Centre Street near the Roche Center gets all the attention as a restaurant row, but the past couple of years have seen the rise of an interesting cluster of take-out restaurants along Washington Street between Grove and Birchwood streets.
Two months ago, a Salvadoran family bought North of the Border, which was owned by a Guatemalan guy, renamed it Los Antojitos and continued serving Central American fare, including pupusas and breakfast. They have a couple of tables and they also deliver to West Roxbury and Roslindale. Still cash only at this point.
A couple of months ago, local dentist Fadi Metri bought Cristelle's at 5268 Washington St. and has begun work to turn it into Fairouz, which will offer fare from his native Lebanon. Just today, he appeared before the Boston Licensing Board for permission to extend the existing beer and wine license to include liqueurs so that he can offer diners arak.
On the same side of the street, at Washington and Grove, the Greek International Food Market offers all your straight-from-Greece products. As the names suggests, it's a market, not a restaurant, but they offer prepared meals and recently added a single picnic table for people just too hungry to make it home without something to eat first.
Across Grove from the Greek market is Target Pizza, 5200 Washington St., which sells Italian-style pizza and calzones. Delivery, of course, sometimes via a Hummer. Inside, they've got some seriously comfy chairs in which await your pick-up order.
Crossing Washington Street, you'll find Viva Mi Arepa, 5197 Washington St., which has been serving arepas, empanadas and other Venezuelan dishes for years.
A couple doors down is Pomodoro's Italian Kitchen, 239 Grove St., which has been around forever selling pizza, subs and similar fare, but which now has a Brazilian owner who recently told the licensing board he is adding Brazilian dishes.
A couple doors down from that, at 225 Grove St., is #7 Chinese Cuisine, which is West Roxbury's best Chinese take-out place (example: they don't use celery to load up their dishes).
Finally, a couple doors down from there is Mary Ann's Breakfast and Lunch, which is quite possibly the smallest eat-in restaurant in the city.