Visions of the Italian coastline flood in through faux archways painted on the walls at Scola?s Restaurant. While waiting for the main meal, guests can nibble on shrimp scampi and eggplant rollotini or settle a bitter arm-wrestling dispute once and for all. The chefs' classic Italian dishes include chicken cacciatore and shrimp piccata, along with fresh-baked brick oven pizza available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There?s an ample seafood selection, too?three sizes of prime rib, haddock, and lobster pie?as well as a few American dishes, including a steak-tip dinner. Guests can also order up sandwiches such as a fried clam roll or meatball sandwich.
In addition stocking to an international assortment of wine and beer, the bartenders mix up martinis that range from classic cosmopolitans to the Real Espresso Martini, which patrons can enjoy in Scola?s TV-ladened lounge.
At Parker House Grille, guests choose their ambiance before they choose their dinner—the cozy, contemporary dining room, or the more casual pub where live music starts at 7:30 p.m. most Friday and Saturday nights. Seafood and steak rule the dinner menu, but there's also a handful of homier dishes, including roasted chicken, hand-rubbed baby-back ribs, and braised yankee pot roast dished with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. For the lunch-and-pub menu, chefs assemble more than a dozen types of sandwiches, melts, and burgers beside a lineup of lightly-battered seafood options. In preparation for Monday-night trivia battles, patrons can sip martinis and wine as they quiz each other on questions such as, "Where was Elvis Presley born?" and "Soup or salad?"
Jennifer Dumais consolidates romantic gestures with great success when she bakes, sculpts, and frosts customized cakes for any event, as evidenced by her gallery of edible art. Idiosyncratic cakes that resemble a tool belt or a gathering of jungle animals complement tiered wedding cakes, which can sport spiraling accents and actual flowers. Sugar Coated Bakery's impressive list of cake flavors covers classic tastes, such as chocolate and old-fashioned lemon, in addition to slices of pumpkin, white chocolate spice, and seasonal passion fruit. All these are available as cupcake flavors as well.
Echoed by the Japanese lucky-cat statues and Chinese mountain wall art, Kashin Garden's pan-Asian specialties range from pad thai and tempura to fresh sushi. Chefs wok-toss morsels of meats, tofu, or shrimp and whip up specialties including rich duck and trios of chicken, shrimp, and beef, or scallop, shrimp, and calamari in crispy golden veggie nests. The sushi chefs craft rolls that encapsulate fresh yellowtail or spicy tuna more snuggly than the cold-blooded embrace of their mothers when they were wee roes. Characterized by soft lighting glowing from golden lamps and splashes of mosaic tiles, the lounge bar beckons patrons to kick back with a cocktail.
Premium Black Angus burgers, onion rings, and french fries are made fresh daily and fried in zero-trans-fat oil at Blue Angus Cafe. But those are only three of the many items on the eatery’s menu, which is packed with American cuisine. Each meal—whether it’s a plate of Angus meatballs topped with marinara sauce over ziti or classic grilled cheese—demonstrates the chefs’ care. The restaurant’s interior features carpeted flooring, a surplus of sunshine, padded booths and tables dotted with bright floral centerpieces, and vivid yellow flowers sprouting from the walls.
Founded to commemorate local US veterans, Lowell Memorial Auditorium's imposing, neoclassical exterior is ringed with inscriptions immortalizing famous generals and pivotal battles throughout the years, including Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and San Juan Hill. The venue's history hasn't been all serious, however?in its early years, shortly after Word War I, its most popular event was the weekly Bingo game, which often attracted up to 3,000 participants and prompted Life to call Lowell a "natural Bingopolis." The decades following saw everything from conventions and civic affairs to performances by Benny Goodman and the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. By 1979 the building was so worn down from floods, hurricanes, and economic depression that it necessitated a major renovation to bring it into the modern era. Today, its stage is fit for Broadway-scale shows, the behind-the-stage balcony is gone, and air conditioning protects against summer heat and litigious snowmen.