Food & Drink in Hudson

Prix Fixe Mediterranean Dinner or Lunch for Two at Zem Han Mediterranean Restaurant (Up to 46% Off)

Zem Han Mediterranean Restaurant

Northborough

$71.65 $39

Kebabs of thyme-marinated beef, fall-off-the-bone lamb shanks, housemade baklava, and other Mediterranean specialties

$20 for Two Groupons, Each Good for One Large Pizza with Up to Seven Toppings at Papa John's (Up to $43.64 Value)

Papa John's

Multiple Locations

$21.82 $10

Hand-tossed thin- or original-crust pizzas with thick cloaks of sauce made from California-grown tomatoes and up to seven toppings

Beer- or Wine-Making Supplies, or Beer- or Wine-Making Class for One or Two at Strange Brew (Up to 51% Off)

Strange Brew

Marlborough

$30 $15

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Stock up on malt, barley, or other brewing essentials, or take a class on the basics of making your own batches of beer or wine

Sushi and Asian Cuisine at Sake Hana Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Sake Hana Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar

Westborough

$30 $15

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Chefs sear steak hibachi-style and fashion lobster and spicy snow crab into specialty rolls; local ingredients are used whenever possible

One or Two Dozen Cupcakes or Two Vouchers for Coffee and Baked Goods at Stella's Custom Cakes (Up to 50% Off)

Stella's Custom Cakes

Stella's Custom Cakes

$18 $9

Flavors ranging from a strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and a lemon curd filling to a marble cake with coconut buttercream

Indian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers, Bread, Entrees, and Dessert at Savoring Indian Cuisine (Up to 51% Off)

Savoring Indian Cuisine

Maynard

$68.70 $34

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Chefs grind their own spices to add fresh flavor to meats, seafood, and vegetables cooked in a tandoor oven

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Food and Drinks at Sudbury Coffee Works ($20 Value)

Sudbury Coffee Works

Sudbury

$5 $3

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Rich, imported coffees roasted on site, including more than 50 custom flavor blends, paired with fresh pastries, soups, and sandwiches

Brazilian Rodizio Dinner for Two or Four at Tropical Café (Up to 52% Off)

Tropical Café

Framingham

$59.98 $29

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Roving servers dish all-you-can-eat plates of Brazilian spit-roasted barbecue paired with sides from the sprawling salad bar

$20 for $40 Worth of Vietnamese Food at Pho Dakao

Pho Dakao

Framingham

$40 $20

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Vermicelli plates, spring rolls, and sizzling Mongolian beef are just a few of the hallmarks on this authentic Vietnamese menu

$15 for $30 Worth of Asian Fusion Cuisine at Gourmet Garden Restaurant

Gourmet Garden Restaurant

Hingham

$30 $15

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Gluten-free and diet-conscious Asian fusion dishes flavored with fresh produce and herbs rather than MSG

Brazilian and American Dinner for Two or Four at Extravaganza Brazilian American Pizza & Bar (Half Off)

Extravaganza Brazilian American Pizza & Bar

Framingham

$30 $15

American and Brazilian-style entrees, burgers, and specialty pizzas, whose toppings include calabresa sausage and malagueta pepper

Dozen Signature Cupcakes, Children's Birthday Party, or Ladies' or Men's Night Out at Shancakes (Up to 50% Off)

Shancakes

Leominster

$34 $18

Savor signature cupcakes or children or adults enjoy an event filled with cake decorating

Mexican Dinner for Two, Four, or Six with Appetizers and Dessert at Mezcal Tequila Cantina (Up to 52% Off)

Mezcal Tequila Cantina

Leominster

$62.50 $34

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Classic tacos, burritos, and quesadillas with unique ingredients such as barbecued duck, Asian beef, and cumin crema

Pizzeria Fare at Piccolino's Restaurant (Half Off). Three Options Available.

