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Got unique and uncommon recommendations in LOWELL??

jcess7 Dec 15, 2009 08:28 AM

Looking for some recommendations for restaurants with unique( bizarre, weird,extreme) offerings in Lowell.

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    Dinsdale45 Dec 15, 2009 09:40 AM

    There are some threads about Lowell if you run a search, but if it's bizarre or extreme you're looking for, head to the Asian market in Pailin Plaza on Branch St. There are animal product food offerings there that I have a difficult time indentifying, and I'm a biologist.

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      drewinmrblhd Dec 15, 2009 10:01 AM

      For a super cheap and uncommon lunch in Lowell, go to city hall and take the stairs down to the basement. There is a small foode stand with a grill. The sandwiches are always tasty and cheap. There is also a small grill in the Haverhill city Hall and Newton has the best one.

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      1. re: drewinmrblhd
        jcess7 Dec 16, 2009 04:36 AM

        What kind of sandwiches?

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        9lives Dec 15, 2009 11:37 AM

        I don't know Lowell well but if you like Cambodian, there have been some very favorable writeups on Tepthida Khmer??

        1. Aromatherapy Dec 16, 2009 05:06 AM

          See http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/625870 for some more unusual items.

          1. galangatron Dec 16, 2009 09:07 AM

            i don't know about "bizarre" or "extreme" but lowell has a flourishing se asian restaurant scene that is definitely unique. pho 88 (vietnamese), red rose (cambodian), phien's kitchen (laotian), and senmonorom (cambodian) are all good options

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              RoyRon Dec 16, 2009 03:03 PM

              I agree with other posters. Tepthida Khmer is very good Cambodian food. I have had lunch and dinner there many, many times and never been disappointed. Authentic flavors and very nice service.

              1. jcess7 Dec 29, 2009 06:21 AM

                I have been perusing your suggestions online menus, everything looks good! Don't know which to choose!

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                  RoyRon Dec 29, 2009 07:09 AM

                  While I haven't tried all the suggestions made for Lowell restaurants I have tried several of the other Cambodian and Vietnamese places and still have to put Tepthida Khmer at the top of my list. I have traveled extensively throughout S.E. Asia over the past 20 years and the flavors at Tepthida Khmer come closest to many of those I experienced in my travels. In addition the service is always very good and the place is always impeccably clean. Give it a try and don't miss the Loc Lac (beef) and the Drunken Noodles Special. I also like one of the soups they serve that has chunks of pineapple and tomatoes and shrimp in it.

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                    noodlely Dec 29, 2009 07:12 AM

                    This past weekend we had 7-beef (beef served 7 ways with rice wrappers, noodles and veggies to wrap it in) at Pho 88. It was excellent and really hard to find outside of a few vietnamese restaurants in dorchester. They also serve hot pot there.

                    1. SaraASR Feb 4, 2010 12:29 PM

                      Where is the BEST pho in Lowell? Thinking of making a stop-off after a long day of skiing on Sunday. Thanks!

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                        MC Slim JB Feb 4, 2010 12:40 PM

                        I don't know from best, but Pho 88 is just off the Drum Hill Rotary -- easy on, easy off Route 3, just two quick exits north of I-495 -- and very good. I've had lunch there several times in the past couple of months. If you're feeling brave, get the bun bo Hue, which is delicious but has some unusual offal-y bits in it.


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