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FoodFemme May 4, 2008 02:40 PM

Am taking mom to the DeCordova Museum for Mother's Day. I don't know the area too well. Where can we get dinner in the vicinity of the DeCordova?

Nothing too over the top or expensive. And to complicate things, her boyfriend (who will be with us) doesn't eat anything too "weird" (sushi, Indian,Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, BBQ, spicy, Japanese). Thanks!

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    nasilemak May 4, 2008 02:49 PM

    Lotus Blossom in Sudbury might fit the bill.

    1. hiddenboston May 4, 2008 02:58 PM

      LOL....I like your definition of "weird" food!

      You won't find anything in Lincoln, but next door to Lincoln is Waltham, which has too many good restaurants to list here. Do a search of Waltham and/or Moody Street on this board and you'll find a lot of options from which to choose.

      1. steinpilz May 4, 2008 04:13 PM

        If you don't mind going to Cambridge Casablanca is a nice spot, moderate with a "non-weird" (as far as I can tell) menu selection, a hint of romance, in the middle of picturesque Harvard Square. I prefer eating in the bar area vs the dining room FWIW.

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          catsmeow May 4, 2008 04:53 PM

          On CH, I have read many times about a place near the Concord Depot that has a variety of salads, pastas and sandwiches, etc that are highly recommended. I can't remember the name of it but several CHs spoke highly of it and it would be a lot closer than some of the other recs. Maybe someone reading this knows the name. Here is a link with some other suggestions in Concord. Concord also has a nice town center with interesting shops to wander through. I try to get to the Concord Cheese Shop a few times during the summer for their chilled fruit soups. http://theconcordlife.com/eating-out-...

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            bear May 4, 2008 05:38 PM

            Your immediate vicinity would probably be Concord, Lexington and Waltham if you want to search the board.

            Actually, the Cheese Shop suggestion made me think picnic (pretty sure the Cheese Shop is closed on Sundays). The DeCordova grounds are gorgeous. We picnic there once or twice a week during the summer when the weather is good. A blanket on that great expanse of grass is perfect, and folding canvas chairs are even better. The sculptures are really fun, and the huge trees are magnificent. You could have a local shop like Verrill Farms or Farfalle Market prepare a takeout picnic, if the weather cooperates, and bring some wine, and you'd be all set.

            If a picnic doesn't work, there isn't an abundance of restaurants in the area. Vincenzo's in West Concord is okay, not great, as is Papa Razzi. Both should have enough standard stuff to please the picky eaters. Haven't been to the Walden Grille for years, but it was not good then. The Skellig in Waltham, sister Irish pub to the Burren in Somerville, I believe, has the usual fare and isn't too far, if you are okay with something really casual. Lexington has so-so Lexx, and mediocre chain fare at Not Your Average Joe's.

            I'd definitely make a reservation if possible, though, wherever you decide to go, given the high volume of the day.

            Here are a couple of links that might help:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/494479

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

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/490264

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              Fort Point May 5, 2008 06:48 AM

              Believe the name of the place across from the Concord depot is La Provence. The food is very good; the atmosphere is casual.

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                peregrine May 6, 2008 10:27 AM

                that would be La Provence
                http://www.laprovence.us/
                lots of choices, both mainstream and a bit more interesting, to suit everyone's taste

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                  bear May 6, 2008 10:48 AM

                  It's been quite a while since I've eaten at La Provence, but if I recall, it is more of a place for take-out, lunch or a quick bite rather than a sit-down meal. I remember that the food was fresh and well-prepared, though.

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                pollystyrene May 4, 2008 08:55 PM

                If it's a nice day and you don't mind eating outside on picnic tables, you can get great fried clams and onion rings at Dairy Joy in nearby Weston.

                Otherwise, it would be good to know where you're coming from so we can direct you to places you'll be passing on your way to or from the DeCordova. There is nothing in Lincoln.

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                  Blumie May 5, 2008 08:54 PM

                  I lived in Lincoln for 10 years and confirm there is nothing worthwhile -- a sandwich shop and a pizza shop that isn't open on Sundays -- so you've got to go elsewhere. The options in Waltham are much better than those in Concord or elsewhere. Another option is Dalya's in Bedford.

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                    sultanp May 7, 2008 11:31 AM

                    The DeCordova itself has a nice small cafe upstairs.

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                      Fort Point May 9, 2008 07:15 AM

                      Agree and the view is great; overlooking the lake and sculptures. However, do not believe they are open for dinner.

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