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Which Restaurants do you consider your "Regulars"?

I know all of us have our favorite places to eat in the city, but speaking from personal experience many of those are either not convenient or too spendy to visit on a regular basis. So which places do you visit on a regular basis?

Personally I live in Kendall, so over the past few months I have eaten regularly at:

- Abigail's
- Mulan
- Snack Bar
- Craigie on Main
- Tamarind Bay
- Emma's
- Helmand
- Area Four
- Portugalia
- Stop for a Latte at least twice a week at Voltage
- Camie's

I work in the Longwood/Brookline Village Area:

- Cutty's
- Flames
- Penguin Pizza
- Brookline Family
- Kookoo
- Michael's Deli
- Rami's
- Sichuan Garden
- The Mission

Outside of my Work/Live areas:

- Island Creek Oyster (Usually on my way home from work)
- Toro (Seem to always take visiting folks here)

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  1. I may not be a regular, but I live in Coolidge Corner and often go to:

    1. Audubon Circle
    2. Zenna Noodle
    3. Dok Bua
    4. The Abbey
    5. Washington Square Tavern
    6. Dorado's
    7. Cognac Bistro's Oyster Bar and Bar Menu
    8. The Citizen
    8. Eastern Standard
    9. Cafe Fixe

    South End

    1. Myers and Chang
    2. Gallows


    1. Liking JM Curly's

    Cambridge...Oh how I love thee Cambridge:

    1. Green Street
    2. Brick and Mortar (As of late)
    3. Abigails
    4. Area Four
    5. East Coast Grille for Brunch
    6. Trina's
    7. East by Northeast

    1. What do you like at Portugalia? I haven't heard much mention of it before

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      1. re: Dave MP

        All of the Salt Cod Dishes are very good, their specials board is also something I check out some items from regularly. Alot of the time I just have a Prego no Pão and a Sagres at the bar as well.

      2. Deep Ellum
        Eastern Standard
        Island Creek Oyster Bar
        Hong Kong Eatery
        Taiwan Cafe
        Peach Farm

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        1. re: ScubaSteve

          Mr. Swank and I are finally coming to have regulars after years without any. We lived in DC with a full roster of favorite haunts. Here, for some reason, it's tougher.
          We live on the Cambridge/Arlington line. We frequent Qingdao Garden (Cambridge), Golden Garden (Belmont), La Posada (Arlington), Sabzi (Arlington), Za (Arlington), and Guru (Somerville) with some regularity. We also like Tu Y Yo and Hei Lei Moon, but we don't visit either nearly as much as we'd like. Strip T's is another sometime favorite. Classic Cafe in Arlington is a trusted brunch spot, when we're feeling spry.

          Would love to find a few well-priced regular spots, but so far we've only savored one- or two-offs as a couple. Enjoyed many, but few are places we frequent on the regular.

          1. re: Swankalicious

            Swank, do you go to Cafe Barada? when i lived in the area, and it was in Arlington at the time, but now in Cambridge, we used to love it, if you like MidEastern food..

        2. Highland Kitchen
          Rod Dee
          Three Little Figs
          Iggy's outlet

          1. We live in Kendall as well, so my list is quite similar to Matt H.

            Cambridge Brewing Company
            Area Four

            Once every couple weeks:
            Blue Room

            Once a month or so:
            Brick and Mortar
            All Star Sandwich Bar
            Mary Chung's

            1. Places where I think I spend too much money, and that they know us regularly:

              Myers & Chang
              Zen Sushi

              1. I've gotten lazy in my senior years so I stick close to my Coolidge Corner neighborhood but here is my list:

                Dok Bua
                Sechuan Gourmet
                Galleria Umberto
                Greek Corner

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                1. re: chuck s

                  Brookline/Allston is my regular route, so for us it's Shanghai Gate, JoJo Taipei, Fireplace Grille for lunch only, Cognac Bistro, Washington Square Tavern, S & I Thai, YoMa, Family Restaurant. You won't starve in this part of the world.

