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Waltham is the Paris of the Teens (nee the new Somerville)

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So much good food in Waltham these days.

And for me a visit to Waltham is never complete without a visit to Waltham India Market for provisions, mangos, fruit and veg. I don't buy rice there though. Don't forget Kebab and Tandoor AND the food court in the basement.

New fancy looking resto called Redbird opening on Moody:

http://www.redbirdwaltham.com/

Recently had my fave Pork Gordita and Tamal at Antojito's, killer delicious as usual.

Also hit Moody's for the Pastrami sandwich yesterday. Comments:
The zingy mustardy rich dressing they use overwhelms the meat. The griddling of the pastrami also takes some of the deliciousness out of the pastrami. The first time I had it, it was plain and right out of the smoker. Pastrami that good looses some of it's pastrami essence when griddled. I'd rather have it just room temp with a smidge of sharp mustard, or maybe very lightly steamed in beer (my preferred approach). A truly delicious sandwich, but somehow a tad adrift from the purity of pastrami. Also for $12 they ought to throw in a pickle.

Good empanadas at multiple locations, great sandwiches at Dominics, Best in Boston Wines at Gordon's (just avoid the senior wine guy there, a bit of a snob), half decent vietnamese, good Columbian (reported on this board, but not sampled by me) multiple latino groceries, Haitian groceries, and some very adventurous 5&10 type places.

Really reminds me of Somerville, er Paris in the 90s. ;-)

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  1. Where do you buy (basmati) rice? And why not at Waltham India?

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    1. re: Allstonian

      I find the rice is just generally fresher and better-handled at either the Chinese markets, or smaller Indian groceries that turn over their inventory faster.

      At Waltham India they have so much and so many varieties of rice that some of it has had meal moths.

      I had a meal moth issue at home, 10 or so years ago that I credit to some rice that I picked up at Super88. Took me a year and a half of mothballing all wool items and refrigerating ANY grains in my house to finally eliminate them. Ruined quite a few of my favorite sweaters.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        Thanks - we have very good airtight storage for our grains, which seems to help, but I too have had problems with meal moths in rice, specifically basmati.

        1. re: Allstonian

          One thing you can do is freeze all new rice when you buy it, even just for a day or two.

    2. You have not sampled good Columbian? Even in the '80s?

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      1. re: Alcachofa

        LOL. steely dan

      2. Agree - it's tough to beat Waltham for variety of high quality options. I noticed a Gustazo sign in the old Elephant Walk space yesterday morning, so Cuban will apparently be added to the mix. I also stop at the next corner for decent coffee and adventurous scone flavors at Cafe on the Common. Lastly, I hit Taqueria El Amigo a few weeks back for the first time and had an awesome plate of Lengua and Al Pastor tacos. Recommend the Al Pastor for flavor, but both were quite good. Add those to the list above...

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        1. re: Foodie_BBQ

          I wonder if Gustazo will move. I love the food there, but their Belmont space is TINY.

          1. re: Alcachofa

            Belmont location is closing

          2. re: Foodie_BBQ

            Yes they are moving into the Elephant Walk space. They said that they will be out of Belmont by the end of June and hope to open a couple of weeks after that.

          3. Go to Eastie for good **Colombian food, hospitality and plenty of aguardiente.

            1. Per a Facebbok friend and Craigslist hiring ad, chef / owner of Red Bird is Dan Stokes, ex-Franklin Cafe, doing something Franklinesque there

              http;//mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Cool who knew.

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  And the name derives from the fact that he is a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

              2. With improved beer selection in the past couple of years with The Gaff, Copper House, and Bison county stepping up, and the new Market Basket coming, I will have few reasons to venture out of Waltham.

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                1. re: LStaff

                  The Gaff is great. Not a ton of draft beers, but a very good selection.

                  1. re: LStaff

                    I agree beer selection is been getting better. I continue to be impressed with Bison County's inventory. They really have some great choices.

                  2. "food court in the basement"

                    In the Indian Market???

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                    1. re: Dinsdale45

                      Yah, in the lower level of Gourmet India Market is a decent little three stall food court (all run by the same family that owns the market and Kebab and Tandoor).

                      On the right, very good fried chicken and steam table Indian items (similar to the K&T stuff, go figure).

                      On the left many nice grilled items to choose from, and in the middle a little pani poori stand.

                      It's a little odd, cause it's all really out of the same kitchen and run by the same staff, but the food ranges from good to excellent.

                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        I did not know that. Thanks.