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

In Milford, we love to go to Oliva's for Italian staples -- great meats, porchetta, olives, homemade soup, etc. Also in Milford, we like Mangos for Thai food. My husband just had sushi in a restaurant in Milford -- in the shopping plaza with TJ Maxx. Can't remember the name, but he was pleasantly surprised.

In Ashland, try Stone's Public House. Very good food and some nice entertainment on weekends.

And Worcester isn't too far and is worth the trip. We love the tapas at Bocado and the Mexican food at Mezcal (same owners). My parents really like El Basha for Middle Eastern food. It's cheaper than going to Boston, you can park for free, and the food can be great at some of the Worcester restaurants.

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Stone's Public House
179 Main St, Ashland, MA 01721

Bocado
82 Winter Street, Worcester, MA 01604

Basha Cafe
26 New St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Dec 14, 2010
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Lunch Before the Nutcracker?

I'm looking for a restaurant recommendation for lunch before a Satruday Nutcracker matinee. There will be 3 adults and 2 kids (a six year old and an eleven year old). Both kids are pretty good eaters, and we're not looking for a kids menu for them. We'd like to be able to park once and walk to lunch and the theatre. We're open to most cuisines, but probably wouldn't want to do Asian as that's the six year old's least favorite. We're looking for a mid-priced restaurant, and some place with a lively atmosphere that will keep the kids entertained. Any suggestions?

Dec 06, 2010
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Head of the Charles Regatta

Try Friendly Toast in Kendall Square (Cambridge) for breakfast -- fun and funky with good food (and lots of it). We had a good family breakfast there yesterday, with ages ranging from 5 years old to 65.

Sep 14, 2009
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Best Bakery in the North End

Maria's is delicious! Love their amaretti cookies and their sfogliatelle. And not too much of a line. Mike's is really, really over-rated, and mainly for tourists.

May 21, 2009
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Busy Bee Restaurant in Brookline

Boy, this makes me nostalgic! My husband and I used to go there a lot when we were first dating. Very straight-forward diner food. Great fries, especially if you ask them to make them extra crispy, good eggs, etc. The restaurant is run by a Greek family and the waitresses are old school. There's a lot of yelling back and forth, and you usually get called "Hon."

Feb 13, 2009
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Best Cupcakes, for sure!

Flour makes a really good, simple cupcake -- chocolate cake with a yummy vanilla buttercream. Nicely in the middle between bakery-style cupcakes and avant garde cupcakes!

Feb 13, 2009
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Where to buy Pork Roll in Boston?

It's not in Boston, but the Superette in Holliston (southwest of Boston) carries Taylor pork roll in their deli -- the full rolls, not the pre-sliced/pre-packaged stuff. A nice discovery since we used to have to make a pit stop at a grocery store on our way out of New Jersey so we could stock up our freezer at home.

Jan 14, 2009
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Best Hummus in MA?

If you're ever out in Worcester, you need to stop by Ed Hyder's Market. They specialize in Middle Eastern specialties and they make incredibly good hummus and have a wonderfully thin and fresh pita to go along with it. They also have killer lamb kebabs. I usually find lamb very rich and can only eat a few bites, but I devour their kebabs. Ed Hyder's also has wine, all sorts of loose spices and grains, and lots of imported specialties from around the world, in addition to their prepared foods. It's a very old-fashioned store -- a little dumpy, but that's half the fun.

Jan 14, 2009
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Empanadas, Hatian & Jamaican Patties

I love the chicken empanadas at La Pupusa Guanaca in Jamaica Plain. And their namesake specialty, too, the pupusas. La Pupusa Guanaca is a little El Salvadoran place that is cheap, cheap, cheap with food freshly made to order. They don't speak a lot of English there, but it all turns out fine in the end.

Nov 18, 2008
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Dining Near the BU Theater Suggestions?

I love Betty's Wok and Noodle diner. You can select the noodles you want, the kind of sauce, the protein -- even pick out the exact veggies you want in your dish. I usually get the egg noodles with the Asian pesto (cilantro rather than basil) and start with an order of the curry dusted onion rings.

The place is usuall VERY crowded pre-theatre, so plan accordingly.

Nov 12, 2008
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First date in the North End

Try Maurizio's. The food is wonderful, it's small and cozy, and the chef/owner is always there. If you can, try to get a reservation as it gets very crowded on the weekends. Our Italian-born friend eats here almost exclusively, and he knows his food.

Nov 05, 2008
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Local Fresh Turkey

Outpost Farm in Holliston, MA -- they specialize in turkey. Had a very yummy one from them last year -- I think the smallest they had was about 14 pounds. There were only three of us (one of us being a small child), but we ate it for days, in every possible recipe.

Oct 21, 2008
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kid friendly in the North End

We have taken our now 4.5 year old daughter to Maurizio's a number of times and have always felt welcome. That said, we go no later than 5:30 so that it's not quite as crowded and so as not to be disruptive to adult-only diners. It helps to have a reservation as the space is small and it's pretty popular. My daughter loves the zucchini appetizer and the ravioli with mushroom cream sauce. And an Aranciata to drink -- she thinks that's a real treat!

Oct 17, 2008
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Red Sauce Italian in North End

I had the most delicious mushroom-stuffed ravioli dish at Monica's Trattoria, on Prince Street this past winter. Would go back there in a flash. And I love Maurizio's -- was introduced to the restaurant a few years ago by a friend from Rome who now lives in the North End, and it's the NE restaurant he eats at most regularly.

Jul 11, 2008
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chocolate chip cookies

I think the Chipyard cookies are really good, too! The traditional chocolate chip, and the chocolate chocolate chip. And the size is cute. I had a great milk chocolate macadamia nut cookie at Flour last week that was delicious.

Jul 10, 2008
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