Piccolino's Restaurant

Shirley

$20 $10

(10)

Pizza, grinders, authentic Italian dishes, along with steaks & seafood, served in a family sports bar; live music on Thursdays & Saturdays

Brazilian Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout from Comeketo Restaurant & Sandwichshop (40% Off)

Comeketo Restaurant & Sandwichshop

Comeketo Restaurant & Sandwich Shop

$5 $3

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Brazilian-style sandwiches and burgers including the Copacabana sandwich with mild smoked sausage and onions

Hot Dogs and Hand-Cut Fries at Elvis's Hot Dog Palace (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Elvis's Hot Dog Palace

Leominster

$10 $5.50

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Named after the owner's pup, the eatery grills up a variety of hot dogs

Pizzeria Cuisine or Family Dinner with Two Large Pizzas, Two Salads, and Two Garlic Breads at Deli Max (Up to 53% Off)

Deli Max

Natick

$10 $5

New York–style pizzas come topped with steak tips, banana peppers, scallions,

American Meal for Two or Four at Pantry Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Pantry Restaurant

The VERVE-Crowne Plaza Hotel

$71 $39

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Americana in the form of a bacon burger made of scallops, 10 oz. aged striploin, and grilled salmon with risotto verde and lemon crema

$20 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina ($40 Total Value)

Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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Pan-seared chicken wallows in mole sauce, and tropical tidbits such as mango and avocado grace fish tacos and other dishes

Oktoberfest Visit for Two or Four at Nashoba Valley Ski Area on September 5, 6, or 7 (50% Off)

Oktoberfest

Nashoba Valley Ski Area

$10 $5

Traditional Oktoberfest features German brews, Oompah bands, Bavarian fare and entertainment, carnival rides, and Saturday night fireworks

Italian Cuisine at Peppercorn’s Grill & Tavern (38% Off)

Peppercorn's Grill and Bar

Worcester

$40 $25

Italian eatery serves not only chicken parmesan and pizza, but also burgers, steak tips, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, and Wormtown Brewery beers

Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy Escape Standup Show for Two or Four at Park Grill & Spirits (Up to 52% Off)

Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy Escape

Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy Escape at Park Grill & Spirits

$46 $22

Top national and local standup comedians stir up laughs

$20 for Four Groupons, Each Good for an All-You-Can-Eat Taco Bar Lunch at Mezcal Cantina ($43.96 Value)

Mezcal Cantina

Mezcal Worcester

$10.99 $5

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At the lunchtime taco bar, guests can order as many tacos as they can eat with their choice of ingredients

$24 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Lunch at Caffe Espresso Trattoria ($40 Total Value)

Caffe Espresso Trattoria

Beaver Brook

$20 $12

Italian favorites such as steamed mussels in garlic wine sauce, genovese paninis, and grilled shrimp cavatelli with broccoli

Prix Fixe Upscale American Meal for Two or Four at People's Kitchen and Citizen Wine Bar (Up to 43% Off)

People's Kitchen and Citizen Wine Bar

Central Business District

$70 $40

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Wine pairs with upscale American eats including sweet-pea soup with pork belly, seared cod with lobster butter, and stuffed sole

Italian Cuisine at Viva Bene Ristorante (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Viva Bene Ristorante

Viva Bene

$50 $25

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Chefs cook Italian and Mediterranean specialties such as seafood fra diavolo, filet mignon in cognac-dijon demi-glace, and gourmet pizzas

Hookah at Electric Haze (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Electric Haze

Worcester

$30 $15

Hookah in flavors such as include kiwi, jasmine, chocolate mint, peach, and watermelon

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Smoothies and Juices at Nu Cafe ($20 Value)

Nu Cafe

Worcester

$5 $3

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Neighborhood cafe serves fresh smoothies, juices & coffee drinks with free Wi-Fi; craft beer, wine, & made-to-order food served after 5 p.m.

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Chiodas Trattoria

Chiodas Trattoria

Franklin Plantation

$30 $15

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Authentic Italian dishes such as veal parmigiano and lobster ravioli crafted from generations-old recipes

$30 Worth of Pizza, Burgers, Sandwiches, and More at Grill on the Hill

Grill on the Hill

Green Hill Park

$30 $15

Classic American cuisine—from flatbread pizzas to lobster-roll sandwiches—served on a patio overlooking a glassy pond

Sushi and Pan-Asian Dinner Food at Sushi Box (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi Box

Waltham

$30 $15

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Eatery praised by the Boston Phoenix cooks up Korean-style beef ribs, pad thai, and specialty sushi rolls

$12 for $21 Worth of Pub Food for Two at Legends Grille & Sports Bar

Legends Grille & Sports Bar

Fitchburg

$21 $12

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Bar and grill serves classic pub food, including loaded nachos, pulled-pork sandwiches, steak tips, burgers, and chicken fingers

American and International Cuisine at Prezo Grille & Bar (38% Off). Two Options Available.

