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  • Andrew_D_Martin
    Hi everyone -- happy near-end of summer to you all. I had two questions I was curious about. First, does anyone have a housekeeper they would recommend and
    Message 1 of 15 , Aug 12, 2006
      Hi everyone -- happy near-end of summer to you all. I had two
      questions I was curious about.

      First, does anyone have a housekeeper they would recommend and that
      might be looking for another client?

      Also, for new-to-town novices, what are peoples' favorite places to
      eat out in the surrounding area? Breakfasts? Dinners? Other places?

      Thank you very much for your help!

      Kind regards,

      Andy Martin
    • Kevin Flavin
      Hi, as a fellow new-to-town, I ve found that Ferns is good for morning and lunch quick fixes. Of course, it depends on which side of Carlisle you are, but for
      Message 2 of 15 , Aug 15, 2006
        Hi, as a fellow new-to-town, I've found that Ferns is good for morning and lunch quick fixes.

        Of course, it depends on which side of Carlisle you are, but for the west or south-west part of Carlisle, I prefer T.C. Landos in Acton for subs, West Concord has an excellent sub shop for thin crust pizzas and the meat-lovers calsone is to die for - or at least to raise your cholesterol. Also, there's a Boston market in Westford near the 495/110 intersection.

        Kevin

        Andrew_D_Martin <andrewdmartin@...> wrote:
        Hi everyone -- happy near-end of summer to you all. I had two
        questions I was curious about.

        First, does anyone have a housekeeper they would recommend and that
        might be looking for another client?

        Also, for new-to-town novices, what are peoples' favorite places to
        eat out in the surrounding area? Breakfasts? Dinners? Other places?

        Thank you very much for your help!

        Kind regards,

        Andy Martin











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      • Thomas J. Raftery
        Colonial Inn - Concord - traditional New England fare - fair. Walden Grill - Concord - new menu, better now than it used to be. Bar menu was not available at
        Message 3 of 15 , Aug 15, 2006
          Colonial Inn - Concord - traditional New England fare -
          fair.
          Walden Grill - Concord - new menu, better now than it used
          to be. Bar menu was not available at tables.
          Serafinas - Concord - Northern Italian/Tuscan. Very good.
          Bar menu is available at tables. Go to
          www.serafinaristorante.com
          Bamboo - Westford - Chinese and good.
          Chang An - Concord - Chinese and fair.
          Vincenzo's - Chelmsford and West Concord - Italian and good.
          La Boniche - Lowell - Storefront French - very good - noisy.
          Waltham and Watertown have a plethora of great restaurants.


          -----Original Message-----
          From: cityinthewoods@yahoogroups.com
          [mailto:cityinthewoods@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kevin
          Flavin
          Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:23 AM
          To: cityinthewoods@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [cityinthewoods] Housekeepers? Eating out?

          Hi, as a fellow new-to-town, I've found that Ferns is good
          for morning and lunch quick fixes.

          Of course, it depends on which side of Carlisle you are,
          but for the west or south-west part of Carlisle, I prefer
          T.C. Landos in Acton for subs, West Concord has an excellent
          sub shop for thin crust pizzas and the meat-lovers calsone
          is to die for - or at least to raise your cholesterol. Also,
          there's a Boston market in Westford near the 495/110
          intersection.

          Kevin

          Andrew_D_Martin <andrewdmartin@...> wrote:
          Hi everyone -- happy near-end of summer to you all. I had
          two questions I was curious about.

          First, does anyone have a housekeeper they would recommend
          and that might be looking for another client?

          Also, for new-to-town novices, what are peoples' favorite
          places to eat out in the surrounding area? Breakfasts?
          Dinners? Other places?

          Thank you very much for your help!

          Kind regards,

          Andy Martin











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        • elle@unchi.org
          [I seem to have missed not only the other messages in this thread, but most of the last couple of months worth. What *is* it with Yahoo! dropping list
          Message 4 of 15 , Aug 15, 2006
            [I seem to have missed not only the other messages in this thread, but
            most of the last couple of months' worth. What *is* it with Yahoo!
            dropping list messages everywhere but my inbox this summer? Grrr.
            Anyway...]

