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Monday, April 21st, 2008
2:07 pm
Raw Foods
Does anyone know any places around Worcester that are either all raw, or focus on raw meals?
Saturday, April 19th, 2008
7:10 pm
Do NOT go to Franco's Pizza in Worcester!
This evening, we were going to order from Franco's Pizza at 1105 West Boylston Street in Worcester, as we usually do when C's Mom comes up for a visit.

No longer.

We called to place a delivery order. We were abruptly told that they would not deliver to us as it was too far. Apparently the new menu describes a five mile radius, and we were outside the five miles. The old menus stated what regions they would deliver to, and an $8 minimum. Nothing about a radius.
I checked Google Maps... we are 5.4 miles away from them --- if you take I190 to I290/Lincoln Street exit. However, if you take the more direct route of W Boylston St to Burncoat St to Lincoln St, we're only 3.6 miles.

Now, in the original call, C got to speak with the owner, who was very rude, very condescending, and highly unpleasant to speak to. We were then advised that if we were to make a $50 order, he may consider delivering to us. He also stated that the policy had always been in effect -- therefore, he should have known that we were within the "ever-present" five mile radius. He also told us that we had not placed an order with him in the past 60 days --- which is absolute bull, as the last two orders that we placed were two or three weekends ago. I remember my orders very well. When C had told him of those two orders, his response was to inform her that she must have called from somebody else (as if she was too stupid to remember). So we had him check for her mother's mobile number -- which he said wasn't in his records either.

We've been customers of theirs for several years, and have always tipped over 20% to the driver. We were good customers, never had a complaint about the service or the food.
Again, no longer.

So, after checking the distance, I called him back and advised him of this, and also told the owner that I was not very happy with the way that he spoke to my wife, believing her to be a pushover and a moron. He then said that he would take our order and that "we will see how far you are." I asked him, "How do I know your driver will take the shorter route?" He basically responded with a tone that suggested that I would just have to trust him. The owner's attitude was that he just didn't care how he spoke to her or to me, and also if he didn't have our business. I told him flat out that I would never order from his business again, and that I would be advising all of my friends who live within his so-called "five mile radius" not to darken his doorstep if this is the way he wants to treat long-time loyal customers.

Cross-posted to pfloyd, central_ma_eats, worcester, worcesterma

Current Mood: enraged
Sunday, August 6th, 2006
1:39 am
A new BBQ joint is open
Several months ago, Stan's, a ma & pa sandwich shop near work closed. A short time later a sign went up for The Texas BBQ Company - and I've waited for months for it to open. Well, it opened this Wednesday and Friday night I stopped in for dinner. It is a small joint - they obviously completely gutted the place and redid it, and did a good job. The staff were really friendly and the service was good - and, most importantly, the food was good too. I got a three meat combo with beef brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. All three were very nicely cooked, and very tasty. They're a dry rub, the style is reportedly 'Texas Hill Country", style place. It is a family place, run by real Texans. :-) Give them your support if you like BBQ. (Obviously my veggie friends might not be so excited. ;-) )

They're right on Main Street (Rt.20) in Northborough, MA. They don't have a website up yet - the takeout menu says www.texasbbqco.com but it is a placeholder right now. I'll have to ask about that next time I go in. :-) I will definitely be going back there. It is nice having a good BBQ place close to work, which is open for lunch too.

Current Mood: relaxed
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
3:07 pm
The best PIZZA in Worcester IS......

As a new resident of Woo-town, I have been dying for a good hunk of late-night delivery cheesy crispy pizza!!!!! Last night I didn't know what to do and ended up eating Papa Ginos, which made me sad, just because it is near my house and I was hungry.

I live extremely close to the intersection of 122 (Chandler Street) and Pleasant Street in Worcester, and I am including this information because it is important to me to find a place very close to where I live, preferbly that delivers. Excellent mozzerella sticks are also very key.

I love the Corner Grill, which I can basically walk to, but they have early hours and none of that greasy side-order goodness, like the aforementioned mozz sticks or fries.
SO, fellow food lovers, where do I go????

Monday, June 26th, 2006
9:14 pm
Ok, so I know there is Tortilla Sams. But I'm loooking for authentic mexican that serves plantains and has fresh avacados.

Thursday, March 30th, 2006
12:30 pm
Special Occasion Place
If anyone is interested in an exceptionally good restaurant in the area, try Sonoma in Princeton. It's pricey, but REALLY, REALLY good (I know not your average restaurant review, but it's just so darn good). It's definitely a special occasion place as dinner with apps, wine, entree and dessert will run you well over $100 for two.

