Andre's is a humble, family-run Euro-American eatery, which Zagat members recently named one of the Top Restaurants in the United States. Andre de Waal, chef and owner of Andre's, and his wife Tracey opened their restaurant in an old storefront building in 1998, adorning the exposed brick walls with their wedding photographs and paintings by local artists. Their eatery offers a rotating menu that is inventive, elegant, and comforting. Though the situation may turn at the drop of a switch, diners can currently begin the evening with house-cured salmon, cucumber salad, and fresh herbs ($8.50) or duck confit, penne pasta, and black truffles ($9) before they are ready for rare-roasted tuna and white-bean chorizo ($29).
It?s all about options at Stadium Bar & Grill. Take the kitchen, for example. There, chefs make macaroni and cheese four ways, tossing in added ingredients like jalapenos, hamburger, philly steak, and crispy bacon. The classic grilled cheese sandwich, meanwhile, is remade six ways, getting a crunchy kick from tortilla chips or a sophisticated spin with rosemary, thyme, and a red wine reduction. Even french fries are dolled up with a choice of extras such as house-made gravy, blue cheese crumbles, or brown sugar. And, as if that wasn't enough sheer variety, chefs leave it up to guests to choose their own toppings for burgers, hot dogs, and pizzas.
When it comes to entertainment, the options are just as plentiful. Inside the bar, flat screen TVs pepper the walls, playing a variety of sports games at once. Between bites, patrons can work on their hand-eye coordination during rounds of pool, while an outdoor patio provides plenty of umbrellas for patrons who want to sip a beer in the shade or garnish a really big cocktail.
The Tavern at Great Meadows might seem like a typical tavern at first. Friendly bartenders behind a full bar, occasional Fireball specials and karaoke nights, and a kitchen churning out classic bar food, like burgers. On closer examination, though, you'll notice the food's Portuguese flair. The culinary team braises steak Portuguese style, for example, and tops it with ham and egg, or adds pizzazz to the house clams with chourico, Portuguese sausage. Even the house burger, topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms, arrives on a rustic Portuguese roll. However, there's some pure Americana, too, like chicken wings smothered in sauces such as buffalo or teriyaki.
Upon its opening in 1924, the Newton Theatre beamed with a handsome colonial exterior, delicate stonework, and a façade glittering with 180 electric lights. Despite all this, the owners felt it most important to emphasize its steel load-bearing columns, declaring the building "the safest type known to modern engineering science" and “kind of like a castle, but, you know, without all the dungeons.” That sensible, utilitarian attitude has served the venue well ever since. The Newton found success as a movie theater for decades, then briefly closed in 2010, only to reopen in 2011 as a music venue with a sold out performance by Todd Rundgren.