I went to Acton Coffee and Ice Cream for Cantonese, this lunch. It was a fun time and very tasty.
I took the advice of ordering off the special board. I chose Chinese broccoli/bai-choy/eggplant. This resulted in a long discussion between the cook and counter lady. She called someone on the phone and the discussion continued. Matter settled, the cook walked to a fridge behind the counter, took out the ingredients for my dish, and walked back to the kitchen. Everything looked very fresh and crisp. (BTW, the hunk of beef in the fridge was a beautiful cut.)
While I waited, the nice counter lady offered me a free espresso. It was very good. Man, they sure have a lot of different menus going! Breakfast sandwiches, specialty coffees, Toscanini's ice cream, bubble tea, and the Cantonese.
The counter lady said her boss is not sure how to get the word out about the restaurant. They are adjacent to the T parking lot so I hope that helps.
My food came out and the cook opened the take-out carton to show it to me. A work of art! Beautiful deep greens, some orange from carrot slivers and the light purple of the eggplant in a good-smelling brown sauce.
Food: Very enjoyable. I like my veggies crisp and these were cooked just right. Almost three servings, for me.
I enjoyed the friendliness and informality but had I a schedule to be on, it could have gotten stressful given the time it took to get the order explained. Cooking time was fast, though.
Directions: From Rt 2, take 111 and go to the light after Roche Bros., towards K-Mart and Mcd's. Left on Rt 27. Continue straight past the Discovery Museum. You'll come to a brazilian martial arts place on the right. Look for the robin-egg blue building before the bridge over the T tracks. Make a right before the blue building and park in the back, where the entrance is. There are lots of tables set up outside. Do not cross the bridge or look across from the feed store, you've gone too far.
Not a destination place but totally worth a 15 min or so detour. Not only for the food but for the chatty, informal, good-feeling atmosphere.
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