Saturday, September 28, 2019

THE BIG E 2019

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Poutine
Lobster roll from the Maine State House.
Cold cider from the Vermont State House.
Baked potato with all of the fixins from the Connecticut State House.
The Big E's Legendary Cream Puff!
Chocolate-covered bacon from the Rhode Island State House
It's Big E season once again! The annual fair is the place to stuff yourself silly with foods from all over New England and beyond. This year, I devoured one of their legendary cream puffs for the first time ever. It was FANTASTIC! The Big E also serves some exotic foods, like the chocolate-covered bacon I enjoyed from the Rhode Island State House.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

DONUTS AFTER DARK AT BACK DOOR DONUTS IN MARTHA'S VINEYARD

Saturday, September 07, 2019
People lining up for Donuts After Dark.
There are many options to choose from!
The crew making those warm, delicious donuts.
A warm chocolate-frosted donut.
BACK DOOR DONUTS
Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
www.backdoordonuts.com

Once the sun starts to go down, hungry customers start to line up at Back Door Donuts on Martha's Vineyard. Sure, their bakery is open all day, but at night they serve hot, fresh out of the oven donuts at their back door. It is truly a one-of-a-kind food experience.

There is a large selection of donuts including the more exotic flavors like the maple bacon donut. I really enjoy their warm chocolate frosted donut. I only wish I got more than one! Their double chocolate donut is also fantastic. Back Door Donuts also offers fried dough, apple fritters and cinnamon rolls. 

Back Door Donuts is open every night from 7pm to 1am. Don't be afraid of the line. It moves fast. Plus, you're on the Vineyard. Enjoy that cool ocean breeze!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

NYC'S ARTICHOKE BASILLE'S PIZZA COMES TO CONNECTICUT

Saturday, August 31, 2019
Artichoke: their signature slice
Artichoke's is known for their big slices. 
Newington, CT location
Artichoke Basille's
Newington, CT
www.artichokepizza.com

Artichoke Basille's pizza has been earning rave reviews and drawing huge crowds since it first opened in New York City's East Village in 2008. They are known for their delicious large slices of pizza. Artichoke's has opened its first location in New England, in Newington, Connecticut and they will soon expand to Hartford.

Their cozy Newington restaurant has just enough room for a bar and a few high top tables. The pizzas are sprawled out in front of their ovens.There are many slices to choose from like their signature artichoke slice with artichokes, spinach and cream sauce. Their meatball slice is really good and is topped with a generous portion of meat. They also make a Staten Island slice with meatballs, ricotta and onions. Artichoke's also offers crab, magherita, pepperoni and Sicilian slices.

Artichoke's slices are so good. Let's hope they continue to expand across New England!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

IT'S PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE SEASON!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
The PSL hit Starbucks on August 27, 2019
Summer may be winding down, but have no fear. Pumpkin spice latte season is here! Everyone's favorite fall drink is out at Starbucks today, along with a new pumpkin creme cold brew. If you're bold enough to buy a PSL in August, try one on ice. It's amazing how polarizing the summer PSL can be. Some people get mad when they see you drinking one before September. I say, enjoy the flavor as soon as you can!

Monday, August 26, 2019

MOUTH-WATERING WINGS AT THE ROOSTER COMPANY

Monday, August 26, 2019
Boneless chicken wings
Truffled mac & cheese
The Rooster Company
Newington, Connecticut
www.roostercompany.net

The Rooster Company in Newington, Connecticut is one of Eat Up New England's favorites. I've blogged about it before, but I wanted to highlight a few delicious dishes I recently enjoyed there.

The Rooster Company's chicken wings are TO DIE FOR. There are a bunch of different flavors on the menu. I can't rave enough about their Parmesan boneless wings, along with their sweet & sour boneless wings. They are so flavorful and so tender. I also recommend their truffled mac & cheese as a side to any of their dishes. The flavor is fantastic on the pasta that's perfectly al dente.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

CRISPY FLATBREADS AT THE RAIL TRAIL FLATBREAD COMPANY

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Zucchini & Tzatziki
Chicken Bacon Ranch flatbread
Half Mexican Street Corn half Farmers' Market
Lindemans Framboise
The Rail Trail Flatbread Company
Hudson, Massachusetts
www.railtrailflatbread.com

It was a feast for the senses the moment Eat Up New England stepped inside The Rail Trail Flatbread Company. More than a dozen flatbreads with all sorts of tasty toppings were on display, ready to be cooked inside of their wood-fired oven. Staffers donned in different shades of flannel were buzzing around, serving everything from poutine to juicy burgers.  All this as the smell of the wood-burning stove filled the air. It felt more like we were in Vermont or Maine, not Hudson, Massachusetts. 

