Foodie Finds Near Newton

I am lucky to have foodie friends and these are some of the discoveries I have made living in Newton for the past 10+ years by asking them. And the funny thing is, some of these are new to me too!

How about you? What foodie finds have I missed? Please share in the comments section! Thanks!

Praline

Praline

203 Belmont St

Belmont, MA 02478

Praline

It’s a little bit of Paris in Belmont with handmade confections and pastries. They also sell crepes! We tried the ham and cheese crepe, chocolate croissant and chocolate macaron. Everything was top notch! Praline

If you are headed to Sophia’s Greek Pantry and/or Linda’s Handcut Donuts, make a quick pit stop. It’s just one block away.

Walnut Market

20 Lincoln St

Newton Highlands, MA 02461

Exceptional, curated selection of obscure beers, wines, and fine foods. A huge variety of International and local foods, as well as exotic beer and wine. They also have a great selection of British and European chocolate.

Walnut Market

We like Canadian products and they have Canadian smoked turkey and Canadian bagels. The British and European chocolate is also a hit with my kids and closer to us the Kiki’s Kwik-Mart.

 

Arak Market

585 Mt Auburn St

Watertown, MA 02472

Armenian & Middle Eastern food shop offering produce, olives, cheeses, pastries & other items.

The largest Armenian market in Watertown, Arax has been part of the Armenian community since 1974. Armenians and other Middle-Easterners crowd this market for items such as imported spices, cheeses, olives, jams, sausages, yogurts, coffee, and many other items. Arax also has fresh pita bread everyday.

We tried a bunch of baklava pastries and the lahmjoune which was so good, we went back the next day for more.

Kiki’s Kwik-Mart

236 Faneuil St

Brighton, MA 02135

Brit candy and specialty food.

KiKi's Kwik Mart

The description says, “convenience store with deli for coffee, prepared foods & sandwiches, including a sub of the month,” but we are all here for the candy! My friend Penny whose mother is Irish told me that when Nestle bought out Cadbury, they reformulated the chocolate so it’s waxy like the American chocolate. The only way to get the good stuff is to buy Cadbury in Canada, the U.K. or Europe. Our Brit friend Lydia told usa bout Kiki’s which has all the good candy plus Brit foodie specialities like crisps.

My friend Penny says that the turkey sandwich is amazing.

 

Sophia’s Greek Pantry

265 Belmont St

Belmont, MA 02478

Try the Honey Vanilla 2% yogurt they make themselves. It’s amazing! My teen daughters have said that I have ruined them for any other yogurt.


Sophia's Greek Pantry

The description again does not do it justice, “Market for Greek/Balkan imports & prepared foods, including olives, yogurt, pastries & coffee.” They make their own yogurt. The 2% yogurt tastes as rich as fully fatted. Try the Honey Vanilla yogurt and be sure to buy some of the granola sold there made with their Greek olive oil.

Sophia's Greek Pantry

They scoop the yogurt for you and there are other flavors. My daughter likes the strawberry banana.

 

Linda’s Hand Cut Donuts: Breakfast & Sandwich Shop

247 Belmont St

Belmont, MA 02478

Try the honey dipped donut which tastes like the best cinnamon sugar donut you’ve ever had in your life. Check their hours before you go. They close early!
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The description says, “Old-school corner spot known for a variety of donuts, coffee, sandwiches & bagels.” What it should really say is: the woman in line in front of me came from Woburn for their donuts. They are really that good.”

Linda's Hand Cut Donuts

This is right down the street from Sophia’s Greek Pantry so do yourself a favor, and go to both!

 

Fastachi

598 Mount Auburn Street

Watertown, MA 02472

Fastachi

Fresh, hand roasted gourmet nuts, dried fruit, gift tins and more.

 

Owen’s Poultry Farm

585 Central Ave

Needham, MA 02494

People order their Thanksgiving turkeys well in advance from Owen’s Poultry Farm but they also have a great frozen chicken pot pie, fresh eggs, prepared food, and, of course, chicken.

 

Volante Farm

292 Forest St

Needham, MA 02492

Volante Farms

With a farmstand supermarket, a bakery, a kitchen and a greenhouse, this is a good stop to linger and explore.

 

Russo’s Market

560 Pleasant St

Watertown, MA 02472

Russo’s sells wholesale produce to supermarkets in town like Whole Foods. Buy the same stuff here at half the price!

Russo’s Market started off as a green grocer and has grown into a gourmet (but at wholesale) prices speciality market. It has fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, specialty products, imported and domestic cured meats, cheeses, prepared foods and more.

 

Great Harvest Bread

316 Walnut St

Newtonville, MA 02460

Try the Cinnamon Chip Bread!

Cinnamon Chip Bread

Bakery chain specializing in whole-grain breads & muffins made with Montana wheat.

 

De Pasquale’s Sausage Company

325 Watertown St

Newton, MA 02458

Their cheese and garlic sausages are renowned. 

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DePasquale’s Sausage Company produces premium sausage products, including sweet italian sausages, in Newton, Massachusetts.

 

Bread and Chocolate

4 Hartford St

Newton Highlands, MA 02461

Bread and Chocolate

They serve breakfast and lunch both to go and on the premises. Everything is good. And be sure to save room for dessert! It’s hard to pick a favorite though my daughter loves their Red Velvet cupcakes.

 

Rosenfeld’s Bagels

1280 Centre St

Newton Centre, MA 02459

This is the closest thing we have in Boston to a New York Bagel!

Bagels with an array of cream cheeses, plus challah & special offerings for the holidays.

 

Antoine’s Bakery

317 Watertown St

Newton, MA 02458

Try their freshly baked Italian bread and their cookies! This is a North End kind of bakery right here in Nonantum!

Longtime bakery for French, Italian & American sweets, including cakes, cookies, pastries & pies.

 

Icing on the Cake

230 Adams St

Newton, MA 02458

The closest thing we have to Cake Boss!

Veteran bakery making cakes, cupcakes & cake pops, including custom creations for special occasions.

 

L’Aroma Cafe

15 Spencer St

West Newton, MA 02465

I love their Hibiscus Lemonade with has a shot of ginger flavor and my kids love their Iced Chai Latte which they claim is the best in all of Boston. Their bakery treats are great too! I also book all my meetings here. There are big spaces too if you have a large group.

Bakery treats, espresso & cafe fare are the draw at this compact fixture with an easygoing ambiance.

 

 

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