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AEOC Mar 1, 2012 01:18 PM

Looking for a place that is easy to find off of 128 that we can have a leisurely (but not expensive) lunch on Saturday. We would prefer something ethnic and not a chain. Anyplace between Dedham and Waltham will work.
Thanks for your suggestions.

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    libertywharf Mar 1, 2012 01:33 PM

    Comella's serves great Italian for short money.
    288 Washington in Wellesley, rte 16 west.
    They also have one in newton.

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      justbeingpolite Mar 1, 2012 01:36 PM

      Haven't been in awhile, but I've still seen good mentions of the Green Papaya at the Winter st exit in Waltham.

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        teezeetoo Mar 1, 2012 02:19 PM

        Domenic's in Waltham has very good Italian - a minute or two off exit 26 - go on line and check their menu

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          Science Chick Mar 2, 2012 08:33 AM

          Domenic's makes wonderful sandwiches, but you are limited to a very small counter against the window to eat, if that is a consideration

    2. SeaSide Tomato Mar 1, 2012 02:20 PM

      Not expensive, not a chain, ethnic (I'll call it fast Indian" for lack of better description) and right off128--Pronti Bistro on Highland Ave Needham. Very tasty and interesting.

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        CookieLee Mar 1, 2012 03:18 PM

        Kiku Yama Steakhouse in Dedham. I've been there for dinner many times, and it's pretty good. Not expensive. It's a short drive on Rte 1 East from 128.

        http://kikuyamasteakhouse.com/index.php

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          L2k Mar 2, 2012 08:00 AM

          That's technically not Rte 1 (it was, many years ago), as Rte 1 hits 128/I95 in Dedham, and then is the same road as 128/I95 (although it's I-95 S at the same time it's Rte 1 N). It's the "Boston-Providence Highway", if you're using a map or GPS

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            CookieLee Mar 2, 2012 09:17 AM

            Thanks for clarifying that. I use the GPS in my head, hehe.

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              L2k Mar 2, 2012 09:33 AM

              We just call it "formerly known as Route One"

        2. greygarious Mar 2, 2012 08:14 AM

          New England Soup Factory is just of 128 in Needham. The only time I was there - don't recall the time - it was quite busy. They do mostly take-out, with limited seating. But the soup is excellent. If that appeals to you, I would call them today and ask what part of the lunchtime window is the least busy.

          I agree with the rec for Green Papaya although I haven't been in a while, either. There is a Japanese resto in the same small strip of stores, visible from the highway.

          I believe one of the hotels right off 128 in Waltham is the site of Boxx, which features steaks and burgers, I am told.

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            stomachofsteel Mar 2, 2012 08:58 AM

            I think you probably mean Bokx 109, which is in the Hotel Indigo in Newton. Never been, though.

          2. justbeingpolite Mar 2, 2012 08:30 AM

            Taqueria Mexico in Waltham is also not far off 128, and is an ethnic nonchain, nonexpensive choice.

            http://www.taqueriamexico.com

            1. Science Chick Mar 2, 2012 09:04 AM

              Elephant Walk in Waltham is decent

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                bear Mar 2, 2012 10:15 AM

                Also in Waltham is Mulan for good Taiwanese.

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                veggielover Mar 2, 2012 01:49 PM

                Kouzina ia a great non-chain choice for a Saturday lunch. Get off at Route 16 Newton, turn right at Beacon St and it is in Waban Center, about 2 minutes off 128 without too much traffic.

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                  Science Chick Mar 2, 2012 02:43 PM

                  Kouzina is a perfect suggestion!!!

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