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Chang An in Concord, MA

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  • dmel Aug 5, 2006 05:14 PM
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Anyone know anything about Chang An in Concord? I'm looking to try a new suburban Chinese restaurant, and this one looks interesting.

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  1. Haven't been recently but thought it was overpriced for the quality.

    Bamboo on 110 in Westford (heading towards Littleton) has gotten good reviews. I found the food very fresh. You need to requst no MSG be used, however.

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    1. re: three of us

      that's hilarious. elvis is definitely still there! he's great-- and the drinks are killer here. it's not the best, but for suburban choices in that area...very slim...i wouldn't say their food is 'greasy' but you need to know how to order when you're not in chinatown... there are certain menu selections that'll keep you satisfied. ie: go for the green beans (with fish sauce), the boneless spareribs or beef teriyaki for simple reasonably unadultered meats..., the soups & shrimp dishes are good options too... the most 'fresh' (steamed, or with less sauces) that you can keep it, the more satisfied and closer to authentic chinese cuisine you will be. that being said, if you like the breading and the american tendency for heavy hand on salted sauces... then ordering that way (pu-pu platters, fried wings, etc.) should make you happy as well!

    2. Wow! Talk about a blast from the past.

      I haven't been to Chang An in Concord for at least 7 or 8 years (I used to work in Maynard and live in West Acton) but I did frequent the place quite often. Above average suburban chinese, the lamb curry with onions, shao Mai (sp?) and a couple of their soups (hot/sour and one other) were particularly good.

      But the best part though were the outstanding Mai Tai's served by a super nice bartender (whose name I cannot recall) who could be best described as an excellent chinese Elvis impersonator! Killer sideburns! Worth the trip itself... not that he could possibly still be there.

      So, I give it a(n 8 year old) thumbs up!!

      Off topic, but in the same realm.... another old haunt from that same period was also a favorite.... a mexican place nearby (Rte 117?? 126?? Sudbury??) called Sierra's. Outstanding bartender named George who made the best margaritas (besides my own, of course!) Very fresh, tex/mex with a more authentic side as well.

      How's that for an outdated useless reply!

      Cheers...

      Gusman

      1. I found Chang An to be mediocre, about standard for Chinese food in the area. I've lived in these parts for over 10 years and have yet to find good Asian food. The closest may be Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica (also in Framingham). The best Chinese food is in Chinatown (duh!) which is a bit of a haul from Concord.

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        1. re: cheryl_h

          Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica actually is not all that hard to get to from Concord via Route 62.

          1. re: Blumie

            Then that's the place to go. Beats Chang An by miles.

        2. I was very disappointed with the food at Chang An's the last time I went there.It was very greasy !Bamboo in Westford is very good!It has a nice atmosphere,is very clean and offers a large selection of items preared very well!