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Where to eat dinner near Tufts University??

merryjane Jan 18, 2013 10:52 AM

I'm going to the basketball game tonight and was looking for a good place to grab dinner nearby? (Meford area)

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  1. Science Chick RE: merryjane Jan 18, 2013 11:02 AM

    Pescatore is right down the street in Ball Square!

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      lc02139 RE: merryjane Jan 18, 2013 11:18 AM

      Tufts is close to davis squre, you can search that on this board and there are many places.
      Highland kitchen is good as well as flat bread company in the saco bowl haven. Plenty to chose from cheap to fancy

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        buffet king RE: merryjane Jan 18, 2013 11:24 AM

        Moulton's Seafood is very close to Tufts on Winthrop Street in Medford. I like their fisherman's platter and clam chowder. Very fresh seafood.

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          l0b0SKI RE: merryjane Jan 18, 2013 12:37 PM

          My hands down fave in the area is Tu Y Yo. It has none of the Davis Sq. pretension it is yummy and tastes like good home cooking (in fact they have an item on the menu that coincidentally uses my grandmas name!)

          Sadly, a lot of my friends that were not raised on mexican food are afraid of it because the menu does not have the standard tex/mex/american version of mexican food. It is so funny they saw that the place does not serve burros and were scared to walk in.


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            Madrid RE: l0b0SKI Jan 18, 2013 05:04 PM

            I loved tu y yo when it first opened years ago. I was not raised on mexican food, unfortunately, but I have spent years learning techniques and ingredients and I love the real stuff. I mean toasting the dried chiles, then soaking them in hot water, then pureeing them, then straining it. Quite labor intensive but so good!

            after tu y yo got a lot of publicity, the dishes really changed away from spicy to less spicy. it was a huge disappointment for us as we loved the spicy (they even used to make their own chipotles in adobo). We asked a waitress we had become friendly with and she said, "americans don't like the spicy and since we have lots of new customers we've changed a bit."

            I haven't been back in a few years but I so hope they have gone back to their original levels. Yes, the dishes are not at all tex/mex, which is why we loved it. I was never disappointed by the lack of chips and burritos....I recall the sangria as being excellent as well, with cinnamon....

            just wanted to say that there is another gringo point of view!

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              l0b0SKI RE: Madrid Jan 18, 2013 05:36 PM

              You are right, we noticed that the last time we were there that things were not very spicy. But then again my Ma and I have a high spice tolerance and have yet to find a place that caters to our heat level.
              I wonder if we could request for something hotter for those who can handle it

              Oh yes I forgot to say how yummy the sangrias are.

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                Madrid RE: l0b0SKI Jan 18, 2013 06:26 PM

                we tried that but since they are using traditional recipes, I think it is difficult to add heat at the end as so many like conchinita pibil are braises or sauces that are "built up" on dried, soaked, cooked chiles combined with stocks or liquid and cooked for a while....it was *really* different some 10 years ago. I was so sad to taste the change.

                I guess it would be possible to add some jalapenos or chipotle or ancho or pasilla chile powder towards the end, but it wouldn't be integrated into the dish as a whole and might taste a bit "raw" if you know what I mean. Or if they still made their own chipotles en adobo, to add some of the puree towards the end.

                But you are right, it is one of the few Boston area places that uses traditional recipes with that as a focus rather than a huge margarita and bar scene and attitude. And that plantain dough turnover with fresh cheese....I am looking for a recipe! I just tried to check the web site to see if they still had it and it wouldn't load, so I don't know. I love those little masa "boats" with the fillings and also loved their rice/black bean combo. And that salad with celery and apple as well.

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            meeps2002 RE: merryjane Jan 18, 2013 01:41 PM

            I haven't been back since new ownership - but I used to LOVE Yoshi's for some sushi...and it was BYOB

            1. Prav RE: merryjane Jan 18, 2013 02:02 PM

              Get a big satisfying plate of Doo Wee & Rice. Some fluffy pork bao baos, or the Vietnamese beef noodle bowl.

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                meeps2002 RE: Prav Jan 18, 2013 03:34 PM

                At yoshis?

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                  Prav RE: meeps2002 Jan 18, 2013 04:04 PM

                  Nope, at Doo Wee & Rice (Powderhouse Sq).

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                  Edokko RE: Prav Jan 19, 2013 07:44 AM

                  The bao bao's are awesome--both pork and steak.

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                  Reptibark RE: merryjane Jan 19, 2013 05:05 AM

                  I really like Bistro 5 in Medford. The food is authentic, well prepared and the ambiance is understated. Great wine list as well. I'm never out in that area and almost regret it...

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                    Swankalicious RE: merryjane Jan 19, 2013 07:57 AM

                    The Swank family favorites in that neighborhood are Do Wee and Tu Y Yo. Love both. Good family-run spots!

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