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rifoodlover Oct 22, 2010 07:27 PM

I'm going to Clark University in the a.m. and am interested in a nice place for lunch.

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    MUGger Jan 31, 2011 02:11 PM

    Try Cere's Bistro at the Beechwood.

    1. Curlz Jan 19, 2011 10:20 AM

      These are all helpful...thank you! Please keep 'em coming. And can any of you comment on Chioda's Trattoria or Piccolo's 157?

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      1. re: Curlz
        lulatula Jan 19, 2011 05:41 PM

        I really enjoy the bar at Coral Seafood on Shrewsbury Street.
        They have $5 bar menu and great wines by the glass. The blackened salmon over mixed greens has a delicious dressing and is worth the trip alone.

        Coral Seafood Restaurant
        29 S Bolton St, Marlborough, MA 01752

        1. re: Curlz
          oldschoolshrewsburyST Jan 20, 2011 05:07 PM

          Piccolo's is not open for lunch, I believe. If you going for Italian for your boss, go with Via over Chioda's. Via has a good selection of Italian wines and the food is good especially the price for lunch. Also try The citizen and the people's kitchen upstairs. The citizen has great panni's and its a wine/cheese place but without the snobs. Armsby Abbey is not worth it. Yes..great beers selection, best in the city but the food and the SERVICE is sub par.

          Armsby Abbey
          144 Main Street, Worcester, MA

        2. Curlz Jan 19, 2011 08:23 AM

          Bumping this up, with the hopes my fellow Hounds can help a Jersey girl...my boss is going to be meeting with clients and needs suggestions for a mid-week lunch and dinner in Worcester. She's into food, so it has to be good, and can be more upscale but definitely not a stuffy atmosphere. She's always happy to have a glass of wine, too, so if there are places that have a nice selection, that could be a bonus.
          I'm looking at the suggestions already made here, but if there are any others, I'd greatly appreciate them. THANKS!

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          1. re: Curlz
            fesenjan Jan 19, 2011 08:40 AM

            I'm from north of Boston, so don't know Worcester much, but will chime in that DC and I had a great lunch at Armsby Abbey a few months ago. Yeah, there was maybe some pretense, but not at all the "stuffy" kind of pretense. Lots of local stuff, great beer list/pairings.

            Armsby Abbey
            144 Main Street, Worcester, MA

            1. re: Curlz
              ChinaCat Jan 19, 2011 09:27 AM

              For dinner, Sole Proprietor for seafood, or 111 Chophouse for steak. Both are owned by the same folks, are very good, and have nice wine lists.

              Sole Proprietor
              118 Highland St., Worcester, MA 01609

              1. re: ChinaCat
                Angel Food Jan 19, 2011 11:36 AM

                Via Italian Table, owned by the same group, is very nice as well.

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                  invinotheresverde Jan 19, 2011 02:05 PM

                  Via's ridiculously cheap for lunch and really, really good (especially the panzanella and the frittata).

              2. re: Curlz
                jmacd Jan 20, 2011 05:57 PM

                the people's kitchen is great for dinner, but they aren't open for lunch. downstairs is a wine/cheese/chocolate bar called the citizen (and you can actually get the whole TPK menu down there for a more relaxed dinner setting) which is great for an after dinner drink.


              3. invinotheresverde Oct 23, 2010 08:29 AM

                Jeez, Saturday lunch, eh? Not too much open.

                I think Mezcal, on Shrewsbury St. might be open, for Mexican "fusion".

                Armsby Abbey, over on Main St. is open, I think, and has really good food, but is super pretentious (as in "no substitutions- our chef knows better than you"). Great beer list.

                Corner Grille has really good thin crust pie, although it's a bit pricy. Love the lemonade for two.

                Flying Rhino is good for a burger.

                Lots of Asian over near Clark.

                Flying Rhino Cafe
                278 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604

                Armsby Abbey
                144 Main Street, Worcester, MA

                Corner Grille
                806 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA 01602

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                1. re: invinotheresverde
                  mats77 Jan 20, 2011 04:37 AM

                  I second Armsby Abbey. Didn't find them to be pretenious at all. Everything is house-made or locally sourced.

                  Armsby Abbey
                  144 Main Street, Worcester, MA

                  1. re: mats77
                    invinotheresverde Jan 20, 2011 06:32 AM

                    If you keep going, you will. ;)

                    1. re: invinotheresverde
                      Curlz Jan 20, 2011 05:37 PM

                      I thought this place looked cool, but TOO cool for a business dinner. I'D go if I was up that way, though...

                2. trufflehound Oct 23, 2010 08:22 AM

                  Lot's of great options around town. Not sure about weekend hours, though. One Love Jamaican on lower main. On Shrewsbury St., Mac's diner for Italian, Wonder Bar for pizza. El Basha has great Lebanese. Corner Cafe has the best, thinnest pizza ever.

                  Basha Cafe
                  26 New St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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