            I've lived in Carlisle since January 1998, most of that time with
            kids, and I think I've sampled nearly every restaurant in the area. :}
            Recommendations depend a lot on what you like, and what your price
            range is, and whether you're looking for date food or hoping to feed
            small children.

            American: Not Your Average Joe's, which just opened on 27 in Acton --
            excellent food, drinks and service, although it's a bit pricier than
            other local options.

            Family fare: Applebee's and Chili's on 110 in Westford -- okay when
            you're in that sort of mood; 99 in either West Concord or Littleton --
            ditto. My writing partner says Helen's (formerly Brigham's) in Concord
            is very good for "burgers and breakfast," though I can't vouch for
            either personally.

            Thai: Lemon Tree, on 225 in Bedford -- very good, though there are odd
            holes in the menu (no green curry?).

            Japanese: Sakura, on Summer Street in Chelmsford -- very good; Ginger,
            on 225 in Bedford -- good. Bamboo on 110 in Westford has an all-you-
            can-eat sushi and Chinese-food buffet on Sunday nights, which isn't bad.

            Chinese: Yangtze River, just over the Littleton border -- decent.

            Indian: unfortunately, none locally; your best bets are the excellent
            Bombay in Arlington, and the very good New Mother India on Moody Street
            in Waltham (don't miss their microbrew). Moody Street has other decent
            restaurant options, including a pleasant but expensive tapas joint.

            Korean: the nearest are Dabin in Lexington (good; their sushi is very
            good) and a little storefront place in Maynard.

            Lowell has a decent Vietnamese/pan-Asian place, along with a couple of
            pubs which have edible food as well as good drinks. Medford has a
            *superb* Thai-Japanese place called Sei Bar.

            For most other good eating, I head into the city; Cambridge and Boston
            are teeming with wonderful restaurants. Tell us what you most enjoy
            eating, and we can point you there. :-)

            --
            Ellen Keyne Seebacher elle@...
          • Carolyn Ing
            Here are a few more recommendations: T.C. Lando s: already mentioned in a previous email, but their Philadelphia-style steak and cheese subs are outstanding.
            Message 5 of 15 , Aug 15, 2006
              Here are a few more recommendations:

              T.C. Lando's: already mentioned in a previous email, but their
              Philadelphia-style steak and cheese subs are outstanding.

              You don't have to drive too far to get to some authentic Asian restaurants:

              Thai: Don't remember the name of it, but it's in the plaza with Acton
              True Value Hardware on Rte 27, past Rte 111 and KMart. Big menu,
              including a wide variety of curries. Good food, friendly wait staff.
              Don't miss the Golden Bags appetizer.

              Korean: the best Korean restaurant in the area is New Jang Su BBQ in
              Burlington, 260 Cambridge St. (Rte 3A). Most of the tables in the
              restaurant have individual gas grills built into them, and barbecue
              dishes are cooked right at your table. Try the kal bi (marinated
              short ribs). All the entrees come with a variety of pickled vegetable
              side dishes and steamed rice, plus lettuce leaves in which to wrap the meat.

              Sichuan: The Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica, 502 Boston Road just past
              KMart. Haven't had a bad dish there yet. Authentic and excellent
              food. Restaurant founders are from Chengdu in Sichuan province.

              Carolyn Ing
            • Carolyn Ing
              Here s a recommendation for a housekeeper: Catia Caliman, 978-884-3404. She has been doing our house for a couple of years now and is trustworthy and reliable.
              Message 6 of 15 , Aug 16, 2006
                Here's a recommendation for a housekeeper: Catia Caliman,
                978-884-3404. She has been doing our house for a couple of years now
                and is trustworthy and reliable.

                Carolyn Ing
              • elle@unchi.org
                ... Benjarong. I didn t mention it because they keep dropping favorite dishes from the menu and I ve had some issues with the wait staff, but the Golden Bags
                Message 7 of 15 , Aug 16, 2006
                  Carolyn Ing writes:

                  > Thai: Don't remember the name of it, but it's in the plaza with
                  > Acton True Value Hardware on Rte 27, past Rte 111 and KMart. Big
                  > menu, including a wide variety of curries. Good food, friendly wait
                  > staff. Don't miss the Golden Bags appetizer.