                2. I like this as it is more practical day to day stuff and neighborhood tied.
                  In C Town, my regular lunches/breakfasts are Great Taste, Royal Palace, May's cake house, Eldo cake house, Bao Bao, China Pearl Cafe, Hong Kong Eatery, Taiwan Cafe, Dumpling Cafe, Winsor dim sum cafe, Jade Garden, Quik Pic BBQ.
                  Outside Ctown, I usually prefer trying new places but i will list places I been to more than once in the last year. Super Fusion, Vee Vee, S&I Thai, Family Turkish, Esperia, Lenny's tropical bakery, Ali's Roti.

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                  1. re: gourmaniac

                    You actually reminded me of a couple I missed, we alternate between both Ali's and Singh's on a monthly basis, as we need our Roti and Doubles fix.

                    Lenny's is also a semi-regular stop for a Patty.

                    1. I am on Prospect Hill in Somerville and we have a few go-to restaurants and one take-out spot. We have a limited budget for eating out:

                      Tavern at the End of the World
                      Pho n' Rice
                      Highland Kitchen [less and less though]
                      Pescatore's [take out pizza]
                      Courthouse Fish

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                      1. re: smtucker

                        Less and less on HK because of prices/price creep or some other issue?
                        Have you tried Pini's Pizza on Broadway - it's decent and about half the price of Pescatore.

                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                          Pini’s is great, but the well done sausage and broccoli rabe pizza from Pescatore is sublime! I live right around the corner from HK and have totally given up on it because of the long waits and the intolerable noise level. And I had some fried chicken last week at the Independent which completely blows HK’s out of the water.

                          1. re: Tonality666

                            If you are lucky enough to make it to HK by 6pm Mon-Wed, there are no lines. Shhh...don't tell anyone. :)
                            You're totally right about the Pescatore pie - we get the same toppings - sausage and broccoli rabe - it's awesome. Although one time I did not enunciate clearly and got "broccoli raw" on the pizza... :(
                            Another combo we like is regular onions (not carmelized), green peppers and anchovies. Good and salty, pairs nicely with their Caesar salad and a crisp white wine.

                            1. re: Bob Dobalina

                              We regularly hit HK and sit in the corner Monday through Wednesday around 5:45 p.m. hang out with Will for a while and screw before it's totally nuts - although by the time we do leave, it is TOTALLY nuts. But as far as reg places go, this is the one - we love it!

                            2. re: Tonality666

                              Good food at the Independent? I find this shocking.

                              That pizza, on the other hand, sounds amazing. I wish they delivered!

                              1. re: LeoLioness

                                Maybe it was the Ward 8 cocktails ;-)

                                1. re: LeoLioness

                                  I've been thinking about that pie since this discussion started last week, and I'm about to go pick one up. But Pescatore's web site menu says they deliver. Worth the drive even if they really don't, IMO.

                                  1. re: Tonality666

                                    I don't have a car, but good pizza might be worth an hour of Zipcar time if they won't deliver to me. Pinis delivers, but I find it pretty hit or miss.

                                    1. re: LeoLioness

                                      Pescatore is closed on Mondays, so we had the Mediterranean from Pini's instead. Very good, but I was really looking forward to the sausage and rabe.

                                    2. re: Tonality666

                                      The last two times we tried calling up Pescatore's for delivery they said that they weren't delivering that night. We don't bother anymore, but if someone else has success I'd be interested to hear it.

                                      1. re: dfan

                                        Since this thread, I've put Pescatore pizza delivery in my regular rotation, so thank you so much to those who mentioned it!

                                        Dfan, I've only ordered on weekends, and I know they only start delivering after 6:30 (sometimes 7). I had a couple of instances of them going to the wrong house (or street, or neighborhood) a few times in the beginning but honestly, I thought the pizza was good enough to put up with some headaches.

                                        1. re: LeoLioness

                                          Just in case you don't know, Tues-Thursday the cheese pizzas are heavily discounted. We always pick up so I know nothing about their delivery service and this discount.

                                2. re: Bob Dobalina

                                  Less and less on HK since if you are allergic to shellfish, the menu just doesn't change enough to stay interesting. Especially if you don't do the higher priced entrees. Love the space; love the vibe.

