Nice place for coffee/dessert in Framingham area
Help this Cambridge guy make it in the suburbs. I'm meeting a (female) friend from out of town for a date near her sister's house in the Framingham area tomorrow night, and I have no idea where to go.
A great place for dessert and/or coffee would be perfect. Finale would probably be the right kind of place to go to, but we're not going to schlep into town for that.
I appreciate any suggestions you can offer. Thank you!
Nothing along the lines of Finale unfortunately. A restaurant just opened up in front of Jordan's furniture on Rt. 9 called the Melting Pot. I haven't been there but it is a chain fondue restaurant and could be fun for dessert. For coffee there are Starbucks in the Sherwood plaza on Rt. 9 eastbound, and in the plaza with Whole Foods on Rt. 9 westbound (Prospect Street intersection). A little further down Rt. 9 heading West is Tomasso trattoria in Southborough which would be nice for dessert and coffee but is a full restaurant. (There is also a Starbucks and Cold Stone Creamery ice cream in that plaza for coffee and dessert needs respectively).
Downtown are some good Brazilian bakeries but not sure that is the vibe you are craving if Finale is what you had in mind. B&R has incredible french baked goods and George Howel coffees but not open at night. A good coffeeshop is lacking in this town.
You are certainly right about the need for this. I remember one Saturday night my husband and I were looking for such a place when we were unexpectedly child-free; we ended up going to Aquitaine Bis in Chestnut Hill- we sat at the bar and had coffee and dessert. Another place you may want to consider is Cafe Mangal on 135 in Wellesley; it's mainly a breakfast and lunch place, but they serve dinner on Saturday night. The atmosphere and food are nice, and I know they have coffees, teas, and some desserts. Also, the tavern at the Sherborn Inn could be an option- they do have some good desserts, and it's not far from Framingham. The atmosphere is more noisy than intimate, so it depends on what you're looking for. There's Barber's, too- pretty casual (on 135 in West Natick)- used to be primarily a garden center, but they have a cafe with desserts, teas, and coffee. I think they close at 9. They also serve beer and wine.