Most of the restaurants we've tried so far, newly moved here to Waltham from Santa Monica, have been mentioned on this board, and we haven't been led astray by you hounds yet. Here is our perspective.
We started out at Ritcey's on Moody in Waltham. Had the distinct feeling we were the only ones in the place not on first name basis with all other customers as well as the servers. Had a chance to follow lengthy conversations (read gossip) all around us. Good thing there was that form of entertainment--it took FOREVER for the food to arrive. BUT, it was more than worth it. Lovely, milky clam chowder, thinner than others I've encountered, but wonderful all the same. Lots of clams, and very satisfying and good value at less than $5. Spouse is still raving about the succulent lobster roll, and the French fries were also terrific. A happy accident--an onion ring snuck into the fries--will order them next time for sure. Liked the looks of the fish and chips at the next table, too. WILL be back.
Checked out the luncheon buffet at New Mother India on Moody next. A true bargain at $7 a head. Dal was creamy, curried peas lovely, curried chicken and lamb all very good. Spouse pretty much wiped out a whole buffet container of tandoori chicken. Nothing was as spicy as I expected, there wasn't an assortment of chutney's which would have been nice with the nan and curries, and curiously, no desserts whatsoever, although a coconut soup was sweet enough to substitute. Also, oddly, one half of the buffet was a typical American salad bar. Spotless restaurant, pleasant decor, very helpful servers, will be back for lunch buffet, but not sure would do dinner unless we can get the heat cranked up a bit.
Also very much liked Taqueria Mexico on Charles. We were the first customers and glad of it as the restaurant quickly filled to overflowing by noon. The two servers were clearly overwhelmed but the food was terrific. Chips crisp and salsa fresh--a good sign. We split a chicken gordita, carnitas burrito and chicken tamales. Ended up taking most of the tamales home. VERY reasonable, huge portions, could have been spicier but will suit nicely for a much needed weekly Mex fix.
Have lunched twice at Grassfield's on Lexington. Bright restaurant, server that wasn't just knowledgeable and helpful, but genuinely friendly. Took advantage of their "surf and turf" combos on the first occasion. Spouse had broiled scallops and marinated steak tips, and I had broiled salmon with dill sauce and chicken teriyaki. I am unaccustomed to seeing steak tips on menus, but certainly enjoyed these, and happy to see them arrive medium rare as requested. Scallops were sweet without a trace of iodine that so often spoils them for me, and salmon was JUST cooked--in other words perfect. Wouldn't bother with chicken again. Both meals VERY reasonable at $7.50; would have been delighted with either the salmon portion or the chicken teriyaki portions as a whole meal. Nice little board with fresh bread, and we went through three of those, good baked potato, good fries. Split a hamburger and fish and chips the on the second occasion. Fish was VERY lightly breaded, perfectly cooked, not at all oily. Rivals any west coast fish and chips I've encountered. Would like to say the hamburger was good, but in dividing into halves, spouse somehow managed to get virtually all of the burger, leaving me a bun with some ketchup. Will be ordering burger again based on spouse's review, and paying closer attention to spouse's divvying in future.