Foodie moving to Westford
Hi fellow food lovers -
We are a family of 2 with an 18 month old .. and we're moving Westford soon. We love good food for reasonable prices. With an 18 month old, we haven't been fine dining in a long time and don't miss it at all. Places for takeout or quick dining with a child would be perfect for us. any recommendations. Any places in Westford, Chelmsford, Lowell or other close towns would be great.. We will travel for food :D
Thanks in advance.. we know very little about the Westford area so any pointers are especially appreciated!
The Lowell Sun's food blogger: http://www.thesunblog.com/gourmetgal/
Westford and the Merrimack Valley area overlap the CH New England board so search there as well - there's a wealth of ethnic restaurants in Lowell.
The current Townsend thread is relevant: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636628
The farmers' market at the Westford town common runs through late October on Tuesdays from 3-7 and nearby Carlisle's is on Saturday mornings. Chelmsford is Thursdays from 2-6 and Lowell's on Friday afternoon.
Fishbones in Chelmsford. http://www.fishbonesofchelmsford.com/
Dynamite Sushi in Hudson, NH. http://www.dynamitesushi.net/
Flatbread in Bedford http://www.flatbreadcompany.com/
Pho 88 in Chelmsford
Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica http://www.laosichuan.com/
Paparazzi in Concord http://www.paparazzi-restaurant.com
La Provence in Concord http://www.laprovence.us/
NYAJ in Acton http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com
Yoong Tong II Thai in Chelmsford http://yoongtong.com/
Cafe Aiello in Lowell http://www.cafeaiellolowell.com/
Tepthida Khmer in Lowell http://www.tepthida.com/
Bamboo in Westford
Sorrento's in Harvard
Oliver's Grille and Pub in Groton
Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton
Filho's Cucina in Groton
The Idylewilde Farm has a orange juice machine that makes the best freshly squeeze oj around. Kimball's is a fun place with good generous amounts of ice cream. There is also the Nashoba Valley Ski lodge: The Outlook restaurant and also the Westford Grille. Nothing special foodwise at these places though. Belle's Bistro is another. Never tried it. Karma is awful. Cafe Goa closed down finally. There is another place near the Westford Grille that sells lobster rolls. I think it's called Wally's seafood or something like that. Kimball Farm just started selling fried seafood and lobster rolls too.
Cafe Il Cipresso - Tyngsboro (great pasta dishes!)
Lil' Lobster Boat - Tyngsboro (good value seafood)
Takumi - Nashua
Surf - Nashua
Swan Chocolates - Nashua (did they close?)
Wanted to add some links:
http://www.filhoscucina.com (great atmosphere, there's a wine store next door that you can access via a private passageway, the food is Brazilian-style Italian. large portions, nice takeout options)
http://www.gibbethill.com (bucolic setting with cows grazing the hill outside, they don't serve those cows and i might add that the cows probably don't like the smell of a steakhouse! heck - if you were a cow, you would be quite scared if you knew what was on the grill)
All great rec.'s I'd add Sweet Bites Cafe in Acton for very good sandwiches and gorgeous sweets. Lovely chicken tarragon sandwich...smoky grilled chicken, hint of tarragon in the house mayo, nice crunchy ciabatta. Good breakfast sandwiches, too. Very laid back.
Also in Acton, there's a new Italian place on 2A heading toward Concord that some people at work have enjoyed, although I haven't been. La Bella Famiglia. There's also a decent wood-fired pizza/pasta place closer to your end of 2A on the Littleton line called Il Forno. BYOB, which is a plus.
Sweet Bites Bakery & Cafe
5 Spruce St, Acton, MA 01720
I tried La Bella Famiglia recently out of curiosity. It is terrible. The restaurant is attractive but the food is mediocre and the prices are high. The chicken parm sandwich, for example, had no breading, the roll was a supermarket type soft roll. You are better off at Sorrento's or Paparazzi. Save your money!