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Thanksgiving Dinner in Worcester - Suggestions?

maina Nov 4, 2009 09:16 AM

We are looking for a place for Thanksgiving dinner with my elderly mom in the Worcester area. We have gone to a hotel in Worcester once or twice that had a pretty good Thanksgiving buffet, but would like to try somewhere different. Not sure which restaurants would be open on the holiday. Prefer ordering off a menu, and not a buffet, if possible. Would love to hear any suggestions that you may have. Thanks.

  1. lexx Nov 26, 2009 01:24 PM

    We had Thanksgiving buffet today at Maxwell Silvermans for a party of 3 at noon. None of us has ever been to this restaurant before as we have always cooked for Thanksgiving dinner. I must say the buffet was EXCELLENT! The fish was fresh and baked in a very taste seasoned buttery sauce and they had mashed cooked pumpkin with melted marshmallow on the top...it was unbelievable! They even had food for vegetarians lots of tasty vegetables and veggie lasagna, salads, cold tortellini salad and very fresh rolls. 2 of 3 in our party was vegetarian so this was a great choice for all of us. I highly recommend it and will definitely go back to this restaurant again! *****2 Thumbs up!!*****

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    1. re: lexx
      Science Chick Nov 27, 2009 10:12 AM

      "mashed cooked pumpkin with marshmellows on top"......sorry, you've lost me. I notice this is your first Chowhounds post....can you compare this place to others you like in the Worcester area? The only meal I ever had there was horrible. They actually overcooked a lobster to the point where I couldn't find the meat. It had turned to mush!

    2. Rick_V Nov 14, 2009 04:34 AM

      I agree w/ Phelana -- if Harrington Farm will be open, that's a great choice.

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      1. re: Rick_V
        phelana Nov 14, 2009 04:54 AM


      2. phelana Nov 5, 2009 01:57 AM

        Harrington Farm in Princeton. A lovely 25 min. ride. John Bomba is an amazing chef.

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          Jumbodad Nov 4, 2009 07:49 PM

          There aren't many choices, and you should call in advance to confirm times and availability (and make reservations since several sell out early), but I'd suggest.:

          Beechwood Inn / Harlequin Restaurant, Worcester (Note: The hotel is building an addition and new restaurant, so call first)
          Maxwell Silvermans, Worcester
          Publick House, Sturbridge
          Whistling Swan, Sturbridge
          Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield
          1790 House, Route 9 Westborough

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          1. re: Jumbodad
            Science Chick Nov 5, 2009 05:58 AM

            Whatever you do, please do NOT go to the 1790 house. Worn down interior and very mediocre food/bar.

            1. re: Science Chick
              phelana Nov 6, 2009 01:43 AM

              I always hope those who take the time to provide referrals have actually dined at the place they recommend within a few months or the year..otherwise information is not too reliable IMHO. Or at least mention your last dining experience. Some folks cut and paste links not having dined there themselves..most of us can google dining but really prefer a rec from experience..at least I do...nuff said..

              1. re: phelana
                Science Chick Nov 6, 2009 03:57 AM

                I'm not sure if you are replying to my post, phelana.....I have dined there twice in the last 2 years. While the charm of the old structure is present, it is diminished by worn out rugs and furnishings. Cosmopolitan ordered was watered down and certainly NOT made with the Absolute vodka requested. Terrible. Both times I was with a good sized party (~10) and all meals were straight out of the 70's handbook....fish doused in white breadcrumbs and butter, etc. A request for shrimp scampi alone, instead of with the "surf -n- turf" for a non-meat eater was met with difficulty and dismay from the waitstaff...they had to "check with the kitchen", and only after they were begged to do so. Why, to leave off the steak and add a couple more shrimp (which we said we'd gladly pay for if that were the case). Wine list and wine service poor. Everyone in the party agreed that they would not be returning.

                Of course, if dramatic changes have occurred in the past year or so, I'd be delighted to hear about them by anyone who's more recently visited. I was simply responding to Jumbodad's rec in a short version. I believe I've posted on my experience there in the past, and didn't want to belabor my points.

                1. re: Science Chick
                  phelana Nov 6, 2009 12:23 PM

                  nope replying to Dumbo...I suspect he/she may not have dined at all of those places recently..it's just a guess..nothing accusatory or maligning but here many make recs and send links w/o having dined at a particuliar place..

                  1. re: phelana
                    Science Chick Nov 6, 2009 12:56 PM

                    Ahh....well I must admit that I have not had good experiences at 4 out of 6 of his recs....however, to each his own! :)

                    1. re: Science Chick
                      maina Nov 14, 2009 04:26 AM

                      Which ones do you not like?

                      1. re: maina
                        Science Chick Nov 16, 2009 03:11 AM

                        Maxwell Silvermans, Worcester
                        Publick House, Sturbridge
                        Beechwood Inn
                        1790 House, Route 9 Westborough

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