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Metro West - is it really as hopeless as I think?

Thanks. Still not a proper restaurant, though. I will go give it a try nonetheless.

Dec 10, 2012
hfhifi in Greater Boston Area

The Area's Worst Food Towns

I think Framingham is awful. Other than Sichuan Gourmet, everyplace else is bad chain food or poor local joints. Before you guys say "what about Sel de la Terre or other places" on Route 9, look carefully and you will note that most of what SEEMS to be Framingham is actually Natick. Framingham must give out liquor licenses like they are going out of style because even the dives serve alcohol

Dec 10, 2012
hfhifi in Greater Boston Area

Metro West - is it really as hopeless as I think?

It seems to be a moving target. I cited wiki below and it was a much smaller list. When I lived in Ashland, I would receive the "MetroWest" section in my Sunday paper. When I moved to Westborough, it changed to the "Globe West" section. So the publishers of the Globe have their own interpretation of what MetroWest is. IMHO , the town has to be in Middlesex County to be called Metrowest.

Oct 14, 2012
hfhifi in Greater Boston Area

Metro West - is it really as hopeless as I think?

I wrote a couple of years ago and still feel that it is hopeless for anything resembling fine dining outside of Maxwell's. There are some very good Asian places in Metrowest, though. I have yet to find a decent Italian place , as I grew up in an Italian town in North Jersey and frequented Little Italy. The level of inexpensive casual Italian food down there is far beyond anything even in the much more expensive North End. The litmus test is that red sauce is not called sauce; it's called gravy. Then you know you have found the real deal.

I DID finally find good pizza at Sabatini's in Westborough. The family who owns it are 100% Italian and hale from Brooklyn. It is the best real pizza north of New Haven. Technically, Westborough is not MetroWest but is one town over.

Also in Westborough is Ted's Montana Grill. While it may be part of a chain, their standards are very high (as per Ted Turner) and the burgers are fantastic. They offer most dishes in either beef or bison. That makes the burgers even better but the steaks too lean. They also have fantastic short ribs that are not on the menu anymore but are available most nights.

As a sidebar, MetroWest originally centered around Framingham/Natick.. According to Wiki, it has expanded to "nine towns of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, and Wayland". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MetroWest

Oct 03, 2012
hfhifi in Greater Boston Area

Metro West - is it really as hopeless as I think?

Yes, it is utterly hopeless. I have lived here since 1994 and the same topic keeps popping up on this board as well as others. I've posted the same exact topic a few times myself. The ONLY 2 places that I think deserve any mention are Maxwell's 148 and Sel de la Terre in the Natick Mall. I've tried all the others. Tomasso; never have so few eaten so little for so much money. Terrible. Oregon Club; utterly pedestrian. Arturo's changed hands last year (I know the new owner) and is now a waste of money. Stones? Light your money on fire instead of going there for "fine" dining.

I am going out tomorrow for a romantic, high quality evening and just sucked it up and made a reservation in Boston. I don't look forward to the drive or the $20 valet parking but after 16 years of searching, I know its' what I have to do for a good meal.

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The Oregon Club
117 Oregon Rd, Ashland, MA 01721

Sel de la Terre
774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

Maxwells 148
148 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760

Dec 17, 2010
hfhifi in Greater Boston Area