Sunday, December 02, 2018

THE BAGEL TABLE OPENS IN ASHLAND

Sunday, December 02, 2018
The large variety of bagels at The Bagel Table.
Italian sandwich
They also bake sweets like cupcakes and whoopie pies.
The Bagel Table
Ashland, Massachusetts
www.mybageltable.com

There's a new place to kick off your day in Ashland, Massachusetts. The Bagel Table is now open for business. The owners started off selling their bagels at local farmer's markets. They were so popular that they opened their first store in Chestnut Hill, and now, this second shop on Main Street in Ashland.  

They specialize in New York style bagels in a variety of flavors from asiago cheese to sesame. Top one off with cream cheese or make a sandwich out of it. They also sell croissants and muffins. The Bagel Table also serves lunch. I enjoy their Italian sandwich, which is stuffed full of meats and cheese. I also ordered a cup of their clam chowder with bagel croutons. This chowder was FANTASTIC, comparable to chowders found in Maine or on the Cape.

The Bagel Table also bakes up a variety of desserts like cupcake, cookies, and whoopie pies. They also sold pies for customers at Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 09, 2018

DELICIOUS DISH: TURKEY GOBBLER HOT DOG

Friday, November 09, 2018
Turkey Gobbler
Thanksgiving on a hot dog. Today, the Turkey Gobbler was the special at Snappy Dogs in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce were all piled on one of their big hot dogs. It was like two meals in one. Some of the fixins fell off, so I ate the hot dog first. Then, I was left with all of the Thanksgiving deliciousness. It was such a tasty way to celebrate Thanksgiving early.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

PAPA GINO’S ABRUPTLY CLOSES DOZENS OF LOCATIONS

Sunday, November 04, 2018
Employees and customers alike were shocked today when dozens of Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo locations were permanently closed with no notice. Locations in Seekonk, Beverly, Mansfield and Chelsea are among the many that shut down along with several in Rhode Island. There are now about 95 locations left across New England, mostly in Massachusetts. Workers left suddenly jobless are being told they can reapply for positions at other locations. Customers on Twitter are outraged with the lack of warning especially as the holidays approach. 

UPDATE: Papa Gino's And D'Angelos have been sold to a new owner. It seems the weakest stores were closed. The remaining locations will be remodeled.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

MOUTH-WATERING HOT DOGS AT ZIPPITY DO DOG

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Two mouth-watering Mexican Dogs
Mexican Dog & Zippity Do Dog
Zippity Do Dog
Zippity Do Dog
Framingham, Massachusetts

A small, unassuming cart sits by the side of the road in Framingham, Massachusetts. It's easy to drive by, but be sure to pull over and discover Zippity Do Dog. This cash-only hot dog stand is open for lunch only and its flavorful creations have customers coming back for more.

Eat Up New England's favorite is their Mexican Dog. It's topped with salsa, nacho cheese and crushed tortilla chips. Yes, on a hot dog and it tastes so good. Eat Up New England also enjoys their Zippity Do Dog with coney sauces, caramelized onions, mustard and bacon nestled along the sides of the bun. Other hot dogs include the Hula Dog with pineapple and BBQ sauce and the Chili Dog with chili and cheese. Zippity Do Dog also serves burgers, Italian sausages and grilled cheese.

Zippity Do Dog is open 11-3 Tuesday-Friday only and don't forget to bring cash. 

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

BARRETT'S WATERFRONT IN FALL RIVER, MA

Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Barrett's Waterfront in Fall River, MA
There are plenty of TVs to watch the game.
Drunkin Pumpkin Ice Latte
Nachos
New England Cod
Chicken and waffle sliders. You get TWO of these.

Barrett's Waterfront


Fall River, Massachusetts
www.barrettswaterfront.com

Barrett's Alehouse are expanding in Massachusetts, with one of their finest locations in Fall River called Barrett's Waterfront. This place is HUGE with plenty of seating inside and out. Eat Up New England recommends eating al fresco for a view of the water. 


Barrett's Waterfront offers many beers and cocktails, with many seasonal selections. There are a bunch of fall beers on tap right now like Pumking, Pumpkinhead, Sam Adams Octoberfest and Pumlin Shandy. I highly recommend their Drunkin Pumpkin Iced Latte, a mix of iced coffee and vodka with a sweet cinnamon rim.

