Friday, I was taken to lunch at Yokohama Japanese Steakhouse on South Broadway in Lawrence, Mass.
I had trepidation on getting out of the car in a lousy neighborhood and the outside looked like a run down dump. I entered a dated very dark restaurant with two tepanaki grill setups and we were gretted by a pleanat waiter.
The luncheon menu had a number of interesting choices all under 12 dollars. I ordered the Bul Go Ki (described as steak with vegetables) for $8.95. My luncheon partner ordered some sushi items. I expected my meal to be made on the grill where we were seated.
The waiter told me at lunch they cook in the back kitchen
I was very pleasantly surprised with my meal. The $8.95 included soup (miso or clear broth with mushrooms) a salad with ginger dressing, the plate of steak with fresh stir fried (or grilled) vegetables, a bowl of fried rice and a large plate of delicious Pad Tai.
Everything was absolutely fresh and delicious. I ate the soup, salad, and hald the main course with a sampling of the Pad Tai. I ending up taking the fried rice, the rest of my main dish and most of the Pad Tai home for another meal.
This was a great find and I look forward to eating here again soon. If only it wasn't in Lawrence, I might consider an evening meal. BUT, I wouldn't want to be in this neighborhood after dark.
Anymore hidden gems in Lawrence, Andover, Methuen or Tewksbury?
I live in Connecticuct, but have to be in Andover at the Lawrence line (exit v45 on I-93) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays...don't like chain and haven't found much good food either.
I have been particulary disappointed in the bad Chinese food served in the Merrimack valley. Any suggestion for GOOD chinese food?