                                  I have tried Pini's and do prefer Pescatores. The large cheese pizza at Pescatore's on Tues-Thurs is just under $8 a pie. Really hard to beat that! I make a salad at home while he picks up the pizzxa. He eats two or three slices, I eat one and we have enough leftovers for lunch.

                              2. Island Creek- Kenmore
                                Craige on Main- Cambridge
                                Bernards in Chestnut Hill
                                Maria di Napoli for excellent pizza-Newton
                                Bartleys- Cambridge
                                Hungry Mother- Cambridge
                                Cutty's- Brookline
                                New England Soup Factory- Brookline
                                La Morra- Brookline
                                Rami's Brookline
                                East Coast Grill- Cambridge
                                Cognac Bistro- Brookline

                                1. We're Davis/Porter area so:
                                  Highland Kitchen
                                  Rod Dee for takeout, Thai Moon in Arlington for eat in Thai
                                  Oleana for special occasions
                                  Dave's Fresh Pasta for lunch/sandwiches
                                  Guru for Indian takeout
                                  Flatbread pizza for mom/baby lunchdates and family dinners
                                  Used to do Redbones for apps and beers almost weekly, but with a baby haven't been there in a while

                                  1. Olde Magoun’s
                                    Tavern at the End of the World
                                    Five Horses Tavern
                                    P. J. Ryan’s
                                    Café at the Armory
                                    Greek Corner

                                    1. There's no livin' like low livin'. When there isn't some little hole-in-the-wall that we have to try we default to one of these.

                                      1. Tavern at the End of the World

                                      2. Zaleks

                                      3. Lester's BBQ

                                      4. Pho #1

                                      5. Mounir's

                                      6. Little Q Hot Pot (Arlington)

                                      Then movin' up town a bit. . . .

                                      1. Reginas (Thacher St only)

                                      2. Hungry Mother

                                      3. Island Creek Oyster Bar

                                      4. Gran Gusto

                                      5. Peach Farm

                                      1. Dok Bua
                                        Cognac Bistro
                                        Mary Chung's
                                        The Aegean
                                        Petit Robert Bistro
                                        Pizza Regina
                                        Joyful Garden
                                        Summer Shack

                                        1. Does anyone eat at home any more?

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                                          1. re: CocoDan

                                            Take it to the Home Cooking board....

                                            1. re: CocoDan

                                              Not on the weekends! (Having just got back from a great meal at the Russell House Tavern... forgot to add it to my list!)

                                            2. Fun! Our regs tend to be in Cambridge Somerville as we work in Kendall Square and live outside WinterHill. SO:

                                              For Lunch:
                                              Blue Room Summer Grill
                                              La Hacienda

                                              For Dinner:
                                              Highland Kitchen
                                              Blue Room
                                              East Coast Grill
                                              (notice a trend??)
                                              Druid Pub
                                              Little Q
                                              The Independent
                                              Washington Square Tavern
                                              Frank's Steakhouse
                                              Mt. Vernon
                                              Billy Tse's
                                              Rocco's in Wilmington

                                              These places are where we are regulars and "everyone knows our name." There are many other places we frequent (1-2X per month) but where we wouldn't be called regulars. Among these are:

                                              Neptune Oyster
                                              B&G Oyster
                                              Little Vinny's
                                              Bistro 5
                                              The Paddock
                                              The Burren

                                              And tonight we are eating at CasaB and hope to become regs there because the place is really awesome!

                                              Happy Weekend!

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                                              1. re: Small Plates

                                                I drive past La Hacienda all the time, never have stopped off. What would you recommend trying there?

                                                1. re: Matt H

                                                  It is a very simple red sauce place. Stay away from any pesto or cream sauce dishes - you will end up with a plate of pasta swimming in oil.

                                                  The veal and chicken parm dishes are very good - the portion size is mammoth! I also like the steak tips - the BBQ sauce tends to sweet, so if that isn't your bag, then steer clear.

