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swank & quiet near Chelmsford (Lowell OK)

enhF94 Jul 22, 2009 01:53 PM

I'm having dinner with an old friend staying in Chelmsford, and I'm looking for the venue. I don't remember her taste in food, but I remember she likes swank (a la Upstairs on the Square or Les Zygomates) and I'd like some quiet, dark privacy to revisit old times (a la the old Craigie). If you must choose one or the other, choose quiet, where we can settle in and relax undisturbed.

I eat everything and am flexible on price high or low (Somerville's Taco Loco basement would be fine, as would Rialto).

So, uh, The Blue Room, but near Chelmsford. Any tips? I'm totally unfamiliar with the area but have GPS.

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  1. Joanie RE: enhF94 Jul 23, 2009 05:35 AM

    La Boniche in Lowell and Cassis in Andover are supposed to be good French restaurants. In Burlington, there's Summer Winter.

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      hotoynoodle RE: Joanie Jul 23, 2009 05:55 AM

      neither la boniche nor cassis will approach "city quality" food. can't talk about summer/winter. la boniche seems stuck in the 80's, although not bad for around these parts.

    2. CreativeFoodie42 RE: enhF94 Jul 23, 2009 05:59 AM

      I am a huge fan of L'Andana in Burlington. It is not super close to Chelmsford but only a short drive on Route 3. I attended a birthday party there and the steaks were cooked to perfection. They also have a pretty impressive wine list if I remember correctly. And they are owned/run by the same restaurant group that does Sorellina, Mistral, and Mooo.

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        lexpatti RE: enhF94 Jul 23, 2009 06:02 AM

        I think you could find a quiet table at Moonstones in Chelmsford (swanky) - I love their menu/food:
        http://www.moonstones110.com/

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          hotoynoodle RE: lexpatti Jul 24, 2009 08:02 AM

          moonstones is the same owners as cobblestones. is it better?

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            lexpatti RE: hotoynoodle Jul 24, 2009 06:31 PM

            I think MUCH MUCH better, not sure why but Cobblestones never did anything for me. Moonstones is very exciting, bit pricey but I have really enjoyed the 3 times I have been. Particularly loved lunch.

        2. enhF94 RE: enhF94 Jul 23, 2009 11:53 AM

          Thanks! I'll bounce these ideas off the DC and report back.

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            amljml RE: enhF94 Jul 24, 2009 02:13 PM

            You might want to check out Centro in downtown Lowell, interesting menu and small enough to carry a conversation

            http://www.centrolowell.com/

            1. enhF94 RE: enhF94 Jul 25, 2009 04:25 AM

              At the DC's request, we bypassed my research and had sushi at Sakura instead. It was... standard. Although since we were the only customers for quite a while and we had a private booth, we got to catch up quite a bit.

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