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Nov 11, 2006 01:07 PM

Restaurant suggestions in Burlington, MA area?

I will be on an all day annual shopping spree next Saturday with two friends and we will be ending at the Burlington Mall. Every year we look for a quaint little restaurant in the Burlington area, and we fall short every year. There are just so many chain restaurants around there. We have already done Legals and Macaroni Grill and have no interest in the Cheesecake Factory. We're really looking for something smaller (maybe italian or continental) that would take a reservation on a Sat. night. One of my friends lives in NH, so we like to stay close to the Burlington area.
Any help??? I'm stumped. Thank you so much.

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  1. Catch in Winchester which isn't too far, consistently gets high marks here (although I have never been). There is decent Thai at Lemongrass on Middlesex turnpike and a bit further up (I think technically in Billerica) there is a Naked Fish, although a chain, I have always been happy there.

    On the other side of Mall road on 3A is Papparazzi, another small chain but passable Italian, a little further down is Cafe Escadrille which is more continental, others seem to like it, but I'm not a big fan considering what you get for the relatively high prices. Going the other direction on 3A (also called Cambridge street) about 2 miles up is New Jang Su for Korean BBQ- I like this place alot, but not big on atmosphere.

    A few miles away in Woburn center is Tre Monte for Italian, which seems to be recieved well by other hounds too.

    Sorry I couldn' do better, but Burlington is a kinda tough place for hounds. Hopefully someone w/ more knowledge of the area will chime in.

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    1. re: Food4Thought

      Food4Thought: Thank you so much for your ideas. I have never tried Catch so that may be what we are looking for. Does anyone know their prices? I will look to see if they have a website. And, I'm not a big fan of Cafe Escadrille either, but I do know a lot of people like it. Thank you again.

      1. re: Bmorris111

        Here's their menu:

        Not the cheapest, but definitely outstanding value. One of my favorites, not just for metro west, but all Boston.

    2. I'd recommend American Flatbread. The food is good, although the restaurant's in a kind of nasty office park area. It's in Bedford but very close to the mall.

      1. I have eaten at each of the three places mentioned so far. I think Cafe Escradrille is awful. I think American Flatbread is fine, but not all that different from the other chains in the area. Catch, on the other hand, is really, really good, and a world away from the chains that surround the mall.

        1. Head south on Route 95/128 to the Routes 4/225 exit. Get off at the first ramp, heading toward Bedford. Follow this road, which becomes Great Road in Bedford, a mile or so down, IIRC. When you pass where Route 62 joins it, you come to a shopping center with a Whole Foods and a Marshalls. It's like a plaza of strip malls. In the furthest one is Cafe Luigi. They have excellent Italian food there. I don't know if they take reservations though....

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          1. There is a wonderful South Indian vegetarian restaurant in Billerica called Maasala. The Mysore thali gives you a good introduction to this amazing cuisine. Masalaa Boston, 786 Boston Road/Route 3A, Billerica, 978-667-3443

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            1. re: whs

              I agree. They have a lot of South Asian specialities you won't see any place else (prasarat, upma, etc.)