The bar boasts 20 taps with a rotating selection of beer, many of them from New England. They were even pouring Sip of Sunshine out of Waitsfield, Vermont. You don't see that at many restaurants outside of Vermont. I was excited to find Lindemans Framboise on their menu. This raspberry-flavored brew is from Belgium and goes down real easy.

Comfort food dominates Rail Trail's menu. Appetizers include mac & cheese, buffalo cauliflower and zucchini & tzatziki. This fried zucchini dish was fantastic, as was the pile of tzatziki that was served with it.

The flatbreads are the star of the show. There are several to choose from or customers can craft their own. Choose a sauce, cheese and toppings. You can also order half of one topping and half of another. I LOVED the chicken, bacon and ranch flatbread. The flavors of the toppings, along with a little caramelized onion and scallion worked so well together. 

Rail Trail also serves burgers and salads, but be sure to treat yourself to one of their flatbreads, even if it's just a slice from your friend's pie.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

SIZZLIN' SUMMER SPOTS: POCO'S IN MANCHESTER, NH

Saturday, August 10, 2019
Bow Street Nachos
Poco's has been delighting Portsmouth's visitors since 1982.
Diners can eat outside by the water.
Classic margarita
Fried Haddock Sandwich
Poco's
Portsmouth, NH
pocosbowstreetcantina.com

There's nothing like sipping a cocktail by the water on a hot summer day. Poco's Bow Street Cantina in Portsmouth, New Hampshire offers plenty of outdoor seating on their waterfront deck for customers to do just that.

Poco's menu offers a mix of American and Mexican classics along with some New England seafood dishes. Be sure to order one of their massive margaritas. I loved their Classic Margarita, but customers can also build their own selecting their tequila, liqueur, mix and flavor. They also mix many of their own drinks like the fruity "Poco's Punch" and a refreshing "Limonada." Beer fans will enjoy a selection of bottles and rotating brews on tap. They also serve several wines and sangria, including PITCHERS of sangria.

Do yourself a favor and try their famous nachos. Choose from buffalo chicken, veggie and bbq pork nachos or their Bow Street nachos, which come with cheese and pico de gallo. All of the nachos come in half and full-size and are served with salsa and sour cream. The half is plenty for two people. Other apps include quesadillas, fajitas and enchiladas. Poco's also serves cups and bowls of seafood chowder, chili and several salads.

Entrees include pot roast, sweet potato mac & cheese, chicken and waffles and surf & turf. Poco's also serves many seafood dishes like lobster mac & cheese, New England broiled seafood (choose from haddock, shrimp and scallops) and fried seafood dishes. There's also a lobster roll, build your own burger and cauliflower burger. I devoured their fried haddock sandwich, which is served on a toasted bun with a pile of fries. 

Poco's is a fun and tasty place to stop while taking in the sights and sounds of beautiful Portsmouth. Grab a drink and pull up a seat by the water while it's still warm out! 

Monday, July 29, 2019

BOSTON'S "BABBO" TO CLOSE

Monday, July 29, 2019
Saying goodbye in September 2019
Babbo's Ricotta Gnocchi
Babbo in Boston's Seaport is reportedly shutting down this fall. The Globe reports the formerly Mario Batali-backed pizzeria will be closed for good by September 15. 62 employees will be out of the job.

Babbo is known for its wood-fired pizzas, pastas and gelati. Batali got into the Boston restaurant scene for the first time with Babbo in 2015. He later divested his interests in Babbo and many other restaurants after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

SMUTTYNOSE BREWING COMPANY AND RESTAURANT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Sunday, July 14, 2019
Smuttynose is located in Hampton, NH.

Raspberry Lime Rickey sour beer
Blue Cheese Smash burger
Smuttynose Brewing Company
Hampton, New Hampshire
www.smuttynose.com

Smuttynose Brewery has been cranking out craft beer since 1994. You can sample all of it and bring some home at their campus in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Visitors can tour the brewery for free. There's also beer tasting inside of the brewery where you can try all of the classic and latest Smuttynose brews. Stop by their gift shop for Smuttynose beers and swag to bring home. Have some fun playing their pinball machines or go for a game of cornhole (in season).

Don't leave without enjoying a meal at their restaurant. Pull up a chair and listen to live music at their outdoor patio or dine indoors near their bar, which, of course, pours nothing but Smuttynose. Right now, they are brewing a Raspberry Lime Rickey sour beer which is so refreshing. 

