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Middle Oct 1, 2007 12:36 PM

Does anyone have a recommendation for a restaurant in or near Leominster? Thanks!

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  1. hiddenboston Oct 1, 2007 12:55 PM

    What kind of restaurant are you looking for? You might want to ask this question in the New England board (actually, they might switch it there, anyway).

    If you like pub grub, the Old Timer Restaurant in nearby Clinton is a classic place. Lots of history there (I believe Sammy Davis, Jr. performed there once).

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      catsmeow Oct 1, 2007 12:58 PM

      Every year, I meet a several friends at The Mill in Leominster (might be the Old Mill)for a birthday brunch. I live in downtown Boston, but some of them live ou that way and it's conveniently located just off the highway. The Sunday brunch is a buffet. Besides the usual breakfast dishes(very good eggs benedict) they have 4-5 other hot dishes and a few different vegs and potatoes/rice, etc. I don't remember how much it is but remember it as being very reasonable...maybe $15-20. The desserts are very good and the warm basket of pecan sticky rolls are awesome. You can't beat the scenery...there's a covered bridge, waterfall and big duck pond with...of course...lots of ducks to feed. There's also a cutesy gift shop on the bottom level. I've never eaten there for lunch or dinner, but their brunch is pretty good.

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        hargau Oct 1, 2007 01:15 PM

        You are describing "the old Mill" which in not in leominster but in westminster. I find it to be pretty awful food .

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          RandyL Oct 1, 2007 01:33 PM

          The Old Mill is not owned by the Cracker Barrel company. It is an independently owned restaurant (possibly the Foster family but am not 100% sure) that is not accociated with the Cracker Barrel Company. They do have a Cracker Barrel Pub downstairs below the restaurant that is nice with the fireplace on a cool fall or winter evening.

          This restaurant used to be "the place to go" around here. The food is not bad - traditional items like prome rib, baksed stuff chicken, etc. Beautiful setting in an "old mill" near a small pond and waterfall. Sticky buns really are delicious though.

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            hargau Oct 1, 2007 01:37 PM

            I stand corrected on that one, just checked their website. I guess the name Cracker Barrel Pub is what threw me. Regardless, i really dont like the food. Been there about 10 times, never had anything very good. I edited my post regarding cracker barrel.

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              RandyL Oct 1, 2007 03:12 PM

              I agree with you. Never really anything good - nothing horribly bad - but the food served there is a waste of such a beautiful spot.

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        Bighead Oct 1, 2007 01:28 PM

        Il Camino for iialian. no clue what street it's on. great homemade italian food and cheap too! restaurant is kind of dumpy but the food makes up for it.

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          RandyL Oct 1, 2007 03:14 PM

          Il Camino is on Route 12 (Central Street) about 2 or 3 miles outside downtown. Basic concrete clock building with a flat roof and definitely old school Italian-American food. Never had a bad meal here and there and have been there many many times. Exclusive Dinners (5 or 6 courses) are nice treat.

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            Lilibet Oct 13, 2007 08:09 AM

            We really enjoy Il Camino... a real throwback ITAM place. Going there reminds me of the now long gone Marconi's on the Framingham/Ashland line.
            Good food, always fresh, moves fast, ample portions, some decents wines on teh list, etc. My only beef is that everything comes out of the kitchen way too fast...we have finally hooked up with a waitress that holds the dinner order until we done with our salads/apps.
            BTW - they only take cash, no credit cards or personal checks.

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              RandyL Oct 13, 2007 11:26 AM

              We LOVE Il Camino. It's even nice going there on a Sunday afternoon. Nobody in the area makes a betterred sauce. Not sure where they get their sausages but they are delish. And the exclusive dinners are a bargain for what you get.

              P.S. Ever try the baked stuffed lobster? Or the steak? They make everything great.

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                Lilibet Oct 14, 2007 08:00 AM

                Randy -
                Am a veal parm person myself.. I also like their version of "piccata" which isn't true piccata, but very, very good regardless. Fried shrimp with drawn butter is excellent also.
                I have always been curious as to what is in the those covered casseroles they bring out? Maybe sausage? Will have to try one of those sometimes!
                Yes, you cannot beat the prices and the food!

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                  Kat Oct 14, 2007 08:10 AM

                  I ordered gnocchi with meatballs last time we visited and it was served in a covered casserole dish.

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                    RandyL Oct 14, 2007 09:30 AM

                    Lilibet,
                    I agree - it is not a true piccata but it is so addicting, isn't it? I've had both the veal pic and the chicken pic - and my wife has never ordered anything but the chicken for years. Give the shrimp piccata a try (they call it shrimp roberto). It is easily one of the best shrimp dishes I have ever had (fried butterflied shrimp in that buttery, lemon piccata sauce).