                  Benjarong. I didn't mention it because they keep dropping favorite
                  dishes from the menu and I've had some issues with the wait staff, but
                  the Golden Bags are pretty good :)


                  Ellen
                • yt stuff
                  We like Ginger [located in bedford center] a lot. Its practically a weekly ritual for us. I would highly recommend their rising sun roll as well as their
                  Message 8 of 15 , Aug 16, 2006
                    We like Ginger [located in bedford center] a lot. Its practically a
                    weekly ritual for us. I would highly recommend their "rising sun"
                    roll as well as their sushi/sashimi.
                    o Ginger Japanese Restaurant78 Great Rd, Bedford, MA(781) 271-0788

                    good Vietnamese place Drum Hill rotary exit 32 off rt495
                    o Pho 88 1270 Westford St, Lowell, MA (978) 452-7300

                    Another decent Thai place
                    o Garlic Bistro (drum hill rotary as well, same plaza as starbucks)

                    two more Thai places - I can only speak for their lunch menu though.
                    o Thai Jasmine313 Littleton Rd, Chelmsford, MA (978) 250-9509
                    o Yoong Tong II Thai Restaurant 61 Central sq, Chelmsford, MA

                    A very good Indian restaurant. I recommend their spring dosa, and
                    potato dosa and their curry dishes.
                    o Udupi Bhavan Lowell1717 Middlesex St, Lowell, MA (978) 654-6653

                    good taiwanese/chinese place - they have dishes different some of the
                    chinese places outside of chinatown. their bento boxes are pretty
                    good too.
                    o Tai Shiang Garden Restaurant 7 Summer St # 17, Chelmsford, MA


                    On 8/15/06, Carolyn Ing <carolyning@...> wrote:
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Here are a few more recommendations:
                    >
                    > T.C. Lando's: already mentioned in a previous email, but their
                    > Philadelphia-style steak and cheese subs are outstanding.
                    >
                    > You don't have to drive too far to get to some authentic Asian restaurants:
                    >
                    > Thai: Don't remember the name of it, but it's in the plaza with Acton
                    > True Value Hardware on Rte 27, past Rte 111 and KMart. Big menu,
                    > including a wide variety of curries. Good food, friendly wait staff.
                    > Don't miss the Golden Bags appetizer.
                    >
                    > Korean: the best Korean restaurant in the area is New Jang Su BBQ in
                    > Burlington, 260 Cambridge St. (Rte 3A). Most of the tables in the
                    > restaurant have individual gas grills built into them, and barbecue
                    > dishes are cooked right at your table. Try the kal bi (marinated
                    > short ribs). All the entrees come with a variety of pickled vegetable
                    > side dishes and steamed rice, plus lettuce leaves in which to wrap the meat.
                    >
                    > Sichuan: The Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica, 502 Boston Road just past
                    > KMart. Haven't had a bad dish there yet. Authentic and excellent
                    > food. Restaurant founders are from Chengdu in Sichuan province.
                    >
                    > Carolyn Ing
                    >
                    >
                  • Kevin Flavin
                    Ah, but you forgot The 9s ! It s a local hangout, a lot of regulars. Also, Vincenzos in West Concord is a hangout for some of the more recognized folk of
                    Message 9 of 15 , Aug 16, 2006
                      Ah, but you forgot "The 9s"! It's a local hangout, a lot of regulars. Also, Vincenzos in West Concord is a hangout for some of the more recognized folk of Concord.

                      "Thomas J. Raftery" <thomas@...> wrote: Colonial Inn - Concord - traditional New England fare -
                      fair.
                      Walden Grill - Concord - new menu, better now than it used
                      to be. Bar menu was not available at tables.
                      Serafinas - Concord - Northern Italian/Tuscan. Very good.
                      Bar menu is available at tables. Go to
                      www.serafinaristorante.com
                      Bamboo - Westford - Chinese and good.
                      Chang An - Concord - Chinese and fair.
                      Vincenzo's - Chelmsford and West Concord - Italian and good.
                      La Boniche - Lowell - Storefront French - very good - noisy.
                      Waltham and Watertown have a plethora of great restaurants.


