Monday, July 17, 2017

NACHO MAMMA'S IN BRISTOL, RI IS NO JOKE!

Monday, July 17, 2017
Mamma's Sangria
Chorizo quesadilla
Inside Nacho Mamma's
Nacho Mamma's
www.nachomammasbristolri.com

Its name sounds like a Yo Mama joke, but when it comes to food, there's nothing laughable about Nacho Mamma's in Bristol Rhode, Island. Since 2010, Nacho Mamma's has brought Mexican flavor to this picturesque ocean-side town that is known for its seafood.

Sweet plantains, yuca sticks, chips & salsa and their Famous Wings are just some of their appetizers. Nacho Mamma's also serves heaping portions of nachos topped off with chili, chicken, pork, ground beef, flank steak or grilled shrimp. They also have BBQ Pork Nachos, which are topped with cheese, scallions, red onion, black olives, jalepenos and drizzled with avocado ranch. 

Entrees include Mexican favorites like burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas. I LOVED Nacho Mamma's chorizo quesadilla. The flavor of the meat was so good and this sucker was stuffed full of cheese. It was so big and filling that I took half of the meal home.

Signature meals include a Portuguese Burrito (flank steak, fries, cheese, rice, two eggs, Portuguese hot pepper & sour cream) and a Fried Chicken Quesadilla (fried, chicken, bacon, cheese and BBQ-Ranch drizzle). Nacho Mamma's also serves up salads, fried yuca bowls, burgers and even a taco pizza. This is also the home of "The Big Burrito Challenge," where they dare customers to eat a 5-pound burrito in just 30 minutes.

Nacho Mamma's has its liquor license! In the spring and summer, they serve up a wonderfully refreshing sangria. Don't let that red Solo cup fool you. This drink is all class.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

CELEBRATE NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY WITH THESE DEALS

Saturday, July 15, 2017
#NationalIceCreamDay
This Sunday, July 16, is National Ice Cream Day. Many restaurants are celebrating with deals:

Carvel: Buy 1, Get one FREE cup or cone of any size
Friendly's: Get a Friend-Z for $2.99
Good Humor: Ice cream truck will be at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. free Firecracker Jr. popsicles Sunday from 10-Noon. Zoo animals will get ice treats on Sunday.
J.P. Lick's: Giving out one free medium sundae every day in July. Info HERE.
Kringle Candle (Bernardston, MA): Free small cones from 11am-3pm; free vanilla cone candle when you spend $75 or $100
McDonald's: FREE vanilla cones to anyone who downloads their app
PetSmart: Get a FREE doggie ice cream sundae
Pizzi Farm (Waltham, MA):  donut ice cream cones, blueberry cobbler mason jar sundaes & an antique car show on Sunday


Friday, July 07, 2017

SUMMER IS IN SEASON AT SYCAMORE

Friday, July 07, 2017
Green Garlic Frito Twists
Local Strawberry & Snap Pea Salad
Atlantic Fish Cakes
Sycamore
sycamorenewton.com

Sycamore is one of those buzzed about restaurants that Eat Up New England has been meaning to try and FINALLY got a chance to. We were able to reserve one last table on a busy summer Saturday night and sat down for a delicious and seasonally inspired meal.

Dinner begins with their fresh, homemade bread and salted butter. It is wonderful, and they are more than happy to bring you seconds and thirds. Up next, we ordered the Green Garlic Frito Twists from their "snack" section on the menu. These homemade twists are inspired by the Fritos twists in grocery stores, but so much better. They're made with just enough spice. We also enjoyed their Local Strawberry & Snap Pea Salad. This delightfully fresh summer salad was complimented by French feta, Thai basil and pistachios. Fantastic. 

I enjoyed their Atlantic Fish Cakes for dinner. They were fresh and surprisingly filling. My wife ordered their Caramelized Onion Pierogis. They were served in a mushroom cream with an English pea salsa verde. You don't often see pierogis on menus, so I was happy to try one. They were excellent. A creative and delicious vegetarian option.

Sycamore also has some very tempting summery mixed drinks on their menu, along with wines and beers. 

Sycamore is open for dinner only. Their menu is always changing, so give them a call or visit online to see what's cooking before you visit.

Monday, June 26, 2017

CELEBRATING THE DESSERTS AT WELLFLEET HOT-SPOT MOBY DICK'S

Monday, June 26, 2017
Strawberry Shortcake
Key Lime Pie: Moby's signature dessert
Moby Dick's
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
mobydicksrestaurant.com 

Since I was a child vacationing on the Cape, Moby Dick's was always the first place to stop. It's where I learned to enjoy seafood. Moby's is also famous for their desserts. Particularly, their key lime pie. The pie itself is cool and refreshing. The homemade graham cracker crust is amazing. It's no wonder why their key lime pie is their signature dessert. 

