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Mas

What it is: A restaurant serving a varied menu of Spanish tapas (small plates), focusing on slow food, and organic and locally sourced food.  Located in Belmont at 501 Monticello Road.  Check out there menu here:

http://www.mastapas.com/tapas/

Why it’s rad: I have never felt sad when eating something at Mas.  From the start of the meal (always a plate of assorted olives), to whatever dishes I end up selecting, I never feel let down.  Their dishes are unique and good quality. I don’t want to eat food in a restaurant that tastes like I could have made it.  Anything beyond that, atmosphere, appearance, are all superfluous, really, but I must admit, I love the dining style at Mas.  You order as many small dishes as appeal to you, and they are put on the table and shared by everyone, which is arguably the best way to eat–it’s intimate, casual, and lets everyone enjoy whatever dishes they like most.

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Blue Moon Diner

What It Is: A hipster-fabulous restaurant parading as a diner, with a solid selection or burgers, sandwiches, and breakfast foods.  Located on West Main Street (not too far from the ABC store, maybe you’ve seen it.)

Why It’s Rad: I have to confess.  There is a part of me that hates this place.  It’s the shameful, secret, hidden hipster part of me.  A “diner” decorated with retro editions of board games, local art, and vinyl galore and too much chrome, AND serves PBR AND hosts local musicians for small, intimate shows?  It’s all too telling.  Blue Moon Diner reflects too clearly what I am and what I enjoy,* and I am ashamed.

All that being said, it’s a goddamn adorable place.  Just look at this picture, which is poorly representative but still manages to be appealing enough:

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