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Reading/N.Reading area recomendations?

Bighead Jul 24, 2007 06:00 AM

I';m looking for recomendations on a dinner spot in the Reading area. Business dinner for 4, 2 consultants coming are sick of the woburn to andover chains near where they are staying. Asian, italian, American etc is fine. Just looking for a good alternative to the chains and don't know what to recomend. Andover is fine too.

  1. Chris VR Jul 24, 2007 06:33 AM

    I really like Savory Tastes, for an upscale Bistro menu. For a more casual experience, I think Horseshoe Grille hits the spot. For really casual/sports bar with good food, try Big Dog. For Asian, I think wither Mandarin Reading and Emperor's Choice are both fairly good for suburban Chinese fare.

    Savory Tastes Cafe
    601 Main St, Reading, MA 01867

    Horseshoe Grille
    226 Main St, North Reading, MA 01864

    Big Dog Sports Grille
    178 Main St, North Reading, MA 01864

    Mandarin Reading Restaurant
    296 Salem St, Reading, MA 01867

    Emperor's Choice
    530 Main St, Reading, MA 01867

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    1. re: Chris VR
      Bighead Jul 24, 2007 07:12 AM

      looks like a good list, Savory looks tatsy chris, thanks!

      1. re: Bighead
        Gary Grill Jul 24, 2007 07:20 AM

        There is also a wonderful place in Reading Square called Venetian Moon.This is a great place for entertaining business associates. Fabulous martinis, delicious app's and remarkable dinner selections, mostly Italian fare. Stay away from Big Dog and Horseshoe cafe, rough clientel. If Andover is still in the cards for you, try The Loft on Rt.125

        1. re: Gary Grill
          RichardA Jul 24, 2007 07:32 AM

          I would also highly recommend Savory Tastes Cafe. Though I like the food and drinks at Venetian Moon, it can be very noisy, especially if they have live music. So, it all depends on whether you are seeking a quieter place or not.

          1. re: Gary Grill
            ScubaSteve Jul 24, 2007 08:15 AM

            The Loft is in North Andover.
            in Andover i would highly suggest Glory.

            1. re: Gary Grill
              Chris VR Jul 24, 2007 09:35 AM

              Oh pshaw. I bring kids to Horseshoe for dinner all the time, and I'm surrounded by other families, older couples, etc.. It's certainly not "rough clientel", perhaps it was before it was renovated. And yes, Big Dog is downscale and casual but it's not like you'll get thrown over a bar for not wearing motorcycle leathers.

              I didn't care for the scene at Venetian Moon. Haven't eaten there but I walked in and out... didn't want to deal with the noise.

              1. re: Gary Grill
                harpoonipa1967 Jul 24, 2007 10:39 AM

                You must be thinking of the Horseshoe cafe before they remodled. Back then it was a bit dark and barroom like. The Big Dog is a Pub with good food. While I wouldn't sit at the bar with my kids I would sit at a table in the back. I've eaten lunch there numerous times.

                1. re: Gary Grill
                  bachslunch Jul 24, 2007 10:48 AM

                  I was not very impressed with The Loft, which seemed like middling pub grub to me, and as ScubaSteve rightly noted, it's in North Andover. I'll second his recommendation of Glory and strongly suggest Cassis if you're in Andover.

                  1. re: bachslunch
                    Chris VR Jul 24, 2007 10:54 AM

                    Have you been to Cassis since they've changed management? I'm curious about how it is these days. I always wanted to like it but the two visits I made didn't overly impress me.

                    1. re: bachslunch
                      ScubaSteve Jul 24, 2007 10:54 AM

                      have you been to Cassis since the change of ownership?

                      1. re: ScubaSteve
                        bachslunch Jul 24, 2007 11:20 AM

                        Wasn't aware it had changed ownership recently. Liked it very much when I went late last year, though I guess that's ancient history now. Thanks for the heads-up.

                        1. re: bachslunch
                          ScubaSteve Jul 24, 2007 11:34 AM


                2. re: Chris VR
                  rosie17 Jul 24, 2007 09:32 AM

                  I concur with Chris VR on the one item I can vouch for at Emperor's Choice - I had some excellent sushi there about 3 weeks ago. Granted, it was only a catepillar roll and a California roll, but I also sampled my friend's seaweed salad (with salmon I think) and it was divine! A real surprise for the 'burbs, IMO. That being said, not sure about the other fare but my sushi experience was great!

                3. LindaWhit Jul 24, 2007 09:23 AM

                  In Stoneham Square is KroMel's Playhouse Cafe. Friends and coworkers have enjoyed Venetian Moon in Reading Center.

                  Kromel's Playhouse Cafe
                  407 Main St, Stoneham, MA 02180

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                  1. re: LindaWhit
                    bachslunch Jul 24, 2007 10:51 AM

                    If you're headed to Stoneham, I'd suggest Angelo's (bear left for their pizzeria, bear right for tablecloth style dining).

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                    taxi Jul 24, 2007 11:47 AM

                    Mandarin Reading is good non-greasy Chinese food. Their crab rangoon are yum!
                    Plus, it is very clean inside!

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                    1. re: taxi
                      Bighead Jul 25, 2007 07:45 AM

                      thanks for all the feedback.

                      we went to Venetian Moon and everyone was very happy. We didn't find it that noisy in the downstairs dining area. everybody loved their entress, my scallops were done perfectly and had plenty to take home. gnocchi app was deliscious, maybe a tad heavy on the oil but otherwise very good. my associates dinners ranged from a great looking ribeye to some serious plates of veal marsala and they raved about it.

                      great find for Reading area!

                      thanks again

                      1. re: Bighead
                        Bighead Jul 25, 2007 07:46 AM

                        also, out waitress was hot and very flirtacious which made a couple of the older guys happy as well. :)

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