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What is a great place for dinner before a show at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium?

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  1. How about Tepthida Khmer on Chelmsford St. Upscale Cambodian?
    or Ricardo's on Gorham,
    or La Boniche on Merrimack, probably the closest.

    Tepthida Khmer
    115 Chelmsford St, Lowell, MA 01851

    1. http://www.lifealive.com/

      Delicious whether you're veggie or not!

      1. there are lots of great se asian restaurants in lowell. pho 88, red rose, phien's kitchen, phnom penh restaurant, simply khmer, and peephup tmei to name a few

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        1. re: galangatron

          And downstairs of Pho 88 on Drum Hill Road is Priya, an excellent Indian spot.

          Pho 88
          1270 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851

        2. Fortunatos- Italian
          La Boniche-French
          Athenian Corner-Greek
          Brewery Exchange-pub grub with nice surroundings
          Riccardo's Cafe-Italian

          I like all of these. La Boniche tends to take longer, so allow more time.

          1. also Blue Taleh, might be the closest place to the auditorium, or nearly so.

            Any particular kind of food in mind? There are so many good restaurants in Lowell.

            Blue Taleh
            15 Kearney Sq, Lowell, MA 01852

            1. I like Centro, as well as Cobblestones and Blue Taleh

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              1. re: Jeanne1116

                I went to Cobblestones Saturday. The food was mediocre at best. The total dining experience turned out to be quite pleasant only because we had a wonderful waitress. I can't say that I would recommend Cobblestones to anyone.

                1. re: edgewater

                  I have heard that Moonstones, a fusion place on 110 in Chelmsford under the same ownership, is better.

                  Not formal, but Dharma Buns in Lowell Center home-cooks their sandwich meats (roast beef, steak, turkey....) and hand-cuts their fries. They have various beers on tap.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    they never had tap beer and have gone out of business.

              2. Where did you go? I am going to a show there on Thurs (Melly-baby!!) and woud love to find a place to grab something quick. May be impossible--coming from south of boston after work. But, if we can get up there by 6ish we may have time to stop somewhere new LMA.



                1. I would suggest Tepthida Khmer on Chelmsford St. Excellent Cambodian in a nice setting. Try the Loc Lac (beef version). It is my favorite and they also have a soup (can't remember the name) but it has your choice of chicken, shrimp or fish and it has tomato, Asian vegtables and pineapple in a wonderful broth.

                  Tepthida Khmer
                  115 Chelmsford St, Lowell, MA 01851

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                  1. re: RoyRon

                    Sounds great!

                    Is it within walkng distance of LMA (in slight heels ;) )? Quick, in case we can't get up there til about 6 for show at 7?


                    1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                      Tepthida Khmer is good but not remotely walking distance to LMA, its halfway across town.

                      1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                        This new place - if it is open yet - http://www.accumlinnandconferencecent... - is, I think, the closest to LMA. The aud is across a bridge from the rest of downtown, so not all that convenient a walking distance to any of the other dining options. I

                        1. re: greygarious

                          Pretty much everything is across the bridge sure, but many places in the core of downtown like along Merrimack St and the side streets are certainly walkable. As I mentioned in an earlier post Blue Taleh is pretty close. If time is short, choice of restaurant is probably more important than a modest walk. I've parked in the deck at market mills when the lots near LMA are full, and it's not a bad walk.

                          Google is your friend - to get a general idea where stuff is try "restaurants near Lowell memorial auditorium"

                          (link in previous post doesn't work for me.)

                          1. re: snippet

                            Guess that link is defective. The place is in the former Doubletree Hotel. Here's what Bistrobroad wrote: " the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center is about to open a new restaurant called 50 Warren Fireside Lounge & Restaurant next week. A peek at the early menu looks incredibly promising. Lobster with vine tomatoes, pancetta, bibb lettuce on a brioche; grilled flatbread with mozzarella, tomatoes, Serrano ham and garlic and cider brined pork chops with jicama slaw and roasted Yukon potatoes. "

                            Since the OP will be pressed for time, I would not recommend walking as far as the Market Mills garage in heels on potentially slick sidewalks. .

                            1. re: greygarious

                              i wouldn't recommend walking anywhere downtown in any kind of heels since nearly all the streets are cobblestones, and currently slushy-snowy-icy.

                              also wouldn't put much faith in a hotel feeding station opened by u-mass.

                        2. re: SeaSide Tomato

                          tepthida khmer isn't within walking distance to the lma but it is within walking distance from the commuter rail station. although that might be a problem with all the snow

                        3. re: RoyRon

                          the soup sounds like somlah machoo yuon (cambodian sweet and sour soup) and i agree that the loc lac at tepthida khmer is very good

                        4. When are you going? This weekend is the winterfest in lowell and it will be rather crowded. There is a great soup tasting/contest on fri/sat that would be a fun / light dinner. $5 and you can try 16 soups from area chefs

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                          1. re: hargau

                            Thanks-that sounds good bt the show is tomorrow (Thurs) night. Given that we are coming from south of Boston, I'm thinking we ay end up "picnicing" in the car as we hcan;t leave until after work..
                            sigh-it will have to be another time to try the great food of Lowell.

                            Thanks all.


                            1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                              if you have time for a buffet, the brazillian place on church st (on theriver) is awesome. Plenty of awesome flavors and plenty to eat without doing the full rodizio NOTE: not walking distane but close........ill find name, they took over Tobacas

                              1. re: lexpatti

                                How's Oasis Churrasca, on Gorham St.? I've searched CH, but can't seem to find any reviews.

                                    1. re: justbeingpolite

                                      Since it has changed handsand name twice in the interim, that link is irrelevant. The link I included is to the latest incarnation.

                                      1. re: greygarious

                                        Actually, GG, Tabocas (the link you gave) has indeed had several names and is now Beira Rio's, on Church St.
                                        The Oasis Grill I'm asking about, has been the same for many years, apparently, and is on Gorham St. I've heard good things, and it has some good reviews on Yelp. I haven't found a recent mention on CH, and was looking for some trustworthy opinions, like from you or lexpatti who are in the area a lot.

                                        1. re: justbeingpolite

                                          we love Beira ( it's now back to originak owner, he was leasing to others and now going to run with it), havnt been to Oasis n while, wasn't impressed w/ food and didn't like ambiance at all. @ beira I could thouroghly enjoy the buffet by itself......its filled w/ lots o meats, sides, fish, salad stuff, etc.

                          2. Any updates on this thread? We would like something within walking distance to the auditorium. One vegetarian. Cambodian would be great.

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                            1. re: 3catsnh

                              There's very little mention of Babylon on CH. It's an Iraqi place in close walking distance to the Aud, well-received on Yelp, FWIW http://www.yelp.com/biz/babylon-resta... It has plenty of vegetarian options. Caveat: I have not been there, just remember hearing about it. Many of the places on this thread have, sadly, since closed.

                              1. re: 3catsnh

                                life alive on middle street is vegan and quite good. order at the counter and they bring the food to your table.

                                viet-thai on merrimack does bang-up se asian. very inexpensive, bare bones decor, byob.

                                your vegetarian also would do fine at cobblestones and fuse.