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Wakefield/ Melrose/ Saugus

mwbachta | Feb 26, 2009 04:34 AM

new to CH!! Just moved to Wakefield in the Greenwood section of town. Been searching for the best restaurants around and have some reviews below. I am still looking for a couple of standbys though and was wondering if anyone has any recs for the following:

Takeout Pizza
Takeout Chinese
Other takeout options

BLUE MOON CAFE: I'd like to put an 'attaboy' for the Blue Moon Cafe in Wakefield (Greenwood), which I believe has been mentioned on CH a couple of times. THis is the best breakfast I have had in this country, bar none. Light, fluffy omelettes stuffed with amazing fillings. Gorgeous eggs benedict with homeade hollandaise. Delcious hash browns that are more like potato pancakes than the "home fries" we are used to. they have many healthy options too, which I haven't had because--well--I like the other stuff. They also have amazing french toast and pancake options. But the omelettes, WOW!!!! Nice atmosphere too, very cozy. The only downside of this place is the size. It is very small, only about 10 tables. So if you are a late breakfast eater (9-11 am) you will be waiting for a table, usually outside. They also offer lunch, but I haven't had it yet.

DUCK WALK (Downtown Wakefield): Tried this Thai place for takeout and was not impressed. Very expensive in my opinion and for average food at best. The pad thai was good, but I also got a couple of stir fry dishes. I know that typical stir fry dishes are not authentic thai, but you can pick the style of stir fry you want. I got sweet and sour for my wife and "beef and basil" style for myself. Both were very runny and had little to no flavor. I probably will give it another shot for dine in and I will try a curry or something to see how that is. Overall I would say a bit below average.

RANG INDIAN BISTRO (Stoneham): Got take out from this place and was also not impressed. I tried their online ordering, which I thought was great- until i got there at my scheduled pickup time and the food wasn't ready. To their benefit, they sat me down at the bar and gave me some popadums with onion relish while i waited. I got some onion naan- which turned out a bit salty, doughy and undercooked. I also ordered Chicken vindaloo which was decent, but a bit runny and the color was like nuclear red. I also ordered chicken tikka masala, which was decent but runny. The baigan burta (spelling!), which is like a curried roasted eggplant pureed with tomato was actually very very good and so was the rice. The overall I would say this place was average.

LENDY's DELI (Saugus): Amazing. Greatest deli style restaurant outside of Boston. Amazing sandwhiches (especially the corned beef rueben). Fries are fresh, macaroni salad, coleslaw and potatoe salad are all to die for. Fresh homeade sour pickles. Great chicken and matso ball soup. Many other options along the New york style deli that I have yet to try because I am so hooked on the rueben. Good desserts and the breakfast looks good (but I haven't ahd it yet because I am hooked on Blue Moon Cafe--see a pattern here?). And the prices are the best around, like 7.95 for a huge overstuffed ruben with fries or macaroni salad, only a couple bucks more to get both like i do. Overall this place is AMAZING and makes me very, very happy.

BILLY's ROAST BEEF: Amazing. This place has quite a following on CH, so I will just affirm all the good stuff ever said about it. Best roast beef north of boston. Beats Kelley's by a mile. Kelley's is good for other stuff (fries, seafood, hotdogs) but I feel their roast beef has gone way down hill and now falls under the "nasty" category.

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