Appetizers are large. Just look at the huge plate of chili nachos were ordered. There's enough for 3-4 people. There are other traditional apps like buffalo chicken dip, shrimp and calamari. Many of the dishes at Barrett's Waterfront are inspired by the local culture, so there are plenty of seafood options and Portuguese dishes you won't see at their other locations. There's their Portuguese Stuffie, a quahog shell stuffed with Portuguese style dressing, and entrees like Portuguese steak and a Portuguese burger. They also have Seafood on Ice with raw jumbo shrimp, littlenecks and oysters to choose from.

If you visit for lunch, try one of their lunch specials. They are still a good size. I enjoyed the cod with fries and seasonal squash. One of their most popular dishes is their chicken & waffle sliders, with belgian waffles for buns, maple glazed chicken and cranberry spread. Barrett's also serves mac n cheese, steak tips, seafood casserole, roast turkey dinner, along with a bunch of burgers, bowls, flatbreads, salads and wraps.

THE NEW TEMAZCAL IN FRAMINGHAM

Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Temazcal's newest location in Framingham, MA.
Mexican Chopped Salad
Queso Fundido
Grilled Vegetable Quesadilla
Temazcal
Framingham, MA
Several other locations in Massachusetts
temazacalcantina.com

Temazcal is expanding again, opening its latest restaurant in Framingham, Massachusetts, where the old Paparazzi used to be. The space has been given quite the makeover inside, but offers the tasty dishes that Temazcal's customers enjoy.

My wife and I recently stopped by for dinner on a busy Saturday night and split some vegetarian appetizers. The queso fundido was fantastic. It's served with grilled torillas for dipping. Other appetizers include lobster guacamole, Mexican street corn chowder, nachos and shrimp ceviche. Entrees are also served with a large basket of tortilla chips and sauces.

There are a bunch of salads on the menu, so we ordered the Mexican Chopped Salad. The presentation was lovely with the salad wrapped in fresh cucumbers. We split the grilled vegetable quesadilla appetizer, but there are plenty of hearty entrees on the menu. There are many tacos to choose from like grilled salmon or grilled chicken. House specialties include chorizo enchiladas, scallops al pastor, poblano stuffed chicken mole and adobo braised short ribs. 

Temazcal also serves an outrageously long drink menu filled with cocktails, margaritas, wines and beers. Desserts include favorites like flan, churros, fried ice cream and strawberry cheesecake chimichangas.  

Sunday, September 30, 2018

IT'S PUMPKIN SEASON!

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Pumpkin ice cream from Abbott's Frozen Custard
Shipyard Pumpkinhead beer with a cinnamon rim
It's pumpkin season and Eat Up New England is ALL IN! Fall is one of my favorite times of year because of all of the pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavors foods and drinks. 

There are so many pumpkin-flavored beers on the market these days, but I will always order a Shipyard Pumpkinhead, which is brewed in Maine. The flavor is fantastic especially when complimented with a cinnamon rim. 

While we're talking about drinks, fall is pumpkin-flavored coffee season. I enjoy Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte as much as anyone else, but I often order it ICED and still topped off with whipped cream. Another amazing Starbucks drink this time of the year is their hot caramel apple cider.  Cold cider in New England is delicious from just about anywhere. Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Vermont and The Big Apple in Wrentham, Massachusetts are two of my favorite places for cider AND cider donuts. (See Eat Up New England's archives for full stories on both places.)

Pumpkin ice cream is also one of my fall favorites. Today, I enjoyed some pumpkin custard from Abbott's Frozen Custard at the Needham Fall Festival in Needham, Massachusetts. Bliss Dairy in Attleboro, Massachusetts also makes a fine pumpkin ice cream.

Grocery stores sell an outrageous amount of pumpkin-flavored items this time of the year. Trader Joe's is one of my favorite places for pumpkin. I love their Pumpkin O's cereal, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin waffles and spiced cider. My sister raves about their pumpkin cinnamon rolls. I haven't tried them, but I will soon. 

Embrace the pumpkin. Enjoy the fall because we all know what season is next. 

Saturday, September 08, 2018

DELICIOUS DISH: THE SWEDISH MEATBALLS AT IKEA

Saturday, September 08, 2018
Shopping at Ikea can be overwhelming. The superstore is always packed and their seemingly endless supply of home furnishings can be a lot to take in. Take a break and check out their dining area. There are many options like salads and salmon fillet, but those who are in the know order their Swedish meatballs. For just $5, you get eight of these tender, tasty meatballs with gravy, along with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and a seasonal vegetable side. The combination of flavors is so good. If you can't get enough, Ikea also sells bags of their meatballs.

