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tobytlk Feb 10, 2012 05:56 AM

Any suggestions of Ok places to eat in West Roxbury? any kind of food?

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    meeps2002 Mar 8, 2014 09:15 AM

    Interested to hear of any updates to this

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    1. re: meeps2002
      ML02132 Mar 8, 2014 04:48 PM

      Lean Works has closed, and The Upper Crust was closed and reopened by the owners of Porter Cafe as the Parlour. But Parlour closed last week and will reopen soon under new ownership. The owners of The Squealing Pig in Mission Hill have also purchased the West Roxbury Pub and are in the process of overhauling the restaurant and bar. Rox has it's beer & wine license, but is only open for lunch and breakfast. The folks at Spring St. Cafe also opened Baker Baker at Spring & Baker Sts., which is a really great bakery that also serves lunch. Enjoy...

      1. re: ML02132
        Bugsey34 Mar 8, 2014 05:29 PM

        Also Banh Mi Ngon opened near West on Centre since this thread started, which is great for fast banh mi sandwiches and also pho. And vietnamese iced coffee if you want a jolt that will keep you awake all day long.

        1. re: ML02132
          sallyt Mar 12, 2014 05:18 AM

          What happened to The Parlour? It was open for such a brief time...

        2. re: meeps2002
          Kip McSkipster Mar 8, 2014 06:37 PM

          I second Banh Mi Ngon. I also really like the fish tacos at Los Amigos.

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          sallyt Feb 13, 2012 09:58 AM

          Porter Cafe, Phuket... Depends on whether you want takeout or eat in - lots of other great takeout options (e.g., Red-Eyed Pig...)

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          1. re: sallyt
            ML02132 Jun 20, 2012 12:25 PM

            Thought I'd give Masona Grill a plug as a way of bumping this thread, as I ate there last night with my wife. We had not been by in a while for dinner, and happened to catch them on a wine dinner night - so we had the pleasure of choosing a la carte from the wine dinner courses, the specials and the menu. So we mixed and matched, with the yucca fries (always a favorite) and the beet salad (same) from the main menu, the grilled calamari and Argentinian churrasco from the wine courses, and the mushroom ceviche from the specials menu. Everything was fantastic, and refreshing to see in terms of creativity. The calamari dish, in particular, included a polenta-like paste and small eggplants (Indian?) for a nice mix of tastes and textures, and the hanger steak in the churrasco was marinated in red wine and chili pepper and came with a nice (spicy hot - habaneros) slaw and fingerling potatoes. Very enjoyable, and glad to see that every time I visit (regrettably, only about 3 times a year) the menu more or less turns over completely save for a few staples.

            Bonus: they have Fernet!

            In related WR news, Rox Diner is seeking a beer & wine license in conjunction with restarting dinner service at the original Centre St. location.

            And as L2k suggests above, a search will provide plenty of other WR options, but I'll list them here for you, in East-to-West order along Centre & Spring Sts. from the Holy Name Rotary to the VFW Parkway/Dedham line:

            West on Centre (bistro)
            Porter Cafe (gastropub)
            Himalayan Bistro (Indian/Nepalese)
            Los Amigos (Mexican take out)
            The Red-Eyed Pig (BBQ take out)
            Thai Spice (take out)
            Banh Mi Ngon (take out)
            Comella's (Italian take out)
            Phuket (Thai)
            Rox Diner
            The Real Deal (sandwiches & pizza, with Sugar Baking Co. next door)
            Masona Grill (a block off of Centre on Corey St., next to the Highland commuter rail station)
            Sticky Rice Cafe (Thai, sushi, other pan-Asian)
            West Roxbury Pub (Irish)
            Corrib (Irish)
            Lean Works (healthy sandwiches)
            Spring St. Cafe (diner; Italian dinners)
            Sofia's Steakhouse (on VFW at Spring St.; steak and Italian)

            I probably left out a few pizza places and chains, but you get the gist.

            1. re: ML02132
              gourmaniac Jun 20, 2012 12:59 PM

              Nice list. I used to think poorly of WR but in the last year or so along Centre Street, a half dozen new places mentioned above have opened up that markedly extend diversity in a couple of blocks.

              1. re: ML02132
                hynespb Jun 20, 2012 02:59 PM

                Great list! All i would add is Al Wadi.

                Not to thread jack, but is Lean Works any good? I have been meaning to give it a try.

                1. re: hynespb
                  ML02132 Jun 21, 2012 08:54 AM

                  Ah yes, I'm embarrassed to have forgotten Al Wadi.

                  I like Lean Works. The concept is interesting, with a choice of breads (or a bowl), meat and sauce. I am partial to the pulled pork with Memphis BBQ sauce on a bun. Nice texture, lean meat and tangy sauce. The California Chicken Wrap is also nice, with shredded chicken, avocado and bacon.

                  All of the menu items are under 490 calories, but they don't skimp on portions. This is the first in what is planned to be a chain.

                  I'm interested to hear what others think about it here - I've had consistently good reviews from others in the neighborhood.

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                    Prav Jun 21, 2012 09:18 AM

                    I had a "Philly shaved steak" in a bun there last week and thought it was delicious. Had cheese and peppers and was a very generous portion.

            2. Dave MP Feb 12, 2012 08:16 PM

              Viva Mi Arepa for good Venezuelan: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/766200

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              1. re: Dave MP
                tobytlk Feb 13, 2012 06:25 AM

                Thanks for your suggestion. I plan to try it out.

              2. L2k Feb 10, 2012 09:38 AM

                West on Centre is pretty good. Rox diner. Real Deal. Lots of places. Search "West Roxbury" here and you'll find a whole bunch

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                1. re: L2k
                  tobytlk Feb 13, 2012 06:24 AM

                  thanks very much for this suggestion.

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                  teezeetoo Feb 10, 2012 07:58 AM

                  Masona Grill is pretty good. check out their menu on line.

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                  1. re: teezeetoo
                    tobytlk Feb 13, 2012 06:24 AM

                    Thank you for your suggestion.

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