(In response to an earlier post, I miss the pancakes at Lou Rocs.....)
Thursday, September 22nd, 2005
3:46 pm
part 2... Hankering the second has been for mollusks. Raw Oysters or Cherrystones, A bowl of steamed mussels or little necks, you name it... Aside from The Sole, who's got a good selection and presentation? I know I can find a good bowl of mussels at Dino's, but I just don't know Raw Bars in the area...
3:45 pm
I've had two big hankerings lately, and thought I'd present discussion. First, I've been craving pancakes. Big fluffy ones, quality breakfast material. Who, in your opinion, has the best pancakes around?

(If anyone says Denny's, I'll smack 'em...)
Monday, June 20th, 2005
10:41 am
The Vienna, Southbridge MA
On Saturday, 18 June 2005, my wife (Colleen, aka silvara77 and I went to a very nice restaurant in Southbridge called the Vienna.
We knew it was going to be Austrian and German cuisine, and we had seen a sample menu prior to our visit. We knew what to expect, food-wise.
What we didn't expect was the level of service that we had received, and the quality of the food.
Let me take you through the evening, pace-by-pace.
I had made reservations the a couple of nights prior to our visit. No problems. I had received directions over the phone, but I already had some through MapQuest and Google Maps, so I followed those instead. I like that way better than the suggested route.
The place was easy to find in downtown Southbridge. We were surprised that the building also housed an inn.
We were seated right away, and asked for a beverage selection. Colleen had asked for a glass of Riesling (her favorite), but they were out of that at the time, and a glass of Liebfraumilch was suggested. I opted for a Sprite, as I was driving and taking pain medication later that evening.
A small plate with crackers and a very light whipped cheese spread was on the table for pre-meal munching.
Colleen selected the Sauerbraten, which is a marinated and slow-roasted pot roast with a brown raisin sauce. I chose the Peasant Feast, which had a smoked pork chop, bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut (of which I'm not too fond anyway), and spaetzle (a kind of micro-dumpling). For an appetizer, we chose the crabcake.
The crabcake came first, and on the whole, it wasn't too bad. I wasn't thrilled with the bits of red bell pepper inside it, but I picked around them.
We also had a small salad before dinner. I wasn't too sure about what the dressing was, but it wasn't too bad.
Our entrees arrived, and we dug into them. I cut into the bratwurst first, as it's one of my favorite sausages. They say that Johnsonville brats are heaven on a bun, well... this brat (the white kind) made Johnsonville brats, good as they are, seem like Oscar Meyer hot dogs. It was one of the best brats I have ever tasted. Colleen, who isn't a huge fan of sausages, even said that it was tasty. I saved half of it for home. The smoked pork chop was to die for. I loved the ham-like texture, and the stone ground mustard that accompanied the dish made everything taste even better. I scarfed the spaetzle, and left the sauerkraut alone. I ended up taking the knockwurst and half the brat home with me for later snacking.
Colleen's sauerbraten looked delicious as well, and the small piece I tried practically melted in my mouth. My comment was, "I have got to learn how to make this myself!" It was that good.
Dessert was a piece of chocolate mousse cake and a piece of flourless chocolate torte. Both were rich, almost to the point of decandent. Both had creme anglaise and fresh whipped cream on the sides. Colleen ordered up a piece of raspberry linzer torte for home, as our waitress thought that there wasn't anymore, but in actuality there was.
We met the owners of the establishment, and had a very nice time after dinner with them, as we were offered a cordial on the house. We couldn't pass that up. Colleen's drink was a creme de cassis, which tastes like berries and currants, with a bit of lemon rind. Mine was peach liquere with amargnac (an apple brandy, I wager). The peach flavor was more of an undertone, and it had that smokiness I would expect from a brandy.
We also received a tour of the inn upstairs. Quite dandy. Private rooms, each with its own full both. It would be a dandy place for a getaway sometime. Not sure on the room rates, though, but that can be had easily enough.
All in all, a very worthwhile dinner, well worth the price that was paid. I'm not going to tell you how much it was, but I will say that this isn't a place to go every weekend unless you've hit the lottery. We'd probably do it once a year, for special times.
I would suggest this place to anyone who is looking for good food and quiet atmosphere.
The Vienna
14 South Street
Southbridge MA
Monday, February 28th, 2005
1:06 pm
Upton Tea is awesome...
Wednesday, August 25th, 2004
2:32 pm
Cedar Street Restaurant - sturbridge
we stumbled across a great little restaurant in sturbridge this week. The Cedar Street Restaurant in Strubridge. The food was really delicious, the atmosphere cozy, and the service excellent.

