The Simple Man Saloon's simple confines host hearty pub grub alongside live Southern rock and blues music. Its menu is studded with savory offerings such as 100% Angus-beef burgers made fresh to order, plated with fries and a pickle on black-and-white checked paper that signals the meal's finish line. Beers are available to toast the live bands and wash down sweet-potato fries, veggie burgers, and hand-battered buffalo wings.
Tucked inside the Westborough Country Club, The Grille treats guests to views of golf carts puttering across rolling greens and golfers perfecting their games. The menu of gourmet comfort fare includes macaroni and cheese paired with honey-chili chicken and an oven-roasted chicken rubbed with lemon and thyme. There are even golf-themed sandwiches such as the Birdie, which combines a quartet of deli meats with veggies and italian dressing.
Guadalajara, nestled in the state of Jalisco, was the birthplace of many of the flavors used in Mexican food. Those influences shine through in the recipes at Taqueria Mexico, where the chefs draw on family recipes brought by over from the inventive city. The dishes have helped earn the eatery very good to excellent ratings on Zagat.
As at any good taqueria, the gorditas, tacos, tortas, and burritos can be stuffed with a wide range of meats and veggies. Carnitas, pork traditionally slow cooked with green chilies, is nearly as tender as steamed beef al vapor. Lengua, or beef tongue, is also a time-tested taqueria meat. And like the dependents section of a scarecrow’s taxes, the eatery’s quesadillas brim with squash.
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience different cultures is by exploring their cuisines, and at Maxwells 148, guests can zoom around the globe with bites from an international menu. Executive Chef Mitchell Maxwell sees to it. More than just a passive admirer of the Asian and Italian foods that stand out on the Zagat-rated menu, the experienced kitchen master has trained in the lands from which these cuisines originate. His passion for Asian food has taken him to Honolulu, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore—he spent time in a kitchen in each of those locations. And his love of Italian fare dovetailed neatly with his pan-Asian education when he learned how to cook in the style of the Friuli region of Italy with chefs who hailed from there, but who were in Hawaii with Maxwell.
The results of Chef Maxwell’s globetrotting education are palpable in the flavors of appetizers such as Maine lobster or Hudson Valley foie gras. Or, they emerge from a pasta dish of Cantonese noodles with shrimp or linguini siciliana with cauliflower. His house specialties include classic chicken marsala, gnocchi ai aragosta, and kaffir-lime seared scallops.
With two locations situated in the heart of Harvard Square and Natick, Dolphin Seafood Restaurant reflects the unique maritime flavors of Boston and the Atlantic coast, receiving daily shipments of fresh seafood such as Chesapeake Bay oysters and Maine clams. Cooks stir fresh pots of New England clam chowder and broil filets of Bluefish, Idaho rainbow trout, and swordfish swathed in butter and garlic over their breadcrumb-flavored scales. At each restaurant, patrons can unwind in the evenings in a lounge with beers on tap, sports on the TV, and martini glasses filled with specialty cocktails.
Electric Haze pairs the relaxed vibe of its sister establishment, Spiritual Haze, a hookah lounge, with live music, artwork on display and for sale, and a full bar. Patrons can stop in to hear some tunes from local bands while enjoying a relaxing round of hookah. Electric Haze has the top 20 selling flavors and combinations from Spiritual Haze, such as Ambrosia, Blue Mist, Jolly Rancher, and Strawberry Margarita.