Thursday, March 11, 2010
The End of an Era
If you're from the Merrimack Valley area and this half torn down building does not look familiar to you...go get your Grandmother. She would recognize it for sure. The Cedar Crest restaurant on Broadway Street, Lawrence, MA was the place to be back in the 60's and 70's. It had dark wood paneling, studded leather booths, Tiffany lamps, and the wait staff would all wear bow ties. It was where you and your family went if it was a special occasion. The food was old school: prime rib, open faced turkey sandwich, braised short ribs, baked stuffed jumbo shrimp, and homemade chicken soup. That's what I miss the most, the chicken soup. It was simple and salty, with tons of rice in it. When ever anyone got sick this was the go to meal. Somehow, after eating the soup, you just felt better. The first time that I ever tried veal was at the Cedar Crest. It was called veal on a heal. It was just veal parm, served on locally made Italian bread. Hand battered veal, nice crusty bread, homemade marinara sauce, and melted provolone. Just a damn good sandwich...but now it's gone. The building is being demolished to make way for a Burger King. Yep, 'Home of the Whopper.' No more hand battered, no more homemade, and no more locally sourced bread. Now people in that neighborhood can order processed, frozen fast food off a dollar menu. For over 70 years families have enjoyed quality time while dining on great food at the Cedar Crest. Now parents can keep their kids strapped in the car seat while they get dinner from a drive thru.