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BYOB in Worcester

jcormie1 Nov 9, 2007 07:50 AM

My wife and I are looking for some good BYOB places in the Worc. area. So far we've gone to Da Lat (Viet.), Bamboo Hut (Viet.), One Love (Jamaican), and Tortilla Sam's (Mex-ish...). Are there any other good ones we're missing? I've heard Mac's Diner is, but am a little questionable about going to a diner for a good meal...?
Also there seems to be a new Mexican Rest. opening up on Shrewsbury St., anyone know anything about it?

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  1. Keithel RE: jcormie1 Nov 9, 2007 07:59 AM

    Good italian BYOB place that is not on any of the main drags is Cafe Espresso on Wall St. -- a fairly residential neighborhood -- I'd recommend to go to it at least once and render your judgement. It's been a long while, and I've only been once myself, so I can't give judgement too much on food quality (I wasn't too wild about my dish, but it is something I don't normally order -- a veal dish - and am not good at judging a place by that dish).

    No corkage fee btw.

    Cafe Expresso Trattoria
    19 Wall St, Worcester, MA

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      MUGger RE: jcormie1 Nov 9, 2007 08:41 AM

      Try Ciao Bella on Gold Star Boulevard. Creative italian food, italian standards, and pizza, with no corkage fee (atmosphere, however, is more sandwich shop than romantic Italian restaurant). Warning: only cash accepted, no credit cards.

      I would try Mac's Diner, if I were you. I haven't been in years, but I remember that I had a good meal there.

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        trufflehound RE: MUGger Nov 9, 2007 01:28 PM

        Macs is great.
        Why BYOB? Selection, price?
        Travel to El Basha in Westboro.

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          Science Chick RE: trufflehound Nov 9, 2007 04:23 PM

          Is the Westboro location better than the Worcester one on Rt. 9? Never been, but I've had serviceable fare at the Worcester one.

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            trufflehound RE: Science Chick Nov 9, 2007 06:19 PM

            Westboro is good. Belmont St. is my fave. Park Ave my least fave.

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        jmacd RE: jcormie1 Nov 9, 2007 06:25 PM

        the new mexican place on shrewsbury st. is by the same guys who own block 5 and bocado. it's supposed to be a more upscale mexican option with a large tequila selection. it looks like they're moving right along, they didn't have to do much with the space because it was in good condition from the pearl oyster, so they're just changing over some interior design. i think it'll be an interesting addition to the street.

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          invinotheresverde RE: jmacd Nov 14, 2007 07:37 AM

          Block 5 is always empty. I wonder why these guys keep expanding instead of trying to fix their initial project? I've had inedible food there twice. Ugh.

          I do like Bocado quite a bit, though. If you go, ask for Jay to be your server; that kid is hysterical.

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            lmuller RE: jmacd Nov 24, 2007 03:25 PM

            Is this mexican place open yet? What is it called? Has anyone been there?

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              Eatin in Woostah RE: lmuller Nov 30, 2007 07:30 AM

              Yes, Mezcal is open. There is another thread about it specifically.

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