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Any recommendations for lunch place in Worcester???

Hi all - I am meeting up with some college friends for lunch on Sunday--they chose Worcester and asked me to pick the place. Need a fun place that not only serves lunch, but is open on Sundays. Any suggestions? We want something nice (we only get together once a year!). Appreciate your help!

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  1. winochick, there's a "thread" that somebody transferred to this board from the Boston board farther down the N.E. board page that recommends a bunch of places that fit the "nice" category. I think they cover it pretty well... but you wanted "nice" and also "fun". That's a tough one. I can think of a lot of places in Worcester that are fun but when you add "nice" I'm thinking cloth napkins and the cloth napkin places in Worcester...

    1. At this point, I'll take any suggestions. They wanted 111, but they don't serve lunch. Tried the Bocado (I think that was it??) and they aren't open until dinner....by "nice", I just am looking for something a little better than the 99. :)

      1. I'll also search for the link you mention

        1. I will send you a web site you can check out (http://worcester.citysearch.com/find/...) This might help you in finding a place for lunch. And try this site(http://www.activediner.com/restaurant...) Hope this helps. Earle

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          1. Fun + nice + open for lunch on Sundays is a tough search in Worcester! Harlequin at the Beechwood Hotel is very nice and offers a Sunday Brunch, but you'd probably have to make your own fun there -- it's pretty subdued.

            http://www.beechwoodhotel.com/sunday_...

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            1. re: Rick_V

              Thanks Rick -checked the web...food looks good. You're right, I'd prob have to bring my own fun!! no problem with that. Thanks again.

            2. Flying Rhino might be an option.

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              Flying Rhino Cafe
              278 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604

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              1. re: steve999

                We have tried the Rhino several times for work lunches, and have been disappointed each time. The food never quite makes it.....nice beer selection IIRC, though.

                1. re: Science Chick

                  Funny, that's what I heard about Brew City - although to be fair, I've never been. A friend who goes there fairly regularly told me he thought the food quality has gone downhill and it's not up to par with their beer selection. Maybe they have improved?

                  Please report back and let us know how it was.

                  1. re: steve999

                    yeah, I've not been there myself but my workmates have gone and not said good things about the food. Also, the OP wanted something nice, didn't they??? I don't think this qualifies as "nice" per se.......

                    1. re: Science Chick

                      Brew City isn't 'nice' but it's also not like a 'smoky pub' (granted, that doesn't happen anymore).

                      Re: Quality going down-hill, I can't say in general, as in most cases, I'll just get the beer burger, but I do recall a visit back in err - August I think, where the carmelized onions were a bit too sugary sweet for me.. - Burger was cooked perfectly though.

                      I suppose at some point I should get a different entree and see the difference..

                      1. re: Keithel

                        I certainly didn't mean to imply that Brew City was a dive...but it is what it is...a brew pub. If someone asks for something nice, I usually interpret that as a little more refined than a brew pub. But everyone's definition is different. I wonder what the OP had in mind for atmosphere? winochick????

                        1. re: Science Chick

                          I'd agree with you, until I saw winochick's post below :)
                          Based at least on menu, she seems to like what she sees of Brew City.

                          I'm not up-to-par much on the 'nice' places in Worcester (I generally go in to Boston, or down to Providence for those kinda places), and refrained from suggesting things till she mentioned that Brew City was just the kind of place she was looking for :)

                          1. re: Keithel

                            Sorry - I gave up on "nice" and just went for "fun". : ) You are right...I wouldn't consider it in the nice category either. To be honest, I am originally from Providence and work in Boston, so finding something in Worcester was not my bag. I just finally went with a pub that happens to be open, on a Sunday, for lunch...Not sure why they had me pick the place anyways! ha!!!

                2. re: steve999

                  We had a great dinner at Flying Rhino recently. And it was a fun atmosphere.

                  This is not really a suggestion for this poster, but in case you're on here - I just want to THANK the person who told me about Corner Grill in Worcester. We go there EVERY time we visit son at college. :)

                3. Brew City would be nice and fun, and according to the website is open during Sunday afternoon!

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                  1. re: Jeremy01506

                    ding ding ding...WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Jeremy. This looks good.

                    1. re: winochick

                      My favorite are the Brew City Beer Burgers -- yum.
                      Sauteeed onions + burger made with amber ale + spices.

                      The 'slammer' variety (in the appetizer menu) is good too -- I got those once before.
                      Beer selection is pretty good too.

                      1. re: Keithel

                        Thanks for all of your replies. As I mention above, I gave up on the "nice" factor... and just went for something that is more a fun, pub style. the girls are voting between O'Connors (recommendation from someone who works in Worcester) and Brew City. Will have to see. But thanks again!!!! (and yes, you are all correct, Nice would imply something a little diff than a bar/pub...but what can you do? Lunch, on a Sunday is tough!!)

                        1. re: winochick

                          Did you go with O'Connors?

                          Brew City's food has that pre-packaged, microwaved taste and texture to it. It's near my work and we've all basically deemed it garbage and since boycotted it.

                          1. re: invinotheresverde

                            Not sure about the other food there, but I can indeed say that Brew City does not use Sysco burger patties -- I'm very sure they are made themselves.
                            (can you tell I only go there for the beer + burgers? :)

                          2. re: winochick

                            As a Worcester native I can not even begin to describe how much better O'Connors is then Brew City! No contest