                    The covered casserole dishes seem to be unique to Il Camino and they are basically just the various pasta dishes. The dishes stay covered to keep the food hot - and I have been known to eat my dinner straight from the casserole dish!

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                      hummingbird Oct 14, 2007 11:34 AM

                      Is there a menu on-line anywhere? Ithought they had a website a couple years ago, but it isn't in my saved files anymore.

                      How is, or do they serve a Saltimbocca. Don't head out that wau often, but always looking for good Italian.

                      Tried II Forno in Acton last week. Okay, but just not great, I may try again if in the area. I want to try the pizza, but I didn't see any go by. I like thin crust so I will check it out.

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                        RandyL Oct 14, 2007 12:08 PM

                        I have never been able to find a menu or website on-line for Il Camino ever. But I don't remember ever seeing saltimbocca on the menu at anytime.

                        Il Forno is ok. Haven't had anything awful or outstanding. Very different that Il Camino - which is old school Italian-American red sauce type restaurant.

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                          Lilibet Oct 15, 2007 07:58 AM

                          No, there is no Saltimbocca on the IC's menu unfortunately. I didn't find an online version of their menu... no website either. The place is in a timewarp so I guess that's to be expected.

                          I will certainly order the shrimp (roberto) piccata next we're up there. Thanks for the explanation of the "covered dishes"....

                          BTW - We've found that Il Forno is so-so and have never been that impressed with the food.

          2. whs Oct 1, 2007 01:35 PM

            There was a positive post about a Thai restaurant in Lunenburg called Bangkok Hill
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/425902

            1. Keithel Oct 1, 2007 04:08 PM

              I used to like Monty's Garden -- it's an Italian place just outside the center of town.
              I swear it sounds like the sort of place that is run by the Mafia, but alas, they have (or at least had) good Italian food.
              The reason I say "or at least had" is because I have not been there in oh, a good 10 years or so.

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              Monty's Garden
              35 Central St, Leominster, MA 01453

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                whs Oct 1, 2007 04:53 PM

                I think it has closed.

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                  Newburyport John Oct 1, 2007 07:19 PM

                  It closed. The owners were going to take a break and then consider opening another place.

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                    foodperv Oct 1, 2007 08:23 PM

                    my cousins family owned montys for decades they finished tearing it down last week
                    for a new walgreens

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                      Kat Oct 2, 2007 04:59 AM

                      I drove by a couple weeks ago and saw the work being done. We loved Monty's, both the food and the atmosphere (those wooden booths!). Like we need another Walgreens.

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                      trufflehound Oct 2, 2007 04:29 AM

                      Monty's has been razed for condos.

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                        RandyL Oct 2, 2007 05:17 AM

                        The newspapers in our area keep reporting that Monty's was razed to make way for a Walgreens downtown. Didn't hear a thing about condos but I guess you never know.

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                          foodperv Oct 2, 2007 02:49 PM

                          it is a wally greens my cousins family owned the joint

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                            Keithel Oct 10, 2007 03:08 PM

                            I hope you didn't take my comment on it seeming like mafia ran it badly.
                            In fact, in this case it is a complement -- I always figure that Italian Mafia would run a most excellent restaurant :)

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                              foodperv Oct 10, 2007 03:22 PM

                              no that never entered my mind at all

                      2. trufflehound Oct 2, 2007 04:32 AM

                        The Monument Grill is the best resturant in the area. Not extremely formal and probably considered 'fine dining' by the locals. Last time there I had a grilled swordfish on cajun rice with sauteed greens. Yum Nice atmosphere and good service.
                        I believe they have been trying to own a seafood restaurant also.

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                          RandyL Oct 2, 2007 05:23 AM

                          I have enjoyed many meals ay Monument Grill and have to agree: it is the best in the area and is considered 'fine dining' by the locals here. We go there when we don't feel like driving to the Boston area. Haven't really had a bad meal there, service is always very good, and the specials can be very innovative at times.

                          The seafood restaurant they are trying to open is called Blue Marlin (according to the owner of the Monument Grill). It is a stone's throw from the Grill but it looks like the work going on at this site is moving at snail's pace (or slower if you can imagine that). Not sure if/when it will ever open as the local newspaper here always has a different date.

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                          RandyL Oct 10, 2007 04:02 PM

                          Blue Marlin, a seafood restaurant (if you already didn't guess - haha!), is scheduled to open anytime soon. It is downtown Leominster - walking distance (literally) from the owner's other restaurant, the Monument Grill. I drive past it every other day or so (most recent being today) to see if it's open. Will keep everyone posted.

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                            lescaret Dec 3, 2007 12:37 PM

                            The Blue Marlin is scheduled to open Thursday, Dec 13. It is owned by the same folks who own the Monument Grill (which is, yes, considered 'fine dining" by "the locals", me being one of them).

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