                      -----Original Message-----
                      From: cityinthewoods@yahoogroups.com
                      [mailto:cityinthewoods@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kevin
                      Flavin
                      Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:23 AM
                      To: cityinthewoods@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject: Re: [cityinthewoods] Housekeepers? Eating out?

                      Hi, as a fellow new-to-town, I've found that Ferns is good
                      for morning and lunch quick fixes.

                      Of course, it depends on which side of Carlisle you are,
                      but for the west or south-west part of Carlisle, I prefer
                      T.C. Landos in Acton for subs, West Concord has an excellent
                      sub shop for thin crust pizzas and the meat-lovers calsone
                      is to die for - or at least to raise your cholesterol. Also,
                      there's a Boston market in Westford near the 495/110
                      intersection.

                      Kevin

                      Andrew_D_Martin wrote:
                      Hi everyone -- happy near-end of summer to you all. I had
                      two questions I was curious about.

                      First, does anyone have a housekeeper they would recommend
                      and that might be looking for another client?

                      Also, for new-to-town novices, what are peoples' favorite
                      places to eat out in the surrounding area? Breakfasts?
                      Dinners? Other places?

                      Thank you very much for your help!

                      Kind regards,

                      Andy Martin











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                    • Ray Pichulo
                      Am I the only one who eats at Cafe Luigi in Bedford??? Or is everybody just thinking west?
                      Message 10 of 15 , Aug 16, 2006
                        Am I the only one who eats at Cafe Luigi in Bedford??? Or is everybody
                        just thinking west?
                      • Rob West
                        You all need to find your way onto Main St in Nashua. Nashua also has some great holiday street closings (Main St) Gibbet Hill Grill on Rt. 40 in Groton is
                        Message 11 of 15 , Aug 17, 2006
                          You all need to find your way onto Main St in Nashua. Nashua also has some
                          great holiday street closings (Main St)

                          Gibbet Hill Grill on Rt. 40 in Groton is great as well.
                        • Dave Schlesinger
                          Here are some of the local places we like, in no particular order. We ve eaten at all of these places multiple times, unless otherwise noted. I m not listing
                          Message 12 of 15 , Aug 18, 2006
                            Here are some of the local places we like, in no particular order.
                            We've eaten at all of these places multiple times, unless otherwise
                            noted. I'm not listing other places we've tried that we didn't like
                            as much.

                            Asian:

                            Sichuan Gourmet, 502 Boston Rd, Billerica
                            http://www.laosichuan.com
                            - Excellent authentic Chinese, you'll feel like you're in China
                            (or at least Chinatown) when you eat there.

                            Bamboo, 1 LAN Dr, Westford
                            - Pretty good mainstream Chinese, good mai tais, buffet lunches
                            (including sushi) during the week and Sunday night buffet.

                            Ginger, 78 Great Rd, Bedford
                            http://gingerbedford.com
                            - Good Japanese and sushi, not too busy on weekends.

                            Sakura, 7 Summer St, Chelmsford
                            - Good Japanese and sushi.

                            Thai Jasmine, 313 Littleton Rd, Chelmsford
                            - Excellent Thai, in a little plaza on 110 near Westford.

                            Lemon Tree Restaurant, 211 Middlesex Tpk, Burlington
                            http://www.lemontreecafe.net/id3.html
                            - Excellent Thai, used to be our favorite Thai place before
                            we discovered Jasmine Thai (which is closer). Our favorite
                            two dishes there are the Hanoi Beef Curry and Drunken Noodles
                            (or maybe they're called Crazy Noodles).

                            Indian:

                            India Palace, 313 Littleton Rd, Chelmsford
                            http://www.indiapalacenh.com
                            - Very good Indian fare, in the same plaza with Jasmine Thai.
                            No liquor license last time I was there, but it's coming.

                            Bombay Mahal, 45 Middle St, Lowell
                            http://www.bombaymahal.lowell.ma
                            - Also very good, very inexpensive wine (by restaurant standards).
                            Very cool section of Lowell, several other restaurants there (which
                            we haven't tried yet). Visit the web site for coupons before going.

