Brighams: Wicked Good Icecream
Here's the SCOOP: Although there are many better places to eat in the Arlington/Boston area, Honorable mention goes to the restuarant with the best ice cream anywhere,
A New England original, Brigham's ice cream is produced locally in order to ensure quality and consistency. Brigham's premium ice cream ranks first place in Boston supermarkets in four flavor categories of ice cream sales, including vanilla, chocolate chip, chocolate and coffee.
In 1914, The Durand Company opened a retail candy and ice cream shop in Post Office Square in Boston.
In 1924, Edward Brigham opened an ice cream shop, called "The Little Shop," in Newton Highlands.
By 1929, The Little Shop had become so successful, Brigham merged with The Durand Company and began to expand his Brigham's restaurants throughout Massachusetts.
In 1983, Brigham's began selling quarts of its ice cream line to grocery stores and supermarkets.
In 1993, Brigham's purchased the popular frozen yogurt brand, Élan. Élan products are currently sold throughout New England.
"Jimmies" go on ice cream.
Anywhere else I've been "Jimmies" are called "Sprinkels".
In Boston, JIMMIES are to ice cream like mustard & relish are to a hot dog.
Jimmies were first developed by Just Born Candy Company. Born opened a small candy-making and retail store in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1923. Soon after opening the Brooklyn store, Born invited his brothers-in-law, Irv and Jack Shaffer, to join him in the business. With his capable partners handling the factory and growing sales, Born was free to direct his energies to his many candy-related inventions.
In 1930 James Bartholomew was lucky enough to acquire a job at Just Born, Inc. Bartholomew operated a machine that produced Born's latest invention, tiny hot-dog shaped chocolate sprinkly things. But what to call them? Born briefly pondered that question before deciding to accredit the name to the producer, Jimmy Bartholomew.
Order some yummy ice cream!
Favorite Dish: Brigham's Vanilla is God's gift to ice cream.
- Vanilla is the number one flavor in the U.S. with sales equaling almost 30% of total ice cream sales. - The #1 selling ice cream in Boston is Brigham's Vanilla ice cream.
The food at Brigham's isn't as good as the ice cream.
Tryst: Tryst : Fine Dining in Arlington
Arlington has many restaurants come and go. I usually stick to my local favorites and go out of town to eat. I never noticed Tryst before but saw it on opentable.com, a website I trust for fine dining recommendations.
Tryst is a wonderful find! I hope it doesn't disappear like so many restaurants in this town do.
Tryst has the best food in town. Dinner is a little expensive, but so worth it. Lunch is pretty affordable.
Romantic atmosphere and friendly service.
Favorite Dish: Bacon Wrapped Golden Trout stuffed with lobster & cornbread dressing, toasted almonds, and braised greens. (DINNER) It's the signature dish at Tryst and it is fabulous!!
Wild Boar Ragout with hand rolled potato gnocchi & parmesan. (STARTER) The visual presentation at Tryst is usually fantastic but it was difficult to enjoy the Wild Boar. The portion size and the bowl it's served in just do not match. It's like getting a tablespoon of food served in a barrel. The $12 price tag for such a small portion is embarrasing. It's a shame too, because the Wild Boar is actually quite good.
Hot Pressed Turkey Sandwich with shaved granny smith apple, cobb smoked bacon, gruyere. (LUNCH) I normally hate bacon but Tryst pairs it in such a way that it's fantastic and 2 of my favorite dishes here feature bacon. I usually get the Turkey Sandwich for lunch.
Banana Stuffed Brioche French Toast with brown sugar rum syrup (SUNDAY BRUNCH) Nothing goes better with this Banana Stuffed French Toast than some Jazz music.
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ZA: Pizza and Salad
Za stands for PizZA. . There are only 2 items on the menu, pizza and salad. The limited selections are creative ones. Salads aren't the traditional lettuce, tomato and dressing. They are visually appealing presentations, I tried the Beet Salad. The pizza toppings are also different, such as potatoes, pears, and goat cheese. The pizzas are about 10" in diameter and are good. However, Za is overpriced and it's menu is too limited. They charge for the fancy looking food and concentrate less on the quality. It is good food, but it sounds better on the menu then it actually is.
Salads: $6-8 Pizzas: $6-11
not expensive by Arlington standards, but expensive for what you get.
