Wednesday, August 04, 2021

JERSEY MIKE'S IS EXPANDING ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS

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. 

STEP UP TO THE WINDOW AT UNGROUNDED COFFEE ROASTERS

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

UNGROUNDED COFFEE

Jamaica, VT

Ungroundedcoffee.com

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

A TASTE OF SUMMER AT THE SEAFOOD SHANTY

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

HUGE SLICES TO GO AT CITIZEN CRUST'S SLICE BAR

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

EL MARIACHI IS SPICING THINGS UP ON THE CAPE AND BEYOND

Saturday, June 12, 2021
Mariachi #2 combo with burrito and enchilada
Bottomless chips & salsa with every meal.
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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

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE IS COMING TO BOSTON!

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

FREE SAMPLES ARE BACK!

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

LUNCH WITH A VIEW AT MARTINGALE WHARF IN PORTSMOUTH, NH

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

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