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cheinonen Aug 10, 2006 12:08 PM

I'm going to be outside Boston in the Littleton area for business next Sunday through Wednesday and was looking for somewhere I could drive to for a good dinner. I know it's decently outside Boston, but if there are some good places I can drive (without totally destroying my expense account) for a nice dinner it would be good. I'd also really enjoy it if there was good Thai food, as I'm sorely missing it since moving to North Carolina from the Pacific NW. Thanks.

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    Bob Geary Aug 10, 2006 01:02 PM

    Tewksbury is maybe about a 20-minute drive from Littleton (depending on where you're staying), and Mango II at 2171 Main St in Tewksbury is really good - excellent food and a comfortable vibe. There may be closer Thai (I don't really know the Littleton area well) but they're worth the drive.

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      cheryl_h Aug 10, 2006 01:41 PM

      I think you'd have better luck posting your query on the New England board. I live in Littleton and can't think of a single place within 10 miles I can recommend. Ethnic food is a joke in the 'burbs. Billerica has a good Sichuan restaurant worth driving to - Sichuan Gourmet. Lowell has a divey but good place for Asian - Southeast Asian. That's not too far from Littleton and worth the trip.

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        Joshua B Aug 10, 2006 02:35 PM

        For Thai food, Benjarong in Acton, MA isn't too bad. 214 Main St. (Rt. 27)

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          three of us Aug 10, 2006 02:51 PM

          This is a reasonable drive from Littleton. I think you would enjoy it.

          http://www.gibbethill.com/GHG/index.htm

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            TraderVic Aug 10, 2006 03:01 PM

            I haven't been here but have been meaning to for some time mostly for the Jazz. It might work for you, let su know what you thought if you try it and if anyone else has been I would be interested to hear of your impressions.

            http://www.michaeltimothys.com/menuLU...

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              IreneC Aug 10, 2006 09:20 PM

              There are many places within a 15 mile drive of Littleton where you can have an excellent dinner. Just hop on Rt. 495. Here is a start:
              Littleton: Ken's American Cafe.
              Groton: Gibbet Hill.
              Westford: Bamboo (Asian); Westford Grille.
              Chelmsford: Bainbridge's; Vincenzo's (Italian); Garlic Bistro (Thai); India Palace (Indian); Evzon (Greek); Sakura (Japanese).
              Lowell: Pho 88 (Vietnamese); Phien's Kitchen (Laotian); Aspara (Cambodian): Southeast Asian; Cavaliero's (Portuguese); Athenian Corner (Greek); Mambo Grill (Mexican); Ricardo's (Italian); Fortunato's; Cobblestones.

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                hargau Aug 10, 2006 09:24 PM

                Id stay away from Ken's American. Nasty.... Last time I got seafood there it was spoiled.

              2. Angel Food Aug 11, 2006 02:44 AM

                I second avoiding Ken's, even if it's your closest option.

                On Rt 2A in Acton at Nagog Woods is Il Forno - decent red-sauce Italian. I think it's BYOB. In West Concord Center is Vincenzos, nice pasta (head down Rt 2 to 62 towards Maynard). A little further away for you, on Rt 117 on the Sudbury/Maynard line is Sierras - good Mexican, great margaritas - stick with one if you are driving back to Littleton. :)

                All of these are inexpensive - there aren't too many upscale places in the area that will damage your expense account. I have not tried Gibbett Hill but it looks interesting. Also I have not tried the Colonial Inn in Concord Center, but you could do a little sightseeing at the same time in Concord Center if you headed there.

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                  mofuzz Aug 11, 2006 04:16 AM

                  Benjarong is awful.

                  The only good restaurant in Littleton is Tobiko (sushi/chinese/"japanese fusion") in the Nagog plaza (next to Il Forno, mentioned above). I recommend the Idaho Maki - tempura sweet potato sushi.

                  In neighboring Westford is the new Goa indian restaurant, which is pretty decent, and Bamboo which is popular and reasonably ok chinese.

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                    hargau Aug 11, 2006 04:23 AM

                    Yea i have never liked Benjarong either. I do like the Sunday buffet at Bamboo alot. Mostly for the lobster and shrimp they have on it. But its all decent quality.

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                      poundcake Aug 11, 2006 05:54 AM

                      Where's this restaurant Goa? What's good there?

                      I live in Littleton and concur with these rec's. We stopped for pho at Pho 88 in Lowell (or is it Chelmsford?) last week and it was as good as or better than any I've eaten.

                      We like Tobiko too, but it seems like the bill adds up fast there. Still not a budget-buster, though.

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                        hummingbird Aug 12, 2006 03:28 AM

                        I think it is in the Agresti space.

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                      three of us Aug 11, 2006 06:20 PM

                      Good heavens, do not go to Colonial Inn if you want a good meal! I think it's on par with Ken's American Cafe -- seasoning is equated with too much salt.

                      1. Angel Food Aug 11, 2006 11:21 PM

                        Thanks for qualifying the Colonial Inn suggestion - as I said, I haven't been there, but location would be decent. Please dont discount Sierra's or Il Forno because of it! :)

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