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Beford/Billerica - good food ????

I’ve not perused the whole board yet but on my 1st click the chain was all about how excited people were that a new Cheesecake Factory was opening. Seriously people, is there not a local place that you like ? Local food, hopefully even organic ? Not laden with meats & fats ?

Last time I was out your way I had the worst food experience almost ever when I travel – ended up as I could not find anyplace else: Chili’s, Cheesecake Factory, and it got better one day when I happened upon a Whole Foods.

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  1. Try these threads:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/709554
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/712540
    Lot's of good ethnic Chinese (Sichuan), Indian, Korean. A few upscale etc.
    If you'd narrow down a little, I'm sure many CHers would chime in.

    1. expanding the preferences: local burger places (organic meat), awesome salads (local greens, made from scratch dressings, good steaks with good veggies, whole grain pancakes/muffins, soy lattes, mexican/southern food (fresh made guacamole). just to add a few ideas of what i'd prefer. i know where i'm staying is not the center of the universe but that's closest to where my husband is: MCI Concord. thanks. i'm just there for a few days.

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      1. re: miss seattle

        Dalya's in Bedford.
        How about the new 80 Thoreau in Concord?
        Sounds like up your alley. http://www.80thoreau.com
        Not much Mexican in the area, unless you'll go to Zocalo in Arlington.

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        Zocalo
        203 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

        Dalya's Restaurant
        20 North Rd Ste 1, Bedford, MA 01730

        1. re: justbeingpolite

          I had a drink and and appetizer at 80 Thoreau Thursday night at the bar. The duck liver pate was tasty and a nice serving for $5. I had a Manhattan that was good but it was the same price as other nearby restaurants and half the size. The wine pours also looked small. The menu did look interesting. I happen to overhear that the person next to me was there for his fourth time the first week. He obviously liked it.

        2. re: miss seattle

          For good greasy breakfast, sandwiches, pizza the Club Car in W Concord is right around the corner.

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          Club Car Cafe
          20 Commonwealth Ave, Concord, MA 01742

        3. The best food in Billerica (and probably the best overall Sichuan in MA) is Sichuan Gourmet. It is indeed laden with meats and fats; perhaps you can get used to this.

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          Sichuan Gourmet
          502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

          1. I posted this on your Northern New England Entry, but thought I'd re-post and elaborate on the Flatbread option:

            Since I am very familiar with these two towns, I would send you to the Pongal in Billerica for the weekend brunch buffet. Sichuan Gourmet is not to be missed, also in Billerica. There are many posts on the Boston board mentioning these two restaurants.

            In Bedford, Flatbread is pretty good for a nice beer and alternative style flatbread/pizza. Flatbread sounds like its right up your alley, with all organic materials and nitrate free sausage, etc. I think they even have an organic beer. Service is generally OK, but can be little slow at times.

            There is a small and friendly sushi restaurant in Bedford center called Ginger that offers reasonable quality sushi for a fair price - not the best, but certainly adequate for the convenience factor.

            I don't know from your post if you are confined to these two towns or not, but certainly travel to neighboring towns is pretty simple in off-peak hours. Close by is Arlington, which has several good options.

            1. On Boston Road in Billerica but almost to the Burlington line, Pongal is a very good Indian restaurant. In Lowell, there is Life Alive for organic, vegetarian, maybe vegan food. Neither of these are near MCI Concord but a 30 minute or so drive away. In West Concord, Deborah's Natural Gourmet is a health food store with take-out vegetarian food. Deborah's is a five minute drive from MCI Concord.

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              Life Alive
              194 Middle St Apt 3R, Lowell, MA 01852

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              1. re: three of us

                A couple more places around Deborah's: Heading away from the direction of the prison and across the RR tracks is a seafood place that is mostly take-out. Also, there is Concord Teacakes or some such thing that many people like.

                If you have your back to Deborah's, take a right and at the corner where the gas stations is take another right and another right to where there is a line of brick-front businesses. Nashoba Bakery has very good bread and sandwiches.

                If you take a left from Deborah's, there is Walden Pizza a few doors down. We have enjoyed the calzones and some salads from there.

                1. re: three of us

                  thank you ! sounds like i can eat a lot better this trip out.