Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CRULLER FRENCH TOAST & MAPLE BACON DONUT'S AT LOU'S

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Lou's Restaurant & Bakery
30 South Main Street
Hanover, NH
www.lousrestaurant.com

Since 1947, Lou's Restaurant & Bakery has been the place to eat in Hanover, New Hampshire. It's the perfect spot for family, friends and Dartmouth College students to gather. Eat Up New England recently stopped by for breakfast on a busy Sunday and discovered some unique eats on their menu.

Lou's is jumping on Sunday mornings. There was a line to the back of the restaurant. I made the best of it by ordering one of the few remaining maple bacon donuts that was glistening in their showcase. It was around $3 and worth every penny.

The line moved fast, and soon, we were seated at the back of the house. Our server came right over and brought us our drinks. I looked over the menu and was intrigued by their Cruller French Toast. They use a sugary sweet cruller instead of bread. I ordered "The Little Green," with the cruller, bacon, scrambled eggs and home fries. The Cruller French Toast was as delicious as it sounds.

Lou's has all of the other classic breakfasts on their menu including waffles, pancakes, omelets and biscuits & gravy. Breakfast is served all day. Their lunch menu is filled with burgers, sandwiches and salads. For dessert, there are frappes and ice cream. Lou's also serves pies, with fillings that rotate in and out depending on the season.

Monday, May 08, 2017

A SWEET TREAT AT FIORELLA'S FOR A GREAT CAUSE

Monday, May 08, 2017
Boston Bakes For Breast Cancer kicked off today. Eat Up New England took part by visiting one of our favorite restaurants in Newton, Fiorella's. They are offering a delicious berry cheesecake with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. The profits from all of the desserts for Boston Bakes For Breast Cancer over the next week will go to breast cancer research at Dana-Farber.

CLICK HERE to see the other restaurants that are participating and what desserts they are whipping up special for this event.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

END BREAST CANCER. TAKE PART IN BOSTON BAKES FOR BREAST CANCER.

Thursday, May 04, 2017
In a few days, more than 150 restaurants, bakeries and markets in the Greater Boston area will be going pink as part of Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer. All you have to do is visit any of the participating restaurants and buy their featured Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer treat. Cabot's ice cream in Newton, Massachusetts is featuring this Boston Bakes Strawberry Chip Frappe for $5.99, along with two special ice cream sundaes. Proceeds go to funding breast cancer research at Dana-Farber in Boston. The event goes from May 8-14.

CLICK HERE to see the long list of Boston-area restaurants that are taking part.


Monday, May 01, 2017

NOSTALIGIA OVERLOAD AT THE ICONIC NEWPORT CREAMERY

Monday, May 01, 2017
Vermonster Waffled Grilled Cheese
Super Crunchy Grilled Cheese
Newport Creamery is a New England food icon, one I haven't visited in decades, until this weekend. 

There was a Newport Creamery in Mansfield, Massachusetts when I was a kid. Just about 10 minutes from home, so my parents always brought us there for an Awful Awful and a grilled cheese sandwich. The Mansfield location closed long ago, replaced by a Bertucci's, but Newport Creamery and it's classic comfort food lives on in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.

This weekend my wife and I visited their locations in Middletown and Newport Rhode Island. Saturday night, we pulled up to their ice cream window in Middletown. We ordered a vanilla Awful Awful. For readers who don't know, an Awful Awful is similar to a milkshake. It's made with ice cream, ice milk and syrup. Everything, the taste, right down to the Awful Awful logo on the cup, brought me back to childhood. 

On Sunday, we enjoyed lunch at their Newport location. They still have an ice cream counter, just like way back when. It's wonderful how some things just freeze in time. We sat down in their dining room and ordered some of their "Good Mood Food." I marveled at some of the new items on their menu, like the Super Crunchy Grilled Cheese, a grilled cheese stuffed with mozzarella sticks. They also specialize in Waffled Grilled Cheeses. They put the bread on a waffle iron and it even tastes like maple syrup. I loved their Vermonster Waffled Grilled Cheese. It's stuffed with bacon and caramelized onions. 

Two grilled cheeses with side salads for around $15. Newport Creamery is big on quality and value even after all of this time. I don't know why there were so many years in between my Newport Creamery Visits. Time has a way of melting away. But I know one thing, I'll be back soon.


www.newportcreamery.com

Saturday, April 22, 2017

YOU'VE DIED AND GONE TO MAC & CHEESE HEAVEN AT MR. MAC'S IN PORTSMOUTH, NH

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Taco Mac
Macaroni & cheese is simply one of the tastiest and most satisfying dishes known to man. Mr. Mac's in Portsmouth, New Hampshire takes this classic dish up about ten notches with different flavors of the comfort food classic.

