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Anything Chowish in Sturbridge, MA?

I don't get to this part of the state very often, and am wondering what's worth checking out for dinner. Any cuisine, any price level.

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  1. About 18 months ago I had a wonderful meal at a place called Perennials, in an inn if I recall? I just tried looking for the website and couldn't find it, so that may mean they've closed?

    1. There is always The Ugly Duckling. (upstairs from the Whistling Swan.) More laid-back, nice bar, great desserts.

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      1. re: bluesman55

        I used to go to Ugly Duckling occasionally, and really liked it, but last time I went it was affirmatively bad. Others I have spoken with have had similar experiences.

        1. re: Blumie

          Thanks for the update, it's been a while.

      2. Thanks for the tips, 'hounds!

        We ended up a Perennials, as it was quite near our destination. I thought it was quite pleasant: a pretty room, attentive service, a decent Eclectic menu (though the chef has a penchant for putting scallops in about 70% of his dishes).

        We did overorder, however: the Caeser was big enough for three people, each entree (a sirloin pizzaiola and a chicken tenders on pasta dish) easily big enough for two. A lemon mousse with fresh berries needed less sweetness and more lemon, but was mercifully light.

        I hate wasting food, but doggie bags would have sat without refrigeration for hours. I'd forgotten than most places outside of the city have these portion sizes. Next time here, we'll share one app and one entree.

        1. I know, I know..it's nor Chowish, but, the best food I've had in Sturbridge is at the Piccadilli Pub. Much homemade food in a very unlikely place. French fries so good that ketchup is an insult to them. Turkey pot pie that would put grandma to shame. Best choices from the specials menu. It's not a place to propose to your sweetie (unless she's really special) but it is very reasonably priced and good!!

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          1. re: cheshirecat

            I worked there as a teenager. I assure you, virtually nothing is homemade.

          2. Perienials is still open. It's a good place for a Martini in the upstairs bar, don't forget to order an appetizer while your there they have good food like the Beef Carpaccio. The Thai Restaurant is located at the Old Sturbridge Village entrance. They have really inexpensive food and your also able to order wine and beer. If your looking for a great pie try just down the road West on Rt. 20 - 1 mile off of the Mass Pike. Enrico's Brick Oven Pizza is cute in typical American/Italian style with a bar for the regulars with a full service bar. And just down the road, Rovezi's is a nicer Italian restaurant with a huge bar and great appetizers for hanging out and checking out the scene. Try the Eggplant Rollatini

            Over to the Publick house, oh the Publick house... what should we do? Anyways, continue up the road.

            If your over the singles scene & are in need of romantic dining in the Sturbridge area, you may opt for going down a road less traveled to Southbridge. It's just about 3 miles off Mass Pike and off 1-84. Don't let the drive fool you, it's really, really upscale when you get inside.I was fortunate enough to be invited to a pharacutical party with my boyfriend last year and we had the royal treatment. I felt like I was in Vienna, Austria! I've been hooked ever since. It's an upscale dining restaurant with romantic little tables and very well trained servers. Little touches like hanging my coat, pulling out the chair and serving passed hors d'oevures were just the begining. Our food was outrageously delicious and our experience a "10". Music was fun with folk music to classical pieces.

            One last place perhaps a bit too far is the Still River Cafe located in Eastford, CT. A bit of a drive but well worth it. It's way out in the country down a quiet country road. They rebuilt an old barn and it has a very upscale and clean, (all white) everything is plain & contemporary.

            Food for thought!

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            1. re: spicykitten

              Perennials has closed due to loss of liquor license.

              1. re: spicykitten

                Excellent discussion of Sturbridge, spicykitten, couldn't agree with you more, especially the Publick House *sigh*. Perennials is closed now, alas. Haven't tried the Vienna place, I'll put it on my list. For downscale, there is always Annie's Kitchen, dinerish, on 131 in Sturbridge, Two Cousins, family italian on Eastford road out of Southbridge. Still River sounds good...lots of great eats in that part of CT.

              2. You should also try the Cedar Street Restaruant on Cedar Street in Sturbridge. They seasonaly update there menu and have wonderful "fall" choices right know. Here is the website http://www.cedarstreetrestaurant.com/

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                1. re: kunman

                  It really annoys me when a restaurant doesn't post prices on its online menu. Nice website, and the food is very pretty, but I like to know what I'm getting into.

                2. Here is a link to thier menu which includes prices. I went last October and can say it's worth it.