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Nov 13, 2008 09:34 AM

Let's Talk About Woburn

So I really enjoy Pho...Vietnamese in north Woburn...haven't been up that way in a while...hope it's still open.

Love Marco's...go there often to get pasta sauce to take home.

Love the Italian cookies and rolls at Romas Bakery.

Louie's Pizza is amazing.

Not fine dining, but a roast beef sandwich with bbq sauce at Bill and Bob's is so yummy.

Enjoy the Woburn County Club every now and then.

In love with the pilgrim sandwich at Callahan's Deli.

Anyone try the new Taipei Tokyo (spelling?) yet?

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  1. North Woburn:
    Pho #1 is still pretty good (ate there the other day); beef pho better than chicken pho.
    Lanna Thai: decent Westernized Thai in a cool diner setting.
    Churrascaria Rodeo: very fine rodizio-style churrasco, very friendly service.
    Sichuan Garden II: get the dinner menu for very authentic Sichuan cuisine. Fantastic place.

    Tuda Na Brasa: excellent buffet-style churrasco, a bargain.

    China Pearl: no dim sum on weekdays, lousy American Chinese menu
    Ixtapa: maybe the worst Mexican meal in my memory.

    Would love more tips on worthy lunch spots!

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Have to agree with you on Ixtapa. The food was awful and the margaritas cost more than the entrees.

      Tre Monte is always a solid choice, though I describe the experience as "Fantastic food with diner-level service". Lots of "just a sec, hun, I'm swamped" from the servers.

      1. re: Frank Enbean

        Oh tha's a shame about Woburn Ixtapa! Haven't been yet, but I really enjoy the Ixtapa in Lexington - the chile verde is fantastic. Though I agree about the margaritas. Expensive and small.

        Sichuan Garden II - the mini juicy pork buns haunt my dreams.

        1. re: Eatin in Woostah

          Another spot to avoid in Woburn is Polcari's. So-so Southern Italian comfort food at best, and can be worse than that.

          1. re: bachslunch

            But you could do much worse than ordering a Regina's pizza to go. It's no Thatcher St. pie ... but it sure beats my local "House of..."

            1. re: merrvally

              The Regina's pizza is likely the best thing on Polcari's menu. I'm guessing we're in agreement if it's between a "Thacher Street pie" and "local 'House of...'"-- myself, I'd call that so-so.

          2. re: Eatin in Woostah

            Quick update - I had the misfortune of trying the Woburn Ixtapa last night. Horrible service and truly bad food. Our family eats at the Lexington Ixtapa regularly and we were all very disappointed with the Woburn shop. My husband's California Burrito (chile verde, rice and beans) which is consistently great in Lexington was mostly filled with rice and beans in Woburn, with only 5 chunks of pork to be found. My daughter gets chicken fingers, and even those were overcooked and dried out. I had two vegetarian enchiladas and a chile relleno, and they were very bland. What a shame.

        2. re: MC Slim JB

          I had lunch a few days ago at Pho #1 and, for a change of pace, had the spicy beef soup - Bun Bo Hue. Delicious!

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            You may want to double check on the China Pearl part. I have not been during the week, but I read that they now serve dimsum daily now that it has reopened under new mgmt... We went for the 1st time in about a year last sunday and found the dimsum to be quite decent and also ordered chow foon, pea tendrils and pan fried noodles from the kitchen which were quire good.

            1. re: hargau

              Good to know! My one visit to China Pearl Woburn was so bad as to be depressing. Brown glop, and a lot of it.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Your one visit during non-dimsum times or you have not been to the dimsum at all there? I have never been for non-dimsum.

                1. re: hargau

                  I agree the non dimsum is not worth going for. The dim sum, however, is quite good. I was there this past weekend and chatted briefly with the new owner. He plans to continue the fresh and abundant dim sum, and does plan to start weekday dim sum soon.

            2. Is the Woburn branch of Masa open yet?

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              1. re: galleygirl

                It wasn't as of a few days ago, but it looks like it's close.

