Thursday, March 21, 2019

GRAND OPENING: ROCCO'S DOUGHNUT COMPANY OPENS IN WESTBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Black & White, Fruity Pebbles, Chocolate Glazed and Strawberry Shortcake
Now open in Westborough, Massachusetts
Check out that selection!
Take your donuts home in a pizza box like this one.
Rocco's Doughnut Company
Westborough, Massachusetts
www.roccosdoughnutcompany.com

Rocco's Doughnut Company has been making handmade, flavorful donuts in Millbury, Massachusetts for some time. Today, they expanded, opening a new shop in Westborough, Massachusetts. The first 100 customers received free Rocco's T-Shirts. Those went fast. When I got there around 9:15, there was still a line, but it went fast. Everyone waiting was so excited that Rocco's is finally open for business.

Rocco's makes all of their doughnuts on location. They are big, filling and come in a variety of sweet flavors. There's a Fruity Pebbles donut, topped with the fruity cereal and strawberry frosting. They baked chocolate glazed donuts with chocolate sprinkles. There's even a strawberry shortcake donut. Fans of the classics will enjoy their chocolate glazed doughnuts, jelly, crullers and cinnamon buns.

Rocco's also serves doughnut breakfast sandwiches - bacon, egg & cheese or sausage, egg & cheese in between honey glazed doughnuts. There's plenty of hot & iced coffee to complement your tasty treat.

These doughnuts are the real deal. They are so filling that you can easily split one with a friend or save half for later. Follow Rocco's on social media to see how they are always adding special doughnut flavors.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

IT'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY YEAR-ROUND AT STONE'S PUBLIC HOUSE

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Fish & chips
Lovely day for a Guinness!

Carrot cake
Stone's Public House
Ashland, Massachusetts

St. Patrick's Day weekend is upon us once again. Stone's Public House in Ashland, Massachusetts is a perfect spot to grab a pint and enjoy some hearty food.

Stone's serves all of the tasty Irish classics. There's Shepard's pie, fish & chips, seafood stew, Guinness Irish beef stew and a full Irish breakfast. They even have a Vegetarian Shepard's Pie. I enjoyed their hearty plate of fish & chips. Stone's also serves lamb chops, ribs, salmon, mac & cheese, chicken and filet mignon. They also offer a bunch of sandwiches like turkey breast & avocado, barbecue pulled pork and toasted ham & cheddar.

There are some very tempting apps like an Irish Pizza with potatoes, scallions, cheddar and bacon. There's also poutine, Irish sausage rolls, fried oysters and brussels sprouts.  If you save room for dessert, I recommend their Limoncello Mascarpone Cake or their carrot cake.

While we were eating, I heard someone at the table next to us ask their server if she's seen any spirits. She said no, but it made me want to know more. Stone's Public House has an interesting and spooky history. It was built in 1832 by a businessman named John Stone. The building fell into disrepair until it was bought in 1976. The buyer started experiencing strange events. A hypnotist visited the inn and talked with the spirits. He determined that six or seven spirits visit the inn. He also talked to some of them and learned that John Stone killed a visitor who cheated during an upstairs card game.

I did not see any spirits. Just lots of good food.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

HUGE SLICES AT ANTONIO'S PIZZA BY THE SLICE

Sunday, February 24, 2019
Large pizzas are lined up with an array of toppings.
Ground beef roni and mushroom slices
Antonio's in Providence
Antonio's: Pizza By The Slice
Providence, Rhode Island
www.antoniospizza.com

Antonio's is one of the many wonderful restaurants on bustling Thayer Street in Providence, Rhode Island. They specialize in pizza by the slice. At any given time, there are dozens of large slices with different toppings available.

There are classics like mushroom, Hawaiian, and sausage. They kick things up a notch with slices with several toppings like beef taco, potato bacon and ground beef roni. Antonio's bakes more than a dozen chicken pizzas like chicken parm, chicken, bacon & ranch, BBQ chicken & pineapple and BBQ chicken & tortellini. There are also many vegetarian pizzas like eggplant & peppers, tomato and artichoke pesto. Antonio's also offers Sicilian slices and full pizzas.

The selection of toppings at Antonio's is really something. It rivals any NYC pizza shop. By the way, if you want anything besides pizza, TOO BAD. It's all pizza, all of the time here. Why mess with perfection?

PEEPS CEREAL IS NOW A THING JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER

Sunday, February 24, 2019
An Easter classic is now a cereal. Eat up New England spotted Peeps cereal during a recent trip to Stew Leonard's in Connecticut. It's packed with marshmallow pieces and is available just for the Easter season. Peeps are now available for just about every holiday. Yankee Candle even sells a Peeps candle. So, Peeps cereal doesn't seem like much of a leap. It does you wonder, what will be the next Peeps-flavored product?

Saturday, February 16, 2019

CAN'T SLEEP? ORDER SOME INSOMNIA COOKIES!

