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Best of Brookline - 2011 Edition

emilyincambridge | Dec 19, 201108:54 AM

We recently moved to Brookline from the other side of the Charles (yes, we went from Cambridge to Brookline, does that make us yuppies instead of hipsters now?) and would love get some help in the culinary department.

Back in 2008 there was a thread about the "Best of Brookline" but three years is a long time in the food world, so I am curious what folks might say is the "best in Brookline[ish]" now.

The reason I put the "ish" is there there are some places in Boston, Allston, and Brighton that are really adjacent to Brookline, but aren't technically Brookline addresses (that whole area by St. Mary's - I can't figure out where the Brookline town line is exactly, for example, as well as strips of Comm Ave that seem to be both Brookline and Boston depending on who you ask).

So far we've eaten at Brookline Family Restaurant (Turkish), Chef Chow's, Khao Sarn, Ginjka (sp) Sushi, Zaftig's, El Dorado Fish Taco, Bok Dua, Orinoco in Brookline Village (we've also eaten at the South End outpost, which we preferred, actually), Xenna's, Rami's, Rani's Indian, Curry House, and Zaftig's. We've picked up bagels at Kupel's and gotten to-go from Brown Sugar Thai and Mr. Quan's (both on Commonwealth) - but the last two may technically be Boston (again, I am not sure where the town line is). We buy bread and pastries from Clear Flour every weekend (that may be the culinary highlight of our move so far).

What we miss from Cambridge/Somerville: Greek food (we used to go to Greek Corner), relatively cheap and flavorful Indian food (are we missing something? Rani's and Curry House left much to be desired - one was fairly pricy for substandard fare, the other was uber bland though cheap -- this was an area that Cambridge really excelled), and restaurants that are conducive to having a relatively nice meal without breaking the bank. We're not looking for another Craigie on Main (which we love, btw), but is there anything else? I didn't realize how blessed, food-wise, we were in Cambridge until we left (and yes, I know it's possible to still eat in Cambridge, and we do and will, but there is something to be said for convenience, traffic, and parking stress/bus-waiting-time-in-the-cold).

Anyone have any suggestions? Apparently there is a tapas place down by St. Mary's that is pretty good? Are there any hidden gems we're missing? Lineage is also on our to-do list, but I am not sure what else we're ignorant of, and to make this more than just about us, I've broadened the conversation I hope!

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