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The Top 10 Restaurants In Lawrence, Massachusetts

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The restaurant scene in Lawrence, Massachusetts is incredibly varied, ranging from Japanese and Korean to Caribbean and Mediterranean fare in over 150 restaurants. Whether you’re looking for brunch, lunch or dinner, here are ten top choices for good food in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Inaka Japanese Restaurant

Inaka is a Japanese and Korean restaurant located on Lawrence’s southern edge, next to the Showcase cinemas. Chef Justin Wang, who is a sushi chef with two decades of experience, offers both fresh sushi and other Asian-inspired specialties. Expect to find dishes such as seafood and vegetable stir-fry, pork katsu, a sort of breaded meat, miso soup and tuna tartar on the large menu. The sushi specials are a mix of Japanese and Korean cuisines; try the tuna or salmon sashimi, which are served on a bed of rice with Korean spicy pepper.

Inaka Japanese Restaurant, 160 Winthrop Ave, Lawrence, MA, USA, +1 978 794 9806

 

Cafe Azteca

As the name hints, Cafe Azteca is a Mexican restaurant offering an authentic Mexican dining experience. The interior is decorated with vibrant colors and lots of Mexican crafts, from paintings to pottery and table cloths, and the menu features staple dishes such as tamales, in both meat and vegetable varieties, tacos, burritos and quesadillas. The enchiladas come in a variety of combinations, and there is also a bunch of vegetarian options. You can wash down the delicious food with a strong margarita or some light sangria.

Cafe Azteca, 180 Common Street, Lawrence, MA, USA, +1 978 689 7393

Garden House Restaurant

Simply decorated, with lots of warm wood walls and tables, Garden House features authentic Korean cuisine, available to eat both in-house and take-away. Dishes on the menu include spicy shredded beef stew, seafood or pork stir-fries, and a large variety of Korean appetizers that come in small individual bowls, perfect to share with friends. The place is located in the southern part of Lawrence, next to the Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Garden House Restaurant, 108 Winthrop Ave, Lawrence, MA, USA, +1 978 691 5448

 

Lee Chen Chinese Cuisine

With a simple interior and a warm atmosphere, Lee Chen also provides some of the best Chinese cuisine in Lawrence. House specialties found on the menu include the tangerine chicken, the ‘dragon and phoenix,’ which combines lobster in Szechuan chili sauce, and General Tso’s chicken in an exotic Hunan sauce. You will also find plenty of duck dishes, a staple meat in Chinese cuisine. Besides the regular menu, it also offers seasonal specials and gluten-free options.

Lee Chen Chinese Cuisine, 230 Winthrop Ave, Lawrence, MA, USA, +1 978 689 9888

Tacos Lupita

Tacos Lupita is a Mexican restaurant in Lawrence known for serving authentic food. The menu is both in English and Spanish and features staple dishes such as tacos, burritos and tortas, each in a variety of flavors, with or without meat, and side dishes. Among the drinks, they serve horchata, a typical non-alcoholic beverage made from rice and sometimes vanilla flavoring.

Tacos Lupita, 505 Broadway, Lawrence, MA, USA, +1 978 681 4517

 

Jim’s Kabob Express

Jim’s Kabob is a small and basic place serving Mediterranean fare, especially Arabic-influenced food and kabobs. Located in downtown Lawrence, next to the Merrimack River, Jim’s Kabob offers either a quick eat on the premises, delivery or catering options. Their menu features traditional dishes like grape leaf roll on Syrian bread, falafel roll and Kafta or lamb kabobs. Other specialties include the stuffed eggplant or meat pie and Italian spaghetti with veal and parmesan, another Mediterranean specialty.

Jim’s Kabob Express, 277 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA, USA, +1 978 685 4142

Tripoli Bakery Inc

Tripoli is a traditional, long-standing bakery serving a large selection of homemade pastries and bread, along with pizza. It also offers a direct view over the preparation area where the breads and pastries are made. The recipes are influenced by Sicilian cuisine, as the original owners, pictured on the walls, were from Sicily. You’ll find delicacies like cannolis, cheesecake, strawberry cake and various types of pizzas, beside the staple baguettes, all of which are made fresh daily.

Tripoli Bakery, 106 Common Street, Lawrence, MA, USA, +1 978 682 7754

 

Pollo Tipico

Located in the northern part of Lawrence, near the Spicket River, Pollo Tipico is a small and rather basic establishment that offers Caribbean food, with various ethnic influences, and a unique atmosphere. Typical dishes you’ll find on the menu are rice and beans, plantains, rotisserie chicken or pork rinds and even empanadas. You can go in and have your meal in the restaurant, or order for take-out. They also have a bar in the back where they host weekend parties.

Pollo Tipico, 190 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA, USA, +1 978 975 8013

Three Dogz Diner

A breakfast and lunch restaurant located on the South Canal of Lawrence, Three Dogz Diner is decorated in a traditional American way, with blue leather couch booths, bare brick walls and checkered floors. The specialty on their menu is the Southern-style barbecue that they serve in a variety of ways from sandwiches to combos. For breakfast, they serve a bunch of traditional dishes like biscuits and gravy, French toast with maple syrup, or a Reuben breakfast with corned beef, sauerkraut and two eggs over a rye bread bun. Don’t miss their mini Belgian waffles too.

Three Dogz Diner, 13 S Broadway, Lawrence, MA, USA, +1 978 208 4348

 

The Italian Kitchen

A long-standing Italian restaurant in Lawrence, in business for over 50 years, The Italian Kitchen serves a small menu of Sicilian-influenced dishes that is acclaimed all throughout the city. The star dish on the menu is the crispellis, a traditional treat from Sicily, made up of a piece of dough mixed with either an anchovy or ricotta cheese and deep fried. Another favorite is the rice balls, prepared Italian-style and served with tomato sauce.

The Italian Kitchen, 91 Common Street, Lawrence, MA, USA, +1 978 685 1652