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Aug 23, 2009 12:49 PM

Good Fare Near Hanscom AFB

Friends are moving to Hanscom AFB-- south of Bedford between Lexington and Concord, MA. Where should I steer them for good eats?

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  1. Do a search for Bedford, Lexington and Arlington. Not much of note in Bedford although the Japanese restaurant across from the town common gets good reviews.

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    1. re: three of us

      I love Ginger Restaurant in Bedford. I have only been there for lunch though, but they have a good selection of sushi and Japanese noodle dishes. At this point, I'll have to own to being vegetarian so I've only tried the vegetarian makis, but my friends have sworn that the fish they use for sashimi is fresh and high quality. I've heard people at work mention Dalya's in Bedford as well, although I haven't been there. An Italian place called Luigi's seems to have loyal fans among people at my workplace too.

      In Lexington, Dabin is the place I go to for Korean and Japanese and they serve a mean bibimbap. As with other Korean restaurants, some of their tables have grills for preparing Korean barbecue. There is an Indian restaurant close by called Khushboo, which my co-workers praise, but which left me underwhelmed (granted I've only eaten there once.) Also in the same general area is an Italian restaurant whose name I cannot remember at the moment (not Bertucci's), which has a fairly limited menu but whose tomato sauce I love.

      I hope at least one of these suggestions work for your friends.

    2. Bedford House of Roast Beef has excellent -- you guessed it -- roast beef subs. Haven't been in awhile but Dalya's was good when I went. Luigi's is not (to me) destination dining but when I worked nearby I ate there a lot and it was fine -- I would certainly use it if it were a nabe. The Japanese restaurant across from the common (is that Ginger?) is indeed good. That's all I can think of in Bedford. Searching for Lexington and Arlington is a good suggestion. Also Burlington.

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      1. re: GretchenS

        Yes, Ginger is across from the common. There's also Great Wall, which has a Chinese buffet. I haven't been in ages but remember a lot of Asians were dining there. For the benefit of the OP, it's Cafe Luigi, which is owned by the same group as the Jimmy's steak restaurants in Arlington, Saugus (and formerly Burlington Mall), and Grassfield's in Andover.

        They will be a short ride from Waltham, which certainly has more than its share of restaurants. Ditto for Arlington.

      2. There is a relatively new pan-Asian place called Asiana Bistro at 200 Great Road Bedford. My Chinese colleagues had a banquet there for Chinese New Year's and I enjoyed it very much. I've been back a few times since and every meal has been very good.

        1. I prefer Asiana to the Great Wall. There is also Bamboo which has good Chinese. I also like Bedford House of Beef. Sparta is a little "townie" diner type restaurant. Flatbread Pizza is the only pizza I enjoy in town (even though there are many others). And do not miss having ice cream at Bedford Farms.

          Arlington, Lexington, and Waltham are all very reasonable distances and have LOTS of options. Burlington and Billerica each have a few good places as well. In fact my favorite breakfast spot is Bellybusters in Billerica.

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          1. re: mamy001

            The Pongol- Indian buffet
            New Jang Su - Korean BBQ
            Sichuan Gourmet- 'nough said
            L'andana- Mistral in Burlington
            Summer/Winter- from the Arrow folks, in the Burlington Marriot

            Kushboo- serviceable Indian
            Dabin- Ok Japanes/Korean
            Zocala- fairly good Mexican- had a nice chile relleno there

            as above Ginger, Dalya's, I'd go Asiana Bistro, BHOB, Flatbread, Bedford Farms
            and Ken's next to Ginger has burgers, subs, and a pretty good breakfast option

            Arlington's not to far off- search the board, a lot
            but: Toroya's popular on the board for sushi, Punjab for indian, Katmandu spice,
            Tryst, Flora.

            I'm getting tired.

            1. re: justbeingpolite

              Sichuan Gourmet -- couldn't recommend it more. My colleagues and I will not go anywhere else for lunch when we leave the cafeteria.
              I also enjoy New Jang Su and Toraya as mentioned above. Another option in Lexington is Denian's, a new place serving homemade steamed buns and bubble teas. They are still getting the kinks out of some of the items but my Taiwanese friends said it reminds them of home! Lastly I want to mention Neillio's in Lexington. I think they do catering but they are good for lunch, especially the turkey sandwiches.