It was "in the early twentieth century," observed Andrew Coe in his history Chop Suey, that the dish "took a lexical leap from Chinese restaurants onto other kinds of menus — a testament to its penetration into the culture." Outside New England, macaroni and beef is a more common name for a hash of elbow pasta, ground meat, and tomato sauce (Thursday special, small, $4.95). Also shown: typical accompaniments.
Ray Robinson's Sandwich Shoppe
201 Central St. (at Jackson St.), Lowell, Massachusetts
Breakfast and lunch only; closed Sunday