Newton is great because of its close proximity to Boston and Cambridge…but fellow Newtonians have lots to do without even leaving the city limits!
Here are some of my favorites…
Paddy’s has delicious pub food and Irish fare. Their beef stew is delicious. They also make pizza and calzones — try one of their calzones with eggplant! The atmosphere is festive but mellow and the decor is cozy. There is often a long wait, but the waitstaff is friendly and the wait is worth it!
For a traditional ice cream parlor, try Cabot’s on Washington Street in Newtonville. I recommend going there with an empty tummy, because their sundaes are HUGE. But they’re delicious! They have lots of creative toppings and tons of flavors. I recommend a Belgian waffle sundae (split that with someone!) or a “Chipperoo” — their version of a Chipwich.
For something quick and smaller portions, I like Coney Island in West Newton Square. They have “microsundaes” which are cheap and the perfect amount of ice cream. (I always eat too much at Cabot’s!)
Well, my favorite Indian restaurant in ALL of Greater Boston is Little India on Moody Street in Waltham…but since I’m focusing on Newton here, I recommend another delicious Indian restaurant. India Paradise in Newton Centre is fantastic. Great flavors, good price, and lots of food. You’ll leave pleasantly stuffed and with a bag full of leftovers to take home!
My favorite is Sweet Tomatoes. A little pricier, but worth every penny. It’s Neopolitan style, so the pizza has a thin and crispy crust. I like their pizza with garlic and basil…anything else just distracts from the fresh tomatoes and crust. They don’t deliver, but with locations both in West Newton and Newton Centre, it’s worth going to pick it up. The West Newton location has more seating inside, but neither have that many tables.
Another place to get pizza from is Ravioli’s on Beacon Street. Good pizza and really inexpensive. They deliver, too.
Marty’s on Washington Street in Newtonville. Lots of cool beers, wines, and hard liquor. They’re also a deli and they carry some gourmet groceries. I always go to Marty’s to pick up lots of beer before we have a party!
Baker’s Best!!! Baker’s Best, in Newton Highlands, is fantastic. There’s usually a huge wait on weekends, but I can’t stress how worthwhile the wait is. They have delicious brunch food. Some of the best I’ve had in all of Greater Boston.
Want to catch some good indie or foreign films? Check out The West Newton Cinema. It’s an alternative to those giant corporate movie theaters, and they always show great movies. They also have the best popcorn I’ve ever had at a movie theater.
Otherwise, there’s always Chestnut Hill Cinema, which is a perfectly good theater.
Antoine’s in Nonantum is one of the cutest bakeries around. It specializes in French and Italian pastries…and they also have great chocolate chip muffins!
Another great bakery is Keltic Krust in West Newton. They specialize in Irish baked goods, but they also have coffee, tea, smoothies, bagels, and sandwiches. I love their panini!
I love Fiorella’s. You don’t have to go to the North End to get great Italian food! Their food would definitely get the seal of approval from my Nonna. Great selection of traditional Italian food, in a cozy restaurant with attentive waiters. From ravioli to eggplant parm, everything I’ve tried there has impressed me. They also have a nice wine selection.
Lam’s in Newtonville is great. Their spring rolls are fantastic and their noodle dishes are impressive too. Great flavors and very quick service, too!
OK, I’m cheating because New Ginza is technically in Watertown. But it is THISCLOSE to Newton Corner, so I’m putting it here. It’s that good. The fish is so fresh that it tasted like they caught it after we ordered our sushi. Nice atmosphere inside, too.
OK, we’ve got our fair share of Starbucks (and Dunkin Donuts, of course), but the nicest coffee shop in Newton is Lincoln Street Coffee in Newton Highlands. They have tasty hot chocolate (I’m not a coffee drinker but I hear the coffee is good too), sandwiches, couches, and acoustic entertainment. Definitely worth checking out!
I’m the first to admit that I’m no Mexican food aficionado…I’m from New Jersey, for crying out loud! But I think Sol Azteca is really tasty! I love their enchiladas! They also have a nice location on Beacon Street, near Fenway.
Wainwright Bank. Forget Bank of America, Citizen’s Bank, and all of those places. Wainwright is my bank of choice and I love it. They’re very reasonable and they do a lot for the community. They have locations in Newton Centre, Watertown, Central, Davis, and Harvard Squares. They’re a small bank, but part of the SUM Network, so it’s always easy to find an ATM to use free of charge.
Value Gas & Repair is my choice. The people here are friendly, quick, honest, and reasonably priced. I used to always go to auto places with my stomach in knots, because a lot of places would take advantage of the fact that I am not too car savvy. But this place never stresses me out. (I always go to Keltic Krust for some hot chocolate while they’re working on my car!)
Clothes at a bargain:
Filene’s Basement, of course! Obviously, nothing can top the Downtown Crossing location but Newton’s got one on Needham Street. Another nearby one is in the Arsenal Mall in Watertown. I am wearing a lovely shirt I purchased at the Watertown location last week! There’s also Marshall’s by both of those locations.
Matt’s a Home Depot man, but I prefer neighborhood hardware shops, like the one in Nonantum!. It’s not as big, obviously, but less intimidating to someone like me who knows little about hardware. The employees are helpful and I feel good about supporting the little guys.
Shing Yee in West Newton Square is where we usually get our Chinese food from. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had there EXCEPT for the spicy wontons in peanut sauce. Avoid those. But overall, the food there tends to be enjoyable. I like the soup! They’re also very, very fast with delivery and very friendly if you chose to dine-in.
Definitely try Great Harvest Bread! Ignore the surly teenagers who work behind the counter, and treat yourself to a loaf of nice, fresh bread. I recommend the challah!
Totally unhealthy comfort food:
Blue Ribbon BBQ…now, I don’t enjoy traditional southern BBQ, but whenever I’m in the mood for some culinary indulgence, I’ll go to Blue Ribbon for sausage, cole slaw, and mashed potatoes. They have tables but it’s largely a take-out place. It’s probably better to take out, because a meal like that calls for beer.
Best place to take kids on a rainy day:
The Kid’s Place! It has pottery painting, plaster painting, digging for gems, mosaics, and build your own teddy bear. It’s awesome.
I’m still looking for Thai in Newton, but I’ve found a few good Thai places in Waltham. I’d also like to find good bagels. This summer I plan to do some exploring of the parks in Newton…looks like there are a few state parks here. I wanted to add a category for my favorite parks, but that will have to wait.
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