Ringing the Liberty Bell for Great Comfort Food in Billerica,
Liberty Bell, Billerica, Massachusetts.
Eric Hurwitz. Page created on 6/24/17. All photos by Eric.
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Burlington, Massachusetts offers hundreds of restaurants from
virtually every food category and ethnicity. The question is, which one
to choose from amongst the many options?
Why, the Liberty Bell in Billerica, Massachusetts, of course!
There's something pleasant and satisfying about this small pizza house
storefront that just makes me want to take the 10-minute drive from the
heart of busy Burlington into a more quiet downtown Billerica. While I
love the Billerica
town common, the old churches and Colonial homes in this classic New
district, I'll have to admit that it's the food at the Liberty Bell
that makes driving the extra mile(s) worth the trip.
Virtually everything here looks like something out of a television food
show. The pizzas and calzones are loaded with toppings and
subs and wraps tasty and stacked, roast beef tender and juicy,
char-broiled plates with an actual
"char" taste, and fried seafood dinners reminiscent of what you'd find
at a coastal eatery. Unlike many pizza houses, the Liberty
Bell also offers broiled seafood dinners and homemade soups like New
England clam chowder and Greek egg lemon soup. They are even open for
breakfast (and serve it all day) with omelets, bagels, muffins,
and, of course, coffee. My favorite menu item: the Liberty Bell
Special with chicken kabobs and steak tips, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled
peppers, mushrooms, onions, American cheese and creamy dressing. It's
huge and really delicious...
Liberty Bell Special from the Liberty Bell.
Like many pizza houses, you order at the counter. The seating space is
slightly larger than the typical pizza house. The service is friendly,
efficient and professionally monitored by owners and managers. The
atmosphere almost feels like a diner since it is open from morning into
the night, everyone seems to know each
other, and the food and friendliness is served in big portions.
The town of Billerica, thankfully, never really got the suburban Boston
become upscale, pretentious and pushy. The customers eating here -- and
this is a total compliment -- often look like something out the 1960s
conversations actually going on amongst families and locals hanging out
and talking with friends and people they don't even know -- the
"Hey, this place is really good isn't it?" asked a local, and I
nodded affirmatively -- not just because he could take me down in
seconds in a game of hand wresting, or at the next level, boxing.
The Liberty Bell is good --
darn good -- and somewhat of a legend in its various locations during
its long history dating back to 1975.
Nothing at all against Burlington (I spent some of my childhood happily
living there) and its number of high quality restaurants (been to some
and would do it again), but arriving at the Liberty Bell just feels so
right, never fails to satisfy my appetite and offers freedom from the
typical local stop specializing in mediocrity. What more could
ask for in a pizza-house-meets-diner style restaurant?
Liberty Bell is located at 420 Boston Rd. in
Billerica, MA. Tel. 978-667-2355.
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