Sichuan Garden, WoburnStandout Qualities: A mix of familiar Americanized Chinese food and carefully prepared traditional dishes, with attentive service.
What’s Unique: The charming restaurant is housed in the Baldwin Mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest building in Woburn.
Insider Tip: For a quieter, more romantic experience, Baldwin & Sons Trading Co. upstairs serves the same delicious menu, along with eye-popping cocktails.
2 Alfred St., Woburn, 781-935-8488, sichuangardenrestaurant.com
Family’s Chinese Restaurant, SalisburyStandout Qualities: Everything is made fresh to order, using high-quality ingredients, at this family-owned spot. A recent dining room renovation and friendly service add to the charm.
139 Elm St., Salisbury, 978-463-4332, familysalisbury.com