Recently spent a rainy afternoon poking around Waltham near the Embassy Cinema.
First we had some basic pub food at the Skellig, a new Irish place with excellent Guinness, traditional music, and a real family atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon. The owners also run the Burren in Davis Square and this is almost identical in appearance. Being vegetarians, the choices were limited foodwise but the ploughmans lunch was ok, a small loaf of bread, tomato, onion, greens, cheese, and a pile of steak fries. The pints were the best we have had in a long time; perfect temperature, smooth and creamy, very comforting on a cold damp day.
Next we stopped at an Indian grocery across the street from New Mother India. Wide variety of spices and pickles and the owner was very helpful and pleasant.
Weighed down with groceries we were heading back towards the car when we passed by La Piazza cafe and let ourselves get pulled into this beautiful little place. Italian soccer was on the tv, and gelato, pastries, and espresso were behind the . The gelato was as good as we remembered in Rome and the espresso was perfect. We were both so excited to have stumbled upon this little place that we almost forgot to go to the movie that brought us to Waltham in the first place.
Finally, after the film we stopped into the Watch City Brewery for a few pints. It was a relaxed scene as the kitchen was just closing. The cask conditioned Irish Red, and the porter were both warming full flavored beers. The menu looked like a slimmed down Beerworks one with lots of appetizers and sandwiches to go with the beer. The 15 to 20 mostly late 20's to early 40's crowd at the bar were all having a great time laughing at the Simpsons and with each other. We will have to test out the food on our next visit.
So in the course of a few hours and within 3 city blocks we got to enjoy a little bit of Ireland, India, and Italy, along with an American brewpub. It was a great afternoon, we will have to explore the area again soon.
Would love to hear from other hounds about other similiar experiences in any neighborhoods in Boston or in any of the surrounding cities or towns.