Eat Up New England also recommends Moby's strawberry shortcake. The whipped cream is homemade and they don't skimp on the strawberries. Moby Dick's dessert menu also has several ice creams, Moby Madness (aka a huge hot fudge sundae) and homemade blueberry crisp. Not to mention, frappes, a root beer float and an ice cold lemonade freeze. The freeze is a blend of lemonade and lemon sorbet. It will cool you off on the hottest of days.

Friday, June 23, 2017

ALL OF THE ITALIAN CLASSICS AT VITO'S RESTAURANT

Friday, June 23, 2017

Vito's Restaurant
Wethersfield, CT
vitosct.com

Heaping portions. Generous glasses of wine. A menu full of signature Italian dishes. Welcome to Vito's Restaurant in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

One of my favorite things about Vito's is the basket of bread at the beginning of each meal. Garlic bread sticks and knots. Customers don't go thirsty. Vito's offers a long list of wines, beer and cocktails. I enjoyed two of their red wine sangria's.

Vito's has specialized in family-style Italian dining since 1978. Their dinner menu is separated by chicken, pasta, veal, eggplant and seafood entrees. Many of them are served with a garden salad AND a side of pasta! See what I mean by family style? Guests often get enough food to bring home and they wouldn't have it any other way. With dishes like fettuccini carbonara, sausage & peppers, lobster ravioli, shrimp & scallops romano filling the menu, it was challenging to figure out what to eat. I settled on a classic: meat lasagna. It was meaty, cheesy and filling, everything a lasagna should be.

There are also several grinders, paninis and pizzas on their menu. They even have Chicago-style stuffed pizzas, which look amazingly tempting. Choose from meat, vegetable or a meat/veggie combo.

This Wethersfield location is the original Vito's restaurant, but they also have locations in Hartford and Windsor.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

FOOD TRUCKS GATHER FOR THE ANNUAL METROFEST IN FRAMINGHAM

Saturday, June 17, 2017
The Roving Lunch Box
Salted caramel apple pie from The Roving Lunch Box
Roxy's Grilled Cheese
Ham & cheese from Roxy's
Boston Trolley Dogs
Cheese slice from StoneFire Pizza Napoletana
MetroFest is a sure sign of summer in Framingham, and this year there was an added bonus to the festival, admission was free. Every year, businesses set up tents and live music fills the air at Bowditch Field. The food trucks are Eat Up New England's favorite part. Many Boston-area favorites were here this year including Bon Me, Trolley Dogs, Roxy's, Capriotti's and The Roving Lunch Box. I really try to pace myself so I can sample from as many trucks as possible.

I visited Roxy's Grilled Cheese for my main course. I LOVED their ham & cheese, which is stuffed with black forest ham, Grillo's pickles, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and a secret sauce. AMAZINGLY GOOD!

Next, I happily discovered The Roving Lunchbox, which specializes in hand pies. They have a rotating selection of the flaky pies including chicken pot pie and beef empanadas. I enjoyed their vegetarian-friendly Truffle mac 'n Cheese hand pie. Don't forget about dessert. Their salted caramel apple pie is served warm and drizzled with caramel. Sooo good!

www.roxysgrilledcheese.com
www.rovinglunchbox.com

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

LOBSTER TOUR 2017: DOOGIE'S & THE CLAM DIGGER

Tuesday, June 06, 2017
LOBSTER TOUR 2017
The weather may be AWFUL, but we can still think summer by indulging in one of New England's mouthwatering lobster dishes. Doogies & The Clam Digger in Newington, Connecticut is known for their amazing hot dogs, but this time of the year they also sell a tasty hot lobster roll. Eat Up New England stopped by this weekend and enjoyed the large chunks of fresh lobster meat in their roll. It's served with hot butter and a side of cole slaw - all for just $14.99.

Friday, June 02, 2017

IT'S NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY! CELEBRATE AT HEAV'NLY DONUTS

Friday, June 02, 2017
It's #NationalDoughnutDay and everyone's favorite treat is already trending on Twitter. 

Heav'nly Donuts is one of my favorite spots to get a nice, cakey donut in Northern Mass. and New Hampshire. Yesterday, I stopped by their Dracut location where I got a couple of chocolate frosted glazed donuts. Heavn'ly's donuts are good old-fashioned donuts. The kind that stick to your stomach. Eat Up New England wouldn't have it any other way. They also have several tasty flavored coffees like my fav, chocolate raspberry.

Today, Heav'nly Donuts is giving all of their customers a free donut with the purchase of a beverage for National Doughnut Day, so treat yourself on a Friday.

