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Restaurants near the Concord Depot
The commercial district by the Concord Depot (Commuter Rail train station) has several great places for breakfast, lunch, picnics, even elegant dinners.
 
 

 

Thoreau Street between Main Street and Sudbury Road in Concord MA (map) is a commercial zone with a half-dozen places clustered around the Concord Depot (train station), 1/2 mile (800 meters, 10-minute walk) southwest of Monument Square.

Whether it's a cup of coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts, a Chinese buffet lunch, a slice of pizza, a huge ice cream cone, French provincial cuisine, or a superb Boston-quality 4-star dinner in an upscale setting at 80 Thoreau, this is a good place to look.

If you order your food to go, you can eat it on benches behind the depot, in front of the Concord Free Public Library (a five-minute walk northeast along Sudbury Road), or at Walden Pond (1.4 miles/2.25 km, a 25-minute walk southeast along Thoreau Street and Walden Street).

Starbucks Coffee

Right at the corner of Thoreau Street at 159 Sudbury Road, this cozy Starbucks has dark roast coffee concoctions, too small a parking lot, and you can only turn right when exiting it. Park on Thoreau Street northwest of Sudbury Road—it's less hassle. I assume you know the beverage.

Dunkin' Donuts

Cater-corner to Starbucks across the intersection with Sudbury Road at 117 Thoreau Street, Dunkin' (tel 978-371-0949) has medium-roast coffee and a more comfortable parking lot than Starbucks'.

New London Style Pizza

At 71 Thoreau Street (tel 978-369-7053) across from the depot, it's good for quick, inexpensive pizza, calzones and sandwiches.

Country Kitchen

A tiny yellow cottage at 181 Sudbury Road (tel 978-371-0181) across the railroad tracks from Starbucks, it serves soups (try the clam chowder), salads and sandwiches (turkey breast, roasted fresh daily, is the best). More...

Concord Provisions

This upscale grocery store at 73 Thoreau Street (tel 978-369-5555) across from the depot, at the corner with Middle Street, sells sandwiches, salads, cheeses, breads, crackers and lots of wines—everything you'd need for a fine picnic.

Farfalle Italian Market & Café

Across the railroad tracks from the depot on the southwest side in the Concord Crossing complex, Farfalle (tel 978-369-2900) serves breakfast, light lunches and suppers, sells Italian foods, and has a good selection of wines.

Chang An Restaurant

Also in the Concord Crossing complex, Chang An (tel 978-369-5288) is a full-service Chinese restaurant with an inexpensive daily luncheon buffet and a separate bar.

80 Thoreau

Opened in April 2011, 80 Thoreau (the street address) is an upscale restaurant serving New American Cuisine upstairs in the Concord Depot building. Fine cuisine, healthy (ie, not huge) portions, fairly lofty prices (especially for wine), attentive service, a good dining experience. The bar/lounge scene in a separate space is popular as well.

Bedford Farms Ice Cream

On the northwest side of the depot building at 68 Thoreau Street (tel 978-341-0000), this little cabin of a place sells gigantic ice cream cones and dishes. Unless you are ravenous, order a kiddy-sized cone: it's still huge.

Also consider the restaurants in Concord Center near Monument Square, a 10-minute walk from the depot; and the restaurants in West Concord, 2.7 miles away on the other side of MA Route 2.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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Concord Depot (train Station), Concord MA

Above, Concord Depot (train station) at 80 Thoreau Street, with a fine restaraunt within, and nine other eateries nearby.


 

80 Thoreau Restaurant, Concord MA

Entrance to 80 Thoreau Restaurant,
among the best in suburban Boston—or Boston itself!

 

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