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Jan 21, 2014 10:43 AM

If you were touring Turtle Creek Winery...

Where might you have dinner after? AKA Bistro and Bondir are possibilities, but in case these are too pricey for our companions, where else might we go? Thanks!! :)

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  1. Twin seafood in West Concord is great, but no decor at all. Asian Gourmet is excellent as is Main st cafe.

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      I recently stopped into Twin Seafood for lunch and was not particularly impressed. Got a clam roll. The fry job was pretty greasy and the clams, to me, tasted previously frozen. Cole slaw was inedible and the entire shop was filthy. Fish in the case did not look all that fresh either, which was a major disappointment.

      1. re: Science Chick

        That's too bad. I did have one off fry job there recently but in general it is pretty good.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          Yeah, I know. I was all psyched too, having read great reviews here. DH refused to even try anything there, based on the cleanliness issue. Was going to try a soup, but decided against it after inquiring about whether they were homemade and finding out that they were Kettle brand.

    2. Assuming you want to stay in the Lincoln/Concord area Bondir is your best choice for food decor and service. AKA is closer but nowhere near as good. You also have 80 Thoreau in Concord. It is good but it is in the same price range.

      Main Street in Concord is a decent value but nothing special. I would't avoid it but be careful as they do have live music and it can get quite loud. Check ahead.

      If you are willing to go a little farther, Ginger in Bedford has good sushi at a fair price. Ka-Noon is a good suburban Thai restaurant. People also like Luigi's for Italian, I'm just not one of them.

      Long story short, right now Concord is short on good mid-level restaurants. It's top or bottom. I think Bondir is your best bet if you can get in. All of their items are available in half portions usually about $14. The half portions aren't small either so the price is actually reasonable.

      Good luck. I love Turtle Creek Wine hope you report back on your tour experience.


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      1. re: hungrytommy

        Bondir Concord has gotten VERY mixed reviews on this board.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          I've seen that. I can only speak for me. I didn't have high expectations so maybe that helped. They definitely didn't have perfect execution, but I thought it was very good.

          1. re: hungrytommy

            Another thumbs up for Bondir Concord. With the exception of one of the apps we thought the food was excellent and we think it's the best in the burbs. Agree that there are no good midrange options in the area.

      2. Main Streets blows, it's a mediocre sandwich shop more or less. They don't allow laptops, highly discourage internet usage which is annoying at lunch. It's also pricey for what it is but everything in Concord is like that. The only places I like are Asian Gourmet and Farfalle Italian (They do nice take out dinners but how late they are open, not sure.), haven't tried Bondir or even 80 Thoreau yet. If I'm stuck out there working late I might even slink out to the pizza joint Sorrento's. Asian Gourmet lacks decor but it's good. Paparazzi isn't terrible. You could go to Lexington too, Acton/Bedford seems kind of far for nothing great. In Lexington there's the newish Vine Brook Tavern, haven't tried, Nourish which is okay, and Royal Indian Bistro, which does the job. The best bar in Concord is probably the old Chang An for some straight-up scorpion bowlage.

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        1. re: tatsu

          I think Main st is decent for what it is.

        2. There's a thread that was started called Acton/Concord have no good restaurants (or something like that) that could give you some tips about local options.

          It's hard to compare Bondir with Main Street Cafe as they're opposite ends of the spectrum. Main Street is generally fairly crowded, which makes for a lively environment. If you're looking for low key, low price places, you could also check out Comella's which is right across the street. Vincenzo's in West Concord is a fine Italian restaurant (nothing fancy but the food is good) that could do the trick.

          Papa Razzi, a local chain, also might be what you're looking for. It's a bit more upscale (vibe) than Vincenzo's.

          Bondir, AKA Bistro, and 80 Thoreau are the top of the list. They're fanciest and the most expensive. OP, it'd be useful to know what you're looking for, as AKA Bistro and Bondir are the priciest around, so it's hard to provide the next tier without a little bit more information.

          1. How about the new Red Raven in the old Scupper Jacks space?

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