Tuesday, July 26, 2016

La Provence Concord

La Provence in Concord is located opposite the train station, not to be confused with the train station in West Concord. No website available.

There is free parking at the side of the building and also in the back.

The menu is on the wall and you order at the counter, pay at the register, pick up your napkins and silverware and the find a table. Food is brought out to you.

Nice and bright seating area. You bus your own table.

Salmon Provencal ($9) served with a slice of baguette. Today's starch was Lyonnaise Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts. I didn't notice the sprouts on the menu so I couldn't ask for a substitute. The salmon was overcooked and dry and I'm not sure what made the dish provencal. Maybe the tomatoes in the gravy? There was also some sorry looking mushrooms in the gravy. The potatoes were overcooked and soggy. The "slice of baguette" could have come out of a Pillsbury can. I'm not surprised that their last day of business is on Friday.

There was a more formal dining room in the back.

La Provence Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sichuan Gourmet Burlington

It's Sunday so back to Sichuan Gourmet in Burlington we go and why not?

I have been dying to try their version of the classic Sliced Roast Beef & Tendon with Chili Sauce ($9.50) from the Sichuan Delicacy appetizer section. I have had this in other places but this was a super rendition with both the beef and the tendon sliced super thin and served with a seriously spicy chili sauce.

This was followed by the Old Sichuan Chicken ($12.95). Super crispy with a very thin batter over chicken that was still moist and tender. Of course there were Chilies involved as well as garlic. The cabbage with black vinegar helped cut down the spiciness. Another excellent version of a classic dish. I must admit that you can't complain about the portion size here and still only .99 cents for a big bowl of rice. Hm, .99 cents doesn't make sense but somehow looks right to me.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

True West Acton

True West in Acton is yet another local brewery that also serves food.

They are located on Rte 111 and there is free street parking and also a lot below.

The bar area was nice and bright and looked a bit industrial. Not the most comfortable chairs and I couldn't hang my murse on the back since it was rounded.

The dining area was a bit dark so I opted to sit at the bar instead.

I like dark beer so I decided to the locally brewed True West Campfire Session ($6.50). "A Complex, malty dark beer with a lightly burnt character" and that was spot on.

True West Wings (12). "Beer roasted wings. Small batch buffalo or sweet and spicy dry rubbed. Served with ranch or whipped blue cheese, celery curls and hop pickled onions". I opted for the dry rubbed with the blue cheese. The wings were very good and cooked nicely but could have been spicier. I did like the pickled onions.

I also ordered the Tots (7). "Handcrafted tots, served with horseradish mustard aioli". The tots were excellent and the aioli was really nice. A bit expensive for what you got, it was only seven small tots.

There were some interesting decorating touches.

The flights of beer seemed to be very popular, 6 small glasses of beer but I didn't see any pricing anywhere but might just have missed it. 

Address 525 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton MA 01720 
Phone number (978) 206-1600

True West Brewing Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, July 22, 2016

Vincenzo's Ristorante Concord

Despite being in 90's it was a very pleasant day for a cruise down to Vincenzo's Ristorante in Concord.

They are set back a bit from the road and are located in a plaza in West Concord. Plenty of parking and there was even parking in the shade under some trees.

There is outdoor seating but not on a day like today.

The inside was very pleasant with good furniture and a nice bar.

You get bread with dipping oil and of corse, linen napkins. The BREAD! This was the lightest focaccia I have ever encountered and it was soo tasty. The cheese on top helped as did the dipping oil that had cheese in it. What a good start this was, there is always a gamble with Italian restaurants, you never know what you will encounter.

The menu said "add a side salad for $.99" so I went "Caesar please" and was told it was just a mixed salad with a vinaigrette dressing. It was still a very pleasant salad with a nice and tasty dressing.

For my mains, I picked the Vincenzo’s Parmigiana. "Chicken or veal cutlets sautéed in olive oil and topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, served with your choice of pasta". Chicken 9.95 Veal 11.95. I went with the veal and for pasta they had fresh Garganelli. I had no idea what the pasta was so I had to ask. Turned out to be a penne-like pasta and it was cooked perfectly and in seasoned water as well and it had the proper amount of sauce on top. The marinara sauce was bright and really tasty. The parm was a little bit on the crispy side at the edges but was otherwise excellent with just the right amount of sauce and cheese and it was also seasoned properly. Service was excellent and very pleasant. I looked at the dessert menu and noticed that they had Mini offerings on some items and I thought that this was an excellent idea since sometimes you just want a little something. 

Address 1200 Main St, Concord, MA 01742 
Phone number (978) 318-9800

Vincenzo's Ristorante Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fiorella's Express Belmont

I had a very pleasant lunch at their Newton location that I decided to try Fiorella's Express in Belmont for lunch today.

They are located on the busy Belmont Street and parking can be tricky but are free.

You order at the counter and the food is brought out to your table when it's ready. Open kitchen in the back and a real wood-fired pizza oven to the left.

There is some seating but they are geared for takeout. The inside was nice and homely.

Light lunch today so I started with a small Greek salad ($3!) that was pleasant and not bad for that price. I did like the dressing and appreciated that it was served on the side.

I had the Calamari Fritti (8) from the lunch menu at the other location and had to order it again. "Tender calamari & cherry peppers flash~fried to perfection & served with Fiorella’s signature marinara". Unfortunately, neither the quantity or the quality measured up, The legs especially were overcooked and so were some of the rings and I found that a bit strange.

I like hot fried pepper as much as anyone but when you get as much peppers as you do calamari, I'm not happy. 

Address 263 Belmont St, MA 02478 
Phone number (617) 489-1361

Fiorella's Express [Belmont] Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Noodles & Company Burlington

The name of Noodles & Company in Burlington would make soo much more sense if they took out the & sign.

They are in a fairly quiet corner of the shopping complex. It can be a bit tricky if you want to hit the turnpike going north afterwards. Hint, use the Best Buy entrance.

They are a fair distance from the turnpike, so traffic noise isn't really an issue if you want to sit outside. The drawback is that if it's a little bit windy, like today, your food cools down quickly.

This was new to me and I had to try the KOREAN BBQ MEATBALLS WITH GOCHUJANG SAUCE ($2.99 for 5). "Flavorful meatballs tossed with a sweet and spicy Korean-style Gochujang barbeque sauce". These were delicious, very light and tasty with just a little bit of heat. This and the small buttered noodles would make for a fine lunch.

SPICY KOREAN BEEF NOODLES ($8.69). "Ramen noodles tossed with a sweet and spicy Korean-style Gochujang sauce, naturally raised steak, napa and red cabbage, Asian sprouts, spinach, topped with cucumber, green onions and cilantro". Didn't see any cucumbers but otherwise, this was a very tasty dish and the beef wasn't too chewy. Best of all, it was free, you just had to sign up for the promotion and I managed to snag a slot.

This is NOT a sponsored post and I paid for the meatballs.

Address 90 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803 
Phone number (571) 356-9055

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pho #1 Woburn

I walked down to Pho #1 in Woburn for the second day since the car wouldn't start and when I picked it up they claimed it was a bad battery connection. I cleaned them before calling the garage so we will see. Guess now is a good time to join AAA.

Chicken Kra Pao ($7.95). "Stir fried ground chicken with string bean, onion, red bell pepper and basil leaf in Thai spicy basil sauce". See any string beans in there? It was marked as three peppers on the menu and it did come out respectably spicy. A very nice rendition of a classic Thai dish. This is one busy place at least during lunchtime.