Monday, May 29, 2017

LOBSTER SEASON BEGINS AT DEAD EYE DICK'S ON BLOCK ISLAND

Monday, May 29, 2017
Summer is unofficially here and that means it's time to kick of lobster season here in New England. I devoured my first lobster roll of the season this weekend at Dead Eye Dick's on Block Island. It comes hot or cold, but I prefer it hot with plenty of melted butter for dunking. As you can see, the chucks of lobster meat are huge. The ocean views at this Eat Up New England Sizzlin Summer Spot are breathtaking, so try to eat outside.

Dead Eye Dick's just opened for the season this past Tuesday. Learn all about them by checking out Eat Up New England's archives. I posted about them in May 2014.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CRULLER FRENCH TOAST & MAPLE BACON DONUT'S AT LOU'S

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Lou's Restaurant & Bakery
30 South Main Street
Hanover, NH
www.lousrestaurant.com

Since 1947, Lou's Restaurant & Bakery has been the place to eat in Hanover, New Hampshire. It's the perfect spot for family, friends and Dartmouth College students to gather. Eat Up New England recently stopped by for breakfast on a busy Sunday and discovered some unique eats on their menu.

Lou's is jumping on Sunday mornings. There was a line to the back of the restaurant. I made the best of it by ordering one of the few remaining maple bacon donuts that was glistening in their showcase. It was around $3 and worth every penny.

The line moved fast, and soon, we were seated at the back of the house. Our server came right over and brought us our drinks. I looked over the menu and was intrigued by their Cruller French Toast. They use a sugary sweet cruller instead of bread. I ordered "The Little Green," with the cruller, bacon, scrambled eggs and home fries. The Cruller French Toast was as delicious as it sounds.

Lou's has all of the other classic breakfasts on their menu including waffles, pancakes, omelets and biscuits & gravy. Breakfast is served all day. Their lunch menu is filled with burgers, sandwiches and salads. For dessert, there are frappes and ice cream. Lou's also serves pies, with fillings that rotate in and out depending on the season.

Monday, May 08, 2017

A SWEET TREAT AT FIORELLA'S FOR A GREAT CAUSE

Monday, May 08, 2017
Boston Bakes For Breast Cancer kicked off today. Eat Up New England took part by visiting one of our favorite restaurants in Newton, Fiorella's. They are offering a delicious berry cheesecake with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. The profits from all of the desserts for Boston Bakes For Breast Cancer over the next week will go to breast cancer research at Dana-Farber.

CLICK HERE to see the other restaurants that are participating and what desserts they are whipping up special for this event.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

END BREAST CANCER. TAKE PART IN BOSTON BAKES FOR BREAST CANCER.

Thursday, May 04, 2017
In a few days, more than 150 restaurants, bakeries and markets in the Greater Boston area will be going pink as part of Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer. All you have to do is visit any of the participating restaurants and buy their featured Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer treat. Cabot's ice cream in Newton, Massachusetts is featuring this Boston Bakes Strawberry Chip Frappe for $5.99, along with two special ice cream sundaes. Proceeds go to funding breast cancer research at Dana-Farber in Boston. The event goes from May 8-14.

CLICK HERE to see the long list of Boston-area restaurants that are taking part.


Monday, May 01, 2017

NOSTALIGIA OVERLOAD AT THE ICONIC NEWPORT CREAMERY

Monday, May 01, 2017
Vermonster Waffled Grilled Cheese
Super Crunchy Grilled Cheese
Newport Creamery is a New England food icon, one I haven't visited in decades, until this weekend. 

There was a Newport Creamery in Mansfield, Massachusetts when I was a kid. Just about 10 minutes from home, so my parents always brought us there for an Awful Awful and a grilled cheese sandwich. The Mansfield location closed long ago, replaced by a Bertucci's, but Newport Creamery and it's classic comfort food lives on in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.

This weekend my wife and I visited their locations in Middletown and Newport Rhode Island. Saturday night, we pulled up to their ice cream window in Middletown. We ordered a vanilla Awful Awful. For readers who don't know, an Awful Awful is similar to a milkshake. It's made with ice cream, ice milk and syrup. Everything, the taste, right down to the Awful Awful logo on the cup, brought me back to childhood. 

On Sunday, we enjoyed lunch at their Newport location. They still have an ice cream counter, just like way back when. It's wonderful how some things just freeze in time. We sat down in their dining room and ordered some of their "Good Mood Food." I marveled at some of the new items on their menu, like the Super Crunchy Grilled Cheese, a grilled cheese stuffed with mozzarella sticks. They also specialize in Waffled Grilled Cheeses. They put the bread on a waffle iron and it even tastes like maple syrup. I loved their Vermonster Waffled Grilled Cheese. It's stuffed with bacon and caramelized onions. 

