Amazing handmade, locally sourced, artisinal meets old-fashioned chip wagon style food. All food items are made before your eyes in a cozy but well kept kitchen, vaguely resembling a homegrown mom and pop's hole-in-the-wall kitchen, such as those you may see presented as a sidewalk food vendor on a culinary travel show.
The food itself is amazing. Taste, texture, and mouthfeel are all very well coordinated, and every burger is made caringly before being dressed with its toppings in a strategic order to maximize customer satisfaction with careful thought towards preserving the integrity of each ingredient.
Like many street-side catering venues, they do not have indoor seating, though I do not consider this a downfall as there are many quality restaurants which operate in such a way (Leslie's on Notre Dame for example) and the main priority focus of Aisle Nine seems to be heavily focused on food quality and ethical sourcing. In my opinion, I would sacrifice my first world table service and waiter/waitress for prioritizing of these values, since it is something most companies in the food industry do not typically bother with for the sake of lower operating costs and personal convenience.
You can tell that ethics and quality are 100% the owner's priority, and not simply raking in the big bucks. People have said the prices are high, but honestly when you take time to compare your average wendys baconator combo, or mcdonalds big mac combo, to a burger and fries with a drink at Aisle Nine, its really never more than 2 or 3 dollars difference unless you are adding modifications on top of everything.
All in all, the major downside of Aisle Nine is a factor that affects the owner and their workers more so than the customers... and that would be location. Being situated on the corner of Main st. and Errington in Chelmsford, not only is the restaurant in a rather small township outlying the larger populated city of Sudbury, it is also hidden from the high traffic highways and travelers who are only passing through Chelmsford breifly or infrequently. Aisle Nine prefers a similar strategy for advertising to that of the fast food chain Five Guys, that being word of mouth. While this decision does have some drawbacks, it is smart in the sense that you know what youre hearing isnt coming from a corperate office, instead relying on customer and employee satisfaction to make their name brand.
On that note I am here as a 3-times-satisfied customer, to tell you all that if you are considering stopping to eat in Chelmsford, or even are looking for new or local establishments to eat at around the Sudbury area, look no further. The drive is certainly worth it and you can see the same sentiment mirrored in other reviews from customers who seemingly have made the drive themselves. Tell your friends, and tell your friends to tell their friends. I know for myself, this is now my go to place to eat in Chelmsford. They deserve all the love you can give.
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