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Mar 22, 2006 02:54 PM

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

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With the amount of discretionary income in this area, you'd think there wouldn't be such a lack of decent dining options. Restaurants are either stuffy and underwhelming, decrepit hole in the walls, or chains. WAH! *rant over*

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  1. Folks are too busy working or getting Roche Bros takeout to support the restaurants which can't survive on 1/2 nights business.

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    1. re: Bob

      Try Dalya's, yes it is in Bedford, Route 62 is well traveled by Concordians in search of fine dining and a touch of european atmosphere. I am surprised you didnt mention Le Lyonnaise and 5 Strawberry Hill. Have you tried any of these places?

      1. re: Bob

        99 is always packed...

        1. re: rl

          Your right it always is too packed there, I usually go to the one in Westford which is also packed but much larger.

          I was at the new Not Your Average Joes in Acton Saturday night. 7:00 it was packed. 9:00 totally empty. At least 7-8 staff just hanging out in the back with nothing to do. They still had 2 more hours till they closed too. Doubt it will last long.

        2. re: Bob

          Or maybe just perhaps because we know how to cook and greatly enjoy doing so for ourselves???? Never tried Roche Bros takeout, or prepared supermarket food from anywhere for that matter. Live in Concord.

        3. A chowhound should be able to find good eats just about anywhere. The key suggestion is to simply LOOK.

          Benjarong on Rt. 27 off Rt. 111 has great Thai food. Scupper Jacks on 2A has decent seafood.

          Look at the recent postings regarding Boxborough for more information on good eats in the area.

          1. I haven't been to the area in years, but when I worked out that way, I thought the Crossroads Pub (Acton? Littleton? a shopping center across from the reservoir) had decent pub fare, cold beer and friendly bartenders.

            I also liked Savory Lane in West Acton for good sandwiches, soups and salads.

            1. Please tell us which places you've tried and have disappointed you. Then we may be able to suggest some alternatives.

              1. The 99? Scupper Jacks? Crossroads Cafe? That is scraping the bottom of the barrel. Savory Lane is mediocre at best. Teapot Tearoom in Boxborough used to be excellent, but it recently changed hands. Not Your Average Joes is pretty...well...average. 5 Strawberry Hill is hit or miss. Can't comment on Le Lyonnais as I've never been. Dalya's is very good but the decor is reminiscent of grandma's attic, if atmosphere is important to you. Concord really doesn't have many options, either. However in Westford there's a delicious Chinese / Japanese restaurant called Bamboo that's always packed and for good reason. Sorry this is blunt, but I have to agree with the initial chowhound, there's not a ton of good eating in the area. A chowhound should be able, ideally, to find good food anywhere, except when it doesn't exist!!

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                1. re: Actonian

                  I think you mis-understood my post. The 99 was given as an example by someone to show that people DO go out and eat because it was always packed. I brought up Average Joes, which is average, as an example of something new in town which isnt drawing enough of a crowd to even be open past 9.

                  Bamboo I have recommended many many times in the posts that were refered to. Its my favorite place in this area.

                  Scupper Jacks I find to be awful. Reminds me of a bad wedding but an overpriced bad wedding. Id rather trash pick through Legal Seafoods dumpster then eat there again!

                  Savory Lane I find to be below average, I only went once but got a pitiful corned beef sandwhich that was tiny and expensive and nothing special. Swore I would never go in there again.

                  1. re: jb
                    Recent Actonite

                    For all you Bamboo fans - check out TOBIKO at Nagog Park opposite to Crossroads on 2a in Acton. Top-notch sushi from former Ginza sushi chef - the rest of the menu is good too.

                  2. re: Actonian

                    How is the Japanese place by the rotary? I went when it was a chinese place years ago and that wasnt very good.

                    1. re: jb

                      I worked for five years by the rotary and enjoyed the Japanese restaurant (can't remember the name it has now, used to be "Mr. Sushi" or something off-putting like that) but sushi, sashimi and tea were always good to very good but the tempura was a little more hit or miss. I would recommend trying it for lunch and ordering one of their box lunches that will give you a sampling of several yummy items (make sure you are hungry!).

                      1. re: Jess

                        It is called Sushi House...decent...not as memorable as nearby Sudbury's Oiishi Two and Fuguakyu...

                      2. re: jb

                        I went there and split a shrimp/beef teppanyaki. It was very good and we spent under $30 and left perfectly full and satisfied. I would definitely go back. the atmosphere is slightly lacking, but its a good place for a weeknight meal.