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Looking for Andover/South Lawrence lunch recs

Tante Jun 2, 2012 12:43 PM

I recently started a new job in Andover, near the train station, and would love some recommendations for good lunch places in the area--also willing to travel a bit as it's not that far from the Lawrence line where the Shin Shin Asian market is. Looking for places where lunch is under $10 and take out is available. Any good sandwich places, Asian restaurants, something special in the area? I'd love to find a great little hole in the wall with chow-worthy food. Thanks in advance.

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    mingyavalley Jun 2, 2012 01:44 PM

    Right by the train station in Andover is a little Chinese food place called Teatone. You will not find better Chinese food in all of Andover, they have lunch specials that I believe are all under $10 and they are very fast. A little further down Andover, on rt. 28 is a place called Shawsheen Lunchonette, take-out available they have a pretty good range of burgers, clubs, and other sandwiches plus various other diner type dishes. They are a little bit on the pricey side but not too unreasonable. Further down rt. 28 right over the line in Lawrence is Jim's Original Subs. They don't have much if anything under $10 but their subs are without question the best in the area and they are HUGE, you more than get your money's worth. One last one, Mr. Takeout on Haverhill Street (rt. 133) in Andover is another great place that has subs, pizzas, dinners and just about all of them are under $10.

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      grumpyspatient Jun 2, 2012 02:27 PM

      Down rt 28 in the shawsheen plaza (kinda behind mcdonalds) is a little place called Sweet Basil,
      really nice lunch plates, crispy pad thai is one of my favs and they do take-out. Not sure if they deliver. Its walkable from the train station although uphill on the way back.

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      1. re: grumpyspatient
        Tante Jun 2, 2012 02:55 PM

        Thanks to both of you for these. I'm looking up menus online and getting hungry. All seem close enough to the office, which is great. I'll be checking out Jim's and Mr. Takeout for sure (maybe Jim's on the way home on one of those days when I skipped lunch!). Ah, Teatone, that must be the little white building by the train station. There's nothing on the outside marking it as a restaurant, and for a while I wondered if it was a karate studio.
        I have been to Sweet Basil once--the only place I've gone to other than Whole Foods--and thought it was good, will have to try the crispy pad thai next time. Thanks again, really appreciate the suggestions.

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          grumpyspatient Jun 2, 2012 03:06 PM

          Have you looked at Yella? Its downtown, not a far walk from the train station. I think its a little $$ for lunch but have only been for dinner (which was good).
          I know that some folks really enjoy Brothers Pizza right next door.


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            Tante Jun 2, 2012 04:53 PM

            The menu looks really interesting--wraps are a little pricey for lunch but would be a nice treat once in a while. Thanks for the suggestion!

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          headmaster Jun 6, 2012 12:54 PM

          My last two experiences at Sweet Basil have been terrible. Orders messed up, food done differently, grease coefficient very high. So they've fallen off my list for good.

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            Tante Jun 6, 2012 06:43 PM

            I just got pad thai the one time I went and it was fine--a safe choice and they didn't do anything remarkable with it, good or bad. I do recall that the service was fairly indifferent, as if they didn't particularly care that I was there, but that there were a fair number of people coming in for takeout orders. They have crazy noodles on their menu, which makes me think of my favorite hot and crazy noodles at Thon Khao in Nashua, but Sweet Basil's includes eggs and broccoli, which just isn't the same (may be more or less authentic, I have no idea, I just know how much I like the one at Thon Khao). I may give Sweet Basil another try to see how it goes; thanks for the input!

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              JOGRE Feb 4, 2013 09:13 AM

              Their Chiang Mai was great. Pad Thai is like the big mac of thai food. Never quite remarkable anywhere.

              Chiang Mai is a mild red curry sauce,coconut milk with a hint of lime. Noodle's with different textures,soft below and crunchy crisp one on top. I had mine with chicken. I will be back again.

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          phatchris Jun 2, 2012 03:23 PM

          Phils roast beef is pretty good north shore style roast beef.

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            Tante Jun 2, 2012 04:57 PM

            Was just checking Phil's out on Yelp--not a far drive from my office, and this former North Shore girl loves a good roast beef. What do you think of their fries? Some Yelpers don't seem to care for them.

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              BlueMagic Jun 3, 2012 07:41 AM

              I like their fries. Not the spicy fries..but their regular fries. They actually have such a nice flavor that they don't even need ketchup. If you like the north shore roast beef..then Phil's is the place for you. In my opinion, they beat out every other roast beef place in the area. When I go there..I go all out and get the onion roll roast beef with sauce and cheese. To die for..and it will fill you up for the day!
              In addition to the roast beef, Phil's makes great salads and sandwiches. I try not to eat a whole lot of fried food..but every now and then I get a couple of spinach rolls.

