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Where to eat near Concord

I don't think that Serafina reopened but I could be mistaken. I drive into that shopping center often, and the Serafina sign is still up, but I don't think there is any action there. I'll investigate further next time I'm there.

Aug 07, 2013
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Where to eat near Concord

Yes, I did notice that, thank you.

Aug 07, 2013
Vdawg in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat near Concord

I think I read that's its going where Walden Grill used to be. I'm new to the area so don't know where that is but I think somewhere near Concord center. So exciting!

Aug 06, 2013
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Where to eat near Concord

Yes! I'd heard some rumors and then happened to be dining at the Cambridge location just last week. I asked the waiter who confirmed that they will be opening up in Concord in October. Given how busy 80 Thoreau is, I imagine (and really hope) they will do quite well.

Aug 04, 2013
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Where to eat near Concord

Thank you for this. I actually read through this thread and got some good ideas. The only issue is that it is quite old, and some of the places listed have since closed down. I was hoping to get some more up to date info!

For anyone who is interested, my husband and I had dinner at Sprigs in Acton last night. As appetizers we got the mussels in a broth with chorizo and the tempura fried squash blossoms filled with goat cheese. Both were absolutely delicious and on par with dining at a nice Boston restaurant. The mussel broth was delectable, and the squash blossoms light and crispy, and not too heavy despite being fried. Really well executed. As an entree my husband had the cajun gumbo, which he was really excited about. The flavors and spices were good, but the rue had been really burned so that the stew was a dark dark brown almost black color. Maybe this is what others consider more authentic - I'm not sure - but the burned flavor was too pronounced for our tastes. I prefer more of a peanut buttery colored rue to give it that toasty but not overly burned flavor. I ordered the wild mushroom ravioli with shortribs, which the waiter was was "everyone's favorite." The short ribs were delicious, but the ravioli were quite bland and the mushroom flavor did not come through at all. All in all, the apps were phenomenal and the entrees were disappointing. I would consider going back and ordering a bunch of appetizers and maybe just splitting an entree or foregoing one altogether. Oh, and between the appetizer and entree they served a blueberry/lavender sorbet as a palate cleanser. It was delicious and a nice little touch. The restaurant itself was charming and the service was quite good.

I've read a few things about AKA Bistro in Lincoln. Has anyone eaten there?

Aug 03, 2013
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Where to eat near Concord

Hello Hounds, I'm seeking your help! I recently moved to Concord after having lived in Boston for the past seven years. I love love love to eat, and as much as I am loving my new home, I'm finding the food options really limiting. I've looked up previous threads related to eating in this area, but they are pretty outdated. I was hoping to start up another one to see if any new places in the surrounding areas have opened up or peaked people's interests recently. I have eaten at 80 Thoreau, and enjoyed my meal there and am so excited that Bondir will be coming to Concord in October! DH and I will by trying Sprigs tonight in Acton. And I've been to Asia Gourmet, and had some good Taiwanese food there. I'm pretty set with lunch places, but am curious about where to get dinner around these parts. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Oh, and I'm definitely not only looking at high end places - would love thoughts on any good food and definitely any ethnic places. I used to live a few blocks away from Pho Basil and miss getting my Vietnamese/Thai fix! Thanks!

Aug 02, 2013
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Lunch places near Back Bay?

I suggest Cafe Jaffa, a middle eastern restaurant on Gloucester street. If you are dining with another person the "feast for two" is delicious and a great bargain. This is one of my favorite little places in the Back Bay.

Mar 28, 2008
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Anniversary Dinner

I would recommend Pigalle, a restaurant in the Theater district. Delicious French cuisine and great service. I also remember speaking to the bartender there last year, and she seemed to be more like a cocktail chemist, creating interesting concoctions behind the bar.

Mar 22, 2008
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Can you eat well for under $10?

I also wanted to mention Villa Mexicana, which is part of Grampy's gas station in Beacon Hill. the burritos are a highlight, but all of the Mexican food there is really quite good. The salsa is smoky and just spicy enough... my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Feb 13, 2008
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A chowy afternoon in Davis?

I will also put in a plug for Martsa's, the Tibetan Restaurant. The food is delicious, and their vegetable side dishes are extremely well done, particularly their green beans if I remember correctly.

Dec 17, 2007
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Best Bowl of Soup in Boston?

I work part time in Waltham and have recently discovered Tom Can Cook, an Asian fusion restaurant with one of the most mouth watering chicken noodle soups I have ever tried. Unfortunately, I live in Boston and it's a pain to hop into my car and drive over to Waltham whenever I have a craving (although If that's what I need to do...) I'm wondering, what are everyone's favorite Asian type soups in the Boston area? Although this is what I'm craving at the moment, I'm also wondering if there are any other exceptional soups out in Boston (except for clam chowder which regularly gets discussed on this board). Thanks!

Dec 15, 2007
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La Voile Tonight

I was just there last night, and had a great experience as well! From what I saw on a weekday night, it certainly seems like a place where it would be appropriate to get a little bit dressed up. The meal was really enjoyable, and I was impressed both by the quality of the food and in the way it was presented. The prices were more than reasonable, particularly for the Back Bay, and I'm already looking forward to my next trip there! I held back on ordering the sweetbreads because that's what I tend to order at Petit Robert, but now I'm regretting my decision...

Nov 30, 2007
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Birthday Dinner

No, of course not, but we enjoy surprising each other on special occasions with a new place, just the way we do things. In terms of ambiance, I was looking for something along the lines of the three restaurants that I originally mentioned. Again, I could be mistaken, but I had the impression that the restaurants in the South End mentioned had an even more decidedly casual/laid back ambiance. Please let me know if I'm mistaken!

Nov 30, 2007
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Birthday Dinner

Unfortunately, We've also been to Franklin Cafe (which is delicious...)

My assumption was that while those restaurants in the South End had good food for a good price, they didn't really have the ambiance I was looking for in terms of a birthday dinner. Am I mistaken?

Nov 30, 2007
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Birthday Dinner

Hi hounds, I need some help!

I want to take my SO out to a special birthday dinner next week. Unfortunately, I'm a student and can't afford to go anywhere that's exorbitantly expensive. I'm looking for a place where the food quality and prices are somewhere along the lines of Ten Tables, Trattoria Toscana, or La Voile (We've been to these already). Are there any other affordable gems like these in the Boston area?

I appreciate your help!

Nov 30, 2007
Vdawg in Greater Boston Area

Brunches that get you excited?

I also rarely get really excited about brunch (although I do love my eggs, bacon, and buttered toast on a weekend morning). However, I have truly gotten excited about the Huevos Rancheros at Metropolis. It is the best version of this dish I have ever tasted, and served on top of a unique and equally delicious black bean hash.

Jul 25, 2007
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Weekend in SF!

Hi SanFran Hounds!
I'm currently living in Boston and traveling with my boyfriend to California for the following week. We will be spending next weekend in San Francisco, and I was hoping to get some suggestions! This weekend is an anniversary for us, so I was hoping to get some ideas for a nicer restaurant that is worth checking out. I"m not looking for anything that's going to break the bank, but definitely something nice enough (and more importantly, delicious enough) to celebrate a special occasion! We both love any type of cuisine so if you could just throw out some of your all around favorite places, I would really appreciate it! I'm also interested in any particularly yummy/different/unique lunch places that would be worth checking out as well. Thanks and I look forward to having a chow hound experience in your city!

Jul 13, 2007
Vdawg in San Francisco Bay Area