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Oct 14, 2012 03:41 PM

Buckhead Grill - Wrentham Outlet Food Court

After a couple of hours of shopping at the Wrentham Outlet in Wrentham, MA my wife and I were famished. We decided to hit the food court. We had high expectations - during our shopping, we had seen throngs of European and Asian speaking in their moon-man languages, so I expected the food to mirror this fusion of cultures.

The food court had several choices - the first that intrigued me was a an Asian-themed stall. I have a secret - I love Asian food at airports, so this seemed like a sure thing. A 2-item combo with lo mein takes me to a soy-sauced-marinated culinary heaven. But I didn't linger long - the items in the steam table looked horrid.. the only other place I'd find a 2-item combo as unappetizing as this would be a North Korean labor camp.

So next, I moved over to the Buckhead Grill, promising freshly made burgers. I figured it must be good, because the pictures of the food on the overhead menu looked very well made. But watching my burger get made put this notion aside - to watch the grill chef press down hard on the burger several times on the grill, I realized I wasn't going to enjoy this burger. And I didn't And the fries were not crisp. Its bad when your favorite thing from lunch is the cold water.

So if you are debating a foodie journey to the Wrentham Outlets, put that notion aside.. have no illusions that the Wrentham food court will equal the quality from such nearby vendors as Burberry, The Fudgery, and Samsonite.

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  1. I can't imagine anyone would consider the Wrentham Outlets as a foodie destination.

    We usually eat at Ruby Tuesdays which is merely passable. The food court is sorta gross.

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      Wrentham outlet food court?!?!?! The mere thought of eating there makes my skin crawl.

    2. I get a good chuckle out of the idea that anyone might have ever contemplated making a food trip to the Wrentham outlets. That's like taking a trip to CVS to go book shopping.

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      1. re: FinnFPM

        In hindsight, I realize my review my have been a bit harsh. These are entrepreneurs here - perhaps Buckhead Grill, with a bit of coaching, could be the next Red Robin, and the Asian place could aspire to the storied heights of "Asian Chao" and that NOLA classic, "Takee Outee"

        I also didn't sample the Bavarian peanut carts scattered around the site - those might have redeemed Wrentham.

        So I will attempt to communicate to the Buckhead Grill that it is unwise to press a spatula down hard on a burger on the grill. And that if they toasted my bun a bit, I would move them more in the Five Guys direction. They could eventually be an east-coast In n' Out!

        I will consider them my Pygmalion.. or more appropriately, my "Foodmalion"

        1. re: grant.cook

          I would just focus on shopping, myself.

              1. re: C. Hamster

                not sure they use terms like "moon-man languages"

        2. Haven't been to the outlets in years. When I did go, I would always stop at Tom's Tavern. Once they closed that was the end of my field trips to the outlets. I believe that they have reopened? If so, does anyone know of it's any good?

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          1. re: Pegmeister

            Wrentham has a terrible food court and so does the new Merrimack NH outlets. Last time we went to Merrimack, I had a blizzard from Dairy Queen instead of bothering with the food court food.

            1. re: Pegmeister

              Yes, Tom's has reopened and is now called The Tavern at Wrentham. It's pretty much the same as the old place though. We ate there a few weeks ago and enjoyed it.

              1. re: rmperry

                Tom's (now The Tavern) is just a stones throw from our house, and has decent pizza. A brand new place just recently opened up in downtown Wrentham called the Terrace, we have not tried it yet but their menu looks promising.

            2. That area has little to recommend in terms of food. A few places in Bellingham but mostly near the RI border so that's a hike.

              The best eating near outlets seems to be Kittery. Not only more than one place with lobster rolls, but When Pigs Fly's restaurant has good pizza and pretty good food overall. Most uncomfortable chairs in human history, at least those that lack spikes sticking up at you, but good pizza.

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              1. re: lergnom

                I did enjoy a lunch once at Cafe Assisi, nearby in Wrentham, and over in Plainville there is the Chieftain and passable Mexican at Rancho Chico..

                1. re: grant.cook

                  The food options at the outlet center are absurdly bad. That food court is gross. It's a sad state of affairs when Friendly's is your best option.

                  1. re: bugsmum

                    And that Friendly's is appalling even by Friendly's standards...

                    1. re: Allstonian

                      Hey, the Friendly's in Arlington (now closed) had a worker with Hep A and a whole lot of customers had to get tested.. Friendly's and "appalling" go hand in hand in my book..

                    2. re: bugsmum

                      I respectfully suggest that Ruby Tuesdays is a notch better than Fridays (which i vow never ever ever to eat at again...) plus it has a BAR!

                      My SIL s who are quite chowish and eat regularly at some of our favorite places "secretly" love Cracker Barrel. They eat there when I'm not along for the ride. Knowing I'd have to adopt a Ruth Reichl disguise to to so.

                      There's an UNO over by the crappy Restoration Hardware outlet that I'm going to suggest as an alternative to Ruby's. I doubt the'll bite.

                      They have some exceptional deals in the mall, FYI.

                    3. re: grant.cook

                      Cafe Assisi is quite good. I had the Asparagus Wraps and the Roasted stuffed pepper, stuffed with seafood risotto.
                      I didn't even know there was a food court at the Wrentham Outlets.

                  2. The OP still sounds like The Onion to me.