                                                  Lunch specials are $6.99/$7.99 - which is why we go there - Hacienda is perfect on a day when you are starving or cold or craving basic red sauce dishes. The place looks like a bar room with booths and red and white checked paper placemats. It has a certain charm. Service is what you'd expect in this kind of place - and don't be surprised to hear the chef screaming at the waitresses or the kitchen staff. I am hard pressed to think of an occasion when he wasn't pissed off about something!

                                                  1. re: Small Plates

                                                    My little one and I checked out La Hacienda this evening and enjoyed it very much. Old school, laid back and friendly. Not gourmet by any means, but a really comfortable neighborhood place. The bar pies were excellent, I expected it to be somewhat greasy for some reason but it wasn't. The pie has a good crust and tasty sauce, the cheese was just OK, but it all worked together. I'm not sure why anyone would venture to the south shore for a bar pie after having this one, which was good or better than anything I have had in the area. The cheesy garlic bread was pretty good as well. My also daughter had some ziti and meatballs which I wouldn't have necessarily enjoyed, but she was content with, so we were all happy. The table next to us got a huge portion of respectable looking lasagna.

                                                    Small pie, garlic bread, childs ziti and meatball (which was enough for any adult) and 2 Heinekens came to $25. We will be back.

                                                    1. re: Gabatta

                                                      Love this report gabatta! Thanks.

                                                      1. re: Gabatta

                                                        Your little one had two Heinekens? I'm impressed.

                                                        1. re: FoodDabbler

                                                          She slept 12 hours straight that night!

                                                        2. re: Gabatta

                                                          Quick cell phone snap of the pizza...

                                                  2. Have you been to the Snack Bar since the reported ownership change?

                                                    This board makes it hard to be a regular--too many new places to try. But I'm fairly likely to be recognized at:

                                                    Angela’s Café
                                                    Biryani Park
                                                    Chilli Garden
                                                    Chung Ki Wa
                                                    Golden Garden
                                                    Gran Gusto
                                                    Olde Magoun’s
                                                    Rod Dee (Porter)
                                                    S&I Thai

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                                                    1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                      ooh, I like your regular list! Every one a winner.

                                                    2. As a Brighton resident, most of my regular places are in Allston/Brighton, but we do branch out!

                                                      S&I Thai
                                                      Bon Chon
                                                      Carlo's Cucina
                                                      Shanghai Gate
                                                      Garlic and Lemons
                                                      Boston Kebab Factory
                                                      Esperia Grill
                                                      Mixx yogurt

                                                      outside Allston/Brighton
                                                      Galleria Umberto
                                                      Craigie On Main
                                                      Island Creek Oyster Co
                                                      Eastern Standard
                                                      Hugo's in Portland ME (called the other day for a reservation in late March, had a five minute conversation with the reservationist about when we were last in - scary!).

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                                                      1. re: kimfair1

                                                        I now have to add The Hawthorne, as my last two visits, including this past Monday evening were drinking and eating affairs. Add in the just drinking nights, and I've been there far too often for the amount of time it's been open.

                                                        1. re: kimfair1

                                                          I've been waiting for someone to fess up to being a barfly! If I lived closer I'd be a regular there, too. Any food recommendations?

                                                          1. re: pollystyrene

                                                            The Deviled Eggs are very good, especially that impossibly crisp piece of prosciutto on top (they apparently bake it on a cookie sheet with a second weighted cookie sheet keeping everything flat). We also liked the White Bean Dip, the warm olives, the pretzels (great bourbon mustard, save it if you get cheese after), and the cheese plates. I enjoyed the Fingerling Potato skins more than my wife, basically a cooked fingerling potato draped with cheese and bacon?/some type of meat, and MC recently gave a positive review to the steak salad. I'm not a beet person, but my wife and friend proclaimed it to be one of the best they've tried. Can't recommend the ham and cheese sandwich, it was tasty, but just kinda...weird, long thin bread slices with ham and cheese within, probably would have been better toasted. The cheese selection is very good, I'm not a huge fan of Stilton, so I haven't tried that one.

                                                            1. re: kimfair1

                                                              The cheeses are the only thing I've eaten there and they have been very good, and served knowledgeably. The bread served with them isn't worthy so I like your idea of getting the pretzels with it, and the bean dip sounds good, too. Thanks!