The mac & cheese is served in skillets - small, medium or large. A small is plenty for one person. The real challenge is settling on a flavor combination. There's cheeseburger mac, chicken bacon ranch, pulled pork, Philly cheese steak, bacon cheddar, carbonara, chicken parm, Lobstah, American chop suey, chicken scampi, shrimp scampi, tuna max.... the ooey, gooey list goes on and on, not to mention Mr. Mac also has daily specials.

Eat Up New England ordered the Taco Mac, which is mac & cheese with beef, taco seasoning, American & Cabot cheeses and topped with sour cream. Oh, did I mention it also has tortilla chips baked in on top of it to make it extra crispy? This mac & cheese is as mouth-watering as it sounds and I've been craving it ever since.

Eat Up New England can't wait to return to Mr. Mac's to try another flavor of macaroni & cheese goodness.  Mr. Mac's also has other locations in Manchester, NH and Tyngsboro, MA.

www.mr-macs.com

Sunday, April 09, 2017

RESTAURANT WEEK AT MISTO IN KITTERY, MAINE

Sunday, April 09, 2017
Restaurant Week in Portsmouth, New Hampshire ended just yesterday, but Eat Up New England made it in time! Our first stop was Misto in neighboring Kittery, Maine. This cozy, vegetarian friendly spot offered three-course lunches for only $16.95.

Course one: asparagus leek soup, bruschetta or insalata misto. I enjoyed their crunchy bruchetta topped with tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil pesto.

Course two: Thai style stir fry (a special dish just for restaurant week), blacked fish tacos, steak tacos, California chicken wrap or Atlantic sole. I devoured their hearty chicken wrap, which was filled with cheddar-jack, romaine, avocado, tomato, bacon and a smoky chipotle. It came with homemade sweet potato fries.

Course three: House-made hazelnut fudge brownie a la mode or lemon & raspberry sorbetto. My wife and sampled both desserts. The brownie and vanilla ice cream was delightful and for me, the smoothness and flavor of the raspberry sorbetto really stood out.

www.mistocafebistro.com

YUMMIE'S OF MAINE IS READY FOR EASTER!

Sunday, April 09, 2017
Easter is just one week away, but don't worry, Yummie's of Kittery, Maine has Easter candy piled high to the ceiling. They have bags of bulk Easter candy like these -  everything from jelly beans to chocolate eggs. They have every flavor of Peeps that's on the market, even sugar free. Yummie's also makes their own chocolate Easter baskets stuffed with even more candy.

Monday, April 03, 2017

BBQ AT ITS BEST AT BISON COUNTY IN WALTHAM

Monday, April 03, 2017
Stony Joe Coffee Stout. One sip of this beer at Bison County in Waltham, Massachusetts and I was ALL IN. I love coffee stouts and thought I'd give this one a try. It was a BLONDE stout and the coffee flavor was spot on - as strong as I've ever had. It was the perfect brew to sip on during this southern feast.

Every meal at Bison County starts off with a big slice of corn bread and butter. We ordered some hush puppies with honey dipping sauce and fried pickles with ranch to kick off our meal.  Other apps include chili cheese fries, grilled fire shrimp, catfish nuggets and a couple of chili's.

Eat Up New England had a tough time settling on dinner because of Bison County's extensive menu. There are quesadillas, salads, wings, burgers and ribs. Wanting to sample their food, I ordered their 1/2 chicken and 1/2 pulled pork plate. It comes with two sides, so I got the jalapeno rice and sauteed vegetables. So tasty. I haven't been so full in a long time.

www.bisoncounty.com

Friday, March 17, 2017

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

Friday, March 17, 2017
Pints of Guinness are flowing. Loud Irish music is filling the air. It's St. Patrick's day at bars and restaurants across New England. 

Eat Up New England enjoyed dinner at a favorite Irish pub, Paddy's Pub in Newton, Massachusetts. The place was packed, but we scored a comfortable table within about 20 minutes. Paddy's offered a special menu for St. Patrick's Day, with favorites like corned beef & cabbage, shepard's pie and chicken pot pie. Since it's lent, your Catholic webmaster enjoyed the baked haddock with Brussels's sprouts and fries. My wife and I also shared their warm pretzel bites. Of course, I washed it all down with a pint of Guinness. I hope your St. Patrick's Day wasn't Guinn-less, as well!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

