There's also a dark version of the baked beans, distinguished, I believe, by the addition of molasses. Otherwise it's identical to this light version (small, about $2), whose principal requirements are small, firm white beans, a hefty amount of salt pork, a large pot, and lots of patience — various accounts prescribe seven to nine hours of cooking time.
More comfort food from Cote's (co-Taze): gorton (8 oz., $2.25), a lightly spiced, decidedly unhealthy, but very delicious spread also called pork scrap; a fig square (80 cents) best approached with knife and fork or extra napkins; and grapenut pudding (12 oz., $2.99).
175 Salem St. (near Morey Pl.), Lowell, Massachusetts
Closed Wednesday and Sunday
(From visits in September 2011, and previously)