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

The many varieties of Insomnia Cookies.
Cookie cakes
Milk to compliment your cookie.
Insomnia Cookies on Thayer Street in Providence
Insomnia Cookies
Providence, RI
insomniacookies.com

Can't sleep? Order some warm cookies! Insomnia Cookies delivers cookies until three in the morning every day. Their location on busy Thayer Street in Providence, Rhode Island also stays open until 2 am. 

These are some tasty cookies. There are traditional cookies like chocolate chunk, peanut butter cup, M&M's, snickerdoodle and double chocolate mint. They also have their own tasty batches of deluxe cookies like chocolate peanut butter cup and s'mores.  I loved their chocolate peanut butter cup cookie. It's a peanut butter cookie with peanut butter cups in it. It's served warm with ooey gooey warm peanut butter cup chunks in it.

Order one or a couple cookies or box them up to share. They have deals like the Six Pack, which includes 6 cookies. There's a Major Rager, which includes 18 traditional cookies. Or go nuts with The Insomniac, which is made up of 24 traditional cookies. 

Many of their locations, including this one, also serve ice cream. Customers can buy ice cream cookie sandwiches using any of their cookies. They also have cookie cakes, which serve four to eight people.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

TOBY KEITH'S I LOVE THIS BAR IN FOXBORO CLOSES

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar at Patriot Place in Foxboro, Massachusetts has closed for good. The restaurant was a popular spot before and after Patriots games for eight years. It was known for its live music and mechanical bull. As of today, Toby Keith's only has three locations left in Oklahoma. A sign is hanging into the door announcing the closure, but it does not say why the restaurant suddenly shut down.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

BRUNCH AT CENTRAL PUBLIC HOUSE

Saturday, January 26, 2019
The beautiful bar at Central Public House.
Breakfast Pizza
CENTRAL PUBLIC HOUSE
Hopkinton, Massachusetts
centralpublichouse.com

Central Public House is like a taste of Boston in the town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. It's gorgeous bar and live plant displays on the wall give it that city feel, along with their executive chef who's cooked at many fine Boston restaurants.Central Public House has been serving lunch and dinner for a few months, but just started brunch on the weekend.

I started off my meal with a cafe mocha, which was a chocolatey and caffeine-filled delight. Coffee, cappuccino and espresso are other pick-me-ups on the menu. In the mood for a boozy brunch beverage? Central Public House also serves classics like the Mimosa, Bloody Mary and Tequila Sunrise.

Brunch meals include a breakfast pizza, huevos rancheros, bananas foster French toast, steak & eggs, a burger, turkey club and Caesar salad.  I really enjoyed the breakfast pizza. It's topped with bacon, sausage, cheese, spinach and an egg. 

Great brunch. Cozy atmosphere. Eat Up New England looks forward to returning to the Central Public House for lunch and dinner.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

PERFECT PIZZA & SWEET TREATS AT THE FRAMINGHAM BAKING COMPANY

Thursday, January 17, 2019
The bakery was started by three immigrants from Italy in 1917.
Their famous cheesy sheet pizza.
Ganache Brownie - one of their Valentine's Day treats.
Framingham Baking Company
Framingham, Massachusetts
www.framinghambakingcompany.com

Open since 1917, the Framingham Baking Company is tucked in not far from downtown Framingham. Don't blink because you might just miss it. A small wooden sign is all that lets customers know about the deliciousness that awaits inside. 

Everything at the Framingham Baking Company is made fresh right there. There are breads including Italiian bread, French bread, subs and rolls. For breakfast, go for their cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing and a variety of croissants. The pizza is what really puts Framingham Baking Company on the map. They are known for their sheets of pizza, square slices with lots of yummy cheese. Their broccoli & cheese pizza is one of my favorites. Their meatball and ham & pineapple slices are also fantastic. The toppings are different every day, so be sure to check their Facebook page to see what they are offering before stopping by. They also tend to sell out, so be sure to get their in time for lunch. 

I can never leave the Framingham Baking Company without grabbing a bunch of sweet treats. Their anise cookies are fantastic. They always have mini loaves of chocolate cake and carrot cake, which I can never pass up. Seasonal baked goods are a delight throughout the year. Right now, there are "Go Patriots" football-shaped cookies. Romantics with a sweet tooth may prefer their heart-shaped ganache brownies and heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

EAT UP NEW ENGLAND'S FAVORITE DISHES OF 2018

Saturday, December 29, 2018
90's Punch - Wood N Tap, Newington, Connecticut 
Cheesesteak Hoagie - Cleavers, Philadelphia, PA
Lobster Mac & Cheese - Robert's Maine Grill, Freeport, Maine
Mexican Dog - Zippity Do Dog, Framingham, Massachusetts
Bacon cheeseburger - BRGR Bar, Portsmouth, NH

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.