Friday, December 31, 2021


Friday, December 31, 2021

Mandarin Cuisine
It's New Year's Eve, a time when so many of us rush to our favorite Chinese restaurant to order a load of yummy take out. This year, I'm enjoying some chicken fingers and crab rangoon from Mandarin Cuisine in Needham, Massachusetts. I ordered early and was glad I did. Waits can be HOURS on NYE. There were lots of people there already and a sea of large, white take out bags, but I got in and out quickly.

Enjoy your New Year's Eve food wherever you get it. Eat Up New England wishes you a happy and healthy 2022.

Wednesday, December 08, 2021


Wednesday, December 08, 2021

J.P Licks' Christmas Specials

The Grinch's Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae

J.P. Lick's is offering some tempting ice cream sundae specials for the Christmas season. Choose from The Grinch's Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae or Santa's Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae. I went naughty and enjoyed a small Grinch sundae. They come in medium and large, too! I loved the minty ice cream, chocolate chips and candy cane.

J.P. Lick's is offering a several holiday-themed ice creams. New this year, "A Christmas Story: The Musical Oh Fudge!" ice cream, which is chocolate with pieces of fudge. There's also "Gingersnap Molasses" and "Candy Cane."


Wednesday, December 08, 2021

The Friendly Toast is opening a couple of new locations in Massachusetts. I spotted this announcement as I was shopping in Legacy Place in Dedham. No word on when it will open. The Friendly Toast is also opening a new spot in The Shops at Chestnut Hill where Besito used to be. The Friendly Toast is known for serving brunch and boozy drinks all day long.

Tuesday, December 07, 2021


Tuesday, December 07, 2021

The King of Clubs

Delicious clam chowder

The Brass Compass Cafe
The Brass Compass Cafe
Rockland, Maine

Maine is known for its fresh lobster. One of the finest lobster sandwiches in all of Maine can be found at The Brass Compass Cafe in Rockland.

The King of Clubs is so good that it was declared the winner on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.  You'll need your appetite for this one. This thick, double decker sandwich is packed with fresh lobster meat, lettuce, tomato and crispy bacon. It is so amazingly good. Somehow, I still had room to enjoy a cup of their clam chowder with this monster of a sandwich.

The Brass Compass is open for breakfast and lunch. There's a lot to choose from for both meals. For breakfast, there are a number of omelets, benedicts and specials like The Zoe, which is a grilled biscuit topped with haddock cakes, poached eggs and hollandaise. They also serve the ever-so delicious biscuits with sausage gravy. For lunch, there are a bunch of seafood platter and rolls, along with many specialty salads like the surf & turf Caesar and a salmon Caesar. They also serve burgers, quesadillas and wraps.

The Brass Compass is located in downtown Rockland where are plenty of shops to check out. They also have outdoor dining during the warmer months.

Sunday, November 07, 2021


Sunday, November 07, 2021

Cranberry turkey club

Hot Table
Framingham, MA

Hot Table specializes in amazingly delicious paninis filled with whatever you'd like! This small local chain recently opened its latest location in Shoppers World in Framingham and I am so glad I stopped by.

The bread for the paninis is made fresh in house. Choose from small, medium or large. I LOVED their large cranberry turkey club. This limited time special is stuffed with turkey, crumbled bacon, lettuce, American cheese and a tasty cranberry mayo. It's the best panini I've ever eaten! 

There are so many other panini options on their menu like a chicken pesto, chicken parm, spicy bbq pork and Italian cold cut. There are a ton of sandwich stuffers and fillers to make whatever kind of panini you can dream up. Hot Table also offers a few salads on their menu, along with some soups. Fountain drinks round out the meal. I enjoyed their cranberry lemonade.

Hot Table has a hand full of other locations in Massachusetts including in Marlboro and Worcester, along with a few in Connecticut. Hot Table also has an app where guests earn points for free food.

Saturday, October 30, 2021


Saturday, October 30, 2021
Yalla Sababa

Their restaurant on Main Street.

Brattleboro, VT

Yalla is bringing fresh Middle Eastern vegetarian food to its customers on Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. All of their tasty pita bread is made in house. It's the star of their delicious dish the Yalla Sababa. It's a half or full pita sandwich stuffed with falafel, hummus, veggies and topped with tahini. You can also get it in a bowl with pita on the side.

Yalla also serves egg dishes like an herbed omelet. There's also Shakshuka, which is a spice tomato stew with a poached egg served with pita and salad on the side. You can also get their delicious Tzaziki and pita as a side. Stop by on Fridays for challah and babka. 

Saturday, October 09, 2021


Saturday, October 09, 2021

Amazing outdoor eating area

Mainely Meat BBQ Dreamwood Hill

Shipyard Pumpkinhead

Pulled pork sandwich

Mainely Meat BBQ Dreamwood Hill

Bar Harbor, Maine

One of the best meals I recently enjoyed on a vacation to Bar Harbor was at Mainely Meat BBQ. This place is the real deal. We ate outside on their amazing patio. They have an outdoor bar (where there's Pumpkinhead on tap!) and corn hole set up for customers to enjoy. Be on the lookout for Sasquatch!

