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Aug 11, 2010 07:47 AM

Lunch Near Wrentham outlets?

Making a trip to the Wrentham outlets and looking for a non-chain, great spot for lunch in the area. Willing to drive 20 or so minutes to/from the stores for a nice spot. Ideas, fellow Chowhounds?

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  1. Go to 3. They have good cocktails, a nice menu and are not a chain. They do a nice brunch if you're going on a weekend.

    1. I would be interested in any responses to this post as well. I always went to Tom's Tavern when going to the outlets and they are now closed. Haven't found anything interesting in the area.

      Tom's Tavern
      263 Shears St, MA 02093

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      1. re: Pegmeister

        Tom's Tavern was sold, and has recently reopened as just The Tavern

        I haven't tried it yet so can't comment on any changes.

        Edit: I just read that The Tavern's new owner also owns Pizzeria Grande on Washington Street in Walpole which is reputed to have decent pizza similar to the original Pizzeria Regina, so their pizza might be worthwhile but again I haven't tried it yet. This article says they are still a seafood oriented joint and have the old Tom's Tavern chef back:

        The other restaurant just 200 yards away formerly known as the Anvil Pub has also been shut down and remodeled, and is now reopened as Mr Dooley's 10th location:

        Not sure I'd recommend either of these places right now due to the recent changes, but I'd expect both are likely Sysco food prepared 64 ways.

        1. re: Ora Moose

          Thanks for the update. I have a coworker that lives in the area, so I'll check to see if they have tried either place. While,I would never say that Tom's Tavern was "chowish", it definitely had it's place, keno, good fry job and decent drinks. After a day of shopping it was always a good fit.

          Tom's Tavern
          263 Shears St, MA 02093

          1. re: Pegmeister

            Another update: We went to The Tavern for lunch yesterday, had their oysters and calamari. Oysters were warm even though they were on a plate with ice but, we didn't get sick. Good deal at $15/dozen, since they usually cost $1/apiece at Whole Foods, so you're basically paying $3 for someone to shuck them for you, although I'd prefer mine cold. Calamari was pretty good. Brought home a chicken quesadilla and a plain pizza for our son, both are gone this morning so I'd guess he liked it. I had a slice, and will vouch for the pizza as the best I've had in this area. Will definitely go back.

            1. re: Ora Moose

              Warm oysters would throw me off, but I guess it can happen. The website menu looks much like the old place, so I plan to give it a try next time I'm at the outlets.

              1. re: Pegmeister

                Warm oysters would be sent back by me ...

      2. Cafe Assisi is a few minutes away; I have had a good lunch there a while back.. its on 1A up toward downtown Wrentham.

        There's a decent Mexican place a few miles away on Route 1 a mile or so south of 495..

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        1. re: grant.cook

          I like Cafe Assisi a lot as well. Really nice sandwiches and pastas. Hours can be a little unpredicatble (recall they may not be open on Sundays?) but a good value. Also, very close to the outlets, so less shopping time lost!

          Cafe Assisi
          667 South St Ste 5, Wrentham, MA 02093

        2. The Chieftan Pub is 10 minutes soouth on 1A then over to Rt 1
          They have a really nice pub menu, and full specials board most days, really
          good steamer buckets
          Entertainment starts at 9 mostly on weekends

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          1. re: sbs401

            Second the Chieftan Pub. Their buffalo wings are delicious and they have some great specials.

          2. I second 3. It is off of exit 17 on 495 but the food is excellent. I haven't had a single bad thing there.

            I've had the bacon wrapped meatloaf, the chicken brie melt, and bunch of different apps. They also have a blueberry martini on special these days for $3.33. It's with blueberry vodka, rum, pineapple juice, pina colada mix, and blueberries at the bottom of the glass.