                1. re: galleygirl

                  It's definitely still closed. OpenTable (which otherwise has never let me down) let me make an anniversary reservation there, but when we showed up, the place was still closed :-( But it turned out to be a great evening because we discovered Tryst in Arlington, which we both liked.

                2. I passed by Taipei Tokyo last night and it still is not open. There is also another Japanese restaurant opening further down Main St., which I think may be in Winchester. I think the name is Sakura but only caught it out of the corner of my eye.

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                  1. re: RichardA

                    Help! We are looking for a fine(r)-dining destination as close to Woburn as possible to take some older relatives who don't get out much. Unfortunately nothing more exotic than Italian. They've been to Tre Monte before, so I am looking for something else along those lines with polished service, or an historic inn if such a thing exists. Thanks!

                    1. re: galleycat

                      What about Burlington. Don't know how "older" is old, but took relatives to Cafe Escadrille. Wouldn't have been my first choice, but they liked their steaks. There is also Adama and Summer/Winter, both in Burlington.

                      1. re: galleycat

                        Go to L'Andana in Burlington on Rt 3A. It's a nice atmosphere and great food. They'll be impressed.

                        1. re: Frank Enbean

                          When I went to l'Andana, almost everyone was "older."

                        2. re: galleycat

                          If you are still looking, I would definitly go down the road a bit to Stoneham to Felicias of the North End. I didnt love Tre Monte at all, but do love Felicias as an occasion place. Its VERY old school italian, pictures of stars on the walls, very good waitstaff, excellent simple old school italian. i dont even think they add salt to the food. flavors are subtle but very good.Take them on a Sat night (need reservations). Two older guys from Italy with an accordian and tamborine singing old Italian and standards. They'll love it. Just went on Valentines day..very romantic, candlelight, roses for the ladies, the music etc.

                      2. Living in Woburn, it's hard for me to add to your list.

                        But, Bill & Bobs roast beef sandwich has shrunk in size. And it was grey and overdone the last time I got it. Too bad, it was always a great deal and a great sandwich.

                        Roma's Italian Bakery is a hidden gem, except during the Holiday season when the lines are out the door. Every dessert is great.

                        I went to Lana Thai recently and really didn't know what to get. I need to get some recommendations, other than always ordering Pad Thai....ugh!

                        I am glad that Callahan's Deli is still there, they were a ghost town when they first
                        openend. I was hoping it would catch on. Owners seem really nice.

                        Here is a list about not going good:
                        Brothers Pizza (except the Cuban)
                        Cousins (breakfast)
                        The Restaurant (cafetaria style)
                        Thai place (downtown), blech
                        Bishops Seafood, awful
                        Fiorentino's, across from Roma's (never consistant), expensive.

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                        1. re: mcel215

                          Cousins is always it's not good, or going downhill? I was never one to go there myself.

                          Bishops was fine under the old owners...not great, but fine. I haven't been since the new folks took over.

                          HATE Brothers Pizza

                          Giovannis - like the chicken kabob salad and that's about it.

                          Callahans is open and doing well. It was pretty packed the last time I went there. I had the meatball was good. They got new sub rolls which are awesome. I want to try the calzone next time I husband said it's excellent. I was talking to the owner and he's doing dinners now Wed-Fri and it's BYOB. And I guess he's been getting a lot of catering business.

                          1. re: mcel215

                            Oh, as far as favorite dish is beef massaman curry (spelling?). It's in a peanuty sauce. I LOVE it....give it a try.

                            1. re: rizzo0904

                              Thanks Rizzo!

                              Also, I heard that there is a roast beef place up near Lana Thai on the left, in a little strip mall that is quite good too. I forget the name.

                              1. re: mcel215

                                Roast Beef Roundup - I also like Pete's on Winn Street.

                                1. re: phonelady


                                  I always wondered about that place.

                          2. I recently tried La Stanza Diva in Woburn and loved it. Very eclectic, huge portions, but clearly homemade. Italian plus game (I didn't try the game). BYOB.

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                            1. re: nomadgirl

                              Unfortunately...La Stanza Diva is a shadow of it's predecessor Il Fiorentino's. Sorry, Chef Lynn.