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                mingyavalley Jun 3, 2012 10:21 AM

                their fries are pretty good, but their onion rings I feel are superior. Blue is right, you won't find a better place to get north shore roast beef than Phil's. Also another place to check out is My Brothers Pizza Place, on Post Office Ave in downtown Andover. They do great subs and are pretty reasonably priced.

                I cannot speak highly enough of Three Dogz Diner, they do truly amazing food. It might be a little further into Lawrence than you'd be wiling to go, only because the traffic on that stretch of 28 is abysmal pretty much all day. It would definitely be worth the trip though on a day you could take a little longer lunch, their food is delicious and very reasonably priced.

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                  phatchris Jun 3, 2012 12:47 PM

                  To be honest I only had a quick junior beef there, but that was pretty good. Also Jasmines in North Andover has a good beef...both better than Harrisons IMO.

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                    BlueMagic Jun 3, 2012 03:45 PM

                    Harrison's is terrible.

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                treb Jun 3, 2012 07:30 AM

                Just up rte 28 N, in Lawrence, is Three Dogz Diner good homemade lunch specials, including some good BBQ, and reasonable. In N. Andover, Shadi's on rte 125 has good Middle Eastern food.

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                  ParisLady Jun 3, 2012 07:36 AM

                  Check out Hometown Seafood for some great chowder and other seafood items. Also LaRosas for great sandwiches. Both are right downtown and have websites. Enjoy!

                  1. BlueMagic Jun 3, 2012 07:47 AM

                    +1 on Three Dogz Diner. They have takeout and if you call ahead, they will have it ready for you. It is one of the favorite take out lunch places at my office.
                    A couple of recommendations? The Chicken Melt, the Chicken Barb, any of the soups. Call for the daily specials as well. On Fridays, they serve crab cakes over mushroom risotto. A bit more than $10, but worth every delicious bite.

                    +1 on Hometown Seafoods also. Very close to your office.

                    In addition to all the great recommendations you have already received, I will also add Grassfields. They have many lunch selections under $10. Nice sandwiches and salads. They are located on Rte. 28 less than a 2 minute drive from the Andover train station. Call ahead for takeout.

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                      Tante Jun 4, 2012 04:54 AM

                      Thanks to everyone for all of the fantastic recs! This is going to be a great lunch week at work, I think. Appreciate all of the suggestions, and will report back.

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                      Dinsdale45 Jun 5, 2012 11:10 AM

                      Regas Grill, near Shin Shin Market does a Korean buffet at lunch and dinner. I often get take-out.

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                        Tante Jun 6, 2012 04:28 AM

                        Excellent--I think that's where Hee Bin was, which I had been to many years ago. I love Korean and if I can get it from the buffet to go, even better. Thanks for the rec!

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                          STL BOS Jun 6, 2012 09:55 AM

                          If you go, please report back on the Korean buffet. Thanks!

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                            Tante Jun 6, 2012 06:37 PM

                            I can't wait to go, having had an excellent bulgogi bento box at the prior location. If only more people in my office were inclined to go out to lunch! Everyone brings theirs, and lately I haven't had time to get away to grab something. I'll definitely report back when I check out Rega and other places in the area thanks to these other great suggestions.

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                            Ferrari328 Jun 8, 2012 12:00 PM

                            I was at Rega's Grill for lunch today after reading about the place here. Used to be a customer at Hee Bin when my mechanic was across the street. I thought the food was good, decent selection of banchan and the dishes I had from the buffet was decent. Chicken was bit cold but I got there closer to 1:00PM but it was very tender. I really liked the spicy pork with zucchini, the fried rice was just white rice with veggies but I like that. It certainly was worth the $8.95 price. I think it is $5.95/lbs for takeout from the buffet. They leave a pitcher of water on the table and I really like that.


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                              justbeingpolite Nov 12, 2012 07:59 AM

                              Have you tried Garden House restaurant? Not usually a big Yelp guy, but this has favorable reviews there for authentic Korean fare

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                                Ferrari328 Nov 12, 2012 08:06 AM

                                No I haven't but the reviews did look good.


                          3. re: Dinsdale45
                            ParisLady Jun 6, 2012 11:27 AM

                            Where is thia Regas Grill please?

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                              mingyavalley Jun 6, 2012 11:35 AM

                              It's on South Union Street, right over the Andover line in Lawrence. There is a pub, J. Brian's I believe, right next to it.

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                            Dinsdale45 Feb 4, 2013 12:02 PM

                            New Thai and Indian places in Andover.



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