ST. PATRICK'S DAY IS IN FULL SWING AT WILSON FARMS

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Wilson Farms in Lexington, Massachusetts is going green for St. Patrick's Day. Eat Up New England stopped by today and was impressed by their large selection of foods for the holiday. They have corned beef, cabbage, Guinness potato chips and shamrock cookies & cupcakes. Wilson's even whipped up some green mashed potatoes for St. Patrick's Day. They are also selling bouquets of green flowers and their own pots of Shamrocks for $1.99.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

FRAMINGHAM'S J&M DINER DESTROYED BY FIRE

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Tragedy at Framingham's J&M Diner. It was destroyed by a fire early this morning. The Diner and all of the surrounding buildings are gone. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The Diner posted this heartbreaking photo on the Facebook page today. Customers are heartbroken. The Diner has been a staple in the community for 20 years, a real family business that attracted customers of all ages. I visited it several times and loved their big pancakes and omelets.

A Framingham State student and J&M customer is now raising money to help them rebuild. Check out his
GoFundMe.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

DELICIOUS DISH: BISCUITS & GRAVY AT COOK IN NEWTON

Sunday, March 05, 2017
Southern-inspired cooking is where it's at, so I was excited to find biscuits & gravy at Cook in Newton, Massachusetts this afternoon. Oh yeah, those biscuits are covered with chicken sausage gravy and mushrooms. Top it all off with eggs, any way you want them. It's tasty. It's filling. It's the perfect dish for Sunday brunch.

Biscuits & gravy at Cook: an Eat Up New England Delicious Dish at one of my favorite restaurants.

Friday, March 03, 2017

A HEARTY BREAKFAST AT THE LITTLE CAKE CAFE IN CONNECTICUT

Friday, March 03, 2017
There's a cozy little place to grab breakfast and lunch in Newington, Connecticut called The Little Cake Cafe. It specializes in all of the classic breakfast dishes like big, fluffy pancakes and omelets. I made my own omelet with fresh mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. The egg was so light and fluffy and I enjoyed their potatoes and bacon with it. The Little Cake Cafe also has some breakfast tacos with chorizo which look VERY tempting. They are also open for lunch, serving salads, sandwiches and soups.

The Little Cake Cafe has only been open since October 2016, so be sure to check them out.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY AT AMULETO IN WALTHAM

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Sandwiched in between Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day is another important national holiday: National Margarita Day! This perfect excuse to drink a margarita just happened to be yesterday, so Eat Up New England indulged at Amuleto in Waltham, Massachusetts. It's just one of the many fine and eclectic restaurants on Moody Street.

Amuleto has several margaritas on their menu, but I kept it simple and ordered their house margarita: the Amuleto Margarita. We went for their guacamole and chips to start off with. It was fresh and there was so much of it that we got a second round of chip! Other small plates include sopa de torilla, 3 mini tamales and elote de la calle aka street corn. 

There are several different tacos for dinner. I enjoyed their chicken enchiladas, served with rice and beans. Amuleto also has several other authentic entrees including chile relleno and carne asada.

The best came last. Dessert! The dulce de leche was fantastic and easily the highlight of the meal. It's served warm with vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries and caramel.Fantastic. ORDER THIS WHEN YOU VISIT! 

www.amuletorestaurant.com

Sunday, February 19, 2017

WHEN PIG'S FLY PIZZERIA IN KITTERY, MAINE

Sunday, February 19, 2017
When Pigs Fly is known for its breads all over New England, but they also have an AMAZING pizzeria in Kittery, Maine. Step inside and enjoy their cozy atmosphere: modern industrial meets rustic Maine. If you have to wait, When Pigs Fly has a bread store next door where customers can sample their breads, pastries and cinnamon rolls.

When Pigs Fly Pizzeria has a bar with local, national and international beers on tap. They also mix some yummy cocktails. Start your meal off with one of their snacks like crispy Brussels sprouts, a house made Bavarian pretzel, Thai curry mussels, chicken wings or falafel. My wife and I shared one of their salads. The Greek salad is plenty for two and is topped with a hearty portion of feta cheese. It was also amazingly fresh, like the lettuce and veggies had just been plucked from the garden.

For lunch, we enjoyed one of their wood-fired pizzas. It was half meatball and ricotta and half eggplant. Other pizzas include chicken & bacon, peppers & Italian sausage and four cheese & pesto or you can create your own. They also have several sandwiches, a raw bar and many daily specials to choose from. Desserts include a cheesecake of the day and ice cream sandwiches.

