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Along Route 9

I go from Boston to Worcester and back almost every day, and Rte 9 is one of my favorite ways to go. It can be slow, but it has some of the charm of "old" sprawl, and although they are getting fewer, some remnants too of its past as a rural route.

Favorite stops for a meal on the way there or back for me are:

Sichuan Gourmet (Framingham): This has been praised by other folks on the board too. It is a floor up from a bathroom fixtures shop, and it serves up good spice in a friendly atmosphere.

BBQ Tennessee's (Framingham): I've yet to find really fantastic barbecue anywhere in New England, but this place does some things very well, especially chicken and pulled pork.

Wasabi (Framingham): Perfectly good sushi, but I am especially taken with the mushroom appetizer.

Chef Sun (Westborough): It's tucked away in a strip mall, and has Thai and Chinese menus. The Thai menu is outstanding.

Any other fans of Rte 9 out there, with favorite stops? Places to pick something up for carryout on the way home?

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  1. I think Eo Noodles (1243 Worcester Rd) does decent soup noodles. The one I had with roast duck was especially nice. Ditto Sichuan Gourmet; that place rocks for the suburbs.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I'll second Eo Noodle, their noodle soups are great. They also have fantastic Szechuan chicken ravioli (wantons) - I ordered them steamed and the sauce is delicious!

    2. Uncle Cheungs does a nice northern chinese dim sum on the weekends (not what you get in chinatown.)

      I have always thought the Wok was consistant especially for their large noodle soup bowls.

      Im told the place called "welcome fine indian food" is good, i have not been yet.

      michi kusa for japanese, on the exit ramp of 126. Very good, nice room.

      Ginsing fine asian in the old pacific buffet spot, i have read good reviews but have yet to try it.

      Tennessees isnt bad but i think fireflies is better. only about 1/2 mile away. Over by BJs behind where the post office is on 30

      Of course we love Sichuan gourmet too

      Also just off of 9 in newton, green tea, especially for their weekend dim sum.

      1. Harry's in Westboro for very good greasy spoon breakfast.

        Kelly's Roast Beef in Framingham for top notch local fast food. Yes, it's in Jordan's Furniture, but it's still Kelly's.

        1. Just past 126, outbound, is a branch of "Hot breads", the quasi-Indian bakery chain that has a branch in Burlington...It's in a teeny strip with "Good Feet", and the sign is almosyt invisible. Once inside, don't just look at the board and order. All the good stuff; the chaats, and spicy Indian snacks, seem to be on specials cards around the room, that seem to follow no order. Look around, take everything in, then decide..

          I think Michikusa is pretty mediocre, or below. I really like the japanese charm of wasabi.

          There's Indian Food and Sp[ices, or some grocery right before Edgell Road that does good, cheap take-out in the back of the store. I like Welcome India a lot. Tho I suspect lots of their sauces are pre-made, they're certainly VERY flavorful.

          1. I second EO Noodle. When we lived in the area, my husband and I went there for a quick and cheap dinner almost every Friday night for years and years. They would start cooking our dinner as soon as we walked in. I do so miss it. Faves were the szechuan spicy raviolis, scallion pancakes, wonton noodle soup, bbq beef, dan dan noodles and I loved the sour spicy noodles--sometimes they were just too hot for me--but I ordered them anyway because they had great flavor.

            1. O'Hara's in Newton Highlands for a quick stop off with good bar food and a cozy atmosphere.

              1. how about Il Forno in the Stop and Shop plaza in Westboro ? great italian food and the very best pizza to go -

                also, Panzano in the plaza with Tomasso and Starbucks in Southboro - it's an italian specialty shop that sells wine, dry goods and prepared entrees.

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                  1. re: Doug Mc.

                    Ziti's still there. Al Forno is where Tatnuck is.

                1. the Aegean (which is on Rt. 30 actually) is excellent for Greek Food.

                  1. My favorite quick morning stop is at Red Barn Coffee in Southboro, just past the Rt. 85 interchange. Great coffee and fresh baked goods!

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                    1. re: Science Chick

                      Ooh, forgot about Red Barn. That's a great call! Love the muffin tops.

                    2. El Basha Right in Worcester, on the lake, great atmosphere and liquor and Computer Dr. in Westboro, BYIOB.
                      Sichuam, Uncle Cheungs, Bernards in Chestnut Hill mall.

                      1. Oga nearby in Natick. Some of the best Japanese food for the area (I prefer the cooked dishes there) and a great sake list.

                        Sichuan Gourmet's about the best Sichuan food I've had in the area after New Taste of Asia closed.

