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I'm going to Clark University in the a.m. and am interested in a nice place for lunch.

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  1. Lot's of great options around town. Not sure about weekend hours, though. One Love Jamaican on lower main. On Shrewsbury St., Mac's diner for Italian, Wonder Bar for pizza. El Basha has great Lebanese. Corner Cafe has the best, thinnest pizza ever.

    Basha Cafe
    26 New St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    1. Jeez, Saturday lunch, eh? Not too much open.

      I think Mezcal, on Shrewsbury St. might be open, for Mexican "fusion".

      Armsby Abbey, over on Main St. is open, I think, and has really good food, but is super pretentious (as in "no substitutions- our chef knows better than you"). Great beer list.

      Corner Grille has really good thin crust pie, although it's a bit pricy. Love the lemonade for two.

      Flying Rhino is good for a burger.

      Lots of Asian over near Clark.

      Flying Rhino Cafe
      278 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604

      Armsby Abbey
      144 Main Street, Worcester, MA

      Corner Grille
      806 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA 01602

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      1. re: invinotheresverde

        I second Armsby Abbey. Didn't find them to be pretenious at all. Everything is house-made or locally sourced.

        Armsby Abbey
        144 Main Street, Worcester, MA

        1. re: mats77

          If you keep going, you will. ;)

          1. re: invinotheresverde

            I thought this place looked cool, but TOO cool for a business dinner. I'D go if I was up that way, though...

      2. Bumping this up, with the hopes my fellow Hounds can help a Jersey girl...my boss is going to be meeting with clients and needs suggestions for a mid-week lunch and dinner in Worcester. She's into food, so it has to be good, and can be more upscale but definitely not a stuffy atmosphere. She's always happy to have a glass of wine, too, so if there are places that have a nice selection, that could be a bonus.
        I'm looking at the suggestions already made here, but if there are any others, I'd greatly appreciate them. THANKS!

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        1. re: Curlz

          I'm from north of Boston, so don't know Worcester much, but will chime in that DC and I had a great lunch at Armsby Abbey a few months ago. Yeah, there was maybe some pretense, but not at all the "stuffy" kind of pretense. Lots of local stuff, great beer list/pairings.

          Armsby Abbey
          144 Main Street, Worcester, MA

          1. re: Curlz

            For dinner, Sole Proprietor for seafood, or 111 Chophouse for steak. Both are owned by the same folks, are very good, and have nice wine lists.

            Sole Proprietor
            118 Highland St., Worcester, MA 01609

            1. re: ChinaCat

              Via Italian Table, owned by the same group, is very nice as well.

              1. re: Angel Food

                Via's ridiculously cheap for lunch and really, really good (especially the panzanella and the frittata).

            2. re: Curlz

              the people's kitchen is great for dinner, but they aren't open for lunch. downstairs is a wine/cheese/chocolate bar called the citizen (and you can actually get the whole TPK menu down there for a more relaxed dinner setting) which is great for an after dinner drink.


            3. These are all helpful...thank you! Please keep 'em coming. And can any of you comment on Chioda's Trattoria or Piccolo's 157?

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              1. re: Curlz

                I really enjoy the bar at Coral Seafood on Shrewsbury Street.
                They have $5 bar menu and great wines by the glass. The blackened salmon over mixed greens has a delicious dressing and is worth the trip alone.

                Coral Seafood Restaurant
                29 S Bolton St, Marlborough, MA 01752

                1. re: Curlz

                  Piccolo's is not open for lunch, I believe. If you going for Italian for your boss, go with Via over Chioda's. Via has a good selection of Italian wines and the food is good especially the price for lunch. Also try The citizen and the people's kitchen upstairs. The citizen has great panni's and its a wine/cheese place but without the snobs. Armsby Abbey is not worth it. Yes..great beers selection, best in the city but the food and the SERVICE is sub par.

                  Armsby Abbey
                  144 Main Street, Worcester, MA

                2. Try Cere's Bistro at the Beechwood.