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Mar 23, 2007 08:09 AM

lunch places in Woburn

I'm looking for decent takeout lunch places near my office in Woburn as I'm getting quite tired of the 'regulars'. I'm on commerce way in Woburn which is right off of 93 near the 128 interchange so my lunch selection doesn't need to be in Woburn, just a brief drive (10m?) from my office. Any suggestions for decent (I eat out most days so not unbearable unhealthy) take out place?
I eat at David's World Famous regularly and panera sometimes but I need to expand out. When we go out to eat, we often to to Bangkok Spice in Reading (amazing ginger soup at lunch) or Kyotoya in Stoneham but Kyotoya is not good for takeout (they just seem inept at the whole takeout process) and Bangkok Spice is on vacation and I need more places to eat.
I've searched quite a bit on chowhound but most of the local topics are for sit down or dinner.

Thanks for the help!

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  1. Check out The Restaurant in Woburn Center (that's the name of it, BTW--The Restaurant). Good Greek cafeteria-style place with excellent chicken pot pie, mac and cheese, steak tips, and lamb.

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      The Restaurant in Woburn has good gyros, corned beef reubens, turkey dinners, roast beef dinners and their mac & cheese is very filling. You can sit in or get take-out. They also serve breakfast all day, every day. On Sunday they only serve breakfast because they close at 2pm.

    2. What about Sichuan Garden's 2nd location? I've never been to this outlet, but the one in Brookline is tasty. They are on Alfred St. Their web site seems to be down for the moment.

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      1. re: Chrispy75

        I tried that a few days ago at after reading the reviews here and had a terrible meal. I'll give it another try next week in the hopes my experience was an anomaly. Thanks, Jon

        1. re: drboom

          probably an anomaly. I like the food better at the Woburn location unless they got rid of the chef that the owners said they hired from a 5* restaurant in china...

          1. re: drboom

            I usually do dinner take out there and it's always been good. However, I've tried lunch twice and it has definitely not been as good. It really surprised me.

        2. What about The Mandarin in Reading on Route 129, or Emperor Choice in Reading on Main Street/Route 28. And there's always Harrow's Pies on Route 28 in Reading - they've got individual chicken pot pies:

          While I haven't had anything there in a long time, in the Cummings Park area on Washington Street, there's the Italian Express place - I think at 600 Cummings Park? And isn't there a LoFat KnowFat Cafe/Grille in that general area? And a Fresh City next to Bank of America in Cummings Park, and the new version of Au Bon Pain just at the corner of Washington & Salem Streets.

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            I would second the recommendation for Mandarin Reading on Route 129 in Reading. I was there for lunch on Wednesday. Mandarin Reading is my favorite Chinese lunch buffet place. The food is always good and the restaurant was packed for lunch on Wednesday. We had to wait for a table and sit in the sushi bar area.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Harrow's sounds like a very interesting suggestion. I'll give that a try. Thanks.

              The cummings park area is indeed nearby but because of crossing washington st. to get to, it is about 20-30 minutes each way to go that mile or so.

              I don't think I've heard of the Emperor Choice, I'll check it out. Is The Mandarin the chinese restaurant in the rotary next to the RMV and REI? If so, I've been very dissapointed with it. I've only been there on the weekend though so I'll give the weekday buffet a try.
              Thanks for the help.

              1. re: drboom

                Yes, The Mandarin is opposite the RMV/REI. Their weekday buffet is definitely good, as buffet king said. Have never been there on the weekend.

                Emperor's Choice is on the left *just* before you get to Reading Center - there's a small parking area on the left just past the restaurant.

                And IKWYM re: Washington St. - it is pretty bad (and damn near impassable between T'giving and Christmas!). But from your area, you could do some residential back roads that might get you there a bit faster. I know them by sight, however, so I couldn't give directions. :-/

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  when i worked off commerce way, my go-to's were ken's deli down the street and sushi island over in wake and sometimes panera at the mall

                  1. re: Bighead

                    THAT's the name of it - Ken's Deli - I think I was taken there once by a coworker. Couldn't remember the name.

                    1. re: Bighead

                      zalek's downtown wakefield. Check out the reviews here. It's quick counter service with amazingly good and fresh seafood and other food that you wouldnt expect to find with counterservice. Great prices, lots of salad, grilled pizza. Great daily specials. Great Brit style fish and chips. Specials are things like grilled sword fish with jasmine rice and greek salad for about 10 bucks.
                      The Restaurant is decent and fast. There's some new Brazilian take out across the street but havent tried it. I didnt like KnowFat, or Emporers and Sichuan wasnt my favorite either. Used to be a Mandarain Reading regular but last few times went downhill. Tony Pillas in the hotel next to the movie theater is actully decent. Thin pizzas, kind of like quesadilla. Giant eggplant sub was good. If you ever get a vey long lunch, go past the Burlington Mall to the border of Bedford to The Flatbread Company for the best pizza anywhwere and a fun atmosphere and woodburning clay oven. organic yet as tasty as original Reginas. On the Border is kind of ok for some things like the queso dip and guac. but other stuff is not real great, but its probably good for an occasional change. Pizzeria Unu does express lunches. Christophers in Reading is really good for creative breakfast foods and cheap homestyle lunches and sandwiches. Cute and cozy like a new hampshire style place. Capri in Reading also is pretty good with counter service but you can eat in the restaurant self serve too during the days. waitress at nite. Decent pizza and italian. Never had their ribs or chicken. People here like the Lanna Thai diner on main street, on the other side of 128 but i didnt think it was that good, cuz my shrimp tasted off. People also like the little Pho place across the street. Cant go wrong with Zaleks!

              2. Lot of good suggestions here - I'm pretty sure there's a back-roads way to get from Commerce way to Alfred/Main, where Sichuan Garden II is, which I heartily recommend - but once you're out to Main St anyway, going right into North Woburn gets you to Lanna Thai Diner, and, almost across the street from it, Pho Woburn - both very good too. And only a little further down is Churrascaria Rodeo - I'm pretty sure they're open for lunch, though I've never been there in the daytime.

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                1. re: Bob Geary

                  Three in Stoneham:
                  E&G (they just moved)
                  Baja Fresh (I like their fish taco)
                  All are on Main St.

                  There is a Sushi place on Montvale in a strip mall that's supposed to be good.

                  Regina's pizza (inside polcaris)
                  Lana Thai
                  Louie's pizza
                  Brother's (cuban sandwich only)
                  Marco's (eggplant sub only)

                2. Avoid the lunch menu at Sichuan Garden. I think you can order off the regular menu.

                  I second Lana Thai in Woburn, and Angelo's in Stoneham.