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Mar 6, 2014 08:52 AM

Chinese Food in NW of Boston

As a NY transplant to the Boston suburbs, I'm reasonably well versed in what is good and bad Chinese food. I'm looking to take my daughter to a Chinese restaurant for a "daddy-date" but unfortunately, NW Boston suburbs seem to be lacking in good food choices, including Chinese. Any recommendations for good Chinese? Thank you!

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  1. How Northwest are you thinking? Szechuan's Dumpling in Arlington is really good, and although I haven't been to either yet, Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica and Sichuan Garden Woburn are supposed to be really top-notch.

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    1. re: Chris VR

      Thank you for the recommendations. I'm thinking Concord, Acton, Lexington areas. Billerica and Woburn aren't off the table though.

      1. re: kapman9

        Szechuan's Dumpling is right over the Lexington line and pretty accessible from Route 2. Menu is at http://szechuans.weebly.com/menu.html and their XLB (on the menu as Pork Mini Juicy Dumpling) are really good if you like soup dumplings. There's a whole thread about other good dishes there at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8914...

        In Lexington itself, Taipei Gourmet has gotten decent reviews here. I've only had takeout from there and the order was not towards their specialties, so I can't really give a good opinion of it but here's a pretty meaty thread about it http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8726...

        1. re: Chris VR

          Thank you. Will let you know how it goes after the meal.

    2. Sichuan Gourment in Billerica used to be very reliable. I haven't been in two years (job change--it was a favorite post-work dinner spot a few times a month), but never had a bad experience there.

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      1. re: pinehurst

        Thank you. Two recommendations for the same place definitely tilts the tables.

      2. Asian Gourmet on Elm St. in Concord has good Taiwanese food:


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        1. re: frond

          Asian Gourmet in Concord is Excellent, just don't get the teppanyaki or the Americanized Chinese food.

          Stick to the Taiwanese stuff and you won't be disappointed.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            +1 We order from the Taiwanese menu (yum) and sit at a booth, but my (young) kids are nonetheless entertained by looking over shoulders at the hibachi business.

            1. re: poundcake

              That's about right... the teppanyaki is perfect for WATCHING but dear god don't eat that stuff.

              My kids are 2 and 3.5

            2. re: StriperGuy

              Folks, let's focus the discussion here on the great chow in Boston. We've removed some off-topic posts.

          2. There's also a Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham which is easier to get to if you are on the south side of acton/concord. The tables at the Billerica location are kind of crammed together - especially the two tops, more room at Framingham. Best chinese food I've had in the area - with most others that I have tried not even coming close to them- or the average chinese place in upstate NY for that matter.

            Mulan in Waltham is another good option, but technically Tiwanese.

            1. Gene's Flatbread Cafe on 110 in Chelmsford serves Xian-style flatbread sandwiches and belt noodles. The sandwiches are nice, but the super-garlicky belt noodle is incredible.

              Be warned, though, that the shop itself has the personality of a doughnut shop or Greek pizza place. If you don't care too much about setting/ambience, then it's a great choice for some regional Chinese you won't find at your standard suburban Americanized restaurant. I really enjoy it; it's a plain, unpretentious mom+pop noodle shop that makes a huge contribution to the suburban food scene.

              Others have mentioned it, earlier, but I also can't say enough good things about Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica. I have dreams about the sparerib noodle soup.