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Sep 8, 2009 07:33 PM

"Fancy" dining near Chelmsford area

This may be odd, but our 9 year old is obsessed with the Food Network and wants to go to a 'fancy' restaurant.... Can you recommend a place around the Rte 495./Rte 3 Lowell/Nashua area that has good food, 'fancy plating', that wont break the bank?

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  1. Went to Moonstones in Chelmsford for lunch last week and the food was creatively presented and reasonably priced ($10-$15 entrees). Higher prices for dinner but menu offers small plates.

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      1. re: momoftwo

        Third. It's great there and the small plates are nice. Fun cocktails for the adults, and dessert is pretty good too.

    1. The restaurant at Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro has a new name which I can't recall - used to be Silks. It's quite the venue and you'd need to check prices/menu ahead of time but I mention it because I've read that it has one of the largest wine cellars in the country. I don't know if they have tours but if your child is really interested in fine food they might be amenable to showing him/her around if you call ahead and explain.

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      1. re: greygarious

        It's now called Left Bank, and is a nice venue, but really doesn't come through on the food. Kind of 70's fancy service, overwrought food with no delicacy, if you know what I mean. Nice wine list though.

        Maybe would meet the "fancy plating" criteria. Don't know if it's worth spending the cash to give your 9 year old that experience.

        The food is good at Fish Bones, but maybe not as fancy plating. I think Moonstones might be the best bet. Havent been, but the photos on their website look like they'd do the trick:

        let us know how it goes

        1. re: justbeingpolite

          you might also check the Gourmet gal on the lowell sun website, she blogs on that whole area and I think you can send her an email directly as well. She really seems to be in the know

          1. re: momoftwo

            In Lowell, Beer Works is pretty good. Entrees start at $11; some lunch sizes start at $8 and go up to $18. The quality has always been great, and ask them to sign you up for the VIP card, which is a program in which they give 50% off up to $10 savings each month, so it isn't bad to do a party of 2; but does get to be a little expensive if you do 4; but a strategy for that is to go every other month so you can use 2 VIP visits at a time. Thus, it works as $20 off a check of $40 or more.

      2. I suggest you look into LaBoniche in Lowell. It's more upscale than some of the other suggestions. I haven't tried Moonstones yet. It got mixed reviews after it opened. I use to enjoy Silks' brunch but unfortunatly, The Left Bank doesn't have it anymore. It's more ladeeda than a lot of places in the area but the food is just OK.