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Dinner in/near Burlington - help for a NY 'hound!


I'm driving up from NYC to take a friend out for her 50th bday. She's suggesting places like the Cheesecake Factory. Save me!

We'll have a vegetarian in our group of 4. Moderately expensive is okay, but L'Anatana seemed a bit pricey with most entrees over $30.

Doesn't have to be Burlingon - were looking for someplace convenient to folks from Lexinton and Newburyport.

Thanks, Yankees!


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  1. Burlington itself is sort of a foodie wasteland.. there's Strega Prime in Woburn, but it is pricey as well. Masa and Season 52 are good as well..

    1. There's a new tapas place in Woburn that's been getting good reviews - Pintxo Pincho. Here's the relevant thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9274...

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      1. re: VintageMolly

        Just in case the OP is considering...we ate at and enjoyed Pintxo Pincho this weekend but there's not much to choose from for a vegetarian. If said vegetarian has a small appetite or doesn't mind ordering multiples of the same dish s/he'll be OK but otherwise...not so much.

        That being said, we had a fine time (I fit the above criteria), will likely go back and the owners were lovely.

        1. re: VintageMolly

          We have been 3x to Pintxo Pincho, and love it. Nice small intimate atmosphere w/ lovely welcoming service. Street parking pretty easy. Lots of dishes variety. For vegetarians, iirc:
          Potato Tortilla
          Kale etc Empanaditas
          Assorted Vegetable and Seafood Croquetas
          shrimp and salmon crostini
          spicy garlic shrimp
          octopus pimenton
          seafood paella
          roasted peppers
          daily specials
          tuna and potato salad
          stuffed eggs
          galician tuna pie

          They are such a 'Yes!' kitchen, i know they would take veggie version requests as well....So they have told me.

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            Thanks Opinionatedchef. I interpreted "vegetarian" to mean "no meat, chicken or fish" which is how I hold it for myself. That takes many of the items (which I'm sure are delicious) off your list and leaves:

            Potato Tortilla
            Kale Empanaditas
            Spinach croquetas
            Roasted peppers (this is on the bread, right?)

            And possibly:

            Stuffed eggs (we did not see these on the menu so I can't guarantee these are veggie)

            Daily specials - there were no veggie ones when we went

            I have no beef (ha - see what I did there?) with this lovely restaurant. I just didn't want the OP to think there are a wealth of veggie options on the menu because IMHO there aren't. Not saying the kitchen wouldn't accommodate - I did not test that during our visit.

            1. re: owen_meany

              I had also noticed that that was a startlingly seafood-heavy list of "vegetarian" options.

              1. re: owen_meany

                oh owen, i hadn't meant you had any bad intentions. I'm the one who always warns people against assumptions, so i was not assuming that 'vegetarian' included no seafood, since they didn't say.......
                So maybe i misspoke. Do the great majority of vegetarians who eat seafood- call themselves Pescatarians?

                I get the impression that there is not much of a vegetarian movement in Europe, so that these Pinxo Pincho guys, who are from the more trad dining world, are not used to thinking about that. Are Toro and Estragon much more vegetarian friendly menus?
                And have you enjoyed them more than PP?

          2. It's in a hotel, but I have enjoyed Summer/Winter in Burlington. Not sure how much better on price it is than L'Andana but I think the food is better. It is much better than the Cheesecake Factory.


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              1. re: phonelady

                Really! When did that happen? That's too bad.

                Just looked at the replacement restaurant Chopps. No idea if the food is any good but it still has to be better than Cheesecake Factory. Right?


                  1. re: Bellachefa

                    I completely understand why they would move, but it is unfortunate as Seaport is much harder for me to get to.


            1. I think Seasons 52 will be perfect. Something for everyone in a very pleasant environment.

              1. Bedford, the town next door, has Dalya's. Nice atmosphere, always some vegetarian options, frequently a North African dish or two. The menu changes frequently, so what's online may not be exactly what they're serving when you get there.


