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Lunch - Drawing a Blank

A friend is having some appointments at Dana Farber and wants to meet for lunch when she is done. She travels from Western Mass, so I don't want to take her too far out of her way, but we both want some decent food. Her route, without lunch, would be Brookline Ave to Route 9 to Framingham where she gets on the Pike. I live in East Somerville but am willing to go most anywhere. I think under the circumstances, reliable parking is a requirement.

I am totally drawing a blank. Route 9 is a culinary wasteland, but maybe I have forgotten a restaurant that isn't more than 10-15 minutes off her route? Is Jo-Jo Taipei still good? What other thoughts might you have for me? I will be treating and would love to keep it under $40, plus tip.

Lunch is the Wednesday, so I am working on a deadline. Thank you in advance.

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  1. You could do EasternStandard or citizens public house or sweet cheeks ...

    Just a wee bit in the wrong direction. But negligible .

    1. I used to like Big Fresh when I lived in the area - off route 30; very easy to get onto route 9 or the pike from there. Not sure how it is now as it's been a few years since I've been there.

      Sel de la Terre at the Natick Mall is good.

      JP and Brookline might be doable also, and there are lots of options there.

      1. Sichuan Garden, Brookline Family Restaurant, New England Soup Factory and Cutty's are all in Brookline Village. If you head to Washington Square, you can go a little more upscale with The Abbey, The Fireplace, Jimmy's or Golden Temple.

        1. How about Shanghai Gate in Allston? I've never had a problem parking on that side of Harvard Ave. While it's not in the Longwood area, it's not that far either. And your friend can then jump on the Pike at the Allston exit v. driving out Rt 9 to Framingham (ugh on the drive).

          And, before you meet her, you can stop at Clear Flour for some treats for post lunch or for the drive home, or for your own house.

          1. Any reason she takes that slow route to the Pike? Allston has a trove of options. Or head toward the Newton Corner Pike entrance, and you'll pass Thai North in Oak Square, Brighton: decent Southern Thai on the menu, extraordinary Northern Thai on the specials blackboard.

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              I fear that this is the only route she knows, bit I suppose it could be to save some money. After I meet her tomorrow, she will know a better way.