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Concord, MA Restaurants

A few threads recently have dealt with restaurants in Concord, and I thought it was worth collecting info on them into one Google-able post since I grew up there and still visit my parents there often. It's true that it's not a particularly inspiring destination for food but I thought I'd break it down. Please add your own thoughts, obviously this isn't an exhaustive list.

GOOD RESTAURANTS
* Sushi House. Standard sushi menu but everything is very high-quality, and the ambience is nice.
* Chang An. This came up in another thread and I know not everyone likes this place, but it's my favorite destination for "Americanized" Chinese food, especially for the peking duck and moo shi anything.
* Papa Razzi -- same as all the others.
* Concord Tea Cakes -- really a bakery, but with a few deli-shelf meal offerings (sandwiches and pre-made salads, etc), lots of sit-down space, super-tasty and super-charming.

OK RESTAURANTS
* Colonial Inn. Popular with tourists because it's housed in an old-fashioned, well, inn in the town center near all the historic sites. The food is hearty and decent but nothing too special, and fairly overpriced. Their brunch and special event menus tend to be good, though. The charm factor is high given the setting.
* Comella's -- they're all over the place and we have one too. Get your massive quantities of ordinary but good Italian food here!

BAD RESTAURANTS
* Walden Grill. Fine place to have a beer and watch the game, but the food is unimaginative and cafeteria-quality at best. I frankly am shocked they've been around so long. Servers are very nice, though.

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  1. In West Concord, down the next block from Concord Teacakes on the right side, is a pizza/calzone place that is pretty good. It's usually crowded and they make some other dishes as well. They make a cold green bean salad with grilled bits of chicken that is really delicious. It's a great place to take kids.

    From the pizza place, take a right turn out the door and continue walking to the gas station. Turn right and cut through the lot to a long brick building. Nashoba Bakery is there and they have a good sandwich menu for lunch. Outdoor seating in the back is pleasant and great for the kids, too.

    If you're in West Concord, you're less than ten minutes from Maynard. There have been plenty of posts about restaurants in this town and its worth a search.

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    1. re: three of us

      La Provence, across from the depot on Thoreau St., is a fine place for a light lunch. They also have an excellent pastry selection to eat in or take out.

      http://www.laprovence.us/

      1. re: peregrine

        I 2nd the recommendation for La Provence. Great rotisserie chicken, a large selection of quiche, side dishes/salads, fresh baked baguettes, and gourmet French groceries, etc...

    2. A good summary of Concord's measly offerings (although I think the Colonial Inn may belong in the "bad" rather than the "ok" category. And although not a restaurant, Verrill Farms deserves mention as the best food establishment in Concord (and, in fact, the best in the entire Concord/Sudbury/Lincoln/Carlisle area), selling wonderful produce and serving excellent prepared foods and sandwiches.

      1. Hmm Im not seeing the Cheese Shop on the list- I'm hoping its because its not technically a "restaurant" and not because for some reason it isn't there anymore? I LOVE the cheese shop!!

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        1. re: fmcoxe6188

          Not to worry, the cheese/wine shop is still there.

          No one mentioned Helen's Restaurant. I'd say that's worthy destination for breakfast or lunch. The food is quite good on the whole.

          1. re: lescaret

            Helen's is okay. It's essentially a former Brigham's with a nouveau twist. Not bad but not great either. They have ice cream too.

          2. re: fmcoxe6188

            Oh man, mega-brain fart on my part. The Cheese Shop is a crown jewel. (Note to the uninitiated that it is not a formal sit-down restaurant, but they have a deli section with a couple of places to sit.) Cheese and wine selections are outstanding, all the employees are incredibly friendly and super well-versed in what they're selling; it epitomizes the great local business.

            Second the Verrill Farms shout-out, too.

          3. Wasn't there a new place, mainly take-out although I think they have some seating, across the RR tracks heading towards the supermarket? There is/was a bird seed/feeder store on the right in a plaza where this place is supposed to be. It's gotten extremely positive reviews on the board.

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            1. re: three of us

              That would be Farfalle. Pressed sandwiches, pasta dish of the day, deli.

              1. re: sflory

                Can you tell us more about Farfalle? Do they have a web site?

            2. Colonial Inn & Comella's would also end up in my Bad restaurants list (another one that would also end up there is the Main Street Café.)

              In my good list: Farfalle Italian Market, Cheese Shop, La Provence, Sally Ann's and Helen's (for a dinner type place.)