                1. I'm not into chains, at all, but I randomly had lunch at Bonefish Grill in Burlington on Sunday and it was really good. It's a national chain, but this appears to be the only one in MA.

                  I had the fish tacos which were really lovely grilled tilapia and super fresh chopped mango, cilantro, and tomato on top with a tiny bit of sour cream. Seriously some of the best fish tacos I've ever had.

                  My partner had the "bang bang" shrimp tacos and enjoyed them, as well. Cocktails were $7.5 and my beer was maybe $5? Surprisingly affordable.

                  1. Bonefish Grill & Not Your Average Joe's, both in Wayside Plaza, are decent.

                    1. if we're at the Burlington mall we always try to stop at the restaurant in Nordstroms, all small plates, a little of everything and a good wine selection. if staying in Burlington is important, its worth
                      a look.


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                      1. re: grumpyspatient

                        I agree, Blue Stove is worth a visit if you're around the mall. I've always found something on the menu I like and their butterscotch pot de creme is absolutely delicious.

                      2. I would suggest Davio's or the Legal C Bar at the new Marketplace Mall in Lynnfield. It's right off Exit 43 on Rte 95. In the same mall there is also the Yard House which features over 140 draft beers and the food is varied and decent.

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                        1. re: RoyRon

                          Thanks all for these great suggestions! I'll share this list with my friend and will report back.

                        2. Ritu Ki Rasoi is a vegetarian Indian place in Burlington that has turned many an omnivore on to vegetarian meals.
                          I don't miss the meat at all when I eat there. It is distinctly un-fancy, one step up from a cafeteria, but delectable.

                          Cafe Escadrille has something for everyone, in a more suitable environment for a celebration. It's also in Burlington. The food is not unforgettable, but neither does it disappoint. Moderate pricing, nice atmosphere and decor.

                          1. Agree with the ritu ki rasoi indian rec, that place is fantastic. You should be adventurous and have a tolerance for at least some mild spice.

                            I also really enjoy Burtons grill in Burlington which has a great menu with some affordable options. Not sure how many vegetarian are on there.

                            1. Nu Jang Su Korean BBQ was pretty good years ago when we tried it. On 3A.

                              We like eating in the bar area at the Capital Grill - just north off 95. Entrée tend to be huge there, two of us usually share one salad, one app and one steak , so costs less than expected.

                              Or make a pilgrimage up to Newburyport and try Ceia. Less pricey than L'Andana and more of a 50th birthday celebration place. Bit of a haul though.

                              1. Thanks for all the recs! My trip got postponed by a snowstorm, but now I REALLY want to head up there.

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                                1. re: LisaZee

                                  Add to your list:
                                  Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica, one of the best sichuan resaurants in the area.
                                  Sichuan Garden in Woburn, a little further from Burlington, but not far, nearly as good food, and a much nicer space with a very good bar.
                                  Ginger in Bedford, nice quality,if not overly imaginative, sushi.

                                2. very pleased with a recent meal at Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington.
                                  also liked Pintxo in Woburn.
                                  Atavola in Winchester
                                  Legal Seafood at the mall

                                  1. Lexx on Mass. Ave. in Lexington is terrific. Great food, including many veggie options.

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                                    1. re: dmwasser

                                      I've only been to Lexx once and wanted to like it a lot more than I actually did. I can't even remember what I had, it was that forgettable, but I need to break in some new babysitters and I'd be willing to give it another try. Can you recommend anything specific from their menu?

                                      1. re: Chris VR

                                        They hired a new chef about 6-8 mos. ago, who has worked at some well-known Boston restaurants, and he has taken the food up a couple of notches. So if you were there before then, you might want to give it another try since it's significantly better now.

                                        1. re: dmwasser

                                          That's good to know! It was about 6 months ago that I went, so sounds like a repeat visit is worth the effort.

                                          1. re: Chris VR

                                            Let me know what you think after you go there.