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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 1 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 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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