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Rt 495 breakfast (Lowell/Lawrence area)

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Noank Native Sep 14, 2007 08:27 AM

We've been looking for a good breakfast place on the drive up to Maine (through Massachusetts). We take 495 from the Wocester area through Lowell & Lawrence. Are there any places not too far from the highway that have a good breakfast? Any info would be very welcome!

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    Noank Native Sep 18, 2007 11:18 AM

    THANKS to everyone who replied! We're back from Maine--got your replies too late for this trip, but we're ready for the next one!

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      jackattack Sep 15, 2007 12:45 PM

      No contest! SHAWSHEEN LUNCHEONETTE in Andover !!!!

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        lexpatti Sep 14, 2007 06:04 PM

        I second, third and fourth the Owl in Lowell. If you love breakfast and specifially anything with ham like Eggs Bennie - you will be sooo spoiled and prob. wont enjoy an eggs bennie again (unless it's at one their's). It's quite the place, food is awesome, beans, everything, etc. - service staff are great. 244 Appleton Street - just off the Lowel Connector.

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          Bilznitch Sep 14, 2007 06:19 PM

          Exit 38 (Rte 38) in Tewksbury
          About 1 mile South of the highway is Vic's Waffle House on the left.
          Fantastic for breakfast and lunch.
          Good, fresh food made from scratch and consistantly good.

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            lexpatti Sep 15, 2007 07:13 AM

            I've never been to Vic's but pass it all the time. thanks.

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              Keithel Sep 15, 2007 04:37 PM

              I tried it once, but I found it to be sub-par. Owl is *MUCH* better.
              Drive the extra few miles and get yerself a good diner meal at the Owl :)

        2. kparke30 Sep 14, 2007 09:00 AM

          Hidden gem, easy on/off 495 -- Blast from the Past Diner on River St (aka rt 110) in Haverhill.....exit 49/River St exit, bear right off exit, continue straight parallel river for about a mile I guess, it sneaks up on you on the right. Next to Burke's ice cream (really all 1 operation, same family) - - I'm from area & go there almost every week - - try the baby potato pancakes as your potato side. If there near lunch time, try a burger, they're terrific!

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          1. re: kparke30
            Infomaniac Sep 14, 2007 09:34 AM

            I haven't been to Blast from the Past Diner yet but will give them a try.

            A couple other suggestions off 495 are:

            exit 39 in Tewksbury there is a Cracker Barrel Restaurant if thats your thing.

            exit 50 in Haverhill on Rte. 97 toward Salem, about a mile on the right is Cafe 97. Good solid typical local breakfast place.

            exit 54 in Amesbury corner of Rte. 100 and 150 is Andyman Dessert & Baking Co. Great local place for excellent coffee selections, espresso, bagels, muffins, pastries, cream cheeses. Not a place for bacon and eggs.

            1. re: kparke30
              Keithel Sep 14, 2007 10:19 AM

              Don't forget Owl Diner in Lowell! :)
              I sound like a broken record.

              If you've ever been to one of the three diners owned by the same sisters (Owl Diner (Lowell), Dream Diner (Tewksbury), Rosie's (North Chelmsford)), how would you compare Blast from the Past diner to them?

              1. re: Keithel
                kparke30 Sep 14, 2007 12:59 PM

                Unfortunately haven't been to any of these diners, but assuming they are great classic diners, you'll find Blast from the Past different - they are a strip mall makeover kind of family run place, lots of 50's memorabilia, etc, great food but not a *classic* diner experience - hope that helps.

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                  foodperv Sep 14, 2007 06:07 PM

                  as long as the owl is better than the nightmar (dream diner)

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                  Peter B Wolf Sep 14, 2007 07:29 PM

                  Does this place have another name ?
                  Found Burke's Ice Cream on Google Maps, but no Diner.
                  Please provide street number and phone.
                  Thanks

                  1. re: Peter B Wolf
                    Infomaniac Sep 15, 2007 05:01 AM

                    The Blast from the Past must be fairly new. It's right next door to Burke's Ice Cream on Rte. 110 (River Street) in Haverhill. 978-556-5611.
                    Look like they have a Local Cruise Night on Sundays through September.

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