Boston's Western Suburbs restaurants

Modern American in Concord

80 Thoreau

Understated and elegant, this modern restaurant is an anomaly in historic Concord – but that's a good thing. The menu – short but sweet – features deliciously unexpected combinations of flavors, mostly using seasona…
Deli in Concord

Concord Cheese Shop

This is a cheese shop, as it claims, with an excellent selection of imported and local cheese, as well as wine and other specialty food items. But the folks behind the counter can whip those ingredients into an amaz…
Ice Cream in Concord

Bedford Farms

Dating from the 19th century, this local dairy specializes in delectable ice cream, and frozen yogurt that tastes like delectable ice cream. If prices seem a tad high, it's because the scoops are gigantic. Its trade…
Cambodian in Lowell

Heng Lay

A half-mile west of the train station, this is one of Lowell's favorite family-run Cambodian restaurants, serving up spicy chicken wings, pad thai and big bowls of Phnom Penh noodles to satisfied customers. Accommod…
Cafe in Concord

Haute Coffee

Here's a sweet coffee shop serving rich Counter Culture coffee, ground and brewed to order. If you're hungry, there are simple, delicious soups, sandwiches and tartines. The baked goods and pastries are made in-hous…
Ice Cream in Lexington

Rancatore’s Ice Cream

Cool off with a scoop of homemade ice cream or sorbet from this family-run place. Some of Ranc's flavors inspire worshipful devotion, such as bourbon butter pecan and classic coconut. The hot-fudge sundaes are also …
Vegetarian in Lowell

Life Alive

Scrumptious salads, fresh, fantastic food and jubilant juices fill out the menu at this funky cafe. The choices can be overwhelming, but you can't go wrong with the signature dish known as 'The Goddess': veggies and…
Diner in Lowell

Arthur's Paradise Diner

The epitome of 'old school,' this place is open only for breakfast and lunch and specializes in something called the Boot Mill sandwich (egg, bacon, cheese and home fries on a grilled roll). Housed in an authentic W…
Cafe in Lexington

Via Lago Café

This cafe has high ceilings, intimate tables, a scent of fresh-roasted coffee and a great deli case. It's a perfect stop for breakfast or lunch, but the on-site dining room is also popular for dinner.
Cambodian in Lowell

Simply Khmer

When TV personality Andrew Zimmern wanted to sample Bizarre Foods, this is where he came. The place was popular before that, though, thanks to its approachable menu, featuring Cambodian favorites such as loc lac (gr…