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Great, inexpensive lunch and dinner options in Natick/Needham/Newton

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We will be in the Needham/Newton/Natick area (plus Sudbury) several times over the next several months and are looking for good, inexpensive to moderately priced restaurants for lunches and dinners. We will have a will eat anything 8 year old with us, so all recommendations are welcome. We're staying in Natick or Newton for each of our visits. Thanks!

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  1. The beef and lamb gyro at the Farm Grille in Newton (near the Needham line). Not to be missed!

    1. Try Max & Leo's in Newton for the best pizza, in my opinion, in Greater Boston. It's coal fired pizza and their toppings are also excellent. Not a big space but if you go on the early side, you can usually get a table. http://maxandleos.com/

      1. +1 on both Farm Grille and Max & Leo's. O'Hara's on Walnut Street in Newton is my favorite pub in the area - tremendous burger, and I've heard the pizza is very good. Echo Bridge Restaurant in Newton is a great throwback to the seventies red sauce joint, and their pizza is excellent. You could venture to the Shake Shack in Chestnut Hill - havn't been to that location, but I've heard it's pretty similar to the New York ones. Not far away in Framingham is Szechuan Gourmet, also great.

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        1. re: nsenada

          Lots of great recs, but I would vehemently disagree with Echo Bridge. We ate there a couple of years ago and it was HORRIBLE. Overcooked, mushy pasta, greasy sauce devoid of any seasoning. Really, nothing was worth eating at all. And quite run down in that grimy dirty way, as opposed to old/charming.

          1. re: Science Chick

            For pasta, I have only had the lasagna there, which was a little overcooked, and probably had been hanging around for a while in a tray. The pizza really is remarkably good, though, and is the only thing I ever order (sausage with garlic and cherry peppers).

            I don't know if I would characterize it as "charming," but yes, it is old, grimy, and a little terrifying - which are some reasons why I like it.

        2. No. 1 Noodle House in Newton Center has really nice laksa (a spicy curry-like noodle soup from SE Asia). And there are other noodles on the menu that would satisfy your 8 year old if he/she cannot take spicy food. I believe there was a post on this place a few weeks ago.

          1. Dunn Gahrin on Eliot St. in Newton, Farm Grille, Mick Morgan's on Needham St. in Newton.

            1. Really liking the traditional Sichuan fare at Sichuan Gourmet House in Newton.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

              1. Thanks for all the recs! We ended up at Union Street (good), Echo Bridge (ok but super friendly, attentive service), and the food trucks at the SoWa Market. We passed Farm Grille in our travels and definitely have that on our list. Looking forward to trying other places, so any more recommendations are welcome!