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Historical lunch spot betw. Boston and Concord.

My mother is visiting from California, so we're going to Concord for the day to visit Walden Pond and various other historical sites. She mentioned wanting to have lunch someplace atmospheric -- an old inn with Revolutionary vibes, low ceilings, for instance. I would assume that most such places are tourist traps and have awful food. Does anyone have any recommendations that are the exception to the rule?

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  1. Probably The most historical place along the route to Concord via Sudbury is Longfellow's Wayside Inn.... as in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is steeped in history dating back to the early 1700s, and is on the equally historic Boston Post Road. (Rte, 20) Also known as the Revelotionary War Road. The food is American blah but the atmosphere is everything one would want in an "national historic landmark." It's a very nice place to take out of town visitors wanting to connect with history.

    http://www.wayside.org/

    1. You might try the Concord Inn. There is a dining room fair food and a pub with just the right atmosphere. It is less than a mile from the Old North Bridge.

      1. The Colonial Inn will fit Mom's vibes, but also fulfill your fears about the food quality. My suggestion would be to take her there for a drink, soak up some atmosphere, then drive a few blocks to La Provence (http://www.laprovence.us/) and let Robert serve you some rabbit or other tasty tidbit for lunch.

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        1. re: rubysdad

          I might have to take a drive here if I take a mental health day on Friday!

        2. Not helpful for now but if mom comes back in the summer, the boathouse/canoe rental in Concord has given small cruises that include lunch. It's pleasant enough but not a meal for the ages.

          1. Either the Colonial Inn or the Wayside Inn should fit the bill. In my opinion, the Wayside Inn's food is better, but a lot of people really like the Colonial Inn's food as well (I prefer it for drinks).