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We were in town for the Boston Marathon and staying at the Doubletree Guest Suites. The night before a marathoin, runner traditionally will eat pasta for the carbs. We asked the people at the front desk about any pasta type restaurants in the area. As luck would have it, there was a pasta place across the street. We headed over, and found the place without too much difficulty. The entrance isn’t obvious. There are signs though.
We haad to wait to be seated, but that was mainly because there were six of us. But we didn’y have to wait too long. They were busy, and we could see many other people eating in there that were plainly marathoners as well.
The service was very good. My wife who managed restaurants for many years, was so impressed with the manager, that she approached him after dinner, and complemented him on the job he was doing.
The food was good andd plentyfull. I had spaghetti with meatballs. I was full by the time I was done. Some of our party didn’t manage finish their meals.
I would probably go here again. It is very convenient if you are staying at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Waltham.
Their address is 475 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451. Their phone number is 781-684-0650.

My wife and I were staying in Waltham for the Boston Marathon. I also had some friends that were staying in the same hotel. We planned to go out for dinner. Not knowing any of the restaurants in the area, we looked in the little guide we got from the hotel. My wife and I wanted clam chowder, but beyond that, we had no real preference. We looked in the guide and found a seafood restaurant named The Naked Fish. It was right down the road. We headed there, and were quickly seated. Looking in the menu, I was surprised at the prices. $16 for fish and chips? This was not what I had in mind. We quietly left.
I set my GPS to take us into the main strip of Waltham. We drove down main street looking for some place to eat, but nothing jumped out. We went down another road, and spotted John Brewer’s Tavern. We decided to try it.
We were quickly seated. Service was very good, and we quickly had out drinks. The only thing I knew I wanted was clam chowder. My wife and I decided to share a bowl. As for the main meal, there were many things that looked good. I asked the waitress what she recommended. She recommended several things. Of her recommendations, I chose “Elaine’s Marinated Steak Tips”. My wife chose the Reuben Sandwich.
The clam chowder was very good. I have had better, but I have had alot worse. The steak tips were excellent, and my wife seemed to enjoy her Reuben.
One of my friends had the chicken pot pie. It had this big puff pastry thing on top and I was surprised how big it was. He seemed to enjoy it also.
If I qualify for the Boston Marathon again next year, I plan to stay in Walthan again, and I also plan to visit John Brewer’s Tavern again.
John Brewer’s Tavern is located at 39 Main Street, RT 20, Waltham, MA, 02453. Phone # (781) 894-9700. They have a web site at

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