Dining at a Mexicali Fresh Mex Grill is a different experience in every city. While every location shares the same Guadalajara based menu—with plates of authentic enchiladas, fajita burgers, and flautas covered in ranchero cheese—the decor of their dining rooms varies from location to location. In Spencer, Massachusetts, diners gaze at warm-toned desert paintings and statues of running horses, whereas the Ware, Massachusetts, location treats the eyes to views of blue-tiled divides and potted plants. In Holden, Massachusetts, a look around the dining area gives customers views of brightly painted walls on which ponchos and hats are hung, simultaneously providing colorful scenery and ideas for repurposing their old swimming trunks at home.
An olive branch painting adorns the dining room wall at Oli's Italian Eatery, but it's likely those nearby are already feeling pretty peaceful. Or at the very least, content over a meal. The menu packs in everything from specialty pizzas and pastas to seafood and burgers made in the open kitchen for lunch and dinner. The drink list offers specialty cocktails like watermelon martinis and sangria, along with draft beers and glasses of wine.
The Manor populates its eclectic menu with globally-inspired cuisine, from Greek and Italian fare to all-American steaks and burgers. Kick off comestible journeys or induce postmeal baa-ing with grilled Lollipop lamb chops served with mint jelly ($9.99). A platter of flaky spanakopita ($9.99) rolls to tables accompanied by a savory posse of rice, feta, tomato, and cucumbers, while Queen-cut prime rib ($14.99) is ushered to mouths flanked by baked-potato and coleslaw. Italian edibles include a rich lobster ravioli ($17.99), sautéed with portobello mushrooms in a pesto cream sauce over a bed of steamed spinach, and the American Cowboy burger ($8.59) is crowned with a 10-gallon hat of bacon, portobello, onions, and swiss cheese. The Manor also offers gluten-free preparations of certain items. With crisp white tablecloths, bright yellow walls, and a large fireplace, The Manor creates the ideal ambiance for dates, celebrations, or dated celebrations honoring the invention of the Pony Express.
Ladd's Restaurant's culinarians craft a multifarious menu brimming with a diverse potpourri of culinary assemblages. After warming up with a homemade cup of new england clam chowder ($3.50), commence main course chew-offs with a dish from the bevy of hearty entrees, such as chicken and broccoli alfredo ($14.99) and broiled pork chops ($13.99). Lobster pie in casserole features tender morsels of lobster butterfly stroking in a sea of creamy sauce ($17.99), and a Ladd's burger arrives at tables robed in bacon and sautéed onions ($7.99). Or opt for a smaller-scale noshing with a selection from the cove of salads and sandwiches. A refreshing garden burger ($8.99) sates herbaceous cravings, coming to tables sweetened with lemon mayo and heart-shaped grill marks.
Mexicali Fresh Mex Grill serves up juicy Mexican-style steaks, chimichangas, and tacos piled with al pastor pork or Baja-style fish. Diners can also sample house specialties such as the beef-stuffed poblano peppers topped with pecan-cream sauce. Vegetarian dishes are also available.
Barre Mille chefs bury hunger in an avalanche of Italian and American fare, including seafood, steak, pizza, and pasta options. A salad bar accompanies every entree with unlimited crispness, and a parade of dishes including broccoli alfredo, fried clams, and homemade bread march along tables during Wednesday night dinner buffets. Parties of 25 or more sink their more than 100 fork tines into a banquet menu of prime rib and stuffed shrimp, and a dairy-centric take-away window supplies 30 flavors of ice cream for patrons too busy to raise and milk their own cow.