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Restaurants in the Worcester Area

chcogal Dec 28, 2006 01:13 PM

Just moved here. Need recommendations for good eats for a former Boston foodie.

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    fullbelly RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 01:59 PM

    There's a good story on Worcester and it's food-revival by Kathleen White in the newest edibleBoston. (It has a goat on the cover.)

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      chcogal RE: fullbelly Dec 28, 2006 07:23 PM

      Where do I locate that?

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        fullbelly RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 09:18 PM

        I've seen it in Lionette's and possibly Clear Flour Bakery? You can also email the publisher (info@edibleboston.net) and ask her for a list of where to pick it up. It's free where you're able to find it in Boston, or by subscription for $28.

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      Westy RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 02:01 PM

      Struck Cafe - really very good.


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        chef poncho RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 02:30 PM

        Try Tinovo on Pearl street. The owner used to run Tiano's for quite a while. Good potential to be the spot to chow in Worcester.

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          Science Chick RE: chef poncho Dec 28, 2006 07:56 PM

          Just went there a couple of weeks ago. Had an outstanding salmon and tableside Caesar......amazing atmosphere too! Highly recommend..

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          RoyRon RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 03:30 PM


          Although it isn't excatly in Worcester there is a place is Strubridge called Bin 479 which is located at 479 Main St that gets excellent reviews from a number of sources. It is in the fine dining category but it is a small place with nice atmosphere and very good food and also not too long a trek from Worcester.

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            kegirl RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 03:49 PM

            There are quite a few great locations:
            Dalat on Park Ave across from the Fire Station is a wonderful Vietnamese Restaurant - service is not great but the food is worth it as the portions are big and prices are more than reasonable
            Dinos Ristorante On Lord St (I believe) is a yummy italian restaurant family kind of atmosphere with great pizza and a great lunch buffet
            Ciao Bella on Gold Star Blvd is more of a take out but amazing Italian Foods, grinders and Pizza/Calzones plus really yummy desserts
            Cafe Dolche on Shrewsbury St for Dessert and Coffee
            Anthony's on Shrewsbury St and Rovezzis in the old factory at 108 Grove St for more formal Italian
            Sakura Tokoyo on Park Ave in Worc for Tepanaki and the one in White City in Shrewsbury for Sushi
            Zipango on Shrewsbury st for Sushi
            Wonderbar on Shrewsbury St for old School atmosphere and good greasy pizza
            Basically, just wander up and down Shrewsbury Street
            Of course on the higher end is the Sole Proprietor on Highland and the 111 Chop House on Shrewsbury by the same owners
            and Shorahs in Downtown Worcester for Italian
            Hope that helps you get started

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              chcogal RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 04:04 PM

              Thanks for all the help. More specifically, is there anything in Auburn?

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                chef poncho RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 04:49 PM

                You have my sympathaties about the lack of food options in Auburn. In five years I haven't found anything off exit 10. Worcester really isn't that far.

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                kegirl RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 04:08 PM

                The only places I know of in Auburn are the tradtional chains: Outback, chilis, applebees, 99 Pub, Picadilly Pub, Periwinkles (not a chain but same as the 99 and Picadilly) then selection of Pizza Joints.

                1. Joanie RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 06:02 PM

                  There's a long thread that "JP Chowhound" started when he/she moved to Worcester on the New England board from a month or so ago. Worc. things can be found more easily there.

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                    chcogal RE: Joanie Dec 28, 2006 07:21 PM

                    how do I access him/her?

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                      Joanie RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 08:09 PM

                      Just go on the New England board and search Worcester. I think the poster was JP Chowhound but not 100%. You'll see many suggestions if you type in Worcester in the search space on that board.

                  2. kparke30 RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 08:11 PM

                    Had an amazing before Xmas client lunch at Sole Proprietor. I live in the Boston area & so my client in Worcester selected the location - I was very impressed, thought it was Boston quality at least.

                    1. trufflehound RE: chcogal Dec 28, 2006 10:03 PM

                      Some more good recs:
                      El Basha for middle eastern. Make a meal of mezze.
                      Bamboo hut another good viet.
                      Across and down from Wholly Cannoli is Pampas bakery. Great Italian baked goods, more savory than sweet.
                      One Love Cafe on lower main st.
                      There is a good Banh Mi place on Millbury St.,
                      Bay State Bakery, Widdoffs and Weintraubs on Water St. for their specialties.
                      ASorry, Auburn is a wasteland.

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                        Gordito RE: chcogal Dec 29, 2006 01:17 AM

                        A redeeming feature od Auburn is Ronnie's. Good fish and chips and chowder, in the drive-in mode, only May to October. Otherwise, yes, it is sadly a wasteland.

                        Some (perhaps) less-known delights of Woosta include Pupu Seria (Pleasant Street, Salvadoran) and Quan Yin (Hamilton Street, Chinese vegetarian takeout, enjoy the eggplant with basil sauce and the religious literature).

                        Worcester has GREAT middle eastern groceries, ad Ed Hyder's and at Bahnan's, both on Pleasant Street.

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                          chcogal RE: Gordito Dec 29, 2006 12:55 PM

                          Great info. I actually grew up there- here- and have great memories of the El Morocco Restaurant, if you ever heard of it.

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