Monday, November 28, 2016


Fried Chicken Sammich
Home-brewed beer!
Whetstone Station in Brattleboro, Vermont is an Eat Up New England Favorite for so many reasons. They brew their own beer. The views from inside are breathtaking. Oh, yeah. There's the food. I love their Vermont cheddar ale soup and their Crazy Happy Waitress grilled cheese. Whetstone recently expanded their menu, adding so many comfort food dishes that it's hard to settle on just one.

Whetstone has added poutine to their appetizer menu. There's small and large sizes. It's amazing, as is their gravy.  They also added a short rib mac 'n cheese skillet to their apps.

There are several new entrees including a beer braised brisket sandwich, peanut thai chicken wrap, chicken & waffles and fish & grits. I tried their new Fried Chicken Sammich, a perfectly fried piece of chicken on a challuh bun. Get it with fries or a salad.

Get a closer look at their new menu: HERE ,

Friday, November 18, 2016


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There's just something so special about chowing down on a home-cooked meal with your family. My mother's pumpkin pie is always one of the highlights of Thanksgiving, but sometimes I just can't wait. Today, I stopped by the 50's Diner in Dedham, Massachusetts and got a slice of their pumpkin pie to go. Good stuff - a nice pumpkin taste and crisp, homemade crust. It was just what I needed before I went back to work. Happy (early) Thanksgiving to you and yours. , ,


It's been a few weeks since Eat Up New England had dinner at Red Bird in Waltham, Massachusetts. Since then, there hasn't been a day that's gone by where I haven't thought of their Grilled Hanger Steak. It was that good.

Red Bird bills itself as offering seasonal new American cuisine and it certainly delivers on that promise. We began our meal with one of their tasty salads. The Organic Mixed Greens is made of almonds, green apples, cheddar and Chardonnay Vinaigrette. It was light, tasty and so New England. Other starters include mussels, potato gnocchi, duck confit empanadas, oysters and a boneless beef short rib.

Onto my glorious Grilled Hanger Steak. I'm not even a huge steak fan, but for some reason this dish called out to me. The steak was grilled to perfection and glazed with bone marrow butter. Sooo good. It was served on a bed of brussel sprouts and fried potatoes. Other entrees right now include a chicken breast, scallops, swordfish, tagliatelle alfredo and a pork ragu.

For dessert, we enjoyed their apple tart, which is served with warm with vanilla ice cream. It's the perfect fall treat. They also have a fall pumpkin cake with toasted marshmallow on their seasonal menu right now. ,

Sunday, November 13, 2016


The Sloppy Waffle isn't messing around when it comes to making waffles. They don't use pancake batter like everyone else. They specialize in liege waffles which are made from dough and pearl sugar. And, boy, do they have a tempting selection to choose from.

There's the Apple Cobbler with warm apples, cinnamon and homemade whipped cream. Cookies and Cream comes with cookie crumbs, vanilla ice cream and a dusting of powdered sugar. There's a Lemon Pie waffle with lemon spread, graham cracker crumbs and whipped cream. They have a Chocolate Lover with Nutella and chocolate chips. There are also bacon and sausage waffles- the meat is served on top of the waffle. I ordered their Blueberry Blast with a blueberry compote. Just look at that homemade whipped cream dusted with powdered sugar. It was soooo good!

Their house special is The Sloppy Waffle. Two eggs any style, bacon or sausage bits, and melted American cheese are piled on top of one of the liege waffles. The concoction is then drizzled with syrup and served with a side of home fries. Another signature dish is their chicken and waffles, with maple syrup, powdered sugar and chips.

The Sloppy Waffle also has pancakes, including apple, banana and chocolate chip. They also have a Meat Lover's Pancake that's filled with bacon or sausage. Omelets and burgers round out their tasty menu.

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The Avery's Soda display always catches my attention whenever I'm at Stew Leonard's in Connecticut. This company out of New Britain, Connecticut has been making soda for more than 100 years, since 1904!