Prezo Grille & Bar

Milford

$40 $25

Upscale restaurant serving an eclectic menu of brioche-bunned burgers, Asian salads, Italian cuisine, and fresh seafood

One or Two 12" Pizzas or One-Year Around the World Pizza Membership at Foodee's (Up to 46% Off)

Foodee's

Milford

$18.59 $10

One-year memberships get you a pizza per month inspired by different regions, such as the greek pizza, taco pizza, and reuben pizza

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina

Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Sauce-smothered burritos and enchiladas add to a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine whose recipes hail from Guadalajara

Hibachi and/Or Sushi Dinner for Two at Ruyi Restaurant (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Ruyi Restaurant

ruyi restaurant

$50 $30

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Hand-rolled sushi, Japanese teriyaki, and marinated chicken, steak, or lamb seared at tableside grills

Dining for Two or Four at Social Restaurant & Bar (Up to 37% Off)

Social Restaurant & Bar

Newton Corner

$62 $39

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Grab a drink and relax with friend over a round of appetizers like Brie fondue or lobster roll sliders then enjoy steak, pasta or seafood

Shabu-Shabu Cuisine for Two or Four, or Japanese Cuisine for Four or More at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse (50% Off)

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

Newton

$40 $22

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Shabu-shabu consists of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled and served with dipping sauces; also try the sushi and hibachi dinners

Dinner for Two or More or Four or More at Link Café & Bar (50% Off)

Link Café & Bar

Sheraton Needham Hotel

$50 $25

Refined American cuisine such as fig and goat cheese flatbreads paired with wines that earned high scores from Wine Spectator

$17 for $30 Worth of Sushi, Noodle Dishes, and Hibachi Food at Edamame Japanese Restaurant

Edamame Japanese Restaurant

Watertown

$30 $17

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Chefs build unique sushi and sashimi dishes as hibache chefs put on dazzling culinary side-shows

$30 for $50 Worth of Italian American Dinner for Two or More at The Talk. Two Options Available.

The Talk Restaurant

Downtown Watertown

$50 $30

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Chef Billy Holt prepares housemade pasta, steak, and seafood served in elegant dining area with black-and-white photos

$15 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Hamburgers & More at Stack-a Burger ($30 Value)

Stack-a Burger

Burlington Mall

$10 $5

Chefs grill fresh burgers and all-beef hot dogs and ladle on toppings such as baked beans and sauerkraut

Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies, Peets Coffee, or Personal Pizza at Fruitberry Frozen Yogurt & i-Pizza Cafe (50% Off.)

Fruitberry Frozen Yogurt & i-Pizza Cafe

Crossroads Plaza

$5 $2.50

Yogurt comes in 16 flavors and more than 50 toppings, whereas pizzas are made in front of you and come with a choice of organic crust

Italian Dinner or Lunch at Caffe il Cipresso (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Caffe Il Cipresso

Tyngsboro

$30 $15

Classics such as chicken cacciatore and shrimp scampi, as well as sandwiches, including a Tuscan chicken sandwich with basil pesto mayo

$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese and Japanese Food at Fusion Taste

Fusion Taste

Arlington Center

$30 $15

Menu blends Chinese and Japanese specialties, from black-pepper beef to sushi

Italian Dinner or Takeout at Arcenia Cucina Rustica (Up to 42% Off)

Arcenia Cucina Rustica

Downtown Woburn

$50 $29

The menu includes chicken marsala, veal parmigiana, and homemade fettuccine pasta tossed with bolognese sauce, as well as wood-fired pizzas

All-You-Can-Eat Dinner for Two or Four at Brazilian Steak House (37% Off)

Brazilian Steak House

North Woburn

$61.97 $39

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All-you-can-eat steakhouse features tender cuts of Brazilian sausage, lamb, beef sirloin, and an extensive salad bar

Italian Food for Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner at Cafe Piazza Dolce (44% Off)

Cafe Piazza Dolce

Winchester Town Center

$40 $25

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Chef presses fresh pastas, hand tosses wood-fired pizza & grills salmon for dinner & serves brunch dishes such as gourmet paninis

$25 for $50 Worth of Fine Italian Cuisine at Incontro Restaurant and Lounge

Incontro Restaurant & Lounge

Franklin Town

$50 $25

Upscale yet homey restaurant inhabiting a renovated mill serves traditional seafood, veal, and pasta dishes as well as wood-fired pizzas

American Dinner for Two or Four or Brunch for Two at Twelve Fine Food & Spirits (Up to 50% Off)

