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Jun 25, 2007 11:31 AM


Any suggestions for good food in the Wrentham area, somewhat near the outlets

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  1. Someone recently talked about a place with fried clams and/or good burgers I think. Was it Harpoon? I can't find the thread but hopefully they'll chime in. Definitely next time I'm at the outlets and not eating in Woonsocket.

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    1. re: Joanie

      I believe Harpoon mentioned Tom's tavern, former biker bar now reasonably priced pub. Franklin is nearby, 3 and Incontro as well as Woonsocket and everything in between.

      1. re: trufflehound

        That was it, thanks. Definitely sounds like a post-shopping kind of place.

        1. re: Joanie

          Tom's Tavern is my restaurant of choice whenever I go to the outlets. I wasn't aware that it was a former biker bar. Any time I've been it's generally in the afternoon with a good mix of people, couples, families etc. I've had everything from steak tips, to baked scrod, seafood fra diavolo, fried clams, lobster and even the pizza. I've never had a bad meal. Once though, the person who was making the clam fritters must have been new and they were way to large with too few clams. They've since corrected this. When it's busy the service can be a little slow, but the staff is always pleasant. I just sit back and play Keno.

          1. re: Pegmeister

            I love that the website calls Wrentham "the seafood capital of the world." LOL

            I thought there was another place down there with v good bar pizzas. Redwing? I don't know the area at all so maybe that's not even close.

            1. re: yumyum

              Redwing isn't far away, on Rt. 1 in Walpole I think. They're known for their clams.

              1. re: Joanie

                Everyone raves about the fried clams at Redwing, but when I went it was a mix of strips and whole bellies with the strips winning out. I felt kind of ripped off.

          2. re: Joanie

            There's nothing former about it, biker's still go there but it's not a biker bar.There is another place a little further east on Shear St. that I believe is though. The Eaglebrook does nothing for me. Meaning, to me, it's not a real saloon or roadhouse.It's a family resto with lot's of barnboard and passable food. Although, in fairness, Marc from Hidden Boston gave it a favorable review recently.
            I love The Chieftain, Erin Go Braghless! Luciano's, in my experience, has been a real roller-coaster ride but mainly for service. Btw, the owner must be related to The Red Rock Bistro Guy, mercurial. Finally, I haven't been to The Red Wing in years and have hesitated from going because some really bad reviews on this Board for both food quality and cleanliness issues. Have you been there recently, Joanie?

            1. re: Harp00n

              No, it was at least 2 years ago. I had a decent lobster roll, no clams.

              1. re: Joanie

                Should I tell you how s-m-u-g I felt having gone to The Blue Ribbon on Saturday rather than the Purple People's Sahara Sandbox?
                No, I guess not :-))

                1. re: Harp00n

                  Whatever. I'm not sorry I went, I wanted to try the out of town guys and can hit Blue Ribbon any day. It's just not so fun when you come close to fainting. Live and learn.

                  1. re: Joanie

                    In reading the prior details and watching the hype on the tube,
                    I just had a gut-level feeling that this one was gonna head south in a hurry. It's too bad you couldn't get an honest sampling of Willingham's ribs. To use a very overworked phrase; they can be transcendent.

      2. Luciano's on Rt. 1 near 495, for Italian. The Chieftain Pub, which is in Plainville on Rt. 1, just south of Rt. 106, has great steamers. It gets crowded there at night, so we always go early.

        The Eaglebrook is on Rt.1A in Norfolk, a few miles away from the outlets.

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        1. re: rmperry

          i'll second luciano's--that's where i had lunch a couple months back when i went to the's close by, and the food was pretty good.

        2. Like seafood? The best in the area is the Chowder Bowl in nearby Bellingham. No special decor, rather like an outdoor picnic pavillion. But 63 years in business says plenty. Tricky to find, and even some Bellingham residents don't know where it is. Used to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

          1. I will also throw in a rec for Tom's Tavern. Great place, great food, good atmosphere!