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greenstate Dec 5, 2010 07:27 AM

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

  1. justbeingpolite Dec 5, 2010 07:49 AM

    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

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      sqboo Dec 6, 2010 04:41 PM


      Delicious whether you're veggie or not!

      1. galangatron Dec 7, 2010 04:17 AM

        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
          peregrine Dec 7, 2010 10:26 AM

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

          Pho 88
          1270 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851

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          catsmeow Dec 7, 2010 05:56 AM

          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.

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            snippet Dec 7, 2010 08:15 PM

            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

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              Jeanne1116 Dec 12, 2010 03:59 PM

              I like Centro, as well as Cobblestones and Blue Taleh

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              1. re: Jeanne1116
                edgewater Dec 13, 2010 07:05 AM

                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
                  greygarious Dec 14, 2010 11:09 AM

                  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
                    hotoynoodle Feb 1, 2011 06:09 PM

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

              2. SeaSide Tomato Jan 31, 2011 08:12 AM

                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.



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                  RoyRon Feb 1, 2011 06:11 AM

                  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
                    SeaSide Tomato Feb 1, 2011 08:19 AM

                    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
                      snippet Feb 1, 2011 09:30 AM

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

                      1. re: SeaSide Tomato
                        greygarious Feb 1, 2011 11:55 AM

                        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
                          snippet Feb 1, 2011 03:31 PM

                          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
                            greygarious Feb 1, 2011 04:49 PM

                            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
                              hotoynoodle Feb 1, 2011 06:13 PM

                              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
                          galangatron Feb 2, 2011 08:09 AM

                          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
                          galangatron Feb 2, 2011 08:08 AM

                          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

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                          hargau Feb 2, 2011 03:57 AM

                          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
                            SeaSide Tomato Feb 2, 2011 06:30 AM

                            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
                              lexpatti Feb 2, 2011 08:28 AM

                              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
                                justbeingpolite Mar 1, 2011 06:08 AM

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

                                1. re: justbeingpolite
                                  greygarious Mar 1, 2011 07:12 AM

                                  Here's what you get if you search the word "oasis": http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678691

                                  1. re: greygarious
                                    justbeingpolite Mar 1, 2011 07:48 AM

                                    Actually, the only real reference is this one from 2007

                                    1. re: justbeingpolite
                                      greygarious Mar 1, 2011 10:06 AM

                                      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
                                        justbeingpolite Mar 1, 2011 10:35 AM

                                        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
                                          lexpatti Mar 5, 2011 01:52 PM

                                          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.

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