Article by Eric H., VisitingNewEngland.com
The Restaurant in Woburn, Mass., could stand on its food and friendly, efficient customer service alone to make our list of the best locally-run businesses in New England, but owner Peter Mamakos makes this Greek-style cafeteria much more than just another dining spot.
On past Thanksgivings, Mamakos has opened his restaurant to the homeless to offer free Thanksgiving meals. What a wonderful act of kindness, giving up part of one’s own Thanksgiving and personal business profits to help those in need. Absolutely heartwarming, and so relevant given the toll the economy has taken on so many more people during these challenging times.
With that said, The Restaurant is worthy of a visit any other time of the year for those who are blessed to be able to afford dining out. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Restaurant seems to hit a culinary home run every time out, especially with our favorite — the ultra-tender baked lamb with a nice fresh tomato and spice sauce and some very tasty rice pilaf. Other reports of standout dishes from its long, diverse menu: eggs benedict, chocolate chip pancakes, spinach pie, lemon soup, pasticchio, chicken pot pie and homemade macaroni and cheese with fish cakes.
Kudos to The Restaurant for serving comfort food and Greek-style hearty meals in a comfortable, moderately-sized dining room setting, but also by doing so with a sensitivity to community challenges. Reaching out to others, is, after all, one of the tenets of traditionally great locally-run businesses by placing the customer and community first. This is ultimately the type of restaurant we are happy to spend money on — and have a great meal, in the process!
489 Main Street
Tel. (781) 935-2511