Wednesday, March 31, 2021

ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Cue Willie Nelson. Eat Up New England is back on the road again! After months of being stranded in Massachusetts with travel bans, New England is now open for travel. Let's hope it stays that way. Wear your masks. Keep your distance. Get your shots! BEGONE Covid-19.

I was so happy to return to an Eat Up New England favorite, The Rooster Company, in Newington, Connecticut. I once again enjoyed their half chicken with their AMAZING Parmesan sauce. Just look at that bird. So nice to be back!


Thursday, February 25, 2021

GREAT NEWS FOR MASS RESTAURANTS: NO MORE CAPACITY LIMITS STARTING MONDAY!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

After a long winter of take-out and outdoor igloo dining, Massachusetts restaurants are finally getting some relief. Starting on Monday March 1, restaurants will no longer have capacity limits. Six person table limits and 90-minute dining times will remain. 

Igloos are up at many of the restaurants all over the state including Patriot Place in Foxboro, Massachusetts. They are being used in the freezing winter months to help restaurants increase capacity while still following the Covid-19 protocols. 

Friday, February 12, 2021

VALENTINE'S DAY DONUTS AT ROCCO'S DONUTS

Friday, February 12, 2021


It's Valentine's Day weekend. Love and the smell of fresh donuts are in the air. I braved the artic air to visit Rocco's Donuts in Westboro, Massachusetts to check out their Valentine's Day flavors. There are many to choose from like Strawberries & Cream, Neapolitan, Chocolate Raspberry and Vanilla Valentine. I took home a box of four which should last into the weekend. Rocco's is also offering a Valentine Doughnut Bouquet this year with six mini donuts. 

Eat Up New England hopes you have a sweet Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 22, 2021

TAKE-OUT: PANCHO'S TAQUERIA

Friday, January 22, 2021



Pancho's Taqueria

Needham, MA

www.panchostaqueria.com

With Covid-19 raging on and dining limits set on restaurants around New England, there's never been a better time to support our local restaurants.

I was driving through Needham, Massachusetts when I noticed Pancho's Taqueria and decided to give it a try. This is the restaurant's second location, originally opening in Dedham in 2016. Pancho's offers authentic Mexican food accompanied by an impressive list of margaritas. They are also open for breakfast, offering breakfast burritos. Choose from one of their specials or customize your own. 

Pancho's offers regular and super-sized burritos for lunch and dinner. I am a big fan of chorizo and was excited to see they have it on their menu. I enjoyed a super-sized chorizo burrito with cheese, salsa and lettuce. I also order a side of chips and cheese. It was all so delicious and kept me comfortably full for a long night shift at work. Other main dishes include nachos, tostadas, salads and tortas.

If you order online, you will get $3 off on your first order AND all of the money goes to Pancho's and not a food delivery app.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

THANKSGIVING ON A HOT DOG

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Many Thanksgiving traditions are alive and well this season despite the pandemic. One of them is this Thanksgiving hot dog from the Snappy Dogs trailer in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. They have been offering this hot dog on the Friday before Thanksgiving each year for the past 11 years. It's topped with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. It may sound like a crazy combination of flavors, but it's really quite tasty!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Friday, November 06, 2020

IT'S FREE RED CUP DAY AT STARBUCKS!

Friday, November 06, 2020

It's a Christmastime tradition that's too sweet to pass up! Starbucks is giving away their reusable limited-edition Red Cups today. Get one for free with the purchase of any holiday drink. I enjoyed my first Peppermint Mocha of the season today. Act fast because they go fast. My Starbucks was slammed at 7 this morning.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

FIRST & LAST BAKERY & CAFE IN HARTFORD CLOSES

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

A sad sight in Hartford, Connecticut. A "for lease" sign is now up in front of the First & Last Bakery & Cafe. This sister restaurant of the highly popular First & Last Tavern specialized in breakfast, lunch and bakery items. Fortunately, all of the First & Last Tavern locations, including the one that started it all across the street in Hartford, are still open. 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

THE WHOO(PIE) WAGON

Saturday, October 10, 2020


The Whoo(pie) Wagon

It's always a good day when the Whoopie Wagon rolls into town. Today, it spent the day at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. This food truck offers many tasty takes on the traditional whoopie pie. This time of year they are baking a pumpkin whoopie with cream cheese filling. It is amazing. Other flavors include apple caramel, chocolate chip, red velvet and carrot.




Monday, September 07, 2020

COUSINS MAINE LOBSTER

Monday, September 07, 2020
Lobster grilled cheese
Lobster tots
Cousins Maine Lobster food truck
                                      

Lobster tacos
Cousins Maine Lobster

cousinsmainelobster.com

One of the highlights of this summer has been the Cousins Maine Lobster pulling up at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The food truck became a national sensation on Shark Tank when its founders partnered with Barbara Corcoran. Now, Cousins Maine Lobster Trucks (and restaurants) can be found in cities around the country.

