Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe Chelmsford

Well, Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Chelmsford is closing. The town is going to build affordable housing here so Gene will be moving and Woburn! might be the target. Nothing is final but the old Liberty Bell location on main street is being discussed. That would be a big step up since it a way bigger place than what he has now but parking in Woburn is tricky.

I had to go back and have another #4, hand pulled noodles, probably his most famous dish. Again I discarded half of the raw garlic and mixed the rest up with the noodles. I don't think I have to be afraid of vampires for a week. Excellent dish but I remember the noodles being thicker and chewier and looking back at an earlier post I think they have gone thinner. They still are delicious.

They were busy on a Saturday at noon and both Gene and his wife was working. He's such a nice guy and always comes out for a chat.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MuLan Waltham

After having breakfast for lunch yesterday it was time for some real lunch and I headed down to MuLan in Waltham where all the parking meters are gone, I'm sure not for long. I haven't been here in awhile and most of the staff was new.

Water and soup appears quickly to join the pickled cabbage and the peanuts on the table. Soup was just OK and it was just lukewarm.

Seems I now have the same dish here all the time, Chicken in Chili sauce combo plate. Still doesn't have any sauce but what it has in abundance is HEAT! I must be getting old or something but today this was fiercely hot. The pickled veggie salad helped as did the edamame beans. The chicken wing was as usual crisp and juicy. It was busy today, not really a wait but almost, they do some serious business at lunch.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

As Good as it Gets Cafe Wilmington

As Good as it Gets Cafe in Wilmington is located at the intersection of Rte 38 and 129 in a strip mall. It's not very visible and I had no idea it was here until it got recommended for a breakfast place on the web. They serve breakfast all day (6AM to 3PM) plus a variety of sandwiches. The menu was quite extensive and everything seemed priced very reasonable.

Two eggs over easy, bacon and home fries and some nicely toasted Italian bread. The food arrived quickly and the eggs were cooked perfectly and the home fries were nicely seasoned but unfortunately they still had a very thick skin left on and that's a no-no for me.

They also have counter service for the takeout orders.

The dining area has waitress service and they were nice and quick so no complaints there. Lots of regulars from what I could see during my brief visit.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Szechuan's Dumpling Arlington

Time to try something different for lunch at Szechuan's Dumpling in Arlington and I had a plan.

Crispy Boneless Chicken Leg from the appetizer menu. It was crispy alright, to the point of almost being burned but the dark meat inside was mostly juicy and very tender.

House Fried Rice was a big plate of rice cooked with cabbage, pork, shrimp, peas and carrots. It needed some salt but it was delicious and will go well with my leftovers for dinner tonight and probably another meal after that.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bonefish Grill Burlington

Bonefish Grill in Burlington is another restaurant located in the Wayside Commons shopping mall. It's part of a chain with multiple locations in the US but it really didn't feel like it.

Nice interior and despite being an open room the noise level wasn't bad even when fully occupied and this was one busy place. There is an almost equal sized bar on the other side of the wall.

The lunch menu looked really good with a number of reasonable priced items but I settled on Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos and they included three warm tortillas, Bang Bang Shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream (hold the sour cream!) for $9.90 and as for my side I selected Parmesan crusted fries. The Bang Bang Shrimp was described as "crispy shrimp, tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce" and the sauce was actually spicy! I must say that I was impressed by the amount of shrimp (and the size of) that was in the dish. Service was good and I'm impressed by this place and will certanly be back, they had a Fish and Chips dish on the menu that sounded really good. Much better vibe from this place compared to last week's visit to the Wayside.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cafe Luigi Bedford

Back to Cafe Luigi in Bedford to explore more lunch specials. They do a tremendous amount of business at lunch so get here early. Plenty of (tight) parking.

Lunch Special Fried Cod Sandwich ($8.99) was two humongous pieces of very crispy fried cod perched on two thick slices of tomatoes. The lettuce wasn't too exciting and the tartar sauce was just OK, the other choice was pesto, not sure how that would go with fried fish. The fish was very crispy on the outside but moist on the inside and the coating was nicely seasoned. I see a leftover fish and chips dinner in my future.

It was served with an Italian Slaw that was really good, It had sultanas in it and I was afraid that would make it too sweet, but between the crunchy veggies and the slightly peppery dressing it come out just fine. You also get soft Italian bread and that and some cheese from the cheese shaker on the table make a fine nibble while waiting for the food. Service is always good here and the kitchen does a really good job of getting food out even when they are fully booked. Everyone goes home with leftovers.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shangri-La Belmont

I decided to give Shangri-La in Belmont another try for lunch today despite my less than a stellar last visit. Parking here is also a pain, at least at lunchtime.

I do like the small bowl of Hot & Sour soup, it's different but tasty.

I decided to go with the lunch Twice cooked Pork and the chicken wing. The single piece of wing was crispy, juicy and very tasty. The pork was the overly tenderized meat that is so common and it was only pork and cabbage with something green, not sure what it was. On the other hand, the cabbage was cooked nicely and the sauce had some heat to it but overall it did not impress. They will get another chance with one of their noodle soups.