90'S PUNCH & "OMG" ENTREES AT CONNECTICUT'S WOOD-N-TAP BAR & GRILL

Saturday, September 08, 2018
Newington, CT location
90's Punch
Lobster mac & cheese
Salmon with asparagus & risotto
Spinach-n-Artichoke dip
WOOD-N-TAP BAR & GRILL
Newington, CT (with several other CT locations)
www.woodntap.com

The Wood-N-Tap Bar and Grill is popping up all over Connecticut. With dishes like lobster mac & cheese and drinks like 90's Punch, that's something that Eat Up New England can certainly get behind!

I've stopped by there Newington location several times and am always delighted by the vast selection of options on their menu. Apps include a cheesy skillet of Spinach-n-Artichoke dip (pictured above) with tortilla chips, flatbreads, Sesame Ahi Tuna, Monster Nachos, Maine Crab Dip, Chicken Fingers and Fried Mozz. 

The drink menu is quite impressive. Sure, there are plenty of beers and wines, but I enjoy their unique cocktails.  Their 90's Punch is a blend of vodka, Hub Punch and juice served in a drink pouch! It's one of their "OMG" options on their menu for creative food & drinks you're aren't going to find anywhere else. Wood-N-Tap also makes their own hard lemonades with flavors like blueberry, peach, raspberry, blackberry and strawberry.

Entrees run the gamut from pasta entrees like Blacked Chicken Pasta to pizzas like their Mac and Cheese Pizza, one of their "OMG" entrees.  There are also several salads like their Chop House Steak Salad, along with traditional sandwiches and wraps. Over the summer, Wood-N-Tap offered several lobster apps and entrees. I enjoyed their hearty portion of lobster mac & cheese. Their Atlantic Salmon entree is absolutely fantastic. The fish is served with a cheesy risotto and asparagus. Delicious.

Stop by Monday-Friday between 3-6pm and after 9pm for Tappy Hour. A selection of apps and drinks are served for cheap at their bar.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

ZAFTIGS DELICATESSEN

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Every meal starts with their bagel chips.
Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner
Zaftigs Delicatessen
Natick & Brookline, Massachusetts
www.zaftigs.com

Zaftigs is a classic Jewish deli that specializes in hearty portions of flavorful food. One thing that sets them apart: they serve breakfast ALL DAY!  There are a bunch of egg dishes like beef salami & scrambled eggs and steak tips and eggs. They also make a bunch of omelettes and benedicts. Hungry customers can also order favorites like Banana Stuffed French Toast, Challah French Toast and Buttermilk Pancakes from the griddle. 

Every meal at Zaftigs begins with their bagel chips and they will happily bring you seconds. It's tough to settle on just one thing at Zaftigs. There are a bunch of salads, loaded latkes, soups and sandwiches. Diners can also make their own deli sandwiches by choosing a meat, bread and other fillings. Some of their entrees include baked mac & cheese, Grandma's Brisket, Latke Piccata, Homemade Baked Meatloaf and Grilled Chicken Kabobs. I ordered their Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner - a large portion or turkey with gravy, stuffing, masked potatoes, beans and stuffing. It was tasty and filling. 

One of my favorite things about Zaftigs is their dessert showcase. They have pies, cakes and pastries on display. I LOVE their New York style cheesecake, which is drizzled with just enough raspberry syrup.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

COMFORT FOOD & A WATERFALL VIEW AT OLD GRIST MILL TAVERN

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Fishbowl cocktail complete with Swedish Fish
Lobster mac & cheese
Fresh from the salad bar
The waterfall is one of the star attractions at Old Grist Mill Tavern.
Old Grist Mill Tavern
Seekonk, Massachusetts
ogmtavern.com

For decades, my family has always made reservations at The Old Grist Mill Tavern in Seekonk, Massachusetts for special occasions. Graduations. Anniversaries. Birthdays. Why do we keep coming back? The food is fantastic. The portions are perfect. There's a waterfall right outside, which makes for a super pleasant dining experience. And, of course, there's their salad bar. There aren't so many restaurants with salad bars anymore, but the Old Grist Mill Tavern has kept theirs going much to every diners delight.

Every meal begins with a basket of their fresh bread, which also includes their famous cinnamon bread and butter. The Tavern offers all kinds of fun cocktails. In the summer, I love their fishbowl.

