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Worcester for Lunch - must tries

Jeremy01506 Jan 24, 2012 06:11 PM

I'm local to Worcester but new to working in Worcester, so lunch in the city is a thing I've been waiting years in my professional career for. What I need from fellow CH'ers is must-try lunch recommendations. I work in the Greendale section so anything in Worcester is fair game, but the suburbs must be within 15 minutes or so (W Boylston and the east side of Shrewsbury are good)...ready? Go!

  1. Science Chick Mar 13, 2012 12:02 PM

    Just had a great lunch at Baba sushi....yep, they're open for lunch too! Mmmmmmm......

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    1. re: Science Chick
      tiaotse Jul 7, 2012 06:15 AM

      your post seems vague? How is their sushi distinctive?

      1. re: tiaotse
        Science Chick Jul 7, 2012 06:29 AM

        There have been numerous posts about Baba, so I didn't elaborate.....sorry! Here are some past posts to shed some light:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831239
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/835037

        Wilson (the owner) has a boatload of awards (local as well as national) for his creative rolls and interesting creations. The sushi is probably the best I've had in MA, rivaling even Oishii in Boston. Impeccably fresh, spot-on and innovative flavor combinations and gorgeous presentation. Check it out!

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          cloudship Jul 21, 2012 12:48 PM

          Mina's has been gone for a while, they were short lived. There is a place up the street called the Specialty Sandwich Company. Very similar menu to NE Roast Beef, I guess they are somehow related. I prefer the Holden location better.

          1. re: cloudship
            Jeremy01506 Nov 17, 2012 04:07 PM

            I actually just tried the Specialty Sandwich Shop a couple of weeks ago and when I went in and checked the menu, saw that it does indeed seem like NE Roast Beef (which is always wicked overcrowded for lunch unfortunately). I had a Super Roast Beef Meal and...it was pretty bad. Beef was not rare at ALL and seemed like they overcooked a roast and then sliced it too thick, by the time I was halfway through my sandwich I started pulling off thick cuts of beef. Onion Rings were pretty good, fries fairly mediocre, but overall for a $12 lunch (with drink) pretty bad and I won't be back....

          2. re: Science Chick
            Jeremy01506 Nov 17, 2012 04:07 PM

            My coworkers and I did a Sushi lunch at Baba's a few months back and it was really good, although pricey. As much as I like it, Baba's is better reserved for dinner when you are not worried about the time and you can really enjoy the Chef's creations....

            1. re: Jeremy01506
              Science Chick Nov 18, 2012 07:47 AM

              Just had an Omakase dinner at Baba last Thursday......outstanding! Apparently Wilson is in the process of opening a new larger place nearby, that will be more pan-Asian and have a bar atmosphere......looking forward!

      2. Rick_V Jan 26, 2012 04:33 PM

        Armsby Abbey is great for a casual lunch washed down with a great beer. Via has terrific lunch specials -- a really good deal -- the meatball sandwich and truffle/parm frites are really nice. Elsa's (Tatnuck, also on Rt 9) makes great sandwiches, as does Mina's in Holden (ask for a Viennese Special, whether it's on the menu or not). Dueling Indian buffets at Bollywood and India Cafe on Rt 9.

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          phelana Jan 27, 2012 10:49 AM

          Mina's? I am in Holden twice a month so must try this..will look for it. Not a fan of Bollywood.

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            jmacd Jan 27, 2012 12:16 PM

            armsby isn't a good choice if you're in anything close to a hurry though. if you only get an hour, save it for another time.

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              Jeremy01506 Jan 28, 2012 02:39 PM

              Didn't realize that the Armsby Abbey was open for lunch, I'll definitely be trying that one, even if I have to go over my allotted hour! I'm not a fan of Bollywood but do hit the buffet at India Cafe every once in a while.

              1. re: Jeremy01506
                phelana Jan 29, 2012 05:38 AM

                Rick, where is Mina's? I am in Holden for the weekend and Mom said there is no such place...LOL

                1. re: phelana
                  Rick_V Jan 29, 2012 06:45 PM

                  Mina's NY Style Deli, which used to be in Worcester 20 years ago, was at 788 Main Street in Holden last I checked, which was admittedly a couple of years ago. Maybe they're gone. Tom Mina made a mean sandwich! He would lovingly assemble it, slice it in half, show it to you, and say "it's a beautiful thing."

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                GrooveChampion Mar 10, 2012 09:03 AM

                I know this is a sub-discussion in this, but I have found the best Indian food in the area at Surya's at 299 Shrewsbury St. (used to be Sweetheart's across the street if u remember that place).

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                awm922 Jan 26, 2012 02:59 PM

                Weintraub's for authentic Jewish Deli. Try the Matzo Ball soup. Great sandwich's. It's been around since the 1920's. Stop in the bakery across the street for dessert.

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                  Jeremy01506 Jan 28, 2012 02:42 PM

                  Somehow I spaced on Weintraub's (and I've not only been there but I'm half-Jewish!), I see knishes for lunch in my future!

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                  hoffa2651 Jan 26, 2012 10:38 AM

                  If you are going for a nice sandwich try Big Joe's on Shrewsbury St. I recommend the #4- chicken cutlet, eggplant, mozzarella, roast red peppers, mayo on a nice italian roll

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                    jmacd Jan 25, 2012 05:59 PM

                    I have had great meals at Theater Cafe on Main Street. Tiny storefront, husband and wife team...you can taste the love :)

                    also, Da Lat for Vietnamese is one of my favorites. an order of spring rolls with their fabulous peanut sauce...i could eat it every day!

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                      Jeremy01506 Jan 28, 2012 02:46 PM

                      I do Vietnamese occasionally but the Theater Cafe sounds like the kind of places I'm hoping to find, I'll let you know my thoughts after I do.....

                    2. Jeremy01506 Jan 24, 2012 06:34 PM

                      To help avoid repeats, here are the good eats I've found so far:
                      - Ciao Bella: love their Chicken Parm
                      - Oli's Eatery in W Boylston: so many good things to try, it's become a weekly lunch destination for lunch as I work through their vast menu
                      - Egg Roll Lady: probably the best crab rangoons and egg rolls in the city, but there is only so much fried food one person can have in one meal (if only she could offer some rice or lo mein!). On the plus side, at the end of one meal she came out and shared a dessert of fried yams with a caramel topping!
                      - NE Roast Beef: good Roast Beef but I've had better (like All-Star Roast Beef in Auburn), but as a sub shop they are surprisingly good! My current fave is "The State", which is a Chicken Salad (no celery or other fillers) with a couple slices of bacon and cheese on a sub roll...surprisingly good and quite filling!

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                        watergirl Mar 27, 2012 08:21 AM

                        Who is the Egg Roll Lady? I've never heard of her.

                        Other good lunch places off the top of my head - One Love Cafe (slow but delicious Jamaican food), Pampas on Shrewsbury St. for Brazilian BBQ buffet, Bahnans on Pleasant St for delicious takeout, Spoodles on Main St for the best soup selection. Also, there's an Elsa's at the Summit which would be really close to you.

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