Mainely Meat's menu is packed with all of the best BBQ dishes. There's pulled pork, pulled turkey, chicken, a half or full rack of ribs. All of these entrees come with their amazing thick-cut french fries or a salad, mac & cheese or potato salad, coleslaw and beans. Since it is in Maine, they also offer a lobster roll and a boiled lobster dinner. There are also options for vegans and vegetarians like their house salad and vegan burger. Stop by in the summer and enjoy their many flavors of ice cream.

I LOVED their pulled pork sandwich. It's served on buttery Texas toast with a side of fries and a pickle. The Texas toast with the delicious pork and BBQ sauce is one mouth-watering combination. 

Check out Mainely Meat for an unforgettable meal the next time you're in Bar Harbor. It's right across from Pirate's Cove.


Saturday, October 09, 2021
Krispy Kreme bakery at Mohegan Sun

Yummy selection of donuts

Everyone LOVES Krispy Kreme, but in New England, the donuts can be tough to find. There used to be many locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, but they closed more than 15 years ago. A new location opened in Maine a few years ago, but you guessed it, CLOSED. Dunkin Donuts sure does have a stranglehold on New England. there are two Krispy Kremes left. Both of them are in Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. There's one small store and one large, full bakery where you can see the glazed donuts come down the conveyor belt. They have both been there for more than a decade and are always busy, so let's hope they are here to stay!

Thursday, September 30, 2021


Thursday, September 30, 2021


Taco bites from Chompers

Pumpkin beer from Smuttynose

Baked potato from Some House Grill

Blueberry Del's lemonade

The Big E Cream Puff
The Big E is back and tastier than ever. The annual September festival in West Springfield was cancelled last year because of Covid-19 leaving everyone having to wait to satisfy their cravings for favorites like deep-fried cheesecake and those amazing cream puffs. Guests are being asked to wear masks indoors this year and there is plenty of sanitizer to go around. Other than that, it's pretty much the same Big E we've all grown to love over the years.

It's been two years since I enjoyed The Big E's cream puff. I scarfed one down as soon as I arrived, and brought two home. New this year is a pumpkin cream puff which is just as yummy as the original. The average price for beer is a rather steep $11 this year, but I managed to find some Smuttynose Pumpkin in the New Hampshire building for $7. I enjoyed my usual baked potato with all of the fixins from the Connecticut building and a blueberry Del's from the Rhode Island building. I also tried some amazing fried balls of deliciousness from the Chomper's food truck, which is based out of Connecticut. They are amazing!

Welcome back to the Big E! I don't know how we survived without it.

Saturday, September 18, 2021


Saturday, September 18, 2021

BBQ from PJ's Smoke N Grill

Palagi's Ice Cream Truck

Fall festivals are back as more and more people get the Covid-19 vaccine. Today, Weston Nurseries held their Blooms, Brews and BBQ festival. The event was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. This year, people could get in by showing their vaccination card. It was all for a good cause with profits going to the Jimmy Fund.

PJ's Smoke N Grill of Medway was one of the restaurants taking part. I LOVED their mac n cheese and Mexican street corn. I enjoyed a raspberry seltzer from Hopkinton's own Start Line brewery along with it. For dessert, I hit up the Palagi Brothers ice cream truck. It's my favorite ice cream truck in Massachusetts because they have hard ice cream!  

Wednesday, August 04, 2021


Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Sub shop Jersey Mike's is exploding across Massachusetts. They have already opened a bunch of new locations in recent months and more are on the way. The chain is set to open locations in Plainville, Milford, Saugus, Shrewsbury, Fairhaven and Stoneham. Jersey Mike's is known for their fresh sliced deli meats on fresh baked bread. Their cheese steaks and Italian sub are among my favorites. Eat Up New England is happy to see them expanding. 


Wednesday, August 04, 2021


Jamaica, VT

One of my favorite things about this blog is being able to share hidden gems like Ungrounded Coffee Roasters in Jamaica, Vermont. If you drive too fast, you’ll pass right by this little coffee shop. It’s coffee to go at their coffee window. Walk right up and place your order. 

Their beverage menu includes pictures of all of their drinks. My favorite is their iced maple maple latte. They also have a Chai latte, Americanos, cappuccino, repressed, hot lattes, iced coffee. There’s also hot chocolate for those cold Vermont days. Ungrounded also sells coffee by the bag. 

Friday, July 09, 2021


Friday, July 09, 2021

Lobster roll and fries 

Order at the window and eat outside
The Seafood Shanty
Bournedale, Cape Cod

For years, I've passed by The Seafood Shanty on my way to cross over the Sagamore Bridge and have always thought about what it would be like to eat there. Last week, I finally stopped to check it out.

The Seafood Shanty is a classic Cape Cod seafood restaurant. You order at the window and wait for your number to be called. Enjoy your meal outside at one of their picnic tables with a view of the Cape Cod canal.

