Spork Rating: 5
- Neighborhood: Beyond Boston
- Cuisine: Bakery/Cafe
- Price: Affordable
- Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:00 am-5:30 pm; Sat, 7:00 am-5 pm; Sun, 8:00 am-5 pm
- Reservations: No
- Recommended For Dining With: Infant, Toddlers, Kids
Concord is known for its American Revolutionary War and literary significance. Also known for its great biking routes and leafy neighborhoods, this sleepy suburb of Boston is not really considered a destination for kid-friendly dining options. But head just west of town to West Concord and you’ll find the area’s best-kept secret when it comes to creative sandwiches and phenomenal bread.
Nashoba Brook Bakery is located on the banks of, you guessed it, Nashoba Brook. Recognized as one of the area’s top artisan bakeries, their “Slow Rise” breads are sold all over Massachusetts. Attached to the commercial bakery is their café, which serves pastries, soups, salads, and sandwiches. The comfy seating area which includes a kid’s area, great food, and picturesque outdoor seating along the brook make this place a top kid-friendly dining destination.
Nashoba Brook Bakery is located in an industrial building behind a Gulf gas station. There’s a second entrance located on the backside of the warehouse on Winthrop street. The back door of the café is just over the wooden footbridge.
Excellent. This casual café features a cozy corner with comfy couches, mission style chairs, and a seating area for kids. There’s a stack of kids books to keep tots busy too.
If the kids area is occupied and the weather is nice, head out the back door and snag a seat at one of the picnic tables. Kids love peering over the cobblestone retaining wall to look for turtles in the brook or to trek over the footbridge.
At the front entrance, kids love peeking into the commercial kitchens where they turn out slow rise breads day and night. There’s also several old industrial baking equipment for kids to touch and explore.
The Café offers soups, salads and hot dishes made daily. But people come here for their sandwiches, served on their award-winning bread. Sandwiches ($7.50) can be made to order or you can pick from a dozen or so from their creative combinations such as Curried Chicken Salad with pecans, red grapes and cilantro or Grilled Veggies with hummus and smoked gouda. Sandwiches come with a dill pickle.
- Curried Chicken Salad
- Smoked Turkey, Avocado, Carrot and Wasabi Mayo
- Cheddar, Apple, Arugula & Honey
The café offers PB&J and Grilled Cheese for kids ($4). Kids can also create their own sandwiches or order soup, or house made yogurt parfait.
- Concord Center
- Minuteman Bike Path
- Boating on the Concord River
- Discovery Museums (Acton)
- Stroller parking
- Outdoor seating
- Changing tables
- West Concord (Fitchburg/South Acton Line) Commuter Rail
- Route 2 West to Concord