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Cedar Crest Restaurant from Lawrence has reopened in N. Andover.

Cedar Crest Restaurant has re-opened in its new location in N. Andover in where Mango Grille was located on Chickering Road.

The place was jammed when I stopped by for breakfast on Saturday and the service was a little slow. I think the staff is still getting used to the new layout.

To those who know Eddie....he quit the first week they were open.

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  1. Won't be the same without him, either he's too old for this or the commute is more than he thought.

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    1. re: treb

      I heard the same thing- that it was painfully packed. I just hope it doesnt become yuppified. It will be hard to operate in North Andover and not go to the dark side.

      1. re: mwbachta

        That location hasn't been the most successful for restaurants. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    2. Cedarcrest had gone way downhill in its last year or so anyway. Can't see any reason to think the new location would be any better.

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      1. re: kamac

        Agree- It's nice to have low prices but not worth it if the quality of the food has to sink to do it. It seems that the cuts of meat, etc. are probably the cheapest that can be bought from the supplier. Only meals I would eat there are breakfast or lunch in the diner.

        1. re: citylvr

          I usually stick to the veal parm anyways. been eating it there since I was a kid and it taste the same to me. Truth be told there are better veal parms to be had in the area, but this one is sentimental to me and that is why i still plan on going there for veal parm.

          1. re: mwbachta

            i don't even think it's real veal.......sorry

            1. re: cf4redsox

              Relax everyone......It's basic diner food.

              If you do not know about CC history and go in blind, your expectations might be a let down. Always better post for recommendations if you don't know anything about aplace, especially a new place to the area, rather than YELL to everyone to stay away. Shame on you.

              It's real veal, and I enjoy it for the same reasons as mwbachta. The place is not the same as it was in the 60's and 70's and I don't think anyone is claiming it to be.

              CC has its own local following who probably order the same items
              they always do everytime they go. Why..... because they are, In The Know.

              To me, it's a place if I'm in the area and hungry I'll stop for one of three things, your basic breakfast, a hamburger (fresh ground real beef), or the veal on a heel (veal on a Tripolli stick).

              Think about it....where would you tell someone who wanted a roast beef sandwich to go in the area, Harrison's or J & M Subs?

              If you know what to order you might be happy you live 3 mins. from the place.

              1. re: Infomaniac

                Great write-up, info. CC is affordable comfort food and yah, peas right out of the can. Their burgers and especially their chick club sammy are very good.

                1. re: Infomaniac

                  I have also eaten at CC since I was a child so I am not going in cold. I think the point is that the drop in quality has been noticeable to regulars. I understand that the owner was doing everything she could to keep the business going. But there has to be a balance between cost and quality and there is a tipping point where the food is no longer a good value at the price.
                  That being said, I will continue to stop by occasionally for breakfast or a sandwich at lunch for sentimental reasons and the atmosphere.

          2. TERRIBLE.....TERRIBLE.....TERRIBLE

            i won't be going back there and i live 3 minutes from the place....yankee pot roast was a frozen hungry man dinner as far as i'm concerned...my girlfriends veal cutlets were like mystery meat....place is a joke...way too bright....way outdated decor...terrible staff...waitress stood and waited while i filled out the tip on the credit card receipt...uncomfortable...no liquor license so you couldn't wash down the bad meal with some wine...cheap prices but food is disgusting!!!!

            STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE

            1. seems like some people are enjoying the new location:

              http://www.eagletribune.com/punews/lo...

              1. Well, I visited CC this past week, orderd the 1/4 roasted chicken dinner which came with housemade chicken soup, 1/4 stick of Tripoli's bread (always a winner), housemade stuffing, housemade cranberry sauce, real mashed potatoes, canned, yes! canned green beans (my choice), a nice housemade gravey, housemade grapenut custard with real whipped cream and finally a cup of coffee. The menu is not as extensive as the original place but, that old menu was huge. The quality and peparation of the food has not changed and best of all the prices are the same, my dinner was $8.95 and you can still get a chicken barb on a heel for $4.50. This is solid consistantly prepared american comfort food, nothing more, nothing organic, nothing grass fed, just good food at a reasonable price. I sat at the counter, my fav place, and most of the tables were full. Finally, I can see Eddy quit, he was used to working the calmer counter with a few tables in Lawrence, the new place is a lot busier and he's a lot older.

                I'm glad to see CC back in business.

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                1. re: treb

                  I stopped in today with some friends for a late lunch before heading to the wine tasting event at The Vineyard in N. Andover. I went with the roast pork dinner and my two other friends had the roast chicken dinners. We all agreed, aside from the green beans which I don't think I'll order again, that the quality and value is one of the best in the area for this type of comfort food. Everything except for the green beans was perfect. This new location is much more convenient for me than the Lawrence location and I'm glad I finally got around to trying a dinner.

                  The wine tasting event at The Vineyard was excellent. On March 27th they have Meet The Master of Whiskey Pete Zimmermann tasting whiskies from the following distilleries;
                  Dalwhinnie, Oban , The Singleton, Talisker, Lagavulin. Looking forward to that one.
                  .

                  1. re: Infomaniac

                    Yah, normally I'd get their house made slaw, Italian style, instead of the canned veggies. I forgot they had it. I also thanked the owner for re-opening.