                                                      2. I might as well go on record on this, with a laugh at those who wonder if there is a decent place to eat near Symphony Hall. I live near there, and I eat like this:

                                                        Symphony Sushi
                                                        Moby Dick
                                                        Pho & I
                                                        Thai Basil
                                                        Lucy Ethiopian Food
                                                        Bukowski Back Bay
                                                        Back Bay Social Club
                                                        La Voile
                                                        Brasserie Jo
                                                        Petit Robert Bistro (So End)
                                                        Sel de la Terre (Back Bay)
                                                        Russell House Tavern
                                                        Pierrot Bistrot
                                                        Neptune Oyster
                                                        Island Creek Oyster Bar
                                                        Eastern Standard
                                                        Sweet Cheeks
                                                        The Citizen

                                                        That's it for now.

                                                        1. Cambridge/Somerville:
                                                          Rod Dee
                                                          City Slicker Cafe

                                                          South Boston:
                                                          Local 149
                                                          Franklin South Boston

                                                          Vinh Sun
                                                          JM Curley
                                                          Staff Meal
                                                          Olga's Cafe (iced coffee)

                                                          Guilty Pleasure further afield:
                                                          621 Tavern & Grille in Malden (for the pizza)

                                                          1. Although things have improved recently my town still doesn't have much in the way of chow. When I'm home and don't want to cook, our local regulars (at least monthly) are:
                                                            Pho #1 (though not for the pho)
                                                            Sichuan Gourmet (Billerica) or Sichuan Garden
                                                            Essex Seaood (not exactly local, but we go there often)

                                                            Work brings me into town a few days a week and I usually meet folks for dinner then. Our regulars are a bit more scattered than some of the other lists. We're frequent fressers at:
                                                            Rod Dee
                                                            Dok Bua
                                                            Greek Corner
                                                            (Strip-T's; I thought we only went occasionally but our last time there the waiter called us regulars.)

                                                            I've been glad to see the lists, since now I have all sorts of new things to try. Many of the above are thanks to Chowhound.

                                                            1. Great posting idea!! Our response:
                                                              * As we live west of Boston, our go-to local spot is Oga's on route 9 - the monthly specials created by Chef Oga are one of the best dining experiences we've ever had
                                                              * If we absolutely must eat in our home town, Alta Strada in Wellesley is the choice - although the menu requires very, very careful navigation
                                                              * For theater evenings in Cambridge, definitely dining at the bar at Harvest is the real deal
                                                              * For symphony evenings in Boston, it's Brasserie Jo for salade frisee and oysters after the concert
                                                              * For theater eveings in Boston, we like Teatro for apps before and dinner after
                                                              * For Athenaeum evenings on Beacon Hill, we like Toscano on Charles Street
                                                              * For lunch in the Financial District, it's Cafe Fleuri or Petit Robert Bistro for sit-down; the Bon Me truck in Dewey Square or Sip Cafe in Post Office Square for take-out.

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                                                              1. re: terrycatch

                                                                I just wanted to give a shout out to Saigon Restaurant on Meridian St. in East Boston; I'm hardly an expert on Vietnamese food (although I have been enjoying it for 20+ yrs.) but they consistently serve wicked-fresh, economically priced (most entrees under $10, a la most Viet. places around) "basic" Vietnamese (i.e. the menu reads like most of the other "pho-centric" places I've been to) and they deliver (free!). Not the biggest menu, but a nice change of pace here in Eastie. Despite lacking an immense variety of selections, I still order from Saigon Restaurant 2-4 times a week.

                                                              2. My husband works Friday evenings in Downtown Crossing, so we have our favorites in that area and also Chinatown:

                                                                Kingston Station

                                                                Peach Farm
                                                                New Shanghai
                                                                Dumpling House (the one on Washington St.)