Two grilled cheeses with side salads for around $15. Newport Creamery is big on quality and value even after all of this time. I don't know why there were so many years in between my Newport Creamery Visits. Time has a way of melting away. But I know one thing, I'll be back soon.


www.newportcreamery.com

Saturday, April 22, 2017

YOU'VE DIED AND GONE TO MAC & CHEESE HEAVEN AT MR. MAC'S IN PORTSMOUTH, NH

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Taco Mac
Macaroni & cheese is simply one of the tastiest and most satisfying dishes known to man. Mr. Mac's in Portsmouth, New Hampshire takes this classic dish up about ten notches with different flavors of the comfort food classic.

The mac & cheese is served in skillets - small, medium or large. A small is plenty for one person. The real challenge is settling on a flavor combination. There's cheeseburger mac, chicken bacon ranch, pulled pork, Philly cheese steak, bacon cheddar, carbonara, chicken parm, Lobstah, American chop suey, chicken scampi, shrimp scampi, tuna max.... the ooey, gooey list goes on and on, not to mention Mr. Mac also has daily specials.

Eat Up New England ordered the Taco Mac, which is mac & cheese with beef, taco seasoning, American & Cabot cheeses and topped with sour cream. Oh, did I mention it also has tortilla chips baked in on top of it to make it extra crispy? This mac & cheese is as mouth-watering as it sounds and I've been craving it ever since.

Eat Up New England can't wait to return to Mr. Mac's to try another flavor of macaroni & cheese goodness.  Mr. Mac's also has other locations in Manchester, NH and Tyngsboro, MA.

www.mr-macs.com

Sunday, April 09, 2017

RESTAURANT WEEK AT MISTO IN KITTERY, MAINE

Sunday, April 09, 2017
Restaurant Week in Portsmouth, New Hampshire ended just yesterday, but Eat Up New England made it in time! Our first stop was Misto in neighboring Kittery, Maine. This cozy, vegetarian friendly spot offered three-course lunches for only $16.95.

Course one: asparagus leek soup, bruschetta or insalata misto. I enjoyed their crunchy bruchetta topped with tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil pesto.

Course two: Thai style stir fry (a special dish just for restaurant week), blacked fish tacos, steak tacos, California chicken wrap or Atlantic sole. I devoured their hearty chicken wrap, which was filled with cheddar-jack, romaine, avocado, tomato, bacon and a smoky chipotle. It came with homemade sweet potato fries.

Course three: House-made hazelnut fudge brownie a la mode or lemon & raspberry sorbetto. My wife and sampled both desserts. The brownie and vanilla ice cream was delightful and for me, the smoothness and flavor of the raspberry sorbetto really stood out.

www.mistocafebistro.com

YUMMIE'S OF MAINE IS READY FOR EASTER!

Sunday, April 09, 2017
Easter is just one week away, but don't worry, Yummie's of Kittery, Maine has Easter candy piled high to the ceiling. They have bags of bulk Easter candy like these -  everything from jelly beans to chocolate eggs. They have every flavor of Peeps that's on the market, even sugar free. Yummie's also makes their own chocolate Easter baskets stuffed with even more candy.

Monday, April 03, 2017

BBQ AT ITS BEST AT BISON COUNTY IN WALTHAM

Monday, April 03, 2017
Stony Joe Coffee Stout. One sip of this beer at Bison County in Waltham, Massachusetts and I was ALL IN. I love coffee stouts and thought I'd give this one a try. It was a BLONDE stout and the coffee flavor was spot on - as strong as I've ever had. It was the perfect brew to sip on during this southern feast.

Every meal at Bison County starts off with a big slice of corn bread and butter. We ordered some hush puppies with honey dipping sauce and fried pickles with ranch to kick off our meal.  Other apps include chili cheese fries, grilled fire shrimp, catfish nuggets and a couple of chili's.

Eat Up New England had a tough time settling on dinner because of Bison County's extensive menu. There are quesadillas, salads, wings, burgers and ribs. Wanting to sample their food, I ordered their 1/2 chicken and 1/2 pulled pork plate. It comes with two sides, so I got the jalapeno rice and sauteed vegetables. So tasty. I haven't been so full in a long time.

www.bisoncounty.com

Friday, March 17, 2017

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

Friday, March 17, 2017
Pints of Guinness are flowing. Loud Irish music is filling the air. It's St. Patrick's day at bars and restaurants across New England. 

Eat Up New England enjoyed dinner at a favorite Irish pub, Paddy's Pub in Newton, Massachusetts. The place was packed, but we scored a comfortable table within about 20 minutes. Paddy's offered a special menu for St. Patrick's Day, with favorites like corned beef & cabbage, shepard's pie and chicken pot pie. Since it's lent, your Catholic webmaster enjoyed the baked haddock with Brussels's sprouts and fries. My wife and I also shared their warm pretzel bites. Of course, I washed it all down with a pint of Guinness. I hope your St. Patrick's Day wasn't Guinn-less, as well!