                            Other:

                            Westford Grille, 142 Littleton Rd, Westford
                            http://www.westfordgrille.com
                            - Pretty good food, for both lunch and dinner.

                            Crossroads Cafe, 405 Nagog Park, Acton
                            - Extensive menu, always good in our experience. Sometimes busy
                            on Saturday, sometimes not. No reservations.

                            Not Your Average Joe's, 305 Main St, Acton
                            http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com
                            - Very good food, interesting menu. Very busy on Saturday nights,
                            make a reservation.

                            Belles Bistro, 2 Power Rd, Westford
                            - Very good food, more upscale than it appears to be from the outside.
                            Fairly new, located at intersection of Power Rd and Rt 110. We've
                            eaten here once.

                            Number 5 Strawberry Hill, 5 Strawberry Hill Rd, Acton
                            - Excellent food, upscale.

                            Of course, you also have the standard chain restuarants like Chili's
                            and Applebee's (Westford), Bertucci's (Chelmsford), etc., which are
                            pretty much the same everywhere.

                            We haven't found a good local BBQ place or Mexican restaurant yet.
                            There used to be a Mexican restaurant called Sombrero's, next to
                            Vincenzo's in Chelmsford (it's now Hellenic Grill). We really
                            liked Sombrero's, and were very disappointed when it closed.

                            Hope this helps. Bon Appetit!

                            -- Dave
                          • Carolyn Ing
                            We just went back to a good barbecue place in Burlington, Lester s. It s in Burlington on Route 3A where it intersects with Route 62. Good smoky barbecue, and
                            Message 13 of 15 , Aug 18, 2006
                              We just went back to a good barbecue place in Burlington, Lester's. It's in
                              Burlington on Route 3A where it intersects with Route 62. Good smoky
                              barbecue, and their chicken is particularly good. Their side dishes are
                              good, too. The restaurant is in what used to be a fast food restaurant, but
                              they've done a good job of turning it into a barbecue joint.

                              Carolyn Ing
                            • Dave Schlesinger
                              Thanks for recommending Lester s. We tried it last night and were very pleased. The food was very good, the retro decor was cool, and service was good. You
                              Message 14 of 15 , Aug 20, 2006
                                Thanks for recommending Lester's. We tried it last night and were very
                                pleased. The food was very good, the retro decor was cool, and service
                                was good. You order at the counter and grab any seat, and they bring
                                your order to you and get you anything you need while you're eating.
                                There was a decent amount of seating.

                                I had the 3-item BBQ combo with pulled pork, chopped BBQ beef, and hot
                                sausage, all of which were very good. The meat was tender and not
                                fatty, and the BBQ sauce was very tasty. For sauces, you can choose
                                hot, smoky, or (I think) sweet & tangy. I used a mix of the hot and
                                smoky sauces. I had the baked beans and cole slaw for sides. The baked
                                beans were average (and not hot enough), the slaw was good. The platter
                                also comes with cornbread, which was good.

                                My wife had the 2-item combo with ribs and pulled pork. The ribs don't
                                appear to be baby back, but they're very meaty and my wife liked them.
                                She had green beans and slaw for sides. The green beans were overcooked.

                                The combo platters were generous without being overwhelming. I was able
                                to eat all of mine, my wife took some home.

                                The food and setup is comparable to Blue Ribbon BBQ, in West Newton and
                                Arlington.

                                Lester's web site is at http://www.lestersbbq.com/index.html.

                                -- Dave
                              • reed_savory
                                My wife and I recently had our anniversary dinner at Max Stein s American in Lexington, and I have to say its been a long time since either of us has had
                                Message 15 of 15 , Oct 23, 2006
                                  My wife and I recently had our anniversary dinner at "Max Stein's
                                  American" in Lexington, and I have to say its been a long time since
                                  either of us has had such an amazing meal in such a well-created setting.

                                  Truly, I'd say this place is on-par with any of the best in Boston.

                                  -Reed Savory
                                  Fern Lane
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