Lexington & Concord Suggestions
My wife and I will be making a day trip to Lexington and Concord this weekend (first time since moving to Boston). I'm looking for places to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I'm sure that most places in the area are designed for tourists, but are there any places worth going to? Are there any places that only locals know about? Oh - we'll be wearing shorts or jeans for the day, so I need to take that into consideration also. Thanks for your help.
Via Lago is a cafe in Lex Center that makes really good sandwiches. I recommend Yangtze River for traditional chinese breakfasts like dim sum, seasoned silked tofu and chinese long fried dough.
In Lexington there is a place called LEXX which is pretty good for lunch or dinner but if you would like a recommendation for an excellent place for dinner drive over to Winchester (a short drive from Lexington) and try The Catch Restaurant. It is a small place that features very creatively prepared seafood with a nice atmosphere and an excellent wine list.
If you're into farms, you may want to stop at Verrill Farm in Concord for some locally grown produce. They don't make a half bad sandwich either.
DeCordova Museum in Lincoln has lovely grounds amid various sculptures and artworks. Pick up a sandwich at one of the places mentioned or from the Cheese Shop on Walden St. in Concod Center and have a picnic. You'll also be near the state park area of Walden Pond but I prefer Decordova unless you want to have a swim. Decordova's also has a cafe inside the museum but I have not experience with it. BTW, DeCordova has a very cool shop with various student-made artworks and other things, some of which are very well-priced.
The problem is that Lexington and Concord are kind of chow-wastelands. You've already gotten the best recs there probably are for them. If you care to drive east from Lexington Center on Mass Ave for a couple of miles into Arlington, you can go to Something Savory (Caribbean-influenced), Toraya (Japanese) or Blue Ribbon BBQ. Also on Mass Ave right on the Lexington/Arlington line is Bollywood Cafe (serviceable not great Indian). All are storefront restaurants and shorts or jeans would be fine.
890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
1312 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
Blue Ribbon BBQ
910 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476