Strip T’s (Watertown, MA)

 

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Spork Rating: 2

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Beyond Boston
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price: Affordable (sandwiches: $10; entrees: $19-27)
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 am-4 pm & 5 pm-10 pm (Friday open until 10:30pm); Saturday, 11:30 am-4 pm & 5 pm – 10:30pm; closed Sunday
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Recommended For Dining With: Kids

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Overview:

There has been a lot of buzz around Strip T’s, Watertown lunch spot turned hotspot, when chef Tim Maslow took over his dad’s diner. Maslow took over the helm of Strip T’s (“If you think our name is fresh, wait ‘til you try the food”) back in 2010 after working his way up David Chang’s NYC food empire. It is safe to say Maslow has made a name for himself and put Strip T’s on the map. But is this foodie destination kid-friendly? Yes and no.

KidTude:

Good. Staff at Strip T’s greets families with a smile and can offer high chairs and stroller parking. But the limited (and sophisticated) menu and lack of amenities will have some kids and parents wanting more.

family-friendly restaurant tip Big kids may prefer sitting at the counter and can peek into the kitchen.

family-friendly restaurant tip Staff will improvise and offer kids their drinks in to-go coffee cups with a straw as a mess-free option.

Main Menu:

During lunch, Strip Ts offers creative sandwiches you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere in Boston. From Japanese Eggplant Banh Mi, to NYC’s Pho Real, to daily specials such as house made Ruben sandwiches, it is no wonder Strip T’s has a very loyal lunchtime customer base.

The dinner menu changes daily and usually includes raw oysters and some of the most innovative dishes using seasonal produce and locally sourced fish and meat. When Maslow first took over the Strip T’s kitchen, you can count on signature dishes such as the fried cauliflower or grilled romaine topped with braised oxtail and a poached egg. The ever-evolving menu will please the most adventurous diners.

Favorites include:

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  • Japanese Eggplant Banh Mi
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Black Pepper Honey
  • Strip T’s Burger with Smoked Miso, Lemon Aioli and Pickled Onion

Kid’s Menu:

Strip T’s does not have a kids menu. Their lunchtime menu may appeal to older kids or tots with more sophisticated palates. Fish and chips or the fried chicken are a kid-favorite. Kids will also enjoy sides such as fries, Caesar salad or sweet potato wedges.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Arsenal Park
  • Arsenal and Watertown Malls
  • New Rep Theater and Arsenal Center for the Arts

Amenities:

  • Highchairs
  • Stroller parking

family-friendly restaurant tip The Strip T’s bathroom is now infamous. It is located in the basement in the back of the prep kitchen by the walk-in refrigerators. There is a sign that cautions diners to use with extreme caution. There are no changing tables. If you can, avoid using the restrooms with little ones.

Getting There:

  • MBTA bus (70 Arsenal St @ School St)
  • Street parking