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will be in the wellesley area for 2 nights have a car willing to travel a bit but not to boston, need great food low key $ not an issue

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  1. Welcome to the suburbs.

    Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger in Wellesley Square for interesting Asian food. I love the butterfish, and he has an great take on Lobster
    http://www.ming.com/blue-ginger.htm

    Oga's in Natick (one town to the west) for wonderful sushi
    don't let the strip mall location throw you off. People travel from Boston for Oga's food. Make sure to ask about the daily special sushi before ordering
    http://www.ogasnatick.com/

    also in Natick, Maxwells 148. Italian/Asian fusion shouldn't work - but it's surprisingly interesting (in a good way)
    http://www.maxwells148.com/

    Alta Strada (Wellesley Square) family friendly casual Italian. Love mama Zucca's eggplant
    http://www.altastradarestaurant.com/

    Reservations recommended for all of these restaurants

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    1. re: mfb237

      Agree with above and would suggest Newton, close by, for dinner at Sycamore.

      1. re: mfb237

        ive read some mixed reviews on blue ginger though its a place ive wanted to try

        1. re: stuart954

          I too have read the mixed reviews for Blue Ginger. I've been eating there since it opened and always have great food with excellent service. My only complaint is the menu hasn't changed in forever

      2. My only complaint about Maxwells 148 is the GIANT bar television that can be seen from just about every seat in the place, which can make the place seem not low key at all. The food and service are excellent, though.

        If you don't want to have the whole 2+ hour Blue Ginger experience, we love eating in the bar.

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        1. re: NewtonHound

          wow that's weird; we ate there twice (terrific foie gras torchon ) and we never noticed the t.v.

          have never had excellent food at Blue Ginger, but Sycamore is tremendous.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896920

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            I like sycamore, as noted above, but have had generally delightful food at Blue Ginger, also as noted above. So go and find out for yourself. The two are not comparable in style or substance.

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              I was not impressed when i ate at Blue Ginger but have not returned for many years.

          2. Have liked Blue Ginger over the years but ate there about a year ago and it was terrible.

            For what it's worth. Might have been really off night.

            1. I've always found Alta Strada to be a solid go-to option in Wellesley dinner. It's Italian (not American-Italian). Also, they have a take-out lunch spot in the basement with great sandwiches.

              Not sure if Brookline is out of the question, but its a short 20 minute drive from Wellesley and would open up a world of places as well.

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              1. re: Klunco

                hi nothing is out of the question, especially for great food, weve made res at b&g oysters i was there over the summer as back up

                1. re: stuart954

                  If you are willing to drive into town you can do a lot better than B&G, IMO

                  You might consider Island Creek Oyster bar

                  Linage in Coolidge Corner Brookline is terrific with excellent seafood options.

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    we were at both this past fall, the oysters at b%g were great

                1. Cafe Mangal in Wellesley is not to be overlooked. http://www.cafemangal.com/

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                  1. re: Gordough

                    I agree - lunch is just fine, but dinner is OUTSTANDING.

                  2. Agree with the other suggestions here, and for lunch, Tutto Italiano in Wellesley Center has great sandwiches (proscuitto, capicola, etc.) Not a restaurant, but Wasik's Cheese Shop in Wellesley Center has a tremendous selection of cheeses (and Jamon Iberico). A really fun place to visit.