January 16, 2010

It’s all about the Beans

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Having grown up in Lowell, I had always known about “Lowell’s Famous Baked Beans,” baked daily at Cote’s Market, 175 Salem Street, Lowell, MA. Their baked beans are so popular that seemingly countless area stores resold them each week. However, I had never set foot in Cote’s Market until today.

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I drove past the today and couldn’t help but notice the bright red facade and hand painted signs promoting their signature comfort foods.  It looked to me like a good target.

I took a few shots of the exterior then decided to check out the inside. I found a classic old neighborhood grocery store that has been continuously operated by the same family for 97 years.

I’m a photographer, not a food critic, so I’ll let chowhound.com do the review. But I did bring dinner home: a freshly baked pork pie and a quart of baked beans.

The owners were extremely gracious in allowing me to photograph the store, even bringing me back to see and photograph the bean ovens.

Click to view all of the images from Cote’s Market.

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