and an area of couches etc as well as the bar area. The other day I went late after noon to meet friends, asked for a mojito expecting they would say "no mint" (because it;s out of season and they had the mint and made a terific mojito. Have gone there a lot with family ad friends over the years and it just seems to work. Nice staff.

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                    Tonality666 Dec 8, 2011 07:48 AM

                    I've enjoyed several fine weekend lunches at Five Horses Tavern which, although it does get noisy on crowded evenings, is pleasantly quiet at lunch time. The fried chicken salad and fried chicken sandwich are both tasty. The missus usually orders the pea diddy (salad.) Haven't tried the cocktails, but they have a fabulous beer selection.

                    1. okra Dec 9, 2011 05:35 AM

                      Since no one else has offered it, I'll volunteer the bar at Redbones, especially if either of you are beer nerds. This has the added advantage of enabling you to join in on the rampant "No BBQ in Boston" threads!

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                      Redbones
                      55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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                      1. re: okra
                        Boston_Otter Dec 9, 2011 06:00 AM

                        Their downstairs bar area, Underbones, is a great place to hang out and have a leisurely lunch and drinks.

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