Cafes in Ashland

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Steeped in centuries of rich tradition, Italian cuisine relies on quality ingredients and simple preparations to yield beautifully bold flavors. Since 1983, the chefs of Nello’s Cafe have drawn on such traditions to fill their extensive menu with Old-World staples such as lasagna and seafood diavolo, which they serve alongside burgers and other American fare.

300 Eliot St
Ashland,
MA
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The Cake Bar can fulfill all your sweet needs, whether it's a custom cake for a birthday party or a frosting shot for a quick burst of sugar. This bakery creates artistic cakes decorated into any shape desirable. These 2D and 3D creations include a gown on a dress form, Elmo in a wagon, and a realistic leather purse. For an everyday treat, cupcakes come in 13 flavors including coconut cream pie and sticky toffee. Patrons can sit at one of the cafe tables and sip on espresso or calming herbal tea while tackling a plate of triple chocolate cake truffles or contemplating the nature of icing.

17 E Central St.
Franklin,
MA
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Judy Rosenberg didn’t set out to be an award-winning chef or an NPR-lauded cookbook author. The owner of Rosie’s Bakery found her calling in 1974 after attending art school and gobbling desserts at some of New York’s finest bakeries, becoming inspired to forge her own batch of sweets. When the staff of a local cheesecake shop got hooked on her homemade cookies, she knew she’d found a recipe for success. Since then, she’s expanded her culinary repertoire to include fudge-nut brownies, bavarian-cream fruit tarts, and more than 14 types of muffins and scones.

Each recipe teems with real, old-fashioned ingredients, such as butter, cream, sugar, and edible monocles. Cakes come in circular layers and rectangular sheets, boasting flavors such as carrot and mocha. Filled with snickerdoodles and chocolate-chip rounds, the cookie lineup conjures more childhood memories than a psychiatrist who rides to work in an ice-cream truck.

9 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill,
MA
US

For more than 20 years, Angora Ice has served up healthy, low fat frozen treats. Dig into signature frozen yogurt combos such as pumpkin pie, pina colada, or chunky monkey—a blend of chocolate yogurt, peanut butter, banana, butterfingers, and gorilla tears. Smoothies are crafted from organic fruit juices and fresh fruit, with a sorbet or yogurt base. Lavazza brand coffee and a selection of fresh baked goods round out the ice cream parlor’s menu.

3 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill,
MA
US

Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds is more than just a gathering place for Watertown’s residents—it’s also a place where Watertown’s locally produced foods come together in the form of creative breakfast and lunch dishes. Nashoba Brooks Bakery and Russo’s Produce are just a few Watertown producers the chefs tap for ingredients to produce their delectable dishes. Fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes—infused with fresh lemon zest and ricotta cheese—are a big crowd pleaser with early-risers, as are the caprese breakfast sandwiches, which cradle strips of applewood bacon, smoked gouda cheese, and layers of pesto mayo between slices of ciabatta bread. That sort of creativity carries over to the coffee menu, where diners can choose from candy- and- dessert-themed lattes, such as the Almond Joy, the Milky Way, and the Cinnamon Bun brew, any of which is sure to awaken your inner child and exhaust its babysitter. Of course, Uncommon Grounds also keeps the spirit alive well into the lunch hour, doling out hot Panini sandwiches, burritos, and burgers.

575 Mount Auburn St
Watertown,
MA
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If the name wasn’t enough of a clue, a close-to-empty donut case at 11 a.m. reveals the main draw of Linda's Donuts. Owner John, who has handcrafted donuts at Linda’s since 1982, rolls and shapes dough in the back while his wife, son, and daughter work the front of house, greeting customers, taking orders, and complimenting sock choices.

Customers line up for flavors such as chocolate-glazed and honey-dipped, waiting to dunk them into steaming cups of coffee while catching up on work using the shop’s free WiFi. After the donuts run out, customers turn to hearty sandwiches and burgers for lunch.

247 Belmont St
Belmont,
MA
US