Twelve Fine Food & Spirits

Bellingham

$40 $20

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Margherita flatbread pizzas, seafood chowder, spinach salad, and lobster ravioli; cinnamon french toast, and biscuits 'n' gravy at brunch

50% Off Pub Fare at Cole's Tavern in Franklin

Cole's Tavern

Franklin Town

$30 $15

Guests enjoy burgers, sandwiches, and salads while lounging at the bar, in the dining room, or on an outdoor deck with courtyard views

Anderson Comedy Presents The Gas at Great Scott (Up to 55% Off)

Anderson Comedy Presents The Gas

Great Scott

$10 $5

Friday-night comedy shows host standup by local comedians

Tea Tasting for Two or Four at The Cozy Tea Cart (50% Off)

The Cozy Tea Cart

Brookline

$40 $20

Tea-tasting session allows two or four people to sample a variety of teas

Hookah, Snacks, and Drinks at Sheesha Lounge (Up to 56% Off). Four Options Available.

Sheesha Lounge

Allston

$40 $25

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35 flavors of tobacco, plus sweet snacks such as cheesecake and baklava

Breakfast or Dinner Crepes with Drinks for Two or Four at Paris Creperie

Paris Creperie

Coolidge Corner

$33.50 $24.79

(423)

Sweet and savory crepes prepared in the Parisian tradition pair with smoothies, Nutella chocolate drinks, and leaf teas

$16 for $30 Worth of Asian Fusion Food for Two or More at Gari Japanese Fusion Restaurant

Gari Japanese Fusion Restaurant

Coolidge Corner

$30 $16

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At a fusion restaurant under new management as of June 2013, chefs whip up signature sushi rolls and pour Thai sauce over angel hair pasta

$15 for $25 Worth of Tex-Mex Cuisine at Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

Adjacent restaurants have something for everyone, from juicy burgers to spicy tacos

American Food at Blue Angus Cafe (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Blue Angus Cafe

Dracut

$35 $20

Premium Angus beef burgers and homemade onion rings made fresh daily, along with menu packed with fresh seafood, wraps, and sandwiches

One Dozen Regular or Flavored Buttercream Cupcakes or One Six-Inch Cake at Sugar Coated Bakery (Up to 46% Off)

Sugar Coated Bakery

Dracut

$30 $17

Bakers prep custom cakes, cupcakes, and pastries for birthdays or special occasions

Italian Meal for Two or Four with Appetizers and Entrees at BonCaldo Restaurant (Up to 43% Off)

BonCaldo Restaurant

Norwood

$53 $30

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Wood-fired cuisine from all 20 regions of Italy, served in an opulent, yet cozy dining room

Italian Cuisine at Pastalina's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Pastalina's Restaurant

Medford

$50 $25

(56)

Flavorful dishes from southern Italy's Avellino region include pasta, chicken cacciatore, and veal saltimbocca

Dinner with Appetizers, Soup, and Sushi at Takemura Japanese Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Takemura Japanese Restaurant

Harvard Square

$42.85 $21

(144)

Sushi chefs craft everything fresh; original rolls include the deep-fried pumpkin roll and the grilled-salmon roll

Four-Course Dessert-Tasting Menu for Two or Four at Finale Desserterie (Up to 52% Off)

Finale Desserterie

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

(907)

Chocolate-dipped strawberries start off a sojourn through such desserts as apple a la mode and a chocolate plate

Tacos, Enchiladas, and Margaritas at José's Mexican Restaurant (Up to 51% Off)

José's Mexican Restaurant

Cambridge

$35 $17

(327)

Classic Mexican dishes include a kaleidoscope of tacos, tamales made by the chef's mother, and specialty margaritas

$15 for $25 Worth of Japanese Food at Shabu & Mein

Shabu & Mein

Cambridge

$25 $15

Tabletop stoves let diners cook their own shabu shabu hot pot meals and ramen or let cooks do the cooking for shumai, gyoza, and ramen

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Passage to India (Up to 52% Off)

Passage To India

Porter Square

$51.86 $25

(110)

For 25 years, this Indian restaurant has embraced millennia-old techniques to craft classic northern and southern Indian cuisine

$22 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Soul Food at Beantown Taqueria ($40 Value)

Beantown Taqueria

Cambridge

$10 $5.50

Chile relleno with egg-battered poblano pepper, tacos with hand-made tortillas and cilantro, and deep-fried chimichangas

Sushi and Asian Fusion Dinner for Two or Four at O Sushi Restaurant & Bar (Up to 35% Off)

O Sushi Restaurant & Bar

Cambridge

$40 $29

Appetizers such as sake-steamed mussels precede dragon and california rolls in a "Boston Globe"–lauded restaurant in Harvard Square

Brazilian Barbecue Dinner for Two or Four Adults at Midwest Grill (50% Off). Two Locations Available.

