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Zoe's Gourmet Chinese Cuisine
289 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
Though Zoe's deals mostly in takeout or delivery orders, this Chinese restaurant does not overlook its dine-in patrons.More While menu prices call for takeout boxes and Styrofoam, white tablecloths and china are set in the dining room as quiet Chinese music plays from unseen speakers. After 10 years on Beacon Street,  the scallion pancakes are without a doubt Zoe's most popular item.
Thurston Spa
387 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145
Thurston Spa, despite its name, is in fact a sandwich shop. In business so long nobody on the block, not even theMore landlord, can remember when it was started, Thurston has gone through many owners in its long life. The food has remained its main draw. Cooked on a single griddle or built cold on a plastic counter, its simple sandwiches and Styrofoam cups of coffee beg to be consumed at the four-stool bar, among the hum of locals' conversation and the sound of sizzling meat. 
Guru the Caterer
1297 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
Bright and colorful, Guru the Caterer offers more than just Indian foods for parties and gatherings. Seating isMore available outside or inside Pushpir Bhetia's airy shop, which serves up casual, Styrofoam plates of fresh and very affordable Indian fare. Take-out diners stream in during the lunch and dinner hours and catch a glimpse of the bustling open kitchen where home-style Indian dishes simmer among clouds of steam. The menu changes daily, and a specials board offers lesser known delicacies from the subcontinent. Don't miss the cilantro-packed raita or the fresh chapati bread, and be sure to peek in the self-serve refrigerator full of freshly made lassis and desserts.