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Feb 13, 2007 07:50 AM

Billerica Restaurants

I'm going to be visiting my sister in Billerica, I'm into food she's not. Any restaurants suggestions. Thanks.

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  1. If you like Indian, you could go to Masalaa on Boston Road. IIRC, it's South Indian. Otherwise, I recommend you follow Concord Road into Bedford and go to Luigi's, which is a good red sauce Italian place in the Whole Foods shopping center.

    1. There's the Emerald Rose, too; located on Cambridge Street (3A) in Billerica. Two sides to the restaurant: one is the bar side that has bar seating, of course, as well as booths. The other side is the restaurant side. While not gourmet, that would appeal more to you, it's good, solid food and it's a popular place.

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      1. re: LindaBarbara

        I'd second that rec.
        They have alfresco dining in season, also.
        I'm surprised that this place is, seemingly, unknown outside of Billerica.

      2. Just south in Burlington is a great thai place Lemon Tree (also has great sushi). It's just above the Mall on Middlesex Turnpike. Across from the Mall is also Macoroni Grill (chain but good) and on Mall Rd is a nice place called Dandelion Greens. In the mall is Legal Seafoods and Cheesecake Factory. I love Legals.

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        1. re: lexpatti

          No offense, but I think Macaroni Grill is just awful, as is Cheesecake Factory. (See Harp00n, it's not just you!)

          There's a terrific authentic szechuan restaurant in Billerica called Sichuan Gourmet.

        2. Sichuan Gourmet - absolutely the best food in the area (Szechuan)

          Chung King Rick's Cafe - best American Chinese in the area

          Strombolli's - wood-fired, brick oven pizza - decent stick to your ribs pastafazoo

          I'm not a big Emerald Rose fan - good for blue-hairs that crave bland, but lots of standards to choose from (shepherd's pie, steak tips, etc.)

          Augusta Subs for best salad bar and not to be missed chicken cordon-bleu subs

          Really good news is you're 5 minutes down from Lowell on Rt 3 - great Vietnamese and Cambodian/Lao cooking at places like SouthEast Asian (see Jim's tour stop #47 -, Thanh Thanh, Phien's Kitchen - or stop for a quick banh mi at Yummy's. Very good French Bistro fare right downtown Lowell at La Boniche.

          Down the street in Burlington, good Korean BBQ at New Jang Su.

          If you drive into Bedford center, best burb sushi in the area is at Ginger - also decent Japanese menu of other items (katsu, tempura, etc.)

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          1. re: applehome

            I have never heard of Yummy Express before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Is it worth trying if I have never had a Banh Mi before? I want my first impression to be a good one! Do you prefer any specific kinds of Bahn Mi that they serve?

            1. re: mjg0725

              I think they're great - but I am somewhat adventurous - I mean - I really enjoy most head cheeses and pates, for example.

              They offer two kinds - the standard sandwich and what they call bbq, which has a tasty grilled pork meat. The standard is cold cuts with butter, pate, veggies (cucumber, pickled daikon & carrots). They'll make it as hot or not as you want. The bread is always fresh and crusty. I think it's $2.50 - maybe $3.00 now.

              They always have some very interesting pre-made hot take-out foods. I've tried several without knowing their name or necessarily everything that's in them. Some are spicy - all are good. I really like the whole fish dishes.

              I like their meat sticks, which come packaged with some of the pickled daikon and carrots. The meat is from a fatty/gristly cut. I think that the chewiness and flavor are really good - but my wife won't eat them. Her loss, my gain!

              Their spring rolls are good, but not as good as Phien's Kitchen which has the best Pho, Spring Rolls and Larb in town, as far as I'm concerned. For a good intro to home-cooked southeast asian food in general, Phien's is the place to go - but they have no banh mi.

              1. re: applehome

                Thanks for the long helpful response! Have you found that Yummy Express is one of the best places for Banh Mi in Lowell?

                Is there a language barrier there, or will they be able to explain things to me when I get there?

          2. There's a new Indian restaurant at Boston Rd and Bridge St. Haven't been but it's busy when I've driven by.

            Rick's American Cafe for Chinese has the friendliest, most welcoming host in Rick that I've ever experienced. They accomodate special requests if you want something off menu. Their beef, however, is very poor quality.

            Dalya's in Bedford is a better bet than Cafe Luigi's although more expensive.

            I'd go up to Lowell, myself. Do a search on this board. In addition to asian specialties, someone posted about Portugese food.

            In Woburn, there is a great Pho place called Pho #1 or something like that. Take 128N to Rt 38, head left away from Woburn Ctr/movies. Follow the bend in the road. You'll come to Lana Thai diner (which has gotten good reviews here). Across the street is the Pho place in a storefront. I really like this place. Very homey and simple.

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            1. re: three of us

              A new Indian restaurant in Bricka? Has anyone been? I'll have to check that out.

              I can vouch for Pho #1, too. I'm no expert on Vietnamese food, but I like eating there. They also have Thai food on their menu.

              1. re: three of us

                I'm from the Lowell area and love the selection of great asian (Southeast Asian being my favorite) but love Pho 88 too. And Portugese. I've discovered Cavalaro's (I always chop this spelling, sorry) and Friends (just across from Southeast Asian on market St.). Good Brazillian too. Awesome ethnic choices in the area. Great french right in downtown Lowell (La Boniche) and the best Italian north of Boston - Ricardo's Trattoria.