Sunday, October 28, 2012

Main Street Market and Cafe in Concord, Mass.

Main Street Market and Cafe, Concord MA (photo by Eric)
When visiting Concord, Mass., last week, a local recommended dining at the Main Street Market and Cafe. Great recommendation!

 The building is historic, the setting "old-timey" and the crowds bustling at this spot that acts more like an upscale townie restaurant than a market (really not much of a market to speak of here). The brick walls, wooden floors counters and low and high rise tables will make you feel right at home and the location in the heart of downtown Concord is ideal for grabbing a breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I tried a bowl of beef chili with butternut squash and loved it! At first, I thought this might be too odd a dish -- that is, replacing beans with butternut -- but the combination turned out to be better than the traditional recipe. From Belgium waffles and baked goods to hot grilled paninis to pistachio crusted salmon filet, the Main Street Market and Cafe's menu is certainly extensive.

The Main Street Market and Cafe also has a dining spot out back in a charming, clean alley that serves burritos, pizzas, hot dogs, sandwiches, smoothies and ice cream. Having lived in Concord many years ago, one of my few complaints was lack of a downtown restaurant with quick service and a good selection of food at reasonable prices -- nice to see that the Main Street Market and Cafe has filled a much-needed niche in this beautiful town.

The Main Street Market and Cafe is located at 42 Main Street in Concord, MA. Tel. (978) 369-9948

Editor's note: tell us your favorite "local" restaurant in your New England hometown by posting a comment below. This will be a great help to those looking for a bite to eat in your area!

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