Ariana St. Pierre – Arts Editor
The Local of West Newton offers delicious food at relatively affordable prices. It is a great place to enjoy cocktails, food, and the company of friends and family. It is located conveniently off Washington Street, about a five-minute drive from campus.
When you walk in to The Local you are greeted by friendly faces and a charming atmosphere. The wait staff is quick and attentive while the chefs cook your order to your liking.
The Local is elegantly decorated in blues and grays, eclectic photos, classy décor, and dimmed lighting, all adding to the pleasant ambiance and neighborhood feel. This restaurant offers a warm and welcoming vibe that is both causal and inviting.
The menu is not large and could perhaps offer a few more choices, but the choices they do offer are excellent: steak tips with hand cut fries, pizza with a thin and crispy crust, fried pickles, Caesar salads, clam chowder, chicken wings, and mussels, to name a few.
All the ingredients are fresh and based locally. While some of the prices for larger entrees such as the short rib ($19) and fish tacos ($17) plates may run pricier than others, the restaurant provides many afforable options. These include tasty appetizers, such as truffle parmesan fries ($5), pizzas ($13), and smaller plates that will still leave you full and satisfied.
Their steak tips were delicious and the service was quick. I did not have to wait a long time after I ordered to recieve my food, and, once I did, I was pretty excited to enjoy the food. The tips were cooked to my liking and I could not find any flaws with them. I would definitely recommend this plate to others looking to dine at The Local.
The only real flaw with The Local is the parking situation. The spots on the street and side lot fill up quickly so get there early; if not you will have to park several blocks away.
The shuttle does provide service to its West Newton stop, which is only a quick walk away from The Local, making this a great spot to get to if you want a night out on a date, with friends, or visiting family members.
The Local is located at 1391 Washington Street in West Newton. They can be reached at 617-340-2160, and a menu can be found at www.thelocalnewton.com.