All of their food is phenomenal. Of course, there are traditional hot and cold lobster rolls. Those classics can be found everywhere, so I ordered some of the more exotic items. The lobster grilled cheese is fantastic. It's stuffed with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses. The lobster tots are also a favorite. The large portion of tots is topped with warm lobster, pico de gallo and a cilantro lime sauce. Cousins' soft lobster tacos are also a delight and are complimented with a cup of their clam chowder or lobster bisque. Cousins also offers a lobster quesadilla, shrimp tacos and a lobster tail and tots. There are kids meals and whoopie pies for dessert.

Check out their website and social media for where their trucks will appear next.




Thursday, September 03, 2020

THE CORONAVIRUS TAKES ITS TOLL ON MASSACHUSETTS RESTAURANTS

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Add Sky Restaurant in Norwood, Massachusetts to the long list of restaurants that has closed permanently because of struggles from the coronavirus. The restaurant was in business for nearly 20 years. It was known for its gigantic Sunday brunch buffet, which always included a chocolate fountain. The owner of Sky also owns 3 Restaurant in Franklin, which has a similar menu. Sky gift cards are also being honored there.

It's been a brutal week for restaurants in and around Boston. The Fours closed its popular location near the TD Garden. LIR on Boylton Street in Boston is closing. Legal Test Kitchen in the Seaport closed after 15 years in business. The Friendly Toast shut down their popular spot in Cambridge. Anna's Taqueria closed down their original location in Brookline after 25 years. In Hopkinton, Carbone's restaurant is closing after 87 years in business. The owners do hope to sell to new owners. And last week, Covid-19 forced Stellina Italian restaurant to close its doors in Watertown after 34 years. 

Needless to say, support your favorite restaurants right now.

Monday, August 24, 2020

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR PRESIDENT AT STEW LEONARD'S

Monday, August 24, 2020

The election is still a few months away, but you can voice your choice for the Oval Office right now. This display is up at Stew Leonard's in Newington, Connecticut. Avery's Soda is out with some fun sodas for the election. Buy blue for Joe Biden. Take home a red for Donald Trump. The store is keeping tabs of how many of each are bought and is posting the results. 

Stew Leonard's Soda Poll
 

Friday, August 14, 2020

MEXICALI CANTINA GRILL

Friday, August 14, 2020
Mexicali Cantina Grill's Westboro, MA location

Mexicali Chimichanga

Outdoor dining with chips & sangria

Mexicali Cantina Grill

Westboro, MA (with many other MA & CT locations)

www.mexicalicantinagrill.com

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

A COUPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS MOE'S CLOSE FOR GOOD

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
At least two Massachusetts Moe's Southwest Grill locations have shuttered, likely brought by the coronavirus pandemic. The locations in Natick and Patriot Place in Foxboro are now out of business. There are plenty of other locations in New England, including a bunch in Massachusetts in places like Bellingham and Attleboro. Moe's is one of the better national chains with a large selection of burrito toppings and free chips & salsa with every meal.

The Moe's that was in Foxboro.

Friday, July 31, 2020

TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS IN HYANNIS

Friday, July 31, 2020
Main Street in Hyannis

Cape Cod's restaurants are open for business this summer, but things are much different because of the coronavirus. Many restaurants are offering both indoor and outdoor service. Some are offering just outdoor service, while others are still just takeout only. It's best to call or check online before arriving to your favorite dining destination on the Cape.

In Hyannis, one lane of traffic on Main Street has been given to restaurants and shops, so people can eat and browse outside. There are heavy cement barriers to keep people safe.



Thursday, June 25, 2020

DINING AL FRESCO AT BOURBON'S

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Bourbon's new outdoor dining area.

Purple Haze

Nachos piled high!
Nachos piled high!

Rangoons
Rangoons

Crispy Brussels
Crispy Brussels

Bourbon's Kitchen & Cocktails
Framingham, Massachusetts
www.bourbonsframingham.com

Bourbon's Kitchen & Cocktails is back at it, serving dinner indoors (limited seating) and outdoors at their dining area. The outdoor spot is wonderful especially on a warm summer night. It's lined with small palm trees and all of the tables are spaced out for social distancing. Like all restaurants, Bourbon's has made a few changed because of the coronavirus. The menu can be found using a QR code. Paying is also done by cell phone. There is also a $1 charge person customer so they can keep things running during the pandemic.

