Travel Notes: USA – MA – Arlington

Updated: 20 July 2016

 

This started as a welcome letter/info packet I put together for someone who was moving to Arlington. I have also used it as a little guidebook to share with friends who ask for suggestions on where to eat and what to do around Arlington. I hope this is useful to you shall you ever have the chance to visit this beautiful city I have called home for several years now.

 

This list is strictly informative for your reference and convenience. I receive no compensation from any of the businesses/organizations/individuals mentioned below. The only profit to me is to see local residents as well as visitors contribute to and benefit from the growth of our local businesses.

As with all businesses, the addresses, phone numbers, and hours listed below might change.

Some main neighborhoods of Arlington are East Arlington, Arlington Center, Arlington Heights, Arlmont Village, Morningside, and Turkey Hill. You’re also not far away from Cambridge, Belmont, Lexington, Medford, and Somerville.

Welcome to Arlington!

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Arlington List

Arlington Town Info

Banks

Bookstore

Convenient Stores

Gas Stations

Grocery Stores

Laundromat

Library

Restaurants/Bakeries/Coffee Shops

Theaters

Parks, Places to Walk/Bike/Hike/Watch Sunsets & Sunrises & The Stars

 

 

Arlington List

 

Many Arlington, ex-Arlington, and soon-to-be Arlington residents have joined the Arlington List. This mailing list is an active exchange ground for people to communicate about anything Arlington-related: from how to get places, new restaurant openings, and town events to yard sales, free giveaways, and list dinners.

I highly recommend you join this list (best with an email address just for the list rather than your primary one, since the number of emails can be quite overwhelming given the active participation of its members!) Besides being a great info source, it’s also a way to get to know your fellow town residents!

The links are as below:

To subscribe or unsubscribe, visit http://www.arlingtonlist.org/subscribe/

To post a message to the list, send it to arlington@arlingtonlist.org
Search the archives: http://www.arlingtonlist.org/archives/search
Questions? http://www.arlingtonlist.org/faq/
Email the list manager at arlington-owner@arlingtonlist.org

There is also a FB offshoot of this List here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/160644117397/

 

Arlington Town Info

Official source on all things Arlington.

http://www.town.arlington.ma.us/public_documents/index

 

Banks

Two major local banks in Arlington are Cambridge Savings Bank and Leader Bank.

They offer many good features (most notably reimbursement of ATM fees; you can withdraw cash at any ATM of any bank and get the ATM fees reimbursed at the end of the billing cycle) and have many local branches. They also sponsor a variety of charity and public events in Arlington.

If you’re considering switching banks or opening a new bank account, I highly recommend these banks.

 

Bookstore

A nice used bookstore you might want to visit is The Book Rack. Not only can you get used books at good prices, you can also sell yours for store credit that can be used toward future purchases.

13 Medford Street, Arlington, MA 02474
781-646-2655

 

Convenient Stores

CVS:

CVS/Pharmacy (Arlington Heights)
833 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
781-643-4272

Store & Photo Hours

M-F 07:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat 07:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun 07:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Pharmacy Hours

M-F 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat 08:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Sun 08:00 AM – 08:00 PM

CVS/Pharmacy (East Arlington)
23 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474
781-648-0557

Store & Photo Hours

M-F 07:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sat 07:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sun 07:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Pharmacy Hours

M-F 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat 08:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Sun 08:00 AM – 08:00 PM

 

CVS (Arlington Center)
319 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02476
781-648-7019

Store & Photo Hours

M-F 07:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat 07:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun 07:00 AM – 10:00 PM

 

Walgreens:

Walgreens (Arlington Heights)
1425 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474
781-648-3869

Store & Photo Hours

Mon-Fri 7AM-11PM
Sat 7AM-11PM
Sun 7AM-11PM

Pharmacy Hours

Mon-Fri 7AM-10PM
Sat 7AM-10PM
Sun 7AM-10PM

Walgreens (East Arlington)
324 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474
781-643-4112

Store & Photo Hours

Mon-Fri 7AM-11PM
Sat 7AM-11PM
Sun 7AM-11PM

Pharmacy Hours

Mon-Fri 7AM-10PM
Sat 7AM-10PM
Sun 7AM-10PM

Mass Convenient Store (East Arlington)
245 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474
781-641-3560

7 Star Grocery (Arlington Center)
6 Medford Street, Arlington, MA 02474
781-643-1255

Easy Convenient Store (Arlington Heights)
935 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
781-641-9559
6AM – 11PM daily

 

A & A Deli (Arlington Heights)

1042 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
781-643-8175
7am-9pm daily

Gas Stations

There are many gas stations along Mass Ave as well as on one of the side streets. The cheapest one I have found (especially if you pay in cash) is Arlington Global in East Arlington, next to Walgreens.

334 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474
781-648-9878

Other options are BP, Citgo, Shell, Gulf…

Also if you travel toward Harvard Square/Cambridge, I’ve found the Hess station near Porter Square to also have one of the cheapest prices around.

 

Grocery Stores

Whole Foods Market
808 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
781-777-7200
Hours: 8AM – 10PM seven days a week

Stop& Shop

905 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
781-643-3267
Hours: 7AM – 11PM Mon-Sat; 7AM – 9PM Sun

Trader Joe’s*

1427 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
781-646-9138
Hours: 8AM – 9PM Mon-Sun

*This TJ’s branch does not sell alcohol

 

Laundromat

Brite White in the Heights has high-efficiency washers and dryers. They also offer wash-dry-fold service which you might find useful when life gets too busy for laundry!