The food is fantastic. There are salads, burgers and pastas. I loved their Blue Cheese Smash burger, which consists of two patties. The cheese, bacon and onions are all smashed together into the burgers. Appetizers include fried pickles, onion rings, nachos, and a pub pretzel. Want a free meal? Bring your appetite and try "Da S'muttonator." It comes with 4 burgers, 8 slices of bacon, 4 slices of cheese, 4 ounces of pulled pork, onion rings, a fried egg and a pound of french fries. Eat it all in 30 minutes and it's free, plus you'll get a T-shirt and your picture on their wall of fame.

Monday, July 01, 2019

SIZZLIN' SUMMER SPOTS: THE KNACK

Monday, July 01, 2019
Lobster roll
Onion rings
The Knack in Orleans, Massachusetts
The Knack
Orleans, Massachusetts
theknackcapecod.com

The owners of The Knack say their goal is to perfect the Cape Cod roadside stand. Mission accomplished! They grew up on the Cape eating the lobster, the seafood and the burgers, so they know what they are doing. 

The Knack is always hopping. In true Cape Cod fashion, customers order from one of their windows and eat outside. Start your meal with a shake, soda or a can of one of their local beers.  Burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches fill their menu. The burgers look amazing, but this time I wanted to sink my teeth into some Cape Cod lobster. The lobster was as fresh as can be. I gobbled it up with some of their onion rings, which are light and crispy. They also offer veggie tacos for vegetarians, along with fish and whole belly clam sandwiches. 

Save room for dessert! There's soft serve ice cream and homemade ice cream sandwiches. The Knack donates 10% of their profits on sweets to charity everyday.

Friday, June 07, 2019

IT'S NATIONAL DONUT DAY 2019!

Friday, June 07, 2019
There's a day for everything now, but TODAY is National Doughnut Day, and we call all get behind that! Many donut shops are giving out free donuts today. Honey Dew Donuts emailed customers and put a deal on its app for a free donut. Customers can also get a free donut by ordering a medium drink. There are a few Krispy Kreme's in New England, at Mohegan Sun and in Maine. They are giving out free donuts today with no purchase necessary. Rocco's Doughnut Company in Westborough and Millbury, Massachusetts is handing out free mini donuts with the purchase of any coffee. Gourmet Donuts is giving customers a free donut with any beverage purchase. Dunkin Donuts will give customers a free donut with the purchase of a drink. Kane's is handing out a free six-pack of donut holes with the purchase of a dozen donuts.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

SUMMER IS IN SESSION AT MURPHY'S EATS & TREATS

Sunday, June 02, 2019
Clam strips plate
Cookie dough ice cream

Murphy's Eats & Treats
Ashland, Massachusetts
www.murphyseatsandtreats.com


It's June and summer is in full swing. It's time for another season of Eat Up New England's Sizzlin' Summer Spots. Our first stop this summer is Murphy's Eats and Treats in Ashland, Massachusetts.

Murphy's is the place where everyone in town goes for ice cream on a warm summer day. Their ice cream window makes you feel like you're on the Cape. They serve all of the classics like cookie dough and moose tracks. Murphy's also sells soft serve, including unique flavors like orange creamsicle. 

Murphy's is also a good spot to quench your seafood craving. I enjoyed their clam strips plate, a large portion of clam strips over crinkle fries. Among their other seafood options are lobster rolls and a whole belly clam roll. They also offer burgers, hot dogs, salads. grilled cheese and kids meals.

After dinner and ice cream, check out Murphy's mini golf course.

Friday, May 17, 2019

HONEY DEW DONUTS LAUNCHES NEW REWARDS APP

Friday, May 17, 2019
Oreo Smoothie
Honey Dew Donuts has just launched a new rewards app. Every time you make a purchase, you get points which will eventually get you a free drink or free food. For a limited time, customers also get a free $5 just for downloading the app! I cashed mine in for their delicious Oreo smoothie you see above. Just search "HoneyDewDonuts" in the app store. 

Sunday, May 05, 2019

CINCO DE MAYO 2019: PART 2

Sunday, May 05, 2019
Chipotle chicken quesadilla
Nothing like free swag on Cinco de Mayo!
Mexican restaurants were filled to capacity today for Cinco de Mayo. Eat Up New England enjoyed lunch at Mexico City Taqueria in Ashland, Massachusetts. The margaritas were flowing and everyone was munching on chips and salsa. Customers got hooked up with free Corona swag like T-shirts, sombreros and sunglasses. It was a nice way for people to always remember Cinco de Mayo 2019.

