Worcester MA Restaurants
Posted 20 January 2004 - 10:18 AM
Posted 21 January 2004 - 07:36 AM
Shrewsbury Street in Worcester (off of rte 9, just past the Medical Center) has some old time red-gravy Italian restaurants and diners, a popular Indian restaurant, and a steak and chop place, 111 Chop House. The Chop House has a sister restaurant that specializes in seafood and is really good. Click Here. Worcester has well established Lebanese and Syrian communities and there used to be some excellent options for Middle Eastern food, including a great market, Ed Hyder's.
I used to shop there all the time. It's mentioned here , along with some other suggestions for specialty stores.
Finally, the Wednesday Food section of the Telegram & Gazette probably has restaurant reviews, as would the Worcester Advocate, a weekly paper.
Enjoy your new home. I think the towns around Worcester County are just beautiful.
Posted 21 January 2004 - 07:57 AM
Sole Proprietor is reeeaaally popular, and granted they have excellent turnover and I have never had a bad meal there (or, for that matter, a really good one). They have an absudly extensive menu. Sushi included. I find that they aren't very good at anything in particular, but they do make an awesome garnish that you can request as a side dish (I don't think it's on the menu). It's the Spicy Szechuan slaw. Sounds gimmicky and gross, but it's great. I used to love their little fish market before they closed it down, because you could buy some of their better appetizers frozen and take them home to prepare, but they've taken my favorites off the menu since then, too.
111 Chop House I like. Same owner. Steaks, chops, salads, cute on the outside too.
Struck Cafe on Chandler Street. I haven't been in years but I used to adore the place. I think that they also run a small catering company?
My cousins who live in the area love Romaine's in Northborough
I like Living Earth, the health food store: they have a cute little cafe called the Garden Cafe. All vegetarian, and good for lunch when you'r e downtown and it's a toss-up between franchises.
Caffe Dolce on Shrewsbury Street used to have lovely coffee and desserts. It's right across from 111 Chop House, practically.
Elsa's Bushel and Peck used to make great sandwiches. I think there are a couple of locations, one of them on Chandler St.
Sahara on Highland St (Rt. 9) for Middle Eastern is nice. It's also good for when the Sole Proprietor next door is packed.
Shiraz is a little Armenian place on Park.
There's also the cafe at the Worcester Art Museum.
Hope this helps.
Posted 21 January 2004 - 09:39 AM
wine list and a very eclectic menu. They offer a vegetarian menu as well
as steak and fish. The service is outstanding too. Their number is (508-
347-5800). I can't seem to link it but their website with menu is
Posted 22 January 2004 - 07:48 PM
My fave restaurant there is Coney Island Hot Dogs. For serious. The best. As well, the numerous diners on Shrewbury Street are great for what they are. Used to be you could get some decent Italian food on Shrewsbury (the Wonder Bar, anyone?), but I'm not sure about it any more.
I'd save your pennies, eat low-end there and drive to Boston for your fine dining. Only an hour away. Or drive to Northampton and eat at my pal Dane's place Circa. Pretty great food.
Your opinion may vary, though. Where did you move from? Nice country out there, ain't it?
Posted 23 January 2004 - 06:24 AM
Wonder Bar -- yes! great cheap student food, along with Libby's, Emilia's, Angela's, THe Boynton and Chopsticks. There also used to be a great cheapo Italian place on Grafton Street, not too far from the rotary, but I can't remember the name. It was in a barn-like building and there was a penny candy store attached.
When my first husband was a medical student at UMass, my parents used to drive out to Worcester once a month and take us out to dinner. We'd check out lots of different places. But that was a *long* time ago and I'm sure many of them aren't around anymore. When we left the area, there was just starting to be a increase in the number of Southeast Asian restaurants, along with some better established Thai places.
essvee, we've been to Circa a few times and enjoyed it. Hope they're doing well -- it hasn't looked busy the last few times we've passed by. Last weekend we noticed their seasonal liquor sign -- they're BYO now until April 1 -- and made a mental note to go there again soon.
Posted 23 January 2004 - 06:55 AM
restaurants to stay out of include "bravo cafe" on highland st.
the lake ripple, on the shores of the lake in grafton will be re-opening soon, with new owners so you'll have to wait to see...
do not eat in "danielle's or the tavern behind it. the place has to be one of the filthiest i've ever been in. glenn's deli is very clean though, different owner in same building. right on 122. has decent deli variety and reasonable prices.
razzberries is ok for breakfast and nina's varies. grafton inn is ok.
try j.p fisherman's in westboro and there's a small italian place on rte.9 next to stop and shop, ziti's i think that makes a good and different pizza.
any other grafton ? want a subscription to the grafton news? first 6 mos. free to new residents.
