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Want a good/fun restaurant with a round table that will seat 8? any suggestions?

Solea in Waltham has several tables that can seat 8. The tapas are good and fun to share. Some might not rate it as "great", but I've always liked the meals I've had there, and the service is excellent.

Apr 08, 2014
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Any word on Zoe's in Cambridge?

That's what I've been seeing as well. Plywood on the door and stuff piled inside. Last time I looked (a few days ago) it looked like it hadn't changed much over the past week or two. I hope they really do reopen soon!

Apr 07, 2014
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Boston's weirdest desserts?

I tasted the Guinness at Tosci's and was surprised that it wasn't bad. (And I'm not much of a beer drinker.) Odd, but decent. But I still wouldn't order it over burnt caramel or chocolate hazelnut!

Mar 14, 2014
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Boston's weirdest desserts?

And its cousin, clam chowder ice cream at Christina's. Fortunately just intended as a novelty/joke summer flavor, but every bit as awful as it sounds. I just had a taste since I couldn't believe it was real. Can't imagine anyone ordering, much less eating, a whole scoop!

Mar 13, 2014
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Any word on Zoe's in Cambridge?

That's great news! I was wondering (and hopeful), since I noticed the scaffolding was down last time I went by and the new window said Zoe's on it.

Mar 06, 2014
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Spring 2014 Openings and Closings

Even better, there's another blurb there that says Bibim is going to open in the former McDonald's space in Davis Square. I've never tried Bibim, but I'm pretty sure it's a major improvement over McD's!

Feb 25, 2014
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Addis Red Sea Porter Square space?

Oh, very good to know! Thanks! Any ETA?

Feb 24, 2014
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Addis Red Sea Porter Square space?

It looks like there's some sort of activity happening behind the papered-over windows in the former Addis Red Sea space on Mass Ave./Porter Square. Does anyone know what's up?

Feb 23, 2014
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February 2014 Openings and Closings

Is this in their old space? There's a sign there indicating it's going to be some sort of teryaki place. Is D&R going to share the space?

Feb 17, 2014
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Spring 2014 Openings and Closings

Where on Somerville Ave. is it?

Jan 29, 2014
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December 2013 Openings and Closings

Marsa on Elm has re-opened under new management, according to the sign. The sidewalk sandwich board looks like the menu is the same, at least in the lunch buffet. I haven't checked it out yet. Has anyone else tried it out since it's opened again?

Dec 07, 2013
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Polar Seltzer Limited (Winter) Edition

Many years ago (and possibly since) Christina's had clam chowder ice cream on their board. I thought it was a joke, but they actually did have it, as a (brief) summer novelty flavor. I tried a taste and it was just as horrible as it sounds.

Nov 16, 2013
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November 2013 Openings and Closings

No tears, but some surprise that the McDonald's in Davis Square is closed. That's a fairly roomy space. I hope it gets filled with something better and soon. That makes 2 shuttered places in that row, counting Martsa on Elm (missed way more than McD's!)

Nov 14, 2013
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November 2013 Openings and Closings

Wow. That's sad news.

Nov 14, 2013
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suggestions for a relatively new spot, with a larger group (i.e. 8 people)

Solea in Waltham is a good space for a group. Plus you can all pass around a lot of small plates, so can try a lot of different dishes.

Nov 08, 2013
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Wine Stores Near Boston

Wine and Cheese Cask, 407 Washington St, Somerville (right near the Cambridge line.)

Nov 05, 2013
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Pescatarian Dinner for four at Mulan?

I last had it at lunch and it was up to around $18. Which is why I haven't had it in a long time, sadly.

Nov 01, 2013
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Pescatarian Dinner for four at Mulan?

My favorites are eel with sticky rice (although it's gotten pretty expensive) and bean curd with dry bean sauce. Not spicy, but addictively delicious.

Oct 31, 2013
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Curious why ramen is so rare and yet sushi joints are on every corner?

Or check out "Tampopo", which will make you hungry for noodles.

Oct 08, 2013
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September 2013 Openings and Closings

I saw that today (crawling in traffic again) - fine print says "formerly Color"

Sep 13, 2013
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September 2013 Openings and Closings

I was driving down Harvard Street and noticed a sign for Bibim, next door to Hanmarru. It looks newly open, obviously Korean. Has anyone checked it out or know anything about it? Lots of Korean in that stretch!

Sep 07, 2013
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August 2013 Openings and Closings

I was in there over the weekend and asked if they were moving or just closing. She told me they were looking for new space, but haven't found anything affordable yet.

Jul 31, 2013
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What's good in Waltham these days? (baby-friendly)

Is the River Street location still open? It always looks like a deserted building.

Jul 06, 2013
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July 2013 Openings and Closings

I had the same thought. And they are all near each other on Elm Street. Still, I'm glad to know there will be a Pinkberry among the mix!

Jul 01, 2013
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July 2013 Openings and Closings

It's not clear exactly when, but the Herald reports that two new Pinkberry stores will be opening this year - The North End store will be located at 285 Hanover Street and Davis Square's new location will be located at 263 Elm Street, Somerville.

Jul 01, 2013
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May 2013 Openings and Closings

They must have heard us! Third Eye has a new sign that is legible!

Jun 05, 2013
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May 2013 Openings and Closings

Thanks. I did finally read it, stopped at the red light on Walden. Still very hard to read, not to mention an odd name for a restaurant. Still wondering if the food is any good!

May 22, 2013
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May 2013 Openings and Closings

Ah yes, but the nuts are delicious! Perhaps the mysterious Third Eye will turn out to be a find as well. We can only hope.

May 18, 2013
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May 2013 Openings and Closings

I guess this calls for a walk-by instead of a drive-by, but it can't be very good for business to have an illegible name.

May 17, 2013
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May 2013 Openings and Closings

Driving by this morning, I noticed that Annapurna in Porter Square is now called something different. The problem is, the name of the restaurant was illegible - a very scroll-y font that I couldn't make out, at least not while stopped at the Walden St. light. I could read that it's Indian cuisine, but am hoping someone here knows more.

May 15, 2013
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