I moved away from Belmont in 1991, and just went back for a visit last weekend.
I was blown away by a wonderful lunch at Vickie Lee's. Beet salad, stuffed grapeleaves, a cookie for dessert. I sure wish such a wonderful place existed 17 years ago.
And then I went to dinner in Waltham, where I used to work. In 1991, you could get a pizza or a sub in Waltham and that was about it. In 2008, I went to Ponzu, with friends, and Ponzu's Asian tapas got a big thumbs up from all of us. I sure wish such a wonderful place existed 17 years ago.