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Comforting takeout food for a really horrible day

Hi Hounds. The Swank family is going through some tough times today. Wondering if anyone has ideas for great comfort food in the North Cambridge-Medford-Arlington triangle. Bad for you, soothing, etc.

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  1. Sorry to hear this. Harrows Chicken pie, maybe? There's a location in Medford.

    1. Just read a blurb in the Sunday Globe about take-out from Francesca's Kitchen in East Arlington (good stuffed shells, for example). Have not tried anything from there personally, though.

      EDIT: Seems that eggplant parm is the thing to get there.

      1. When I need a dose of tasty and unhealthy food in that area, I like to hit Greek Corner in North Cambridge, Avellino's in Medford (zero atmosphere, HUGE subs), or Cambridge Common (the latter of which is especially good because of the endless beer list). I hope things are ok.

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        1. re: hiddenboston

          I second Greek Corner! They have some of the best avgolemono.

        2. I don't know if this is bad enough or soothing enough, but Tenoch in Medford is our new favorite.

          1. Depends on what you find soothing, but Rudy's Cafe in Teele is good old-fashioned cheese-drenched pseudo-Tex-Mex with gigantic portions, and the bar has some very nice tequila options and can make either a dessert-a-rita or a true marguerita.

            1. Sorry to hear that, Swank fam. :( Hope things look up for you guys.

              How about a big mess of red sauce Italian food from Comella's in Arlington?

              Take care.

              1. Blue Ribbon BBQ in Arlington might do the trick. It's very filling and fatty and delicious, and goes well with unhealthy carbs and beer, which it sounds like you might also need right now. Hope things look up for your family soon.

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                1. re: Isolda

                  I like the idea of Blue Ribbon, but would sub in a good single malt for the beer. My nightmare of a day last Monday was greatly soothed by the bottle of Glenmorangie that accompanied me on my late night train ride to NYC.

                2. I think something like the bbq suggestion is a good one. For me, having grown up in Korea, soothing also means hot soup like Korean chewy rice-cake soup (ddukgook) that also often has dumplings in it. Or stone-pot (dolsot/okdol) bibimbap - that's comforting too - warm and filling. Manna House in Arlington does decent versions of both, as does Kaya and Buk Kyung in a pinch. I hope things get better soon.

                  1. How about Bob's on Main Street in Medford? I think that they are open until 8:00. Also, Guru the Caterer.