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Saturday Lunch near Regent Theater in Arlington

I'm taking a Canon Immersion Photographic Seminar this Saturday at the Regent Theater in Arlington. (only $89 for a 8 hour course btw) I need a rec within walking distance for my one hour lunch break. What say you Hounds??

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  1. you'll get many differing thoughts. I would walk 3 minutes to Sweet Chile Thai restnt and get their Beef Basil Udon- a great combo of chewy udon noodles and moist stir fried beef with basil and a light pan juices glaze.* AFAIK, you're not likely to see that dish elsewhere. Friendly quiet place too.

    * tends to be v spicy/hot unless you request milder.ymmv.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      Personally, I'd recommend Thai Moon (about 7-8 minute walk up Mass. Ave.) over Sweet Chili.

      Madrona Tree is just around the corner. Good middle-eastern wraps and sandwiches. Stay way from the burgers, though, which are tiny, sad little affairs that they tend to burn to a crisp.

    2. I would check out Pasha. I've been eating at Sweet Chili for many years and for the past couple I've experienced a decline in quality.

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      1. re: Steve L

        That's so interesting, Steve. We've been eating there since it opened (15?20? yrs ago) and every dish (of the few that we order) tastes exACTly the same to us, for all this time!

      2. There's a Korean place right next store that is pretty good. I liked their eel bibimbap.

        1. I've enjoyed luscious meals at Manna Sushi, which is right next door. Bonus: You can browse at the cute lil' Book Rack bookshop, too.

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          1. re: KaraBaskin

            I may be wrong because I can't find a menu on-line, but it appears they no longer do sushi and have gone Korean, changing their name in the process to Manna House. Can anyone confirm this?

            1. re: CapeCodGuy

              Yes...I thought it was called Manna Place but it's been Korean only for about a year now. I think it's the same owners as the Manna Sushi which I always liked.

              I've only been twice for Korean, both times earlier this year. I'm no expert on Korean food but I thought it was excellent, and I'm surprised I haven't been back.

              With this nudge I hope to find my way back there soon.

              1. re: CapeCodGuy

                Yes it is Korean and pretty good. It's not up to the Westborough Korean place or the SoonDubu place in Allston, but overall not bad.

                PS CCG, I've always appreciated your cape recs.

                1. re: gourmaniac

                  Meh, "pretty good" isn't all that inspiring. I was hoping to do better. Tempted to go to Toraya or Blue Ribbon, but not sure I'll have the time for that with what I assume will be an hour lunch break.

                  (and thanks for the acknowledgement)

                  1. re: CapeCodGuy

                    Blue ribbon is worse than meh these days. Toraya is great but very busy on a saturday. I think you would enjoy Manna. I'm a little picky as I have occasion to travel to Busan and we can';t compete for quality or cost with S. Korea.

                    Another walkable is Katmandu spice for Indian/Nepalese buffet (On Mass ave about 5 blocks toward Cambridge). Tasty and affordable. It has the advantage of not waiting for service.

                    1. re: gourmaniac

                      Not to split hairs, but Kathmandu is a little more like 15 blocks from Arlington Center. :) You might also want to look up reviews on Madrona Tree (cash only). Have only done takeout from there once, but we enjoyed.

                      1. re: chevrelove

                        Looking over the recs here, and reviews on other sites, I'm having a hard time making up my mind. We have some very good Thai here on the Cape so I was hoping for something different. Kathmandu looks perfect, but is too far a haul based on Google Maps. As is Blue Ribbon or Toyana. Madrona Tree's reviews on Yelp (I know, I know) are all over the board with many negative. Besides, a burger wasn't my intention anyway) The Korean next door at Manna is enticing, but the service reviews are abysmal. I'm unfamiliar with Indian cuisine as there's nothing here on Cape, so I wouldn't know what to order at those options, or if I'd even enjoy it. So I'm thinking possible Mexican at Zocalo which is about 5-6 blocks away and the Mexican here on Cape sucks. Eager to hear more thoughts?

                        1. re: CapeCodGuy

                          Zocalo's lunch menu is not all that interesting. The food is pretty good.

                          1. re: CapeCodGuy

                            If you've never had Indian, Punjabi Tadka has thali -- sampler plates, basically. Rice, bread, small portions of multiple different veg/meat curries. There's a vegetarian one and an omnivore one.

                            On the dinner menu they have a bunch of street-food appetizers and things other than the very standard North Indian options pretty much every Indian restaurant (even the ones that are more South Indian) has for customers who want predictability. Whereas the lunch menu is much shorter (although I've only been for lunch once, and didn't ask if I could order off the full menu; it's possible that all I had to do was ask). But if you've never had Indian, all the options will be new to you. :)

              2. I bet there is a Subway near by!

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