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I'm on a mission there today or tomorrow to pay a bill :) I would like to add something delicious to the outing. It is more fun to drive toward food than to drive toward bill payment. Anything under $15 would be great, under $10 better. I'm looking for casual, surprising food -- sandwiches, salads, pizzas, cuisine from anywhere in the world, bakery goodies, delis,... I have rarely been to Lincoln, and know nothing about it. thanks, hounds!

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  1. I can't recall the name, but right across the street from AT Cross (Route 116, just south of Lincoln Mall) is a little mini-plaza w/a pizza joint. I've never been but read an article about it....in the Valley Breeze maybe? Sounded great and I made a mental note to try it.

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    1. re: JaneRI

      I know initially this restaurant was not getting the best praise but they have been open for a while now and a reliable friend of men claomed he had a great meal there two weeks ago: http://www.trattoria-romana.com/direc...

      1. re: Sean

        I had a decent meal there for lunch a couple of weeks ago, but the service was really weird, and it definitely was not inexpensive.

      2. re: JaneRI

        Jane, I know the place you're talking about (can't remember the name either), and the pizza is really really good. They have breakfast pizzas too, which are interesting and delicious.

        1. re: dagwood

          Is it Blackstone Pizzeria you're thinking of? In the shopping ctr. right across from the Lincoln Mall... Maybe you have another place in mind.

          Depending on where you'll be exactly, you could drive just 5 minutes more and have lunch at Andrew's Bistro (it's in Cumberland, bordering w/ Lincoln.). Really nice place where definitely you'll get "something delicious" and reasonable too.

          1. re: madgee

            No, I don't think so. The place I'm thinking of (and I'm assuming Jane as well), is on the same side of the road as the mall, but a few blocks up. It's literally directly across the road from A.T. cross, right at that light. There's also a liquor store and a drycleaners in the same plaza.

            I think Blackstone Pizza is in the same plaza as Wendy's.

            1. re: dagwood

              That is Pepino's Pizzeria...

              1. re: Sean

                Thank you! www.pepinospizzeria.com

      3. I've heard good things about the Chinese place at the Lincoln mall but have never made it over there myself.

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        1. re: Jenz

          I've been there many times, and it is passable but nothing to write home about. (I was never able to get over the fact that they put out a bread and butter basket.) They remodeled a little while back and I'm not sure if they still do that.

          1. re: dagwood

            China Grille, I have given it enough chances, it is just not that good. Tsin Tsin across from the Apple Valley mall is very good Chinese.

            1. re: Sean

              I'm glad I've never made the venture over there then. I prefer Rangoon II. Great fresh ingredients, $4.50 drinks, and within walking distance to stumble home afterwards!

              1. re: Jenz

                always a bonus :)

                1. re: Jenz

                  where is rangoonII? $4.50 dcocktails are right up my alley, even if it's not in crawling distance! :)

                2. re: Sean

                  Asia Grille, not China Grille. I go there quite a bit w/my family but I never rec it to people, as I'm not really a fan of asian food.....on a cold dreary day or when I'm feeling under the weather, I crave a boneless chicken combo plate w/fried rice & gravy....but even I know that's not chinese food!

                  Yes, Pepino's. I've been meaning to get there. And Sean, that thread about Trattoria Romana is the only negative comment I've ever heard about the food, and I have friends who are there weekly.

                  1. re: JaneRI

                    Ah yes, Asia Grille. When Trattoria Romano first opened it's doors there was a whole thread that was started about how poor the service was, I was basing my cautious rec on that thread since I have not been myself.

                    1. re: Sean

                      I was only there once and the food was good. Within the first 5 minutes of us entering the place we were approached by probably 4 different employees, and they were all lovely and I was quite certain my experience would be different from what I read, but it all dried up very quickly, and things got very very slow. Which wouldn't have been problematic except that I was dining with my husband who had a meeting scheduled that he was almost late for. I think we were there for nearly two hours; it was only my husband, my daughter, and myself and they were not that busy. I'd definitely go back, but not with a time constraint.

            2. I hadn't mentioned Tr Romana because of your price limit, but since it's for lunch you should consider both that and d.carlo trattoria.

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              1. re: JaneRI

                d.carlo is worth the extra ten bucks. I love that place, we drive up from Providence to go there and my parents in Cumberland love it.

                1. re: sarabean

                  Agree. last week I had the short ribs, w/haricot verts & gnocchi. The whole thing was just delicious.

              2. Does anyone know what the Japanese place is that is going into the plaza near Colonial Toyota? The sign says "One of Boston's best chefs". Ming Tsai? Yeah right . . . I would LOVE a decent sushi place near my house.

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                  Pepino's Pizzeria is delicious! We paid $14 for a large pepperoni. Thinnish crust, great sauce to cheese ratio, just enough grease, lots of pepperoni. Great pizza! The staff welcomed us with effusive friendliness. Casual and fun.

                  Thanks for this rec. Only chowhound can turn the tedium of bill-paying into a culinary adventure! This almost gives me incentive to hand deliver bills every month -- more pizza!

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                  1. re: foxy fairy

                    That's great to hear! Their breakfast pizza sound really nutty but is delicious as well. My husband works in Lincoln and we go for lunch sometimes, it has never dissapointed. Glad you enjoyed it!

                    1. re: dagwood

                      These, right?

                      The Ultimate Breakfast
                      Oven roasted sausage, bacon, onions, peppers & egg, topped with a blend of cheese.
                      12" $10.95, 14" $13.95 , 16" $16.95, 18" $18.95

                      1. re: foxy fairy

                        yup, that's the one.

                        1. re: foxy fairy

                          omg that sounds good! is it served all day, does anyone know? i might need to go to target tomorrow for...something!

                    2. I can only picture the Wendy's across the street from the Lincoln Mall!