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Hi -

Having recently moved back here after 20 years I have no idea where the good places to eat are anymore! We're looking for somewhere to go for dinner tonight and am soliciting ideas...I'm familiar with the restaurants directly in Concord, and am not really thrilled with them so am willing to go farther afield (Lexington, Arlington, Waltham) if necessary. We'd like a low-key place that has really yummy food. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. What kind of food do you prefer.....a shortlist of preferred cuisine would help with making suggestions

    1. There is an amazing Cantonese restaurant in Acton (believe it or not) in the robin blue house by the train station. The place is called Acton Coffee House, or something like that. This is not a place for fancy dinner out, but the food is delicious and fresh. There are some tables inside, and during the summer, you can eat outside as well. There are several posts about the food. Here is a link to the first one I remember:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/439084

      1. Welcome back!

        We've lived in Concord for 28 years and have always driven into town to eat out. There is a long thread called Why are there no good restaurants in the Concord Area? www.chowhound.com/topics/163960

        There used to be Aigo Bistro but it didn't last. Flora in Arlington is good and an easy drive, although a little "special", also Toraya, Blue Ribbon BBQ, Katmandu Spice (havn't tried that one)....otherwise you might as well drive into Cambridge.

        Also there are some great glorified farm stands that have good take home food: Verril Farm in Concord, Idylwilde Farm in Acton, and Wilson Farm in Lexington.

        1. Try Catch in Winchester on Church St. Excellent small seafood place. You won't be disappointed

          1. Welcome back to Concord, the no man's land of dinner fun. I agree there is no place worthwhile to eat in this area unfortunately. The closest would be Natick (Sel de la Terre), Waltham (Elephant's Walk) or Arlington (Scutra, Ole Mexican Grill, Flora.)

            One fairly new option in Concord is Farfalle Italian Market (across the train tracks from La Provence.) They serve very good refined Italian food for lunch and you can eat there until 7PM or they will prepare it for takeout. It's not full service but they will bring food to your table and really try very hard to make things perfect. I have been very impressed by their level of dedication.

            1. I knew I'd get some good responses :) Thank you all - and now I'm going to check out the post about why there are no good restaurants in Concord!

              1. It's not too much farther to Bistro 5 in West Medford and worth the trip. Catch is terrific, too. Something Savory in Arlington Heights is delicious but very casual.

                1. Maynard has some decent ethnic restos, Thai Chili & Little Pusan (Korean).

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                  1. re: mr mangia

                    If you are into decent, average or passable food, you need to move to the Concord, Acton, Maynard, Bedford area.

                    1. re: mr mangia

                      Mr.M, please tell us about Little Pusan...I didn't know there was any Korean out there! I see this in my future!!!!

                      1. re: galleygirl

                        Im curious about that too, how does it compare to the Korean place in Ayer?

                        1. re: hargau

                          IMHO, the Korean place in Ayer is better then Little Pusan. We have been to Little Pusan 3 or 4 times and also tried take out, and have not once had a problem-free dinner. Wrong order, forgotten order, etc. The lady who is in front always seems a bit brusque, as well. The last time we had dinner there, it was 5 or 6 months ago on a Sat night and the place was completely empty at 7 pm except for us. We also both became ill later on that night, but I can't prove it was the food. Maybe they get a large lunch crowd from the Mill.

                        2. re: galleygirl

                          Little Pusan is right in the middle of Maynard Center & it is a cute little place with maybe 8 tables. They have a pretty extensive soup menu & also the obligatory sushi menu (which I have never tried). They do a wicked Chap Che noodle and the Bi Bim Bap is excellent as well. I work near there so we hit it up once in while. Check it !

                          http://www.littlepusan.com/index.html

                          1. re: mr mangia

                            I noticed they list panchan as a side order...Does that mean they don't automatically serve them with meals?

                            1. re: galleygirl

                              i could have sworn that the panchan came with our meal as it ususally does. that sometimes is my favorite part of the meal ! wu chon's panchan is my fave !

                        3. re: mr mangia

                          Monsoon in Maynard is a good option for the area, too (Indian). They also have a location on 2A in Acton.

                          1. re: Angel Food

                            I like the Acton Monsoon better than the one in Maynard. The Maynard local is kinda dumpy & the buffet takes up most of the room. The Acton local is new & clean and food has been good. Ate there this week and was great except the waiter forgot to give us menus for the longest time and there were only 2 other parties there. I asked for my sag paneer spicy & they did not disappoint. it made my head sweat & turn red much to the amusement of my coworkers !

                            1. re: mr mangia

                              I've only been for dinner - no buffet in the way.

                        4. I liked Nancy's Airfield Cafe at the Minuteman Airfield in Stow when I lived in Concord. It's very low key, but the food is always fresh and the chef (Nancy) uses local ingredients when possible. They only serve dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, but they have good brunch on the weekends. Plus, if it's a nice day you may be able to see cute little planes taking off or landing. Here's their Web site: http://www.nancysairfieldcafe.com/

                          1. How far out of the way is Sudbury for you? A couple of low key places with yummy food in Sudbury: Fugakyu for sushi and Sweet Pepper (or is it Red Pepper?) for Thai. Also some people like Lotus Blossom for Americanized Chinese, but I don't know if I'd make a special trip (and I think it's way overpriced).

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                            1. re: MrsCheese

                              Don't forget Oishii, Too in Sudbury - many think it's the best of the best in this geography for Japanese/sushi