For the election, they created some sodas for the candidates: Hillary Hooch and Trump Tonic. It comes with a warning on the label, "Not for persons that lack a sense of humor. May be mixed with large amounts of alcohol to make this election more palatable." Avery's also has a line of "Totally Gross Sodas" that includes flavors like Dog Drool, Bug Barf and Toxic Slime.

Right now, Avery's is selling a Pumpkin Pie soda for Thanksgiving. Their Christmas Elf Elixer and Jingle Juice is also available at stores in Connecticut. If you don't live in Connecticut, they'll ship a dozen bottles anywhere in the country for $15. ,

Friday, November 11, 2016


Vermont is known for its hearty, local food. One place where you'll find plenty of that is Zoey's Deli in Manchester, Vermont. It's been a favorite since 1991.

Zoey's specializes in huge sandwiches on homemade bread. I ordered the Granny Smith with ham, apples, cheddar and honey mustard. It's served with their homemade potato chips. This was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. It was so fresh and full of flavor. The bread added so much to the sandwich. It tasted like it just came out of the oven, which it probably did. They have several different breads to choose from including country white, whole wheat, marbled rye and multigrain.  

Other sandwiches include the Buffalo Bill, with buffalo chicken, lettuce, tomato, bacon and ranch dressing. They have a long list of sandwiches that they specialize in or you can make your own. Zoey's also has several salads including classics like Greek, garden and Caesar to fun salads like a pineapple chicken and a Super 7 Salad with spinach, chicken, cheddar, craisins, pineapple, mandarin oranges and walnuts. For dessert, try one of their massive cookies. ,

Sunday, November 06, 2016


Look out Subway. You have more competition in Massachusetts. The very first Which Wich sandwich shop has opened in Westwood at University Station. This chain opened its first shop in Dallas in 2003 and is now spreading across the country and the world. They have sandwich shops in Panama, Mexico and Dubai.

What makes Which Wich different from all of the other chains, is that customers write up their own orders. You pick a bag and write out exactly what you want on your sandwich, from size to toppings. Right now, they have a Philly cheesesteak special going on. There's the "Authentic Philly" with provolone and the "South Philly" with Cheeze Whiz. I enjoyed my "Authentic Philly." I'd also recommend their house chips, which are a peppery complement to their sandwiches. 

Their signature sandwich is "The Wicked." It's stuffed with five meats and three cheeses. Which Wich made headlines in 2010 when a customer from Atlanta dislocated his jaw biting into one! Also on their menu, a sandwich called "The Hula," with ham and pineapple. They also have classic beef, turkey, tuna, chicken and Italian sandwiches that are fully customizable. Which Wich also sells milkshakes, cookies and ice cream sandwiches. ,

Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Honeypie is a brand new family restaurant that's attracting so many customers in the quiet town of Jamaica, Vermont. The first thing that strikes you about this place is that it used to be a gas station. Inside, they've gutted it out and made it look quite modern. There's plenty of room for their spacious kitchen and lots of space for customers to spread out in the dining room. Outside, the old gas station awning still stands. Instead of pumps, there are tables for people to eat during the warmer months.

Honeypie offers a simple menu with hearty, American favorites. There are burgers, sausages and sandwiches. I ate up their single burger which comes with lettuce, tomato, pickled red onions, Cabot cheese and a special sauce. For a buck, I added some crisp bacon. It was delicious. Our table of three shared a basket of their shoestring french fries. Honeypie also has several sausages on their menu which are made of, as they say, " locally raised happy and healthy animals." Their lobster roll is intriguing. It's made from Maine lobster meat. I've gotta try their grilled cheese, which, of course, is made with Cabot cheddar.

Honeypie has its liquor license which means they have several local beers on tap, wine and craft cider. I'm not a huge cider fan, but the Shacksbury cider called out to me the other night. It was quite good and a nice complement to my burger and fries. Honeypie also has milkshakes: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, Oreo, salted caramel and banana peanut butter.

What a nice place. It's the perfect stop for anyone heading to or coming from a day of skiing this winter. See you soon!

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