Sunday, October 25, 2015


Southern food is as good as it gets. It's filling, delicious, packed with calories and made with love. I was recently in Savannah, Georgia where I checked out Paula Deen's restaurant, The Lady & Sons.

There are three floors to accommodate all of the tourists who stop by. Each floor has a buffet packed with all of the fixins, along with a cook who makes cornbread and cheddar biscuits. Those come with every meal and are soooo good! I was excited to see pumpkin beer on the menu, so I ordered a tall glass to wash down the bread 'n biscuits. Apps include southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and fried okra. We loved the tomatoes.

Entrees include chicken pot pie, salmon, shrimp 'n grits, crab cakes, New York Strimp and choice of fresh seafood. I enjoyed the chicken pot pie, which was a work of art. Check out the latticework on that crust! Desserts include pie pie and key lime pie. Eat Up NE was too stuffed to indulge.

If you're ever in Savannah, make reservations. The Lady & Sons gets busy for lunch and dinner. While you're waiting, you can always check out Paula Deen's store. It sells everything from Paula's cookbooks and candles to flavored chap sticks and shirts.
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Red Robin has always been one of the most popular restaurants at Patriot Place in Foxboro, Massachusetts. It now has a new home with a great view of Gillette Stadium. The new location has a much more modern feel, trying to appeal more to adults than children. Eat Up NE visited on a very busy Saturday night and our group of four sat down right away at the bar, where you have to be 21 or older. The menu is packed full of their signature burgers and drinks, like that refreshing Guinness milkshake you see above. ,

Monday, October 19, 2015


New England saw its first snowflakes of the season. Fall is here, and with it, comes some delicious food. I love pumpkin beers like Shipyard Pumpkinhead, but I also enjoy fall cocktails. I was at the Bonefish Grill in Newington, Connecticut over the weekend and enjoyed this "Fall Apple Martini." For dinner, I LOVED the swordfish and pumpkin ravioli. The fish is topped with crispy onions, feta and truffle butter, which make for an amazing flavor sensation. I've been to Bonefish Grill so many times and this swordfish dish is by far the best entree I've eaten yet! This dish and several others are only on the menu for the fall, so enjoy them while they last.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Wegmans has opened their latest grocery store in Westwood, Massachusetts. Eat Up NE visited at lunch time yesterday, just two days after the grand opening. It was still very busy, especially around the hot/cold buffet areas. Fortunately, there are more than 20 cashiers who got everyone in and out quickly.

The newest Wegmans has everything the chain is known for. There's a gigantic beer/wine section, sushi, pizza, subs, fish and bakery stations. I liked all of the fall beers and foods for sale, helping myself to a few apple cider donuts.

This is the fourth Wegmans to open in Massachusetts. Find it in the new University Station development in Westwood.

Sunday, October 04, 2015


Halloween Ale
Regulars drink their Gritty's beer from a mug!
There are several candy machines at Gritty's.
Gritty McDuff's has been a Maine favorite since 1988. Its owners opened their first restaurant in Portland back then with the goal of creating an English-style pub that serves fresh ales. Gritty's has since expanded to Freeport and Lewiston/Auburn. They are now serving their own handcrafted ales at all of their locations.

Eat Up NE recently stopped by for lunch at their Freeport restaurant. I really liked the candy machines and helped myself to a handful of espresso coffee beans. In the summer you can eat inside or on their spacious outdoor porch. We sat down by the bar. I quickly ordered one of their seasonal beers, their Halloween Ale. It's an extra special bitter, that, as their website promises, is the perfect beer for a crisp fall day. Other seasonal beers include a Christmas Ale and a Vacationland Ale in the summer. You can buy six-packs to take home at Gritty's store.

Gritty's boasts a huge menu, packed full of bar favorites. Soups include chowder and chili. There are several salads like the crispy fried chicken salad or the McDuff Salad with apple, walnuts and bleu cheese. Sandwiches include pulled pork, reuben and a lamb gyro. Have a pizza from their stone oven or order a burger with any toppings you want. Entrees include Shepard's Pie, fish & chips and mac & cheese with chicken, kielbasa, steak, lobster or BBQ pulled pork.

Eat Up NE caught the end of their summer menu and enjoyed a lobster roll, fries and clam chowder. From their traditional pub food to homemade beers, Gritty McDuffy's is a must-try when visiting Maine. Eat Up NE is hoping to back this winter for the Christmas Ale.
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It was cold and rainy when Eat Up NE visited Public Kitchen & Bar in Providence, Rhode Island. The perfect kind of weather for their menu that is full of comfort foods.

Start out lunch or dinner with one of their small plates. Choose from cauliflower steak, fire roasted chicken wings, spicy tai noodles or go for their hummus 'n house pita like we did.

For lunch, there are pizzas like their Sriracha buffalo chicken or fig 'n prosciutto. There are also beef & lamb burgers, truffled mac & cheese, PEI mussels, a lobster roll and chicken salad. I LOVED their avocado club sandwich. It's made of warm chicken, bacon jam, avocado, lettuce and tomato all nestled in some toasted wheat bread. It also comes with their parmesan fries. The perfect lunch.

Stop by for dinner for steaks, seafood stew, swordfish, lobster ravioli, vegetable cavatelli and chicken. Public Kitchen also serves breakfast with several benedicts and omelets on the menu, along with pancakes, Belgian waffles and French toast.

Public Kitchen & Bar is just steps away from Providence Place Mall, inside of the Renaissance Hotel.