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Good place to eat away from the crowd after college graduation in Worcester

cookiesforall May 1, 2010 05:03 PM

Traveling from Conn. to an 11:00 Becker College graduation next Saturday. I'm guessing the surrounding area will be very crowded and would like to find a nice place to eat after that's away from the area, possibly as we head back toward home but still in Mass as we will be with someone that has to head back to New Hampshire. Nothing fancy, but a diverse American menu with drinks and a nice atmosphere. There will only be 5 of us but I would like to make reservations ahead of time somewhere. Thanks for any help!!

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  1. phelana RE: cookiesforall May 2, 2010 04:25 AM

    what town? Near CT or near NH?? What about the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester? I defer to the Wormtown Chowhounds to comment. I held my ex's b day a long time ago and was back several times over the years but not recently after their re do. It is about 4 miles down Rte. 9 from Becker.


    1. invinotheresverde RE: cookiesforall May 2, 2010 05:15 AM

      OP, I think a more specific location would be helpful. Where in CT will you be heading back to?

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        cookiesforall RE: invinotheresverde May 2, 2010 06:58 AM

        Our thought was that the immediate downtown and campus area might be crowded with a lot of visiting families and wanted to move away somewhat from there but we don't want to drive all the way back to CT to eat. We will be with someone heading back to New Hampshire so I guess I mean somewhere 15-20 out of the area in any direction. Not too familiar with the surrounding towns but I'm sure we can find our way.

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          oldschoolshrewsburyST RE: cookiesforall May 3, 2010 10:01 AM

          Im not sure when graduation will end but Im thinking around 2 ish. If that is case , it going to be very hard to a good place to eat for a Saturday lunch. Most of the places that I was going to recommand doesn't open untill dinner (4:30). If you chose to eat later, there are plenty of places but lunch is going to be tough

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        TrollKing RE: cookiesforall May 2, 2010 07:46 AM

        O'Connor's in West Boylston is minutes north of Worcester. Dino's is decent Italian and is just off Plantation St. Also Cafe Trattoria Espresso is good and BYOB, but I don't know how early they open for late lunch/early dinner. With good highway access, Il Forno in Westboro is very central too.

        Il Forno Restaurant
        765 W Main St, Branford, CT 06405

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          phelana RE: TrollKing May 3, 2010 09:33 AM

          On the way to NH via Route 290 and then up to 495 I highly recommend Romaine's Wood Grill and Bar. It is located in Northboro.


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            invinotheresverde RE: phelana May 3, 2010 02:03 PM

            Good rec!

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            phelana RE: TrollKing May 4, 2010 04:46 AM

            O'Connors is an ok pub. We had Dad's funeral luncheon there. Not a place I could choose for a post grad party. Dino's not a place to go either..it's hey day is over IMHO. Mediocre Italian at best. cannot comment on others..had to jump in. Sorry. I hate for you to be disappointed. This is special ya?

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              hoffa2651 RE: TrollKing May 4, 2010 12:43 PM

              I like your suggestions Troll-dont know why people dislike Dinos

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                phelana RE: hoffa2651 May 4, 2010 02:40 PM

                Hoff, I was at Dinos many times years ago. back then it was fine..nothing crazy good and never bad. I just don't see it as a post college celebratory dining experience nor is it heading towards NH. Do you?

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              kmetzaholic RE: cookiesforall May 3, 2010 12:43 PM

              If you head out Rte. 20 west (or the Pike), Rovezzis on the western side of Sturbridge is quite good and open for lunch. Just a few miles above the CT border and close to the Pike and Rte. 84. It IS Italian, but has a good range of offerings that can fit under the "American" menu umbrella. There are several other places along Rte. 20 - Sturbridge Host Hotel, Piccadilly Pub, The Whistling Swan among them. Once you head west of Sturbridge, pickings are thin until you arrive in Palmer or the Northampton area.


              Rovezzi's Restaurant
              603 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01518

              Whistling Swan
              502 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01518

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