CINCO DE MAYO 2019: PART 1

Sunday, May 05, 2019
Chicken fajitas
Chips & dips
Cinco de Mayo falling on a Sunday this year means that all of us really have TWO days to celebrate. Eat Up New England kicked things off yesterday at the lovely new Temazcal in Framingham, Massachusetts. Their huge basket of tortilla chips with three dips is always a crowd pleaser. For dinner, I scarfed down their chicken fajitas. The chicken was amazing.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

GREEN MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE COMPANY: HANDMADE IN MASSACHUSETTS

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Chocolate bunnies of all sizes are ready for Easter.
A look behind the scenes, where all of the chocolate is made.
Green Mountain Chocolate Company
www.greenmountainchocolate.com
Hopedale, Massachusetts

Easter is in full swing at Green Mountain Chocolate Company in Hopedale, Massachusetts. Look around and you'll see chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs, chocolate-dipped Oreos, chocolate-covered Peeps & bunnies and boxes of Easter chocolates. Green Mountain even sells chocolate-covered potato chips. For Passover, there are chocolate-drizzled matzah and chocolate sedar plates. All of these fine confections are made in house at their Hopedale factory.

Green Mountain Chocolate Company specializes in Swiss and Belgian truffles. There are large showcases of them at their retails stores in Franklin and Hopedale. They also ship their chocolates to customers all around the country and Europe.

Green Mountain Chocolate Company creates special confections for all of the holidays, making them a sweet destination all year round. For Valentine's Day, they make chocolate hearts and chocolate-covered strawberries. At Thanksgiving, they create their own chocolate turkeys and chocolate cornucopias. At Christmas, they make peppermint bark, chocolate Santas and boxes of chocolates. Right before Easter every year, the Easter bunny comes to take free pictures with kids. The store sets out an assortment of samples of chocolates, fudge and chocolate-covered potato chips for parents and kids to snack on while they wait in line. 

Follow Green Mountain Chocolate Company's Facebook page to see their latest chocolatey creations.

Friday, April 12, 2019

BUILD YOUR OWN MEDITERRANEAN SALAD, BOWL OR WRAP AT CAVA

Friday, April 12, 2019
Greens & grains bowl
Salads come with a tasty pita.
CAVA's location at Legacy Place in Dedham, Mass.
CAVA
cava.com
Dedham, Massachusetts 
(With locations around the country)

CAVA is often described as being like Chipotle, only with Mediterranean food. It's an accurate comparision. This quick-serve national chain allows customers to build their meals and the results are really tasty.

First, choose your base. Wrap your ingredients up in a pita, or pile them on top of a salad or get a greens & grains bowl, which comes with salads and rice. Next, choose your dips. There's the traditional tzatziki, hummus and eggplant & pepper or try the spicy harissa or crazy feta. Step 3, pick a protein. Choose from chicken, falafel, grilled meatballs and seasonal roasted vegetables. They also serve braised lamb and spicy lamb meatballs, which coast a little more.

There are so many delicious toppings for your creation and you can choose as many as they want, so pile 'em high! There's tomato & cucumber, crumbled feta, pita crisps, kalamata olives, and pickled onions among the many toppings. Finally, choose your dressing with options like yogurt dill, lemon herb tahini and Greek vinaigrette. 

CAVA also offers several soups, along with fruity/healthy fountain drinks.

I loved the greens & grains bowl I made up. The flavor combination and selection of ingredients is wonderful. Right now, there are only a few CAVA locations in New England. Let's hope they expand so everyone can enjoy their food.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

NOTHING BUNDT CAKES OPENS IN NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Bundtlets come in these little containers.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundtlet
Bundt cakes of all sizes
Nothing Bundt Cakes in Newton, Mass.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Newton, Mass.
www.nothingbundtcakes.com

Nothing Bundt Cakes, as you may have guessed, whips up nothing but bundt cakes at its hundreds of shops around the country. One of its newest locations just opened in Newton, Massachusetts.

The bundt cakes come in different sizes: small (bundtinis), medium (bundlets) and large (8-10 inch cakes). There are a bunch of different flavors like red velvet, confetti, carrot, marble, lemon and white chocolate raspberry. They are topped off with creamy icing, which is amazingly delicious. I really enjoyed their chocolate chocolate chip cake. The cake is so moist and flavorful, like it just came out of the oven. 

Nothing Bundt Cakes also makes custom cakes for birthdays and other special occasions.