Must-Visit Restaurants to Plan Your Trip Around

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Whether you’re a foodie or just a hungry traveler, there are so many restaurants in the Merrimack Valley to try. From breakfast to dinner, there is no shortage of incredible food, so you’re certainly going to find something that will suit every palate.


When you wake up, you’re probably craving a hot cup of coffee. However, unless you travel with a coffee maker and your own beans, you’re going to have to hunt down your morning brew. On top of that, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when traveling.  

Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus

For fresh-roasted beans and a chill vibe, you should head to Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus. While you sip on delicious coffee and espresso, be sure to try the acai bowls, muffins, sandwiches, and pastries. Stop in on weekdays between 6:30 am-9 pm and weekends from 7 am-9 pm for hot coffee and people-watching.

Four Sisters Owl Diner

A Lowell landmark since 1982, Four Sisters Owl Diner is perfect if you’re a lover of breakfast foods. Open every day from 7 am-1 pm, this diner serves up classic American fare along with steaming mugs of hot java. From fully-loaded omelets to decadents pancakes to Belgian waffles with real maple syrup, you’ll leave with a full belly and a satisfied smile, ready to take on the day.


Lunch is an easy meal to forget, especially when you’re busy exploring the amazing historic sites and attractions of the Merrimack Valley. However, if you want to avoid getting hangry, it’s important to make time to eat even a quick meal.

The Worthen House Cafe

Lowell’s oldest tavern and restaurant, The Worthen House Cafe has served the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Jack Kerouac, and Ed McMahon. It opens daily at 11am and closes at midnight Sunday through Thursday, but stays open until 2 am on Friday and Saturday. The Raven Grille is perched up front and serving burgers, quesadillas, sandwiches, and more to hungry patrons.

Casual Dining

When you and your friends want to just find a place to relax and grab dinner, you need to find a place that’s casual and filling. You want to find a place that will let you hang out and discuss the fun of the day and plan out your next adventure.

Owen & Ollie’s Restaurant & Pub

Full-service, casual, and family-friendly, Owen & Ollie’s Restaurant & Pub is the go-to place for American food with an Irish twist. Try local favorites like the chicken vegetable pot pie or the boiled corned beef dinner while cheering with one of the 24 beers on tap. If you stop in on Sundays for dinner you’ll even be treated to live music. Owen and Ollie’s is open Monday through Thursday from 11 am-10:30 pm, Friday 11 am-11:30 pm, Saturday 8 am-11:30 pm, and Sunday 8 am-10:30 pm.

Lord Hobo Brewing Company

If you’re looking for a taproom where you can catch the big game and enjoy a meal, Lord Hobo Brewing Company is a must. It’s a haven for craft beer enthusiasts and those who are open to trying something new. It also serves a full menu with appetizers, craft pizzas, sandwiches, and more. Open Monday through Thursday from 4 pm-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am-12 am, and Sunday 11 am-10 pm.

Fine Dining

If you’ve spent the day with a loved one, you might want to finish the day with more upscale fare. Plan a candlelit dinner and celebrate a couple’s trip you’ll never forget.

Athenian Corner Restaurant

With an intimate atmosphere and fine Greek food, Athenian Corner Restaurant is ideal for a night out. You can dine on classic Greek dishes like stuffed grape leaves, spanakopita, and mousaka, then dance the night away to the music of the Athenian Corner Ensemble.

Open Monday through Thursday 11 am-8 pm, Friday 11 am-10 pm, and Saturday 11 am-11 pm.

When planning your next trip, be sure to make time to check out the numerous amazing food options the Merrimack Valley has to offer. You’ll leave every restaurant full and satisfied, ready to start your next adventure.

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