Jimmy's Steer House: A local favorite
Jimmy's has been around for as long as I can remember and before the restaurant boom in Arlington it was the only local place to get a good and inexpensive meal. Now that the town is restaurant-rich, Jimmy's is still old reliable. Jimmy's is huge compared to other restaurants in the area and is almost always crowded. Reservations aren't accepted and sometimes there is a wait, there is a wating area and a bar where you can booze it up before your meal. It's a popular place for senior citizens, but all ages and personalities come here. The food is standard American fare, the prices have gone up but it's still affordable.
Favorite Dish: Steak Tips
There's no lack of pizza places in Arlington. We have 2 chain restaurants, Papa Ginos and Dominos. A lot of local places, like Capris. Also, a unique pizza concept place, Za.
There are at least 15 places in town to get pizza. That's probably a conservative estimate. That doesn't include nearby restaurants in neighboring towns such as Lexington, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville.
Favorite Dish: I love pizza but Arlington really needs to try something different. They won't allow fast food in town, no McDonalds or Burger King, because it brings in a "bad element" and rats. Somehow pizza, chinese food and coffee joints are okay. They really really need something new.
Coffee Drinking Maniacs: Coffee and Bagels
My quest to count all the coffee shops/places to get coffee continues...
that way if you just paid one million dollars for a condo (glorified apartment) you will feel secure in knowing you will never want for bagels or croissants.
4 Dunkin' Donuts 1234 Massachusetts Ave, 21 Summer St, 101 Broadway
2 Starbucks 1465 Massachusetts Ave, 327 Broadway
Bagels by US 789 Massachusetts Ave
Boston Coffee Brewers 927 Massachusetts Ave
Carberry's Bakery 594 Massachusetts Ave
Gail Ann Coffee Shop 10 Medford St
Panera 1398 Massachusetts Ave
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Krazy Karry's: Krazy Karry's; Burgers and Inventive spelling
The owner of Krazy Karry's is very attentive and even a little quirky. Chances are good that he'll stop by your table to say hello and he just might ask you, "Are these are the best burgers you've ever had?" Back when the restaurant first opened, I overheard the owner asking an informant (not sure if it was an employee or a customer) what the word on the street was regarding his new restaurant. Not a particularly funny question, it was the delivery that struck me as hilarious. For some reason I was reminded of that guy on Sesame Street asking, "Would you like to buy an "O"? " I knew from that moment on that Krazy Karry's was my kind of place. Arlington is a town rich in restaurants but poor in personality. Donald Buehler of Krazy Karry's is a refresing addition to this town.
Krazy Karry's fills a gap in Arlington, a town with no fast food or decent places to get a hamburger.
Krazy Karry's serves juicy Angus burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and chili. With a minimum order of $5.00 you get free Cotton Candy. After you place your order, you get a number and have a seat, your food will be brought out to you.
Favorite Dish: Burgers : The Wild & Krazy Burger, Zorba Burger, Make Room for the Shrooms Burger, Classic Cheeseburger
Chicken Sandwiches : The Classic Chick
The Chili is phenomenal.
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Krazy Karry's Backyard Grill: Eat burgers while you get harassed.
I found myself in need of food while avoiding the locals, so I stumbled upon what appeared to be a safe haven , Krazy Karry's Backyard Grill. First and formost , the sign outside is crooked! ? If I had to guess , I think someone was trying to put a clever accent on the position of the words to make you feel like this is really neat , but what it actually does is make you afraid that the "K " on Krazy is gunna come crashing down on your noggin'. Once you enter this Circus Charlie monstrosity , you're struck with the fact that the menu is adhered to these panels on the wall. So I began to search the menu. There is a choice of maybe 4 burgers. Now that is crazy! Well at least it's probably cheap right?! Nope , not that either. So you order , and Wallah! They hand you a number and you go and sit down. They bring your meal to you and there are no extras , just a burger wrapped in a tinfoil encasement.
Favorite Dish: So I was about to bite into this delicious burger and the manager sticks his perverted , fired, ex-gym teacher face into mine and exclaims in a fiendish childlike squeal , " Is this the best burger you ever had?! ". What does one do ? I said , yes. I was afraid to say no. It had thrown me that this manager guy has stalked me to my table and waited for just the right moment to strike. It was creepy. So I finished up and left in a hurry. To sum up. Krazy Karry's is Krazy sukky!