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                        1. re: limster

                          I also highly recommend Oga but I am a big fan of the sushi. Our family eats there every week and we all, including our three year old daughter, love the fish. Hint: be sure to ask your server what they have in fresh that day that's not on the menu. The toro, otoro and chutoro are first rate. The same goes for the various kinds of mackerel they get in.

                          1. re: limster

                            I think Oga's has the most innovative Japanese in the greater Boston area.

                            I second Sichuan Gourmet and EO noodle, but would also add that Rasoi has excellent Indian food for dinner, preferred over Gold Star. On the reverse, Gold Star has a better lunch buffet than Rasoi, based both on variety and taste.

                          2. Have to agree with EO Noodle. We really enjoy the Spicy Beef Soup, but everything is very good. A bit off Rt.9, over by BJ's Wholesale Club is Firefly's. We are not fans of Il Forno in Westboro, but we really enjoy Ziti's in the BJ's/ Stop and Shop Plaza. Try one of their Proscuitto and Mozzarella sandwiches to go. Lots of great dishes in there, except steer away from the ones at lunch that are mass produced.

                            1. you know that the original Red Barn is gone, right? the little red barn on the eastbound side of route 9 was razed when they built the Cadillac/hummer dealership.

                              I think you can still get their coffee on the westbound side, in that little cafe next to the gardencenter, although with the garden center closing its a little unclear whats going on in there.

                              Here's another vote for Ziti's which makes the best pizza out here. And Sichuan gourmet is the best.

                              Panzano is actually run by Tomasso's, and sells some of the same foods available in the restaurant. their panini's are quite good.

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                              1. re: ChinaCat

                                Yes, the eastbound little one has been gone for about a year or so...sadly. However, the westbound one, which as far as I know is, and always was,an official "Red Barn" too, is going strong. No worries, they said they aren't going anywhere.....the garden center was converted to a real estate office around 6-8 months ago.

                                Also, the Italian cookies a Panzano are wonderful......

                              2. La Rotisserie is pretty good for meat and sides type of place. It's on 9 Westbound in Chestnut Hill, in the strip mall with the Star, next to Rosie's Bakery.

                                1. Since Tennessee's is actually one street up on Rte. 30, I'd have to vote for Firefly's, two streets up on Old Conn. Path. In spite of the Purple People's constant hyping and the ubiquitous commercials, Steve Uliss delivers the the best fix for the BBQ-Jones in the Metro-West. Alfresco dining, at their Marlboro location only, is another nice option come Spring.

                                  Nothing wrong with Tennessee's, We've done take-out here many, many times before Firefly's arrival and still do, occasionally. It just doesn't have the breadth & depth of Firefly's offerings.
                                  In addition, the trump card (shallow me), is they have a full liquor license whilst Tennessee's has none. Got to have a cold one with my 'Que!

                                  1. I've eaten at the Canyon Cafe a few times and really enjoyed it. It's on the Southboro Westboro line in the same small plaza as Boston Interiors (going west).

                                    1. We don't love Ginsing but do enjoy Sichuan Gourmet.

                                      1. So yes, Eo Noodle is great. Acapulcos on the eastbound side just before the Mass Pike on ramps has outstanding authentic Mexican food. Their Tacos Al Pastor and Combo Fajitas are my favorite. They also make great margaritas and treat all guests to a basket of warm, fresh tortilla chips and salsa when you sit down. The service is always friendly, and very prompt.

                                        Cheng Du is a good Chinese restaurant.

                                        Michi Kusa is my favorite sushi restaurant on the Route 9 strip. Its right at 126, and always has fresh fish. Very good, the owner Brian is also generous with his regular customers.

                                        1. Is EO Noodle in Framingham?? Do they serve wine and beer or full bar or none? Is Acapulco's in Natick or Framingham? Thanks.

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                                          1. re: emilief

                                            EO Noodle is on Route 9, westbound side. It's in a tiny strip mall across from the Stop and Shop and next to a bank (Banknorth?). There used to be a Japenese clothing store next door, but that's gone and I think there's a Sylvan learning center or some such place next door.

                                            I don't remember them serving beer or wine but you can BYO.

                                            1. re: emilief

                                              Both Acapulco and EO Noodle are in Framingham.

                                            2. Has anybody eaten at Oga's fairly recently? we were there, perhaps 3 weeks ago. And while the sushi was excellent, I really didn't find anything innovative about the menu. there were very few entrees beyond the standard Japanese fare and sushi. I had heard many good things about Oga, so I was a little disappointed. I wonder if it had changed hands, or chefs. Friends who had gone a year or so ago said it used to have far more variety on the menu.