There are a bunch of refreshing summer drinks on their menu right now including mixed berry or grapefruit rose sangria. I enjoyed one of their many beers on tap: a Purple Haze, a raspberry blend from the Abita Brewing Company in Louisiana.

Our family shared a bunch of their amazing appetizers. We loved their tower of nachos with street corn and pepper jack cheese. Everyone seemed to be ordering their crispy brussels. The sprouts are stirred up with truffle aioli and parmesan. Amazing. We also loved their rangoons with onions and cream cheese inside. ALL of these apps are vegetarian, but Bourbon's has plenty of plates for carnivores like their steak tacos, meatballs and candied bacon.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

OUTDOOR DINING IS BACK!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Outdoor dining is back at Murphy's in Ashland, Massachusetts and restaurants across New England.

After only takeout and delivery service for four months because of the coronavirus, things are finally starting to get back to normal at restaurants across New England. This week, outdoor dining at restaurants was given the green light in phase two of the reopening in Massachusetts. This is great news for places like Murphy's in Ashland, which had its picnic tables roped off for a month. Other restaurants like TJ's in Ashland are adapting to the times, setting up tables with umbrellas outdoors. Outdoor dining is being allowed in all New England states now. Just be sure to call ahead because the tables fill up fast. Al fresco is the way it will be for now, but what perfect timing, just in time for the summer.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

TAKE-OUT: START LINE BREWING

Saturday, April 25, 2020
Start Line's fish and chips
Start Line Brewery
Hopkinton, Massachusetts
www.startlinebrewing.com

Start Line Brewing is known for its beer, but they are also putting themselves on the map for their food. During the pandemic, they are open for carry out and have some delicious foods to choose from.

Comfort food is king here, so start off with one of their apps like BBQ nachos, Brewhouse Poutine, onion rings or herb parmesan fries. For dinner, there are many sandwiches like a vegetarian-friendly spicy black bean burger. Carnivores may want to try their BBQ puled port sandwich, chicken sandwich or flank steak sandwich. They are also offering a lobster roll and fish & chips. (Check out that portion and those fries! It was so good!) Start Line's menu also includes a few salads like a grilled southwest Caesar salad and a cobb salad. There's also mac & cheese and lobster mac & cheese. Eat Up New England recommends their carrot cake for dessert

Start Line is still brewing, so customers can also pick up beer. Check out their website for beers available and their hours.

TAKE-OUT: AN ITALIAN FEAST FROM ARTURO'S RISTORANTE

Saturday, April 25, 2020
Arturo's is offering curbside pickup for dinner.
Pappardelle bolognese
Arturo's Ristorante
Westborough, MA
www.arturosristorante.com

We are all so lucky that restaurants are still offering take-out and deliveries at this time. There's never been a better time to show your support for your favorite local spots. 

We enjoyed a huge Italian dinner from Arturo's this week. Every meal comes with a little bread. Their menu includes favorites like eggplant rollatini, penne chicken and broccoli, shrimp scampi, piccata and linguine and meatballs. There are a bunch of pizzas to choose from or make your own. I loved their large portion of pappardelle bolognese. There was enough for two meals. For dessert, my wife and I split the mouth-watering limoncello mascarpone cake. 

Right now, Arturo's is also offering family style to-go dinner, designed to feed a family of four. Choose from chicken parm, penne chicken & broccollli or penne with meatballs. They all come with a salad. Check out their website for more information.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK'S DAY TAKE-OUT STYLE

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Irish Pizza from Stone's Public House
It was a St. Patrick's Day that won't be forgotten thanks to the coronavirus. Normally busy pubs and restaurants were silent. There were no pints of Guinness flowing. Forget the green beer. All parades were cancelled.

Fortunately, many restaurants are still offering delivery and take-out. Eat Up New England ordered a delicious Irish pizza from our local Irish place, Stone's Public House.  

Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's Ambassador to the USA, said he's telling everyone that St. Patrick's Day 2021 will be the biggest celebration ever. Let's hope he's right.

THE CORONAVIRUS FORCES RESTAURANTS TO MAKE CHANGES

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The cornavirus is forcing all of us to make changes, changes that could last for months. Restaurants across New England and the country are being impacted. In Massachusetts, it's take-out or delivery only. Major chains like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Chick-Fil-A have closed their dining rooms since large groups of people have been banned. Other restaurants are closing until this scare is over with. Not Your Average Joe's has closed all of its locations.

All of our inboxes are being flooded with emails from restaurants who desperately need our business. Many of them are offering deals. UNO's is open for takeout and is giving customers one free pizza if they buy one. Many restaurants like The First & Last Tavern in Hartford, Connecticut are offering free delivery.

If you can and are comfortable with it, give your local restaurants some take-out or delivery business during these tough times.