Casual dinner recommendation in Acton/Concord/Maynard?
New to the area and looking for casual dinner recommendation, something other than a 'Not Average Your Joe's'?
Sorry I completely disagree about Helen's. We've always had terrrrrible service there and one time I asked the woman who was waiting on us (the main waitress) who the restaurant was named after (ie was she Helen?) and she explained that it was her grandmother and she'd been roped into restaurants because it was the 'family' business but she'd never actually wanted anything to do with food. Well lady, it shows.
I really like Cast Iron kitchen in Maynard and Vincenzo's in West Concord isn't Awful but isn't great. The Colonial Inn in Concord can be fun on a Friday night, if you eat in the pub way in the back. They have a house band that plays and the guitarist is actually the guitarist from the Kinks, music is really quite good.
48 Monument Sq # 2, Concord, MA
Honestly, local Concord / Acton/ Maynard casual fare can't hold a candle to Arlington, Somerville, and Cambridge, so when you have the chance, drive the extra 20 to 30 minutes down Rt 2, it's worth it (been living here over year now and doing that a lot). Here are your options if you have to stay local:
Little Pusan Korean in Maynard - very casual, but solid Korean food. Very much the family run little place where dad cooks and mom manages the front.
Asian Gourmet Rt 2 Concord - 2 floors, one Chinese food & hibach, the other sushi. Not nearly as vile as the decription sounds! The Chinese is surpizingly authentic and well executed!! Don't be throw off by the tacky exterior or pan-asian offerings!
Spicepepper Garden Acton - Really tasty Chinese American food. Very fresh ingredients and not too oily / fried.
Vincenzo's is very decent if your local, but not worth it if you live elseware.
Helen's was extremely forgettable when I went. Good for ice cream.
The 99 is just like you'd expect it to be, but with nicer waitresses than most 99s.
Cast Iron Kitchen is again solid for local but not worth the drive for anyone else. Their menu tends to be a bit hit or miss, but never terrible and sometimes really tasty. Very family friendly.
Colonial Inn is pretty tasty if you stick to things like Chicken Pot pie and other Yankee fair, but fails at anything adventurous.
Though you didn't ask for it, your best lunch spot is Nashoba Brook Bakery in West Concord (behind the gas station). Hidden gem alert! Wonderful sandwiches on fresh baked bread....any toppings or fillings you want with very nice options like pea guacamole, arugala, brie cheese, smoked turkey, curry chicken salad, etc....all for $7 a sandwich!
Nashoba Brook Bakery Cafe
152 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742
48 Monument Sq # 2, Concord, MA
Cast Iron Kitchen
177 Main Street, Maynard, MA 01754
36 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720
83 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754
re: InmanSQ Girl
For Korean its worth the drive to Ayer to WooJung rather than the place in Maynard. Much better food, service, etc...
We have tried Spice Pepper twice and will not be back. Maybe they are ok for their americanized food but their spicy sichuan food is not very good. We were very disappointed with it both times. We continue to drive to Billerica to go to Sichuan Gourmet instead.
Asia Gourmet is an interesting one. Have only had the Chinese downstairs. Expect your clothes/hair/self to stink of food/smoke from the hibachi if you go. Some dishes have been ok. The spicy dishes are extremely oily.
Some local places for fried seafood:
Twin seafood has solid takeout fried seafood but isn't open very late. They are in Concord and opening a 2nd one in West Acton.
Tiny's diner in Ayer for real casual diner food and fried seafood.
Kimballs in Westford or Lancaster for great ice cream and fried seafood..
We drive to Lowell alot for thai,vietnamese, cambodian food. Not really that far from this area.
Marlborough is also not very far and has a few gems that i could list if interested.
502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821
In Marlborough you can get decent pub food at Kennedys pub. http://www.kennedys-pub.com/
There is a five guys for fast food.
Linguines has decent pizza at casual italian, i prefer it to go as the room can be very loud http://www.ilovelinguines.com/
Coral seafood isnt bad http://coralseafood.com/
Yoong tong in northboro is ok thai but not as good as going to lowell http://yoongtong.net/
For the best pizza and wings around drive out to Sterling http://www.blacksheeptavernsterling.com/ Also great for free live music..(note this is a bar, 21+
Hargau, what Thai restaurant do you like in Lowell? I know there's good Cambodian (Simply Khmer), Vietnamese (Pho 88), and Laotian (Phien's Kitchen), but I didn't know about Thai. I thought I had to get into Brookline. The Yoong Tongs are related to Ka Noon in Bedford, which I think is good, but nothing special in terms of authentic/spicy. Are they better? How do they compare with board favorites like Rod Dee?
For very interesting and delicious food, i recommend to you 80 Thoreau in Concord and AKA Bistro in Lincoln. Now,these may or may not be considered casual for you.casual dress is standard at both places and prices are boston level bistro (entrees in the $20s).
145 Lincoln Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773
Cast Iron has been VERY hit or miss lately. Last time we called (for carry out) we were told they took the burgers off of the menu...because "they kept getting sent back", which I thought was a strange thing to tell someone. They need to change the menu as well.
(sorry meant to post this under the replys not the original post.)