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foodie in CT Sep 3, 2012 02:27 PM

I will be at the Newton MArriott THursday night for a conference the following day and would prefer not to be limited to the hotel restaurant just because I will be dining alone. Need recommendations for nearby restaurants- I will have a car .I like ethnic, fusion, and otherrwise inventive food.

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    teezeetoo Sep 3, 2012 03:09 PM

    waltham is just up the road (you can take pretty norumbega(?) road next to the Marriot by the river or 95 into exit 26 and come up main street) - you'll find good inexpensive mexican (Tacqueria el amigo on Willow St off Moody), decent upscale tapas and drinks (Solea), very good Italian (Il Capriccio or La Campania), excellent Chinese/Taiwanese (Mulan) -

    1. enhF94 Sep 3, 2012 03:26 PM

      French, but consider Lumiere.

      1. Jpan99 Sep 4, 2012 11:21 AM

        Agree with Moody Street in Waltham. Lots of choices. Here's a list although I think it's old. Do a web search on anything that looks interesting to you. For example Cafe on the Common I think is now an ice cream place.

        This list is Moody and Main Street as well.
        http://www.waltham-community.org/Main...

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          Velda Mae Sep 4, 2012 01:07 PM

          Cafe on the Common is connected to Sebastian and Alexanders, which is the ice cream place. Both places close at 6 p.m. so aren't an option for an evening excursion.

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          Foodie_BBQ Sep 4, 2012 12:01 PM

          I recommend the bar at 51 Lincoln in Newton. I've enjoyed eating solo there. It was getting busy toward the end of my weeknight meal, but I think of that as a good thing for a solo trip. I'd classify the food as inventive, and put it on the expensive side.

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            carneyvore Sep 4, 2012 02:37 PM

            Why so fancy? Friendly atmosphere @ Dunn Gahrein's on Eliot St. in Newton or solid Italian food @ Fiorella's on North St. Even Paddy-O's in West Newton or Rice Valley on Washington St. in West Newton are good places to eat alone.

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              Foodie_BBQ Sep 5, 2012 06:12 AM

              Obviously... I'm a fancy guy! Good suggestion on Dunn's. My father's office was just over the line from there in Needham and we used to grab lunch there all the time. Good shepherd's pie if I remember correctly (it's been 7 or 8 years since he moved). O'Hara's is another good suggestion. OP - these are Irish Pubs. O'Hara's gets very lively. Haven't been to Dunn's late enough to know, but assume the bar would fill up there as well.

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                Jpan99 Sep 5, 2012 12:12 PM

                I liked Dunn's too. But it does get noisy. Recently went on a Tuesday night and the place was hopping. Not the place if you're looking for a quiet meal but it's fun otherwise and the eggplant fries are awesome! They'll give you a sample if it's your first visit.

            2. nsenada Sep 4, 2012 06:00 PM

              O'Hara's Pub is great, too - their burgers are really excellent.

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                cjd260 Sep 5, 2012 07:34 AM

                Strip T's in Watertown is about a 15-minute drive, but I'd argue is one of the most inventive, exciting restaurants in Boston - chef is the former chef de cuisine at Momofuku Ssam Bar, if that's any indication, and this month's Boston Magazine (unfortunately) confirms that it's "now serving the most exciting food around." You'll need your GPS, but I promise you won't regret it.

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                  foodie in CT Sep 5, 2012 04:54 PM

                  thanks for all the suggestions. I'm planning on 51 Lincoln- the watermelon steak ilooks intriguing. I also happened to be in Newton on Sat. and a friend took me to Strip T's. I agree with the above post- very inventive food - I had the nyc pho real, friends had japanese bahn mi and special po'boy with green tomoatoes and chorizo. We shared the fried edamame. We couldn't agree on which we liked best it was all sooo good.

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                    QuakerInBoston Sep 7, 2012 05:35 AM

                    Yeah Boston Mag just assured there will be a Strip Ts II (or Shorts Kurt or Lapse Danse) opening downtown within a year and then both places falling drastically in quality. Enjoy this location, and its awesome chef, while you can.

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