Posted 23 January 2004 - 09:16 AM
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Posted 12 August 2004 - 06:32 PM
Tokyo Rose, which is right off one of the main avenues about 4-6 blocks from Clark, has good sushi and fine benihana. They had a number of items on the menu that you don't find at usual American Japanese restaurants. On Sunday they had a great all you can eat brunch that was perfect for hangovers, not that your daughter will have that problem.
There is a local book store, Tatnucks, which had a great restaurant in it. Good American food that was reasonable. Not to mention it is in one of my favorite book stores (and that is saying a lot.)
On the same Ave. as Tokyo Rose there was a wonderful Latino market. They had a great selection of unusual fruits. Right near there was a Korean restaurant that was amazing. My freshman roommate was Korean (I was in Wright Hall) and she loved the place.
Most importantly, great late night pizza. If you walk out the Main gate and make a left there is a pizza joint a couple of stores down. They made a carmelized onion pizza that got me through my two years there. I loved that pizza. It was the perfect blend of carmelized onions, sauce and cheese that strung out when you ate it. Ohhhhh, it's been a long time.
Does Daka still run the dinning hall?
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Posted 13 August 2004 - 12:42 PM
Shrewsbury Street also has other dining choices, from your basic "red gravy" casual, inexpensive Italian diners, to Indian food. Worcester is a city with a lot of ethnic diversity -- the Syrian and Lebanese communities date back to the early 1900's -- so there's lots of middle eastern and southeast asian choices as well. I'm not sure about BYO places, but if you're heading east towards Worcester on the MassPike, there's a great wine selection at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge.
And speaking of diners, there are several great examples built by the Worcester Lunch Car Co. still serving food in the area.
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Posted 15 August 2004 - 08:12 AM
No this is for me and my wife...
Posted 15 August 2004 - 02:24 PM
No this is for me and my wife...
Our friends in France serve champagne to their 13 year old daughter on special occasions--and don't get arrested! So much for our drinking laws...
I think the difference between Northampton and Worcester is that N'hampton is a cute little college town with the surrounding upscale commuity to support a healthy restaurant scene, and Worcester is a big gritty town with a depressed economy slowly making a comeback. Your best food options in Worcester are probably ethnic. If you like deli, go to Weintraub's on Kelly Square. It's the real thing, looks like they last redecorated in 1940.
Posted 10 September 2004 - 10:34 AM
Posted 17 September 2004 - 08:19 PM
el basha - belmont st and park ave locations, lebanese food
la scala - shrewsbury st. italian home style
want to travel a little? 45 minutes to "the harvest" in pomfret, CT
what are you looking for? price? ethnic? chain? pm me i'm right in the area
Posted 21 September 2004 - 10:43 AM
It's upscale cuisine-wise and their wine list is wonderful and reasonably priced.
It's my favorite restaurant in this area!
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Posted 14 November 2004 - 07:05 PM
Sole Proprietor - fantastic tuna... Really enjoyed it. I wish they had a more extensive red wine list but I understand why they don't.
111 Chop House - very good. We enjoyed it also.
Sonoma - We enjoyed the food but were taken back by the decor and atmosphere. Seemed very out-of-date to us. Also, more expensive but not better than the others.
Posted 19 November 2004 - 01:22 PM
Posted 08 March 2007 - 11:56 AM
Mr. Duck and I will be in Framingham in a couple of weeks to attend a Bar Mitzvah, and will be looking for a place to go for a light dinner. (The chances of us being hungry by dinnertime are slim but I wanted to keep my options open.)
I haven’t been back to Worcester for about 15 years (former Clarkie), so time and soberness permitting, I’d like to check out the art museum, show him the campus, and have dinner.
The suggestions upthread look promising, but I just wanted to see if there is anything new and exciting. I’m pleasantly surprised that The Sole Proprietor is still around. It was my favorite place — I remember all-you-can-eat steamers on Monday nights. We like all types of food, and are looking for someplace casual and your average entree being no more than $25. I’d appreciate all your suggestions. Thanks!
edited for grammar
Edited by I_call_the_duck, 08 March 2007 - 11:57 AM.
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