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Funky, cool lunch spots in Worcester?

adrienne69 Nov 16, 2007 01:41 PM

I might be going out on a limb here...just haven't been to Worcester in years. I am meeting 2 old friends for lunch in Worcester on the day before Thanksgiving. We don't live in the area but are staying with parents who do. No chains, please! All ethnic varieties of food are options. We are all veterans of the restaurant industry & are food adventurous. Something cozy, clean and moderately priced. Thanks!

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    joth68 Nov 16, 2007 02:12 PM

    The Sole Proprietor is a safe choice. I have had good luck at the flying rhino as well.

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      ciaalum Nov 16, 2007 04:17 PM

      The people who own Sole also own the 111 Chophouse (pretty hip for Worcester, everything from sushi to steak) AND they just opened Via, which I heard is good, not having been there myself.

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        Framinghound Nov 16, 2007 04:55 PM

        I would recommend One Love Cafe for excellent homey Jamaican food, although it is located on Main South near Clark University. That area is not quite as safe as Shrewsbury St, where there are loads of options for eating, but maybe not so much ethnic variety. I suggest searching the New England Board for better Worcester recs than you'll probably get on the Boston board.

        1. trufflehound Nov 17, 2007 07:30 AM

          Sahara on Highland and El Basha, 2 locations for ME. Zipango, Baba or Haiku for Japanese/Sushi, all quite good.Bocado for Tapas, if open for lunch. Second One Love. Tough hood. I don't think the Chop House or Via open for lunch.

          1. Eatin in Woostah Nov 17, 2007 12:30 PM

            Great ethnic/adventurous options for lunch in Worcester:
            Framinghound hit it with One Love Cafe. Fabulous Jamaican food, cozy, and friendly. Don't worry too much about the neighborhood at lunch time.
            Da Lat for Vietnamese on Park Ave.
            Baba Sushi on Park for Japanese.

            Or, for a real old Worcester manufacturing town experience straight out of a Zippy cartoon, I can think of three options.
            George's Coney Island for hot dogs, the Wonderbar for pizza, or the Boulevard Diner.

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            1. re: Eatin in Woostah
              luci Nov 18, 2007 04:01 AM

              Yes to Coney Island and Baba Sushi FOR SURE

            2. Rick_V Nov 18, 2007 06:26 AM

              Bamboo Hut on Main St, west of Webster Square. Inventive twists on Vietnamese food, and they're happy to accomodate special requests and to improvise based on your mood. BYOB. Family-run, with a good vibe and casual service. A real hit with most foodies I've brought there.

              Baba is indeed excellent, but like most good sushi, it can get expensive.

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                kachuka Nov 18, 2007 04:41 PM

                Lucky's Cafe 102 grove st. (northworks complex). Very funky!!! Excellent soups (spicy peanut w/chicken, lentil with feta and spinich to name a few). Good value, great homeade lunches. Very laid back. They like their customers!

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                1. re: kachuka
                  Rick_V Nov 19, 2007 06:11 AM

                  Great suggestion -- Lucky's is a semi-hidden gem.

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                  hoffa2651 Nov 19, 2007 10:13 AM

                  O'Connor's is a safe bet in West Boylston about a minute from the Worcester border

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                    kttmkt Jan 31, 2008 02:04 AM

                    Actually, O'Connor's is in WORCESTER

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                      phelana Jan 31, 2008 04:36 AM

                      oh my gosh..O Connors is a hair over the Worcester line..geeze...

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