The food at When Pig's Fly Pizzeria is so fresh and filling, making it an Eat Up New England favorite. Check them out the next time your shopping at the outlets in Kittery.

whenpigsflypizzeria.com

Thursday, February 16, 2017

BJ'S RESTAURANT AND BREWHOUSE IS COMING TO WARWICK, RI

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Western restaurant chain BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse is opening its first New England location in Warwick, Rhode Island. It will be on the site of the old Rhode Island Mall. BJ's brews 11 signature beers and cider. Beers include their Brewhouse Blonde, Piranha Pale Ale and Hopstorm IPA. BJ's operates sic breweries in two states. They are also known for their California twist on Chicago deep dish pizza and their dessert called a "Pizookie." The Pizookie is a warm cookie or brownie topped with a couple of scoops of ice cream.

www.bjsrestaurants.com

Sunday, February 12, 2017

CELEBRATING VALENTINE'S DAY AT ROX DINER

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Rox Diner in Newtonville, Massachusetts is one of Eat Up New England's favorite places for breakfast. This weekend, they offered a special Valentine's Day menu. There were red velvet pancakes and this sinful tiramisu French toast. It was surprisingly light, with just enough cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Eat Up New England wishes you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

MCDONALD'S INTRODUCES FOUR NEW SHAMROCK SHAKES

Saturday, February 11, 2017
It's the time of the year when McDonald's goes green. Their famous Shamrock Shake is now available and this year, it has some company. Mickey D's has rolled out four new Shamrock Shake inspired drinks. There's the Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, Chocolate Shamrock Shake, Shamrock Hot Chocolate and Shamrock Mocha. Try them soon because they are only around for the St. Patrick's Day season.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

BEER BREWED IN HOUSE AND EXCELLENT BAR FOOD AT TRINITY BREWHOUSE IN PROVIDENCE

Saturday, February 04, 2017
Trinity Brewhouse is a legendary brew pub restaurant in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Since 1995, their brewmasters have been making beer in house and they have won countless awards to back up just how fresh and how good their beer is. 

The beers on top change every night, but last night I was excited to try their Black Hops. This double black IPA is an interesting concoction that looks like a stout. It's also 8.8% alcohol and is just $6 a pint. Other beers include a Russian Imperial Stout called Darkness and their signature Kolsch beer, with a pale golden color and light body. Trinity also sells big old growlers of beer to take home.

Trinity offers a traditional bar food menu to go along with their beers. Start off with Trinity nachos, chips & salsa, chili or chicken wings. For dinner, I would highly recommend one of their burgers. Choose from 6 or 10 ounce and top it with whatever you want. I enjoyed a 10 ounce with Vermont cheddar cheese, bacon and stout caramelized onions. It was perfectly cooked and served with a pile of their homemade fries. Other entrees include a New England clam roast, steak tips, fish & chips, lobster mac & cheese, pulled pork BBQ, jerk chicken and 12-inch rustic pizzas. Trinity even has a vegan ravioli for our vegan/vegetarian friends.

Trinity Brewhouse was an excellent dining experience from start to finish. Check them out online and social media for a look at what beers they have on tap before you visit.

www.trinitybrewhouse.com
@TrinityBrew

Thursday, February 02, 2017

SCORE THIS SUPER BOWL SUNDAY WITH THESE RESTAURANT DEALS AND PARTIES

Thursday, February 02, 2017
If you're still looking for a place to watch the Patriots beat the birds this Super Bowl Sunday, I've compiled a list of some restaurants with specials and celebrations. Go Pats!

Anna's Taqueria (Massachusetts) 20% off catering on Sunday (24-48 hours notice)
Black Bear Saloon (Hartford, CT) Hot wing eating challenge; specials before and after halftime
CBS Scene (Gillette Stadium) The BIG GAME party starts at 5pm on Sunday. Prizes, giveaways, big game buffet and specialty drinks
First & Last Tavern (Hartford, CT) - Buy one large pizza, get one small cheese free (take out only)
Legal Sea Foods (Mass and RI) "Souper Bowl" takeout special, half-gallon of clam chowder for $12
Margaritas - Offering a bunch of game day catering specials: CLICK HERE
Not Your Average Joe's (Massachusetts) - 20% off carryout orders from 2pm on. Mention the deal or order online. They are also offering a special brunch sausage pizza.
Rosa Mexicano (Boston) Fiesta packages that serve 8-10 people: CLICK HERE
Splitsville/Howl at the Moon (Gillette Stadium) - DJs from AMP 103.3, enter to win a football signed by Gronk, special menu for the game

Sweet Bakery - (Boston, Chestnut Hill, Cambridge, MA) Selling special Super Bowl cupcakes
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill (Gillette Stadium) - Colton from 107 The Bull will be there from 6-9pm Sunday, 50-inch TV up for grabs, Miller Lite swag

Connecticut Super Bowl specials
Rhode Island Super Bowl Bar/restaurant specials
Boston area Super Bowl restaurant parties