Editor's Note: For this entry, we quote former Walthamite/a capella legend/Thrillist Partnerships Editor Adam Lapetina. "Waltham. Just say it out loud. It doesn't matter which way you pronounce it -- it sounds like the kind of place where stuffy British milquetoasts trade barbs over whose museum contribution was more selfless. But that characterization couldn't be farther from the truth (I've only ever encountered one British dude there, and he was super chill). And while people may overlook this slightly drab, industrial park-dotted city in favor of the more traditionally New England towns around it (Weston, Wellesley, Wayland... Newton), Waltham's got something they don't: Moody St.
In addition to being a college town (Bentley and Brandeis sit within its limits), Waltham is an exceptionally well-represented melting pot -- and anybody who's anybody knows that you've got to open your restaurant on Moody St, affectionately known to outsiders as Restaurant Row. Just walking down this mile-long stretch, you'll encounter Salvadoran, Japanese, Vietnamese, Caribbean, Italian, West African, Cuban, Brazilian, Thai, BBQ, and Indian joints. Like, enough that there are multiple restaurants serving each cuisine and you'll be forced to choose your allegiance. Make sure to hit up Taqueria El Amigo and/or Taqueria Mexico for some of the best under-the-radar Mexican in the Boston area, and In A Pickle for its famous caramel crunch French toast. Or, if the fancier things/impressing your parents are desired, there's Italian fine-dining greatness to be had at Il Capriccio and New American at Red Bird. But really, you wouldn't be faulted for just hopping from one place to another, sampling food and developing a strong urge to travel the world. When you're done you'll feel like you already did."