The food was sort of 'fusion', ranging from classic steaks to Jamaican Jerk Swordfish. They had great vegetarian options as well. Entrees averaged in the $20 range. The decor was classy and simple (i believe it was recently redecorated), but i really enjoyed sitting outside on the stone pattio. I don't profess to be a great food writer, so i won't go into too many details... but my absolute favorite part of the meal was the dessert - Honey and vanilla bean panna cotta with fig syrup. wow, was it good!

i just thought i'd throw that out there; if you are looking for a nice, romantic meal or just something new and different to try.

Current Mood: yum!
Monday, March 1st, 2004
10:40 am
Good central MA eating deals from the Entertainment Book
I don't normally shill for anybody, but buying the Central Massachusetts coupon book from Entertainment.com was a really, really good deal. I paid $15.00 for it, and I've practically already gotten that money back in food discounts (a free $10.00 dinner at T Sam's and a free $2.50 pretzel from the mall).

In addition to providing cut out paper coupons for various restaurants, they also have a discount card for ongoing standing offers at various eateries. The coupons are great - usually in the form of "buy one entree, get one free". To name a few places with coupons like these: Tortilla Sam's, The Restaurant at Tatnuck Bookseller, The Garden Cafe at Living Earth. There's a whole bunch more, and that's just places to eat - they also have movie ticket discount coupons and admissions discounts (buy one get one free) to places like the WAM, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Davis Mega Maze, and more.

If people are interested, I can refer your email to the site, and you'll get a $5.00 discount on purchasing the book (it's normally $20.00, that's how I got it for $15.00 from a link my mom sent me). Reply here and I'll set you up.

[EDIT: Apologies, it's actually a retail of $25.00 for the book, with a $10.00 discount - ergo, it's still $15.00 for the book]
Sunday, February 29th, 2004
10:15 pm
brick oven pizza; Sturbridge
i just tried a new place in Sturbridge (or, i *think* it's new) called Enrico's Brick Oven Pizza. pretty good. you can sit at a mini-counter and watch them make the pizzas, it's a semi-open-kitchen style.

pizzas are that thin-crust cooked-with-bricks-and-fire style. there are several specialty pizzas, i'll keep y'all posted on them. it's more senor mikecap's style than most of the places i'd normally recommend. (*prod*prod*mikey go there*prod*)

overall it rates an "i'm going to go back" and a "yum".
any of you pizza purists who consider Domino's a haven of pizza-Heathens should definitely try this place.

Current Mood: like a ninja turtle
Friday, February 6th, 2004
11:47 am
Wednesday, February 4th, 2004
2:55 pm
New restaurant in Shrewsbury?
It appears that Bronzo's cocktails is no more, and a restaurant called Moe's Southwestern Grill has appeared below it!

Does anyone know if it's open yet?
Thursday, January 29th, 2004
1:00 pm
12:35 pm
Breaking the Fast
Where do people like to go for breakfast food in Central MA? One of my favorite spots is Arthur's NY Bagel Deli on Gold Star Boulevard in Worcester - it's cheap, delicious, and the bagels are just plain great.

Lincoln Plaza is a kind of late night breakfast mecca with the Bickford's on one side and the Denny's on the other. And of course there's all the diners in town...

Anyone have a good hole in the wall spot they want to talk about?
Thursday, January 22nd, 2004
2:54 pm
Cactus Pete's
My latest review of Cactus Pete's in Worcester.
2:20 pm
Chef Moz dining guide
Part of the open directory project:

MA town restaurant listings (not organized by county, sadly)

Worcester restaurant listings
Saturday, January 17th, 2004
10:54 pm
A favorite topic of Mikey's... Pizza! Where do people feel are good places to get Pizza in central Mass? I'm particularly fond of the Wonderbar, especially since I'm not very fond of greasy greek pizza (though Paul and Tech have a special place in my heart and my stomach), and that seems to be most of what you find in Worcester. But, where else is good? Boomer's used to be freakin faboo, but then the new owners changed it around when it was bought a couple years ago...

In any other town I probably wouldn't order Domino's, but compared to what's normally available, it's almost preferable.

Current Mood: hungry
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