This is my usual lunch spot if I am working in Concord. It's in the same plaza as the big Chang-An in Concord Crossing. (close to the train station on Thoreau St.)
I'm a really big fan of this place since it opened about 3 years ago. The owners Jeff & Gina are super nice and they have a sleek yet homey shop filled with interesting local products that change quite a lot. Nowadays Jeff is serving Fazenda Coffee, a George Howell alum. He's got local sodas from Charlestown, and even a local wine distributor from central mass. The wine and beer selection is unique, far as I can tell. I had a 20 dollar Crement du Jura, really interesting. Jeff had a new brand of pasta that was local, that I had never seen before. In the summer, they like Hutchins Organic Farm, also in Concord, which is one of my favorites.
The paninis are stacked in the cooler and then pressed. They are far tastier than I though they would be. I love getting one or two of Gina's entrees by the pound, some antipasta on greens, and then Jeff plates it for me and does his little touches like dressing the salad just right.
For me, the attention to detail, local quality ingredients, and nice atmosphere makes it stand head and shoulders above other lunch options nearby. Plus it's nice to take home some Rochefort 10 or a nice Nebbiolo for short money.
Any others been there? Doesn't seem to get much attention even though it seems a lot of you live out in Metrowest.