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Punjab: Great Indian food in Arlington
My wife and I both enjoy good Indian food, and Punjab delivers! We were thrilled to find this gem of a restaurant when we moved here. The atmosphere is nice, the food is great, and the prices are reasonable.
Favorite Dish: The staples that we can't seem to get enough of are the Chicken Korma and the Saag Paneer. The korma is creamy, spicy, and aromatic with chunks of exteremely tender chicken served (of course) with delicate basmati rice.
The Saag Paneer is a creamy spinach dish that has chunks of homemade Indian cheese that tastes kind of like young mozzarella, only it maintains its shape in the heat. It's a great vegetarian dish.
It's seriously good stuff, and a great introduction to Indian food if you haven't tried it before.
They have carry out service. We often do that instead of dining at the restaurant itself.
The naan is great, but a rip off at $3.50 a piece. But we still get it every time, because it's good.
Shanghai Village: Shanghai Village
Arlington has a lot of chinese food and they range from average take-out to good sit down places. Shanghai Village is one of the good places to sit down and eat. I would say Shanghai Village is standard, the quality is good.
Shanghai Village serves Mandarin, Szechuan, Shanghai, and Cantonese food.
Favorite Dish: Sizzling Rice Soup with Chicken
Scutra isn't on the main dining stip of Mass. Ave so I will label it a "hidden gem", although it's popular enough that reservations are recommended. Like many restaurants in Arlington, Scutra is small with tables too close together. Unlike many restaurants in Arlington, Scutra actually has parking!
The food has a European flavor and the menu changes.
We went into Scutra not knowing what to expect and were delighted with what we found, my regret is not finding this place sooner.
The Olive Branch: The Olive Branch
The Olive Branch is located off the beaten path of Mass. Ave on nearby Broadway St. Unlike many Arlington restaurants, The Olive Branch has parking and uncrowded seating. Wow!
The Olive Branch serves Mediterranean cuisine, specializing in Middle Eastern, Greek, and Italian food.
Tango presents Argentinean cuisine, with an emphasis on beef. The menu also offers chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes. But, it's the steak that Tango is known for.
Tango is only open for dinner. The restaurant has too many tables for it's small size, I felt awkward and more than a little claustrophobic.
Besides the over-crowdedness, the ambiance is good and the food is excellent.
Favorite Dish: Medallon a la Pimienta; Filet Mignon with creamy pepper sauce.
Milanesa a la Napolitana; Breaded beef with red sauce and cheese.
Arlington Restaurant & Diner: The Arlington DIner
I was surprised recently when I read reviews on the Arlington Diner, most of them were very negative and full of nitpicking from whining, picky people. The Arlington Diner certainly doesn't have the best food in the world or the best service but with all the choices in the area I can't help but wonder why people just don't pick another place to eat if they have such a miserable time here. The Arlington DIner is good for breakfast and the place is packed on the weekends, you will most likely have a bit of a wait. Although I usually come here for the breakfast, I have also come for lunch and found the food decent and reasonably priced. Please ignore other reviews from typically prissy residents who have to have everything perfect, with them it's 5 stars or no stars.
Favorite Dish: Coming here on Sunday mornings for breakfast is fun and satisfying.
TU Y YO: Authentic Mexican in Somerville
If you tire of the dozens of restaurants in Arlington, fear not, for nearby towns have great places to eat too! This is one of my favorites.
Tu y Yo is an authentic Mexican restaurant in Somerville. You will not find typical Boston-area "Tex-Mex" here. Tu y Yo serves homemade dishes based on family recipes. The menu isn't comprised of tacos or burritos, but fear not, the food is incredible. If you are the type who doesn't like to try anything new, don't let the menu scare you. I promise that after you eat at Tu y Yo, you will chose it over Taco Bell anytime!
The decor is colorful, the service is friendly, and the food is great.
Favorite Dish: We've had many delicious meals here including;
Tamales de Oaxaca
Corn dough with chicken and cilantro sauce fillings wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.
Flautas de Pollo
Corn tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken topped with lettuce, sour cream, onions, and anejo cheese
Chicken breast marinated in orange and anato sauce.
Boneless chicken breast stuffed with cuitlacoche (corn?s black mushroom) and spinach sauce.
Spinach, celery, apple, cucumber, and orange slices in a yogurt-balsamic dressing and topped with sesame seeds
The salad was so yummy I tried to replicate it at home!
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