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Belmont/Watertown lunch

A friend and I lunch monthly at the Bristol Lounge, more for the comfort than for the food. (The food is fine, but we go because it's a great place for a leisurely lunch.) Next week it would be more convenient if we could find a place for a leisurely lunch in or near Belmont or Watertown. She'll be coming from Watertown Square and heading to West Newton after lunch. I will be coming from Cambridge and heading to Belmont Center after lunch. So really anything in the corridor from Fresh Pond to Watertown, including Belmont and Arlington, probably would be convenient. Any suggestions?

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  1. In before someone mentions Strip-T's.

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    1. re: LStaff

      Ah, the location would be perfect. Is it a good place to linger for a couple of hours?

      1. re: Blumie

        Bet Gustazo would be better for lingering.

        1. re: Blumie

          Strip T's can be kind of a madhouse these days.... How about Red Lentil? Shangri La? Shiraz Cuisine?

          1. re: okra

            Would depend on the day for Strip T's - during the week might be better.

      2. just off the beaten path, but great for a leisurely lunch would be Gran Gusto in North Cambridge...

        1. Stone Hearth Pizza in Belmont Center or Amarin (Thai) in Newton Corner, very close to Watertown Square, both have good food and are comfortable places to spend some time. Vicki Lee's in Cushing Square (Belmont) is a nice place for a casual lunch but I'm not sure how crowded it will be -- it may not be the best place to linger. Jasmine, Shiraz, and Red Lentil, all in the same neighborhood in Watertown, may also be good choices. Jasmine doesn't have the greatest atmosphere and Shiraz can feel very empty, but you can definitely linger at either one.

          1. Kitchen on the Common is open for lunch and is a very relaxed atmosphere. Here and at Vicki Lee's, it is usually easier to linger if you go on the later side, say 1 PM.

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            1. re: fantundo

              At K on the C, not only is it easy to linger, it's obligatory. Service there can be slow.

            2. If you go to Strip T's on the later side, you should be ok. I arrived around 1:30 today and the rush was definitely over. Food was delicious (no crab, in case Opinionated Chef is wondering) Service was very solicitous and friendly, and it would have been easy to linger.

              1. the last three times i have eaten at strip t's, my wife and i have been the only people in the place. if you can manage around three oclock on a weekday, i would be happy to share the house with you.

                possibly i should not have revealed this.

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                1. re: hyde

                  Thank you for making me giggle.

                  Is Strip-T's serving lunch at 3? I thought dinner was when the special stuff came out.