The Tavern is known for its seafood and steak. For dinner, there are dishes like Baked Boston Scrod, Sea Scallops and Shrimp Scampi over Linguini. Diners can also order fresh lobsters of various sizes right out of the tank.  They also offer prime rib, sirloin, filet mignon and ribeye steak combos. Pair your meat with grilled salmon, baked stuffed shrimp, lobster saute or a steamed lobster

Every summer, Old Grist Mill tavern celebrates lobster with their Lobster Feast. There are steamed lobsters, a lobster roll, seafood pie, lobster scampi and lobster salads. There are also lobster inspired starts like lobster bisque, lobster spring rolls and lobster stuffed mushrooms. I ordered their lobster mac & cheese. This rich dish is made of bowtie pasta, chunks of fresh lobster meat and topped off with crumbled Ritz crackers.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

FAMILY STYLE ITALIAN AT THE ROME RESTAURANT

Wednesday, August 01, 2018
The Mia Tia
Seafood chowder
Fettuccine and meatballs
The Rome Restaurant
Franklin, Massachusetts
www.the-rome.com

Since 1965, The Rome Restaurant established itself as a prime spot for a hearty family dinner. Portions are huge, so bring your appetite. 

The Rome's full bar offers a large selection of beer and wine, along with some yummy cocktails. I enjoyed the tropical Mia Tia, with black rum and pineapple juice. 

Their menu is full of large entrees. Pastas include homemade spaghetti, fettuccine, cheese ravioli and penne, which can all be topped with sauce or olive oil. I ordered a heaping helping of their fettuccine with meatballs. I could only finish half and had plenty for lunch the next day.

Other entrees include several chicken, veal, eggplant and alfredo dishes. There are also many house pizza specials like chicken ranch and white shrimp & garlic or make your own pizza. Several salads and steaks round out there plentiful menu. All of the entrees come with soup or salad and a basket of bread & butter. For the summer, The Rome is offering a bunch of seafood specials.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A VARIETY OF DONUTS & ICED COFFEE AT GOURMET DONUTS

Saturday, July 28, 2018
A variety of donuts, muffins and bagels.
One of their dozens of flavors of iced coffee.
Check out their compact Car Visor Menu.
GOURMET DONUTS
Several locations in Massachusetts including Westboro & Worcester. Also in Rindge, NH
www.gourmetdonuts.com

Growing tired of the national chain that's on every corner, which offers the same tasteless donuts and coffee? Check out Gourmet Donuts for a large variety of donuts, muffins, iced coffees and bagels. Eat Up New England stopped by their Westboro location today and was wowed by the selection.

The iced coffee menu at Gourmet Donuts is truly impressive. There's every flavor you can think of from banana cream pie and chocolate covered strawberry to mocha mint and maple french toast. They even make up special brews like cookie dough and KitKat. Gourmet Coffee also offers season coffees like Smashing Pumpkin and Vermont Maple Walnut. In the summer, stop by for one of their Del's or Watermelon frozen drinks.

Gourmet Donuts sells a variety of donuts. Classics like chocolate frosted, jelly, honey dip, maple frosted and rainbow sprinkles are available all year, with special donuts around certain holidays.

Eat Up New England enjoyed the chocolate raspberry iced coffee with a chocolate glazed donut. One thing I've never seen before is their Car Visor Menu, which lists all of their products and folds up for tucking away. It's a great idea for repeat customers on the go.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

WALK UP TO THE ICE CREAM WINDOW AT MILDRED'S DAIRY BAR

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Root beer float
The Gobbler
Located at The Vermont Country Store
Mildred's Dairy Bar
Weston, Vermont

The Vermont Country Store is one of my favorite places to shop in Vermont. They offer unique gifts, a huge candy section, Vermont beers and cheeses to sample. After shopping, customers can check out Mildred's Dairy Bar in season.

Walk right up to the windows to order ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes. There are also traditional summer foods like hamburgers and hot dogs, along with a couple of turkey sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, salads and a grilled cheese made with Vermont cheddar. I enjoyed The Gobbler turkey sandwich, which is made with nice cuts of turkey (not the shiny cold cuts garbage), Vermont cheddar, tomatoes, lettuce and a cranberry mayo. I also could not resist their root beer float with a big old scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

There's also a second Mildred's at the Vermont Country Store's other location in Rockingham, Vermont. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

GO YARD GOATS! ENJOYING THE FOOD AT DUNKIN DONUTS PARK

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Super Nachos
Chompers entertains the crowd!
The Hartford Yard Goats
www.milb.com/hartford

Since 2016, the Hartford Yard Goats have been all the buzz - or maybe the MEHHH - in Connecticut. The beautiful new park for the AA team sells out all of the time with the help of its adorable mascots, Chompers and Chew Chew. Dunkin Donuts Park is also the home of some good food, which Eat Up New England was lucky enough to try out.

