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Nov 29, 2011 07:50 AM

Lunch places in Waltham

Looking for some good ideas for weekday lunch in Waltham, Moody St area preferred. Thanks!

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  1. Taqueria Mexico, on Charles Street (just off Moody, opposite the common) is excellent.

    1. On or near Moody, Mi Tierra (Salvadoran / Guatemalan), Sadie's Saloon (American fare, great steak tips), Kebab and Tandoor (Hyderabadi and other regional Indian), Erawan of Siam (decent, Westernized Thai). A bit further off the track: Domenic's Italian Bakery (excellent subs), Taqueria El Amigo (awesome Mexican), Carl's (greasy steak bombs), and Josephs Two (old-school American and diner food).

      I used to recommend Sushi Yasu for its Korean food (not the Japanese side of the menu), have not been to its successor Sushi Box.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Have you been to Erawan of Siam since the ownership change? I rarely see anyone in there for lunch lately.

        1. re: LStaff

          I have not, and was not aware of the change. Back when I routinely had lunch in Waltham, I found three places, Tree Top, Erawan, and Baan Thai, to be roughly equivalent, i.e., decent if rather Americanized. (With a wider net, you could throw Green Papaya on Winter Street into that bucket.) I suggested Erawan as the only one on Moody; it was also the nicest-looking one, tons of lovely carved wood.

          1. re: LStaff

            The new chef owner is from the well regarded Thai Moon in Arlington.

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            We went to Sushi Box over the summer and stuck with the Korean menu. Really meh food.

          3. Places I frequent on Moody St. are Little India for the buffet, Kebab and Tandoor (although less lately as the buffet seems to be sliding - would like to check out some items at the Food Bazaar though), and I have been going to Pho and Spice a lot lately - a little pricey for pho, but good. Off Moody st., I like Mulan, Taqueria mexico, Taqueria El Amigo, and Tree Top Thai.

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            1. re: LStaff

              The Food Bazaar looks kind of un-promising, but Jenny Ondioline & I had an unexpectedly good lunch there a while ago (basement of Waltham India Market, along with Kebab & Tandoor.) We don't get out that way very often, and tend to visit Taqueria Mexico when we do, but I'd be happy to explore the Food Bazaar further.

              1. re: Allstonian

                I'm curious about the falafal as its the only place in town that I know of that makes it.

            2. I second Domenic's on Main for the best sandwiches just about anywhere. Take out only, though (maybe a few seats to snarf it down). Mu Lan on Main has gotten some good press, but I haven't been yet, personally.

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              1. re: Science Chick

                Second Mulan, Taqueria Mexico, Tacqueria El Amigo, and we like Solea for the occasional more up-scale lunch. Domenic's has great sandwiches but is a bit off the "moody street" track.

                1. re: Science Chick

                  Third on Domenic's. It may have lost a bit of its charm in recent years with rational organization of the lines, but they still bake their own bread and have fabulous parmesan (chicken or eggplant) sandwiches.

                2. Some great places mentioned...but here are a few more:

                  -Antojitos Cafe on Moody St for their $1 tacos & more. For $1, the tacos are amazing. The tacos at El Amigo are much better, but they cost more than $1.

                  -Fried Chicken downstairs in the Waltham India Market. Cheap & really good. Great crispiness, juicy, and a slight spice. The guy selling the fried chicken also makes amazing chaat.

                  -La Chapincita on Moody St in Waltham. This is a market, but they sometimes have some food. When you walk in, look in the warmer on the left and look on the left side of the counter to see if any prepared food is for sale.

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                  1. re: eatanddestroy

                    eatanddestroy, i just saw this thread and am responding to you, so don't know if you'll see this. You might want to add your fried chicken rec to that recent fried chicken thread. i bet it would be appreciated! when you mentioned 'a little bit of spice' it got me to put it on my 'to try' list, so thx!