by kmckaym - 5 Reviews - 10 List
Haven't heard of Watertown? Well, maybe you should. Quite a few Cantabridgians have no idea where Watertown is, and they're usually surprised to learn it's as close as Brighton ? right across the river from it, in fact. 6 miles from Boston and easily accessible by the 71, 70 and 57 buses, Watertown's a little quieter than Cambridge, but still scattered with great places that make it worth a visit.
Updated: January 10, 2010
Besides your typical spread of fresh produce, the rarer-than-most fruits and veg abound: Meyer lemons, Asian pears, quince. Russo's has many specialty items, and the cheese selection is definitely respectable. Plus the deli makes cheap and delicious sandwiches, should hunger strike while you're shopping for all that bounty.
The fact that there's a diner plopped in the middle of Mt. Auburn Street as charmingly authentic as any highway-side location is pretty great in itself. But grab a milkshake or enjoy the endless possibilities of breakfast all day ? they're known for their pancakes.
Newly-opened and devoted to making vegetarian cuisine interesting ? and healthy, of course. You can bring your vegetarian/vegan friends and they'll have no end of options, but omnivores aren't likely to complain either. Tofu and seitan get dressed up, herb-encrusted, and pan-seared, accompanied by things you never thought you'd order but that end up making the meal.
Good burger-and-fries destination. When you walk in, it's clear this is a local joint, but don't be deterred. There's free popcorn and huge burgers, like the Dedham: bacon, cheddar, mozz, and BBQ sauce on a sirloin burger cooked to your specification (really!). Try not to load up on the free popcorn too much, or you won't be able to finish it or the top-notch fries that come with.
Sometimes a mall is what you need. The Arsenal Mall is an easy drive out of the city ? and when I say "out of the city," that means free parking, unlike the Galleria. What else does the Arsenal have to offer that the Galleria doesn't? Hidden within your typical beacons of American consumerism is the Gap outlet store.