                                                                Others we frequent:

                                                                Addis Red Sea
                                                                Salty Pig

                                                                Near our home in Quincy:
                                                                Sher A Punjab
                                                                Hong Kong Eatery
                                                                Grumpy White's

                                                                1. This is a great question and I am really enjoying the responses! We mostly eat at home so my list is short, but places we go back to over and over in our neighborhood include

                                                                  Red Bones
                                                                  Highland Kitchen

                                                                  And when we meet downtown (I work in Cambridge, husband works in Southie)

                                                                  Fajitas and Ritas but literally only before/after movies since it's so dang convenient

                                                                  1. Regulars are mostly cheap-eats close to home &/or work:

                                                                    Sapporo Ramen
                                                                    Greater Boston Buddhist Cultural Center (best lunch!)
                                                                    Cafe Sushi
                                                                    Cafe Baraka
                                                                    Mary Chung
                                                                    Clover Food Hub
                                                                    River Gods

                                                                    1. Brookline/Allston close to home:

                                                                      -S&I Thai
                                                                      -Schwarma King
                                                                      -Eastern Standard
                                                                      -Island Creek

                                                                      Harvard Square
                                                                      -Russell House Tavern
                                                                      -Green Street

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                                                                      1. re: Klunco

                                                                        Felipe's is great.. I need to get there more often.

                                                                        1. re: Gabatta

                                                                          My favorite part of Felipés is getting two small steak tacos and thinking, "This isn't going to fill me up," and then going to the incredible salsa/condiment bar in the back and loading my plate up until I have two monster curved topped piles.

                                                                          Kind of like the Israeli falafel places that have the massive condiment bar; it's the extras that really make the meal.

                                                                          1. re: Klunco

                                                                            Except Felipe's gives you a plate!

                                                                      2. Dok Bua (think it's gone downhill lately)
                                                                        The Aegean
                                                                        RHT (may be off the list, the steak wasn't good the last time)
                                                                        Mary Chung's
                                                                        Curry House
                                                                        Lone Star Taco Bar (new to the rotation)

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                                                                        1. re: CookieLee

                                                                          heh, I just noticed my post from last year! I left out Tango, Thai North.

                                                                        2. We live in Coolidge Corner and generally eat out with our 10 and 5 year olds, so the place needs to be child friendly as well as have food the parents like. Our regulars:

                                                                          Mr Sushi
                                                                          Publick House
                                                                          Curry House (only on weekends)
                                                                          Seven Subs for takeout lunch
                                                                          Dok Bua
                                                                          Mary Chung's

                                                                          1. near home (South End):
                                                                            -Franklin Cafe
                                                                            -Myers + Chang
                                                                            -Petit Robert on Columbus

                                                                            1. Working downtown and living in Arlington, places I might be recognized include:

                                                                              Brick & Mortar
                                                                              The Hawthorne
                                                                              Eastern Standard
                                                                              Island Creek
                                                                              The Hawthorne
                                                                              Thai Moon
                                                                              Summer Shack (Alewife)
                                                                              Golden Garden
                                                                              Casa Razdora
                                                                              Sultan's Kitchen
                                                                              Sakura Bana
                                                                              Neptune Oyster

                                                                              1. This is a fun thread, but not too many people in my neighborhood have posted!

                                                                                Live in Rozzie, so nearby regulars are:
                                                                                Porter (West Rox)
                                                                                West on Centre (comfort food)
                                                                                James' Gate
                                                                                Seven Stars (take out)
                                                                                Mandarin Gourmet (Putterham)
                                                                                Pleasant Cafe (stick to pizza)
                                                                                Fornax (lunch)

                                                                                I work and used to live near Davis, so in Camb/Somerville:
                                                                                Highland Kitchen
                                                                                Greek Corner
                                                                                Diesel for lunch and coffee
                                                                                It's only been open a short time, but I've found myself at Amsterdam Falafel regularly...

                                                                                1. Dinner/Drinking:
                                                                                  Cambridge Brewing Company
                                                                                  Lord Hobo
                                                                                  Dumpling Cafe
                                                                                  Green Street
                                                                                  Biddy Early's

                                                                                  Haymarket Pizza
                                                                                  Boston Kebab House
                                                                                  163 Vietnamese

                                                                                  Take out:
                                                                                  Sichuan Gourmet
                                                                                  Taberna de Haro
                                                                                  Tasty Burger