I LOVED their cold lobster roll with a side of fries. So fresh and a nice heaping portion of lobster. I will definitely be back for this! Other sandwiches include fried clam, scallop, and clam strip rolls. There are also burgers, hot dogs and sausages for land-lovers. If you have a big appetite, order one of their plates like fried clam bellies, fried clam strips, and fried scallops - all of them come with fries and cole slaw. For dessert, there's a homemade ice cream sandwich, hot fudge and strawberry sundaes and a brownie sundae. 

The Seafood Shanty is cash only. They have an ATM, but it will charge you to withdraw cash.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Citizen Crust
Patriot Place 
Foxboro, MA

Citizen Crust operates a full restaurant at Patriot Place in Foxboro, but their pizza is so good that they've opened a slice bar for people to grab slices on the go. Check out their Slice Bar, where they offer Roman sheet pizza, large slices with an extra crispy crust.

The Citizen Mac Daddy slice is my favorite. It's like a cheeseburger on a pizza. It's topped with ground beef, a special sauce, cheddar, mozzarella, tomato, shredded lettuce, chopped onion and pickles. Amazingly good. I also enjoyed one of their new slices, the Broad Street Bully. This one comes with shaved steak,. caramelized onions, jalepeno and cheddar. There are also more traditional slices like cheese and pepperoni, along with veggie and Margherita of Savoy slices which are meatless.  

Saturday, June 12, 2021


Saturday, June 12, 2021
Mariachi #2 combo with burrito and enchilada
Bottomless chips & salsa with every meal.
The bar and dining room area.
El Mariachi 
Wareham, Ma
(with several other locations)

Clam strips, fries and clam chowder. I enjoy them every time I take a day trip to the Cape, but recently I was craving something different. So, I checked out El Mariachi on Main Street in Wareham.

El Mariachi's menu is packed full of traditional Mexican favorites. Burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, salads, tacos, soups along with several steak, seafood, chicken and pork dishes. Every meal starts with a heaping basket of chips and mild salsa, which they will happily refill. I enjoyed the Mariachi #2 combo plate, with a chicken enchilada and beef burrito along with rice and beans. It was delicious and filling. There are also several vegetarian dishes. Their kids menu includes enchiladas and burritos, along with grilled cheese and chicken fingers for kids who have not discovered the how wonderful Mexican food is just yet.

El Mariachi also offers many margaritas, along with specialty drinks like pina coladas and a tequila sunrise. Desserts include a caramel apple burrito, churros and deep-fried ice cream.

El Mariachi has a hand full of other locations including Yarmouth, Taunton, South Easton and East Providence, RI.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021


Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Fins up, Boston!
Boston will soon be wasting away again in Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffett's restaurant is set to open its newest location in Faneuil Hall later this year. If you've never been, Margaritaville offers summer-inspired fare like fish tacos, Caribbean chicken egg rolls and Lava Lava Shrimp. There are salads, sandwiches and a bunch of burgers including, of course, a Cheeseburger in Paradise, named after one of Buffett's biggest hits. The drink menu is packed with frozen concoctions like margaritas, specialty boat drinks and Landshark beer.

The chain usually drops anchor in year-round sunny spots and tropical vacation destinations. Still, they are giving it a go in Boston. Maybe it will be a nice oasis during one of our many winter snow storms. While new to Boston, Margaritaville is no stranger to New England. There was a location at Mohegan Sun for about decade which closed in 2018.

Monday, May 31, 2021


Monday, May 31, 2021
Covid-19 safe samples at Attrezzi

It's been a long time since we've been able to enjoy free samples at grocery stores and food shops thanks to Covid-19. Attrezzi in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has always lured customers in with its free wine, cheese and bread samples. I was excited to see that they have found a way to still hook their customers up as the pandemic winds down. All of their samples are in small plastic containers with lids. It's a safe way to still enjoy all of their yummy foods. Most importantly, the free wine samples are also back!

Sunday, May 23, 2021


Sunday, May 23, 2021
Fire pit table with a view!

Crispy chicken club with fries
Martingale Wharf 
Portsmouth, NH
Eat Up New England made a much-needed return to Portsmouth, New Hampshire after nearly two years. We were welcomed back by a sunny, summer-like day, the perfect weather to enjoy one of Portsmouth's restaurants on the water.

Martingale Wharf offers beautiful views of the water along with tranquil breezes. Eat outside if you can because you'll be treated to quite the seaside show. We saw some seagulls pecking away at some crabs they plucked right out of the water along with two large tugboats stopped traffic as a bridge opened up for them to pull through.

I enjoyed their Crispy Chicken Club for lunch. The chicken breast is served on a potato roll with bacon, lettuce, tomato and a cherry pepper aioli. The fries at Martingale are so good. Upgrade for the truffle fries. You won't be disappointed. Other entrees include a lobster croissant, grilled salmon, seafood scampi, and fried platters like fish & chips and whole belly clams. Martingale offers several large salads to choose from which look amazing judging from the photos they've posted on Instagram.  Apps include New England clam chowder, vegetable sushi, baked seafood dip, an artisan cheese board and mussels & fries. Martingale Wharf's bar is packed with beer, wine and there a bunch of ocean-inspired cocktails on their drink menu. 

Right now, it would be wise to make reservations even for lunch. There were few tables available when we went on a Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


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


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.