Brite White Laundromat
1177 Massachusetts Ave,Arlington, MA 02476
781-648-2471

 

Library

Arlington’s public library, the Robbins, is a treasure! It belongs to the extensive library network called Minuteman Library Network. I have found most books, audiobooks, and DVDs I need either at Robbins or other libraries in this network. As long as the material you need is in one of the Minuteman member libraries, you can have it delivered to the Robbins to pick up at your convenience.

https://www.robbinslibrary.org/

700 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
781.316.3200

Library Hours:

Mon – Wed 9am – 9pm
Thu 1 – 9pm
Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat 9am – 5pm (Sep-Jun); 9am-12pm (Jul-Aug)
Sun 2 – 5pm (Oct – May)

 

Restaurants/Bakeries/Coffee Shops

A novel can be written in this section alone as there is an abundance of options for restaurants, sandwich shops, ice cream stores, etc. in Arlington.

Below is the ever-evolving list:

(addresses, phones, and hours to be updated)

  • American:

Jimmy’s Steer House
1111 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
781-646-4450

Flora
http://www.florarestaurant.com/
190 Mass Ave, Arlington MA 02476
781-641-1664

Hours:

Sun 5-9 PM
Mon-Fri 5:30-9:30 PM
Sat 5-10 PM

Tryst
http://www.trystrestaurant.com/
389 Mass Ave, Arlington MA 02476
781-641-2227

Hours:

Sun 4:30-9:00 PM
Mon-Thu 5-10 PM
Fri & Sat 5-11 PM
Brunch Sat & Sun 11:00AM – 2:30PM

Not Your Average Joe’s

Retro Burger (has great soft serve!)

Menotomy Grill and Tavern

Common Ground

Fresh Pond Seafood (there’s fresh seafood for purchases as well as cooked dishes)

Elton’s Roast Beef & Pizza

 

  • Argentinian: Tango
  • Asian:
    • Chinese: Sun’s Chinese Kitchen, Lucky Dragon, Szechuan’s Dumplings, Little Q Hot Pot, Tiki-In (opens late), Great Wok
    • Fusion: Fusion Taste, Sono Asian Cuisine
    • Japanese: Toraya, Mr Sushi, Shanghai Village
    • Korean: Woori
    • Indian: Punjabi Tadka
    • Thai: Thai E-Sarn, Thai Moon, Thana Thai, Sweet Chili, Thailand Café
  • BBQ: Blue Ribbon BBQ
  • French: Scutra, MA France (MA France carries a very nice selection of French products)
  • Mexican: La Victoria Taqueria, Acitron Cocina Mexicana, La Posada
  • Italian/Deli: Sugo Cucina Italiana, Za, Anthony’s East Side Deli (subs & also Italian products), D’Angostino’s
  • Persian: Sabzi
  • Vegetarian: Madrona Tree, Zhu
  • Pizza:

Andrina’s Pizzeria (thin crust style)

1060 Mass Ave, Arlington MA 02476
781-648-4800

andrinaspizza.com

Hours:

Sun 12PM-10PM
Mon-Wed 4-10PM
Thu 11AM-10PM
Fri-Sat 11AM-11PM

Northender Italian Kitchen
northenderitaliankitchen.com
1345 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
781-859-5353

Sabatino’s
sabatinositaliankitchen.com
242 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
781-646-4126

Otto

Villa House of Pizza

 

  • Bakeries:

Lakota Bakery
Address: 1375 Mass Ave, Arlington MA 02476
Tel: 781-646-0121

Recommended: everything – the cookies here are amazing.

Quebrada Baking Co.
208 Mass Ave, Arlington MA 02474
781-648-0700

Recommended: croissants

Something Sweet without Wheat

 

  • Coffee shops:

Kickstand Cafe
594 Mass Ave, Arlington MA 02476
781-583-6110

 

Gail Ann Coffee Shop
10 Medford St, Arlington MA 02474
781-648-9584

Recommended: donuts

Commune Kitchen
203A Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474
781-777-2597

  • Diners:

Bagels by Us
789 Mass Ave, Arlington MA 02476
781-646-2662

Classic Cafe (cash only)
1313 Mass Ave, Arlington MA 02476
781-646-7871

 

  • Desserts:

The Scoop and Scootery  (ice cream DELIVERY!)
http://www.thescoopnscootery.com/
112 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

The Chilly Cow (frozen custard, ice cream)
451 Mass Ave, Arlington MA 02474
781-648-4360

Brigham’s Ice Cream
1328 Mass Ave, Arlington MA 02476
781-648-9892

 

 

Theaters

For your movie outings:

The Capitol Theatre
http://feitheatres.com/capitol-theatre/
204 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474
781-648-4340
Check out the matinee shows for discounted tickets!

Also don’t forget to check out the ice cream parlor called The Capitol Creamery which offers Richardson’s ice cream. (If you haven’t tried Richardson’s I highly recommend it.)

The Regent Theatre

http://www.regenttheatre.com/
7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA 02474
781-646-4849

Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-6pm
One Hour Before Show 781-646-4TIX (4849)
Booking information
Business Office Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-6pm
Business Office Telephone #: 781-643-4488

 

Parks, Places to Walk/Bike/Hike/Watch Sunsets & Sunrises & The Stars

Robbins Farm Park
http://www.robbinsfarmpark.org/

Menotomy Rocks Park
http://friendsofmenotomy.org/

Spy Pond Park
http://www.friendsofspypondpark.org/index.html

Great Meadows
http://www.foagm.org/

Minuteman Bike Path (Cambridge-Arlington-Lexington-Bedford)
http://minutemanbikeway.org/