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Jun 16, 2014 02:10 PM

Moving to Medford . . . What are the local haunts?

We're moving to Medford (West Medford-ish) soon, and I'd love to hear about what's good and local. We've already been to Tenoch and Chung Ki Wa, and Chili Garden is on our soon list. Would love recommendations for favorites at those places - I have a feeling they're going to be our regular rotation.

What are the local places that aren't necessarily travel worthy, but are solid go to options? Any decent Thai or Vietnamese?

We've been in Cambridge for a while now, so I'm very familiar with options in the Somerville/Arlington direction, but not very familiar with what might now be in easy range in Malden, Melrose, Lynn, Everett, etc.

Very excited to see that Gene's is moving to Woburn - looks like the new location is about 15 minutes from the new place.

Feel free to point me towards any threads that exist on this topic - I did a search, and the most recent threads along this line were 5 or 6 years old.


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  1. Mikes Roast Beef in Everett R Beef and Fried Clams are IMO the best anywhere

    Cafe Costa Del Sol Revere Excellent Papusas and tacos

    Victors Italian Kitchen Saugus Excellent Italian

    Santarpios Pizza East Boston

    Big A in Medford for great subs

    Popeyes Everett

    Kanes Donuts Saugus

    BW Revere Breakfast is very good

    Billy Tse Revere for Chinese

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    1. re: Locutus

      Big A's is in Malden.

      Other good Malden options are Fuloon and All Season's Table. Ferry Street Food and Drink is a new gastropub that is getting good reviews but I haven't tried it yet.

      1. re: wandergirl

        Also in Malden, Moroccan Hospitality on Salem St. Great tagine dishes. Bocelli's on Main St in Mefa is also good.

        1. re: treb

          Moroccan Hospitality in Malden closed. It is now open in Somerville.

          1. re: Madrid

            Moroccan Hospitality is at 585 Somerville Avenue, midway between Porter Square and Union Square, in a little white building with an orange awning. A beautiful room with delicious food.

    2. In Medford we like Moulton's Seafood and Blue Fuji. Carrol's is ok.

      1. LOVE Moulton's for casual, no-frills broiled or fried fish and seafood dinners - very hospitable family business

        Modern Pastry is a satellite from the North End - and good for what it is.

        BIstro 5 was really good (if overpriced), but it was a couple of years ago for me - I will invest in the drive and parking for other top spots in the Boston metro area if I am paying at that level.

        1. you're moving to 'Medfah" great food area! keep arlington and sommerville in your search

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          1. re: Bellachefa

            Tenoch for beauteous burritos.

            Chili Garden for scrumptious coconut shrimp.

            Massimo's Malden for heaps of red sauce and pasta.

            1. re: Swankalicious

              Ebisuya--good Japanese grocery store with sushi and some pork buns to go.

              I don't know about their sushi, but
              I really enjoyed their fresh tofu, obviously made in house.

              1. re: Swankalicious

                I am pretty sure Massimo's has closed. I couldn't confirm it online but their phone has been disconnected and I'm almost positive the space was empty the last time I passed by.

                1. re: wandergirl

                  Massimo's is closed and a Korean restaurant is moving in this summer.

                  My favorite Italian in Malden is Pasta market Cafe. They make everything except the angel hair pasta. Good raviolis too - the lobster ones are really stuffed with lobster.

                2. re: Swankalicious

                  The sichuan dishes at Chilli Garden are quiet good, and the lamb bone soup, spicy bamboo shoots mmmm

                  1. re: VintageMolly

                    It's Medfid. Never Meffa! Nobody from Medford ever pronounced it that way.

                      1. re: jgg13

                        Don't believe it. I'll give you the occasional "Meffid", but not Meffa.

                        1. re: jgg13

                          Same here. Good friend, born and raised and still lives in Medford and she writes "meffa" but it sounds more like "medfid" when she says it out loud. But since Molly was not born or raised there, she should probably call it Medford with whatever accent she has in real life.

                          1. re: smtucker

                            The line between a 'medfid' and a 'meffa' can be thin :)

                            1. re: smtucker

                              Yeah, I'm going to stick with Medford. I wasn't born in these parts.

                              1. re: VintageMolly

                                You are very wise. Too many hollywood actors and movie extras have embarrassed themselves trying to talk like a local! And too many dialect coaches fail to recognize the difference between old school Medford, Dorchester, Southie, Revere accents.

                                1. re: Bellachefa

                                  From Revere and it's definitely MED-fid for me.

                                2. re: VintageMolly

                                  My own pronunciation is somewhere between med-fuhd and med-fuhrd depending on how quickly I'm talking

                                1. re: pemma

                                  Mefid is the correct version. We do not pronounce the D in the middle of the word.

                                  1. re: MeffaBabe

                                    Ha, I was hoping you would chime in, MeffaBabe.

                                    1. re: bear

                                      I pronounce the "D". South Medford "dialect" may leave it out.

                                      1. re: pemma

                                        I grew up at the bottom of the Medford Hillside (what's now Moulton's was our corner store), and we all said Medfid, sometimes shading toward Mehfid.

                                        When talking to people who doubt I'm a Boston-area native, since I don't have a discernable accent, I use Meffa to establish that I'm really from there.

                            2. Haven't been, but the rumour is that the W Medford Regina's is one of their better outposts. Can anyone verify?

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                              1. re: justbeingpolite

                                If you mean the Regina Station Landing location (not West Medford), it is pretty good. Heads above Allston, which is the only other one we've tried outside the North End.

                                1. re: justbeingpolite

                                  I think the Medford Regina is better than all the other outposts. I always ask for my pizza well done, and it comes with a nice char.


                                  1. re: justbeingpolite

                                    Medford isn't quite up to the quality of the North End Regina, but it is much closer to the original than Allston or Polcari's in Woburn. It's very good pizza.