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Bill and Bob's Woburn

Wursthof Apr 9, 2008 01:15 PM

What's the scoop on this place? Someone mentioned it in passing and I've never heard of it. I usually save my roast beef journeys for Nick's in Beverly. Woburn is a lot closer.

I like Riley's in Chelsea too.

Any info on Bill and Bob's?

  1. hiddenboston Apr 9, 2008 01:22 PM

    We used to call it Swill and Slobs back in high school and college. From what I discovered back then, it only seemed to be good at the end of a real bender.

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    1. re: hiddenboston
      macca Apr 9, 2008 01:33 PM

      OOHH- that is certainly descriptive!! Never been to Bill and Bobs, but I really like Billy's roast beef in Wakefied ( on Main street, near the Melrose/Wakefield line)

      1. re: hiddenboston
        Diski Apr 9, 2008 02:09 PM

        Swill and Slob! I used to there late night.... fried fish sandwiches!
        I grew up in the area and it always an after hour thing.

      2. heathermb Apr 9, 2008 01:26 PM

        It's on Main Street just at the Winchester/Woburn line. Friends of mine swear it is the best RB sandwich in the area. It's on my list of places try. Will report back.

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          buffet king Apr 9, 2008 01:49 PM

          I haven't been to Bill and Bob's in Woburn in many years. I used to stop at Bill and Bob's and get a super roast beef sandwich after fishing at Horn Pond. Bill and Bob's has been there for years. Back then it was okay but I'm not sure how the food is now. My favorite roast beef place is Billy's on Main Street in Wakefield.

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          1. re: buffet king
            raddoc Apr 9, 2008 01:59 PM

            I like 'em late night. One of the few places with hot pastrami, and they'll put hot sauce on pastrami, burgers or roast beef. I don't think I've tried the rb, nice greasy burgers or pastrami on a grilled bun.

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            32578 May 16, 2008 08:20 PM

            I've been to the ones in Salem, Woburn and Peabody, and every time the food is excellent! Best roast beef sandwiches i have ever had. Their fried items are good too, they have a pretty good selection. From what i saw in the paper it was one of the first roast beef places around, and pretty much all of the other roast beef places out there now have owners that started out working at bill & bobs or worked for someone else that started out there. As far as i'm concerned you can't beat a place that's been around that long!

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            1. re: MC Slim JB
              Food4Thought May 16, 2008 10:11 PM

              I can't speak to "Bill&Bobs" seeing as I have no idea where it is, but I can vouch for Liberty Bell in Stoneham which is a solid choice IMHO, not only for RoastBeef sangwiches but dog's (surprisingly) and whole belly clams too surprisingly.

              1. re: Food4Thought
                macca May 17, 2008 03:12 AM

                Have to agree. The Liberty Bell is Melrose is good. They know how to use the fryolator, that's for sure. Extensive menu, too.

              2. re: MC Slim JB
                TomH May 17, 2008 12:19 AM

                Unfortunately I can only vouch for Bill & Bob's when I am stinko. I have some friends in the area that tend to put me in the realm of "It is very late and it is delicious" :)

                1. re: MC Slim JB
                  mcel215 May 17, 2008 04:43 AM

                  I live in Woburn, and Bill & Bob's has a good RB sandwich. It's the same as Liberty Bell and I really don't go out of my way to eat (well, I take out) there.

                  There was a thread on this board, about a place on Winn St., in Woburn and I haven't been there yet, but it's on my list.

                  MC, thanks for the report back on Tuda in Woburn, as I drive by there all the time and wondered about it.

                  Woburn on the whole, to me anyway, doesn't have what I am looking for in restaurant eats. Just a bunch of okay places in the center. I used to like Santoro's, but it was just sold. And so was Giovanni's outside of the center on rt. 38, near Walgreens. Both places have gone down hill since.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                    hiddenboston May 17, 2008 08:02 AM

                    MC, a friend of mine who lurks this site and who is a regular poster on another forum (and who has been to nearly every roast beef place in the greater Boston area) tells me that the Roast Beef Roundup on Route 38 (north of Route 128) is excellent. Perhaps not quite as good as Nick's Famous in Beverly, but a whole lot better than Bill and Bobs...

                    1. re: hiddenboston
                      mcel215 May 17, 2008 12:39 PM

                      Thanks hidden,

                      There was also a poster that said he would move back to Woburn in a heartbeat, just to be near the place on Winn St. Can't think of the name, or the poster though!

                      1. re: mcel215
                        greygarious May 17, 2008 02:30 PM

                        That was Taterjane, referring to the fries at Roast Beef Roundup on Main St., not Winn St.


                        1. re: greygarious
                          mcel215 May 17, 2008 03:48 PM

                          Thanks grey, the Roundup up near the Wilmington border I believe. If I get up that far, I'll try those fries ; ).

                          But, if I am going to go a few miles, I'll go into Wakefield for Zaleks, or Billy's.

                    2. re: 32578
                      MC Slim JB May 18, 2008 07:02 AM

                      I got to Tuda Na Brasa in Woburn the other day for lunch, and thought it was a really terrific little churrascaria of the weigh-your-plate school: fine fatty rare sirloin, kielbasa, lamb, chicken hearts. Good rice and beans and plantains on the buffet. Nice people. I think my check with a diet Guarana came to under $9 with a buffet-grade tip, too much food for lunch, really, but it was my first visit, and I kind of got excited at the sight of all that grilled meat. I'll certainly return.

                      Woburn seems to have a few roast beef sandwich places. I wonder if any of the locals here can comment on their relative merits. I'm a little leery of places like Bill and Bob's that most folks only seem to enjoy when they're stinko.

                      1. re: MC Slim JB
                        rizzo0904 May 23, 2008 05:45 PM

                        I grew up in Woburn and LOVE Bill and Bob's. I always get the regular RB with xtra BBQ sauce. ( The super beef comes on an onion roll.) Then I get fries to scoop up the xtra sauce that falls out. It's not gourmet, but it's good.

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