Ballardvale Cafe in Andover Historic District

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Andover's Historic Ballardvale District

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Took a brisk walk through the Historic Ballardvale District in Andover yesterday. The air was refreshingly crisp after an ice-cold Thanksgiving Day. Snow crunched under my feet and a late-autumn sun cast shadows and reflections on this quintessential slice of New England in South Andover — the perfect backdrop for the old-fashioned and friendly Ballardvale Cafe.

Family-Run Cafe Serves up Home Cooking

Peeking into the window of the Ballardvale Cafe reveals a cozy and inviting mom-and-pop kitchen of yesteryear. The owner Sharon was frosting an enormous cake when I stopped in and still took the time to chat with me.

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Located across from The Ballardvale Train Station

The Ballardvale Cafe is the perfect pit stop before your Boston commute for a morning coffee, home-made goodies, or made-to-order bacon-and-egg bagel.

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Fresh-Baked Scones Are a Cafe Specialty

Get there early enough and enjoy an oven-warm, dense and over-sized scone loaded with juicy blueberries. The owner Sharon treated me  — did I say friendly mom-and-pop shop of yesteryear — to an apple scone that was amazing.

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Local Lunch Hotspot and Kid Friendly

The Ballardvale Cafe also serves lunch — think home-made soups and comfort food. It's a short walk from the Ballardvale Playground — so bring the kids, they'll love watching the trains go by while enjoying a fresh-off-the-grill tuna melt or an enormous, fresh-baked whoopie pie! 

 

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