There are the ballpark staples like hot dogs and hamburgers. Fans can get a large popcorn in a large Yard Goats helmet to take home. Ice cream is also served in small souvenir helmets. There's also Bear's Smokehouse BBQ, which features dishes like pulled pork and pulled pork mac & cheese. Of course, there is a Dunkin Donuts along with several donut-inspired dishes. There's the Glazed & Grazed Burger, which uses a glazed donut for a bun. There are also Dunkin' & Chicken Skewers - boneless bbq chicken with glazed Munchkins.

I enjoyed the Super Nachos from one of the concession carts. I piled nacho cheese, shredded cheese, chicken, salsa, lettuce and sour cream on top of my chips. I kept my beer local, opting for a gigantic cup of 308 Pilsner from Hartford's own Hanging Hills Brewing company. By the way, the food prices are reasonable, unlike in the big leagues.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

EAT UP ON THE ROAD: PHILLY'S FANTASTIC FOOD

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Cheesesteak Hoagie from Cleavers
Crabfries from Chickie's & Petes
Philadelphia is the home of American history, but this fantastic city also houses some fine food. The city is world famous for their mouth-watering cheesesteaks. There is so much buzz about Geno's and Pats, but the locals told Eat Up New England to check out Cleavers. Their "Cheesesteak Hoagie" is by far one of the best sandwiches I have ever tasted. It is loaded with steak and melted cheese. Underneath it all is lettuce, tomatoes, onions and mayo. All of it is piled into a sesame seed bun. This cheesesteak is as good as it gets. 

Eat Up New England also made it to Citizens Bank Park for a Phillies game. So many people were eating crabfries, so I hunted them out. They come from the local chain, Chickie's & Pete's. These seasoned fries are so addictive, especially when you pair them with hot cheese sauce.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MYSTIC CAFE IN MANCHESTER, VERMONT

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Italian sandwich with chips
One of the many beers on their menu.
Mystic Cafe offers customers a bright and inviting atmosphere.
Mystic Cafe
4928 Main Street 
Manchester, Vermont
 
The town of Manchester, Vermont is known for its shopping. There are tons of outlet shops. It is also the home to Orvis. There are also many cozy restaurants in town like Mystic Cafe.

The Cafe's menu features comfort foods like soups, sandwiches, flatbreads and salads. I really enjoyed their Italian sandwich, filled with thinly sliced meats and cheese. There's also a grilled cheese stuffed with three different cheeses. Order some tomato soup with it for dunking. Dinners include entrees like lamb sliders, paella and a boneless chicken caciatore.

Mystic Cafe offers brunch on Sundays with waffles, eggs dishes, frittatas and sandwiches. There are plenty of coffee options including lattes, espresso and cappuccino. They also serve alcohol, with many local beers, wine and sangria to choose from.

EAT UP NE FAVORITE: THE LOBSTER POT

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Clam strips & fries plate
Cup of clam chowder
The Lobster Pot has a raw bar with oysters, cherrystones & shrimp cocktail.
The Lobster Pot is known for their HUGE lobsters, which they will cook for you.
THE LOBSTER POT
Buzzard's Bay - Wareham Line, Massachusetts
http://lobsterpotrestaurant.biz/

When the sun starts to shine and the temperature rises, The Lobster Pot is the first place Eat Up New England goes for an authentic seafood meal. This restaurant boasts an extensive menu with all of the Cape Cod classics.

I LOVE their clam strips plate. It comes with a pile of clam strips, crispy fries and cole slaw. I usually order a cup of their fantastic clam chowder to go with it. Other seafood dinners include fish & chips, oysters, scallops, calamari, shrimp and whole clams. The Lobster Pot also offers baked and boiled haddock, lobster and scallop dinners. Their lobster rolls are also amazing and jam-packed with fresh lobster meat. Be sure to check out their tank of live lobsters to eat. Some of them are pretty big. Their menu also includes burgers, a hot dog, grilled cheese and the summer classic, corn on the cob.

Customers can drink up at The Lobster Pot. They have a bar that's stocked with beer and wine. For dessert, there are frappes and ice cream sundaes.