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Dec 4, 2012 04:56 PM

Need a spot for Good Food and Great Beer to meet up for dinner

My hubby and I want to meet up with his friend and his wife. We want a place to meet with good food as a couple of us are foodies and somewhere about halfway between Canton, MA and Methuen, MA. One of us is a hardcore beer fan so we want a place that we can all get good beer. We usually stay out of downtown because we need parking. Any ideas????? Maybe something in between Waltham and Walpole???

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  1. Have you considered Strip T's? Foodie worthy food and a small but strong beer list.

    1. Are you open to going to Cambridge? Lord Hobo has a spectacular beer list, solid food, and the parking over there isn't too bad.

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      1. re: mkfisher

        Where do you park as a non-resident near Lord Hobo? I think the parking there is difficult.

        As for the OP, if you meet at the Alewife parking garage, you can take the red line to any number of good spots in Cambridge.

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          That was my thought too. During prime time, the meters towards Kendall on Hampshire tend to be filled. I am usually able to find a spot within a radius of a few blocks (usually towards Broadway, IIRC), but OP shouldn't expect to park right in front of the place. Worst comes to worst you could park in the Kendall theatre garage and pay.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            Yes it is resident parking, but I never see anyone from the transportation department in that general neighborhood. You can pretty easily park there for a couple hours during dinner without a problem. Also, aren't there some metered spots on Broadway too?

            1. re: mkfisher

              You've been lucky: Cambridge parking cops ticket Windsor and Hampshire streets regularly. Parking without a resident pass or visitor pass near Lord Hobo can very easily land you a $30 ticket. (I used to live on Windsor Street, and had visitors who literally got a ticket between the time it took them to park and knock on my door to retrieve a visitor pass.) They patrol every day except Sunday, and I've seen tickets issued as late as 11PM.

                1. re: huuvola

                  Learn something new every day... I live right near Hungry Mother. Have lived there 2 1/2 years. Can count on one hand the number of times I've seen someone from the transportation department.

          2. Atwood's Tavern (Cambridge Street in East Cambridge) has a great beer list and solid food. Metered parking is usually not a huge problem on Cambridge Street.

            In Davis Square, Flatbread Pizza has a very good beer list and good salads and pizzas. Metered parking available in a lot across the street. Redbones BBQ in Davis also has a good craft beer selection.

            In Harvard Square, Park restaurant has a good beer list and good food. As does Russell House Tavern. But parking in the Square isn't always the easiest.

            A bit further out (but still technically "about halfway between Canton and Methuen), The Gaff in Waltham (467 Moody Street) has a good beer list and good food. Not sure how the parking is there, but I assume it's not bad. Watch City Brewing is nearby, but I've not had great food experiences there.