Midwest Grill

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(299)

Waiters rotate around tables with unlimited servings of beef sirloin, brazilian sausage, and lamb at the churrascaria

ComedySportz Boston at Davis Square Theatre, August 8-November 29 (Up to 50% Off)

ComedySportz Boston

Davis Square Theatre

$30 $15

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Two comedy teams compete against each other with improvised games called by a referee during family-friendly shows

American Cuisine for Two or Four at East End Grille (47% Off)

East End Grille

Somerville

$30 $16

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This joint offers locally sourced ingredients to create food like sweet chili shrimp flatbread, barbecue pulled pork, and steak tips

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Diva Indian Bistro (Up to 63% Off)

Diva Indian Bistro

Davis Square

$67 $27

Samosas packed with minced lamb and spices precede lamb curry, chicken dosas, dishes baked in clay tandoor oven, and vegetarian entrees

$12 for Drinks and Treats at Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream ($20 Value)

Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream

Maplewood

$5 $3

Ice cream parlor and bakery serves up a variety of pasties, muffins, freshly brewed cofffee, and sandwiches

Beer- or Wine-Making Class with Equipment, or Bartending Class at The Wine Shop of Reading (Up to 61% Off)

The Wine Shop of Reading

Reading

$200 $99

The best student-made wine and beer will be sold at local stores

Authentic Swiss Style Baked Goods at swissbäkers (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

swissbäkers

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(40)

Swiss-style baked goods include Berliners, the original pretzel rolls, authentic croissants, Choco Weggli and more.

American Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Lafayette House Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Lafayette House Restaurant

Foxborough

$50 $29

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Lafayette House Restaurant established in 1784 offers handcut filet, fresh seafood, and house specialties in a cozy, colonial atmosphere

Indian Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Cafe India (Up to Half Off)

Cafe India

Downtown Nashua

$30 $15

Chefs combine ancient and modern Indian approaches to create a unique culinary experience with the exotic flavors of India

$33 for the Boston Beerathon for Two on Saturday, September 6 ($65.28 Value)

Boston Beerathon

Multiple Locations

$65.28 $33

Beerathon event with 26 featured stops includes live entertainment

"Bye Bye Liver" for Two at Hennessy's on August 1–September 26 (Up to Half Off)

"Bye Bye Liver"

Hennessy's

$40 $20

(10)
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A troupe performs an interactive comedy show inspired by drinking, barhopping, and male-female relations

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Harvest Cafe is a community-minded space with local art on the walls and local coffee in the pots. It's just as welcoming a spot whether you want to sink into a couch with a cup of coffee and read the paper, or grab a table and eat some simple but well crafted food.

During brunch hours, servers trot out harvest french toast, smoked salmon benedict, and Red Barn coffee along with classic mimosas. Dinner here skews towards comfort food?hand-packed burgers, baked mac 'n' cheese with chili, and Boar's Head reuben?but there's always something on the specials menu like a filet of roasted salmon with dijon or house-marinated steak tips to keep the sandwiches and pasta company. The lounge is the more casual spot, with board games and plenty of light so folks can read or name their favorite photons. Every now and again, Harvest Cafe hosts open-mic nights for musicians and invites local bands and theater troupes to entertain guests.

40 Washington St
Hudson,
MA
US

Baked fresh, from scratch, every day. That's what makes the colorful baked goods at Bensons Bakery & Cafe taste even better than they look. In addition to spectrum of pastries on display, the locally owned, independent bakery serves a menu of breakfast and lunch fare and plenty of locally roasted coffee.

Sandwiches make use of fresh-baked bread from the Great Harvest Bread Co., while bagels are sourced from Bagel Alley. Owners and head chefs Emily Erickson and Cory Boutin are Hudson natives who bring years of industry experience to the business.

203 Central Street
Hudson,
NH
US

At Feng Japanese Fusion Cuisine, the chef gussies up traditional rolls, such as the Hudson, a shrimp tempura roll topped with scallions and served with berry-flavored caviar. Beyond sushi, Feng focuses on traditional Japanese cooking styles, from tempura veggies to katsu pork.

191 Washington St
Hudson,
MA
US

Sea Dog Steak