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Jul 31, 2013 09:48 AM

Near Arsenal in Watertown other than Strip T's

Been there enough times I should have my own chair. Where else should I go for pre-theater? Bonus if I can walk (under 1.5 miles). Good food a must, atmosphere less important.

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  1. Gustazo is a bit far, but excellent. Fordee's is great falafel.

    1. Have you tried Casa de Pedro? Service can be a bit spotty but the food has always been good.

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      1. re: psc109

        Sorry but I am not a fan of the food at CDP. Bland, often sloppily prepared. Not a lot of flavor. Try Gustazo for comparison and I guarantee you will never have another bite at CDP.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          I'm with you, Striper, on CDP. How about Red Lentil?

          1. re: Science Chick

            Red Lentil is also superb, and Shangri-La as well. Though probably just at the 1.5 mile limit.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              Believe it or not, it's about 1 mile, especially if you go through the neighborhood instead of taking School to Mt. Auburn. Take School to Dexter, turn right, go to Mt. Auburn and you're basically there.

              1. re: lergnom

                I guess it depends on exactly where you are starting, but from Arsenal Mall I always just go straight up Arlington Street, directly to Mt. Auburn where all the Armenian shops/Red Lentil are located.

      2. If you like Persian, there is Molana on Spring Street in Watertown Square, Jasmine on Mt. Auburn close to Red Lentil, or Roksana on Mt. Auburn by the Common Street Cemetery. Out of these, I like Molana best, but I know there are a number of supporters for Jasmine on CH. Roksana may only have take out currently (says Persian New Year on their website) with very limited seating. If you do not care to walk, the #70 bus can take you in front of Arsenal from the Square.

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        1. re: Crazy Egg

          Also Shiraz on Bigelow Ave. Gets hardly any foot traffic, so I try to mention it whenever the other Persian places come up! I prefer it to Jasmine, although I like Jasmine too.

          I live in the neighborhood agree with Strip-Ts, Shangri-La, Red Lentil, and any of the Persian places as the best nearby eating options. Plus Fordee's and Stella's for counter service places. The diner is also a decent choice -- I think it's surprisingly good for dinner, although certainly not a destination place.

        2. If atmosphere is not important, get a thin crust pizza at Stella's on Mt. Auburn.

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          1. re: Prav

            Remember to order the "extra large", which is the dough for a large, stretched out bigger/thinner. The smaller pies are *not* thin style!

          2. Is Miller's Ale House any good?

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            1. re: maillard

              I've heard from NON-chowhounds that Miller's is plain awful. So, imagine how a 'hound would feel about it?

              Agree with pretty much everywhere else on this thread, except Casa de Pedro... mediocre. Though I would put it in the "could be worse" bucket.

              Stella's pizza, Gustazo, Shangri-La... all good. Town Diner for acceptable diner food.

              Sadly, I have not yet been to either of the Persian places yet!

                1. re: Alcachofa

                  I had forgotten Town Diner, have to consider that, been a few years.

                  1. re: Alcachofa

                    Casa de Pedro = Could be worse

                    Exactly right.