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lunch near Uxbridge, MA?

Looking for recs for lunch within 1/2 hour drive in any direction from Uxbridge, MA .
Taking an old friend out for a birthday lunch. Any thoughts???

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  1. The Whistle Stop in Oxford (Route 12) is a good option, as is 88 Bistro on Route 16 in Webster.

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    1. re: JPchowhound

      Thank you, I'll give them a try next time I'm out that way.
      FYI -We ended up at the Red Rock Grill & Bar in Upton. Both of us chose the same entree off the new winter lunch menu - Guinness & Smoked Jalapeno Braised Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Carrots. I asked for broccoli instead of carrots, gravy on the side expecting a traditionally plated meal. No, the carrots were cooked with the pot roast so they were in the gravy with the chunks of pot roast (think steak tip size pieces). Not enough carrots to even mention them as a veggie. But, the meat was fork, tender melt in your moth, the mashed potatoes were excellent . The smoked jalapeno provided some spiciness and a little heat - very tasty. We had to ask for bread - corn bread would have been excellent with this.
      All in all a comfortable room, interesting specials as well with service at lunch best described as "polite but hurried". I would go back, someone in that kitchen enjoys what they do.

      1. re: sciaccagirl

        You might consider Gia, on Quaker Highway (Rt. 146A) in Uxbridge. It is the best restaurant in the area and is right off of Rt. 146, with ample parking. It used to be Ye Olde Oyster Cabin.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880940

        1. re: oystertripe

          Thanks, oystertripe. Just looked at their menus. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

          1. re: oystertripe

            Gia's is OK, since the area around here is swimming in red sauce places... you could also be in Putnam CT within a half hour and there are many lunch dining options in this small city.

            1. re: kmetzaholic

              Thanks, kmetzaholic. Any in particular in Putnam you would recommend and why, please.

              1. re: sciaccagirl

                85 Main is always reliable - American fusion cuisine, plus a sushi menu, Courthouse Bar and Grille (trad bar fare), Someplace Special does good Italian/ American fare, plus Thai Place in the shopping plaza if you want more exotic offerings. Also an antique shop mecca before or after the meal...

                1. re: sciaccagirl

                  In twenty minutes you could be in Providence, a treasure-trove of dining.

                  1. re: oystertripe

                    Uxbridge to Prov. in 20 minutes? Speed limit once you pass the RI border is 55 on 146. I have never made it in under 35 minutes, plus parking, traffic, yada, etc. My helicopter is in the shop right now...

                    1. re: kmetzaholic

                      Parking doesn't count. Once you exit Rt. 146, your driving time might even double if you are headed somewhere busy. Uxbridge to Providence is an easy twenty minutes.