1 Mill Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
The city of Lawrence has a number of great dining spots (Tripoli Bakery, Sal's Pizza, and Cafe Azteca are just three of many good options), but most of these restaurants are cheap eats or casual dining spots. There is one restaurant, however, that is located in Lawrence's historic district, that is classy and elegant, and has more of an upscale bent to it. Indeed, Marco's is the type of place that you might expect to find in downtown Boston rather than downtown Lawrence. And this Mediterranean restaurant does not disappoint, as the food at Marco's is well worth the few extra bucks.
Marco's is housed in a beautifully renovated building that used to be a woolen mill back in the early 20th century. The charming dining room is quiet and comfortable, though the outdoor patio is really the place to be on a warm day; situated across from a narrow canal (and on a quiet one-way street), it is the perfect place to spend an hour or two in the sun, while viewing the massive mills that surround the area.
The food at Marco's is mostly a combination of Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Italian entrees, with an entire section of the menu dedicated to tapas, including a wonderful babaganough and hummus dish. A few items really stand out at Marco's, such as the fried calamari, which is some of the best that this writer has had in the Boston area, and the mini kafta burgers, which are a must for lovers of lamb. Some of the dinner items at Marco's include cider-marinated duck breast, Spanish paella, and seafood alfredo.
Diners might not think of Lawrence as a place to go for an elegant night out, but Marco's may help change that. There are relatively few Mediterranean restaurants north of Boston, so Marco's certainly fills a need, and for lovers of Spanish food in particular, this hidden gem in the heart of Lawrence's historic district is surely worth a look.
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