Named a Hidden Jewel by Phantom Gourmet, The Farm Bar & Grille's rustic wood furniture and floors and exposed brick walls inform the eatery's comforting vibe. To craft a menu of comforting southern-style fare, the kitchen team doesn't skimp by pulling ingredients from the freezer. Instead, they put together entrees from all-fresh components, including some of the vegetables they grow themselves in the on-site garden and the 90-acre cornfield they fit in their endless broom closet. As baby-back ribs bask in the smoke from a hardwood fire, the kitchen crew bastes them every half hour, in between searing burgers made from fresh angus chuck. Starters such as fresh beer-battered jalapeno poppers are made to order. The staff also pours a large selection of draft beers and specialty cocktails.
At 15 Walnut, the culinary team handcrafts gourmet dishes, from maple-barbecued steak tips to margherita pizza with walnut pesto. But you'd never guess it if you looked at the ultra-simple basics local farmers deliver to the kitchen.
The bistro's chefs take these simple ingredients and then craft their own sausages, bake their own breads, dry their own herbs, create their own chutneys, and make their own mozzarellas. And all of this is done in small batches that adhere to a strict farm-to-table philosophy.
The resulting upscale comfort food sates appetites at brunches, lunches, and dinners, which patrons can finish off with handmade desserts that are even more appealing than Oreos in an artisanal basket.
From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. every single day, chefs sizzle and deliver classic American food at Omelette Headquarters. At breakfast, eggs bundle into innovative omelets or join bacon and waffles to serve as a more pleasant beginning to the day than waking up to the apocalypse or, worse yet, the discovery that Earth ran out of bacon. Lunch, available every day except Sunday, encourages patrons to chomp into crisp salads and fries-complemented club sandwiches. The eatery also presents daily specials, the recent roster of which has included a meat lovers omelet brimming with steak tips, ham, sausage, bacon, and a mozzarella-bonding agent.
Trattoria Bella Mia's historic Cabot Street location bespeaks a rich and cultured dining experience. The neat brick exterior gives way to a warm restaurant setting where creatively tweaked Italian classics thrive?patrons can savor pork tenderloin at tables or compose sonnets to beef carpaccio at the bar, whose overhanging lanterns cast down just enough light to read minds by.
The kitchen maestros at Harry's 240 draw inspiration for their seasonal menu from the culinary traditions of Asia, France, the American Southwest, and New England. Commence fused feasts with the crispy vegetable spring rolls ($7.95) or a bowl of New England clam chowder ($4.25). Hearty entrees include cheese tortellini bedecked with peas and sundried tomato pesto ($13.50) and sautéed chicken medallions ($15.50) that, unlike Olympic silver medals, do not constantly remind their recipients of bitter disappointment. This family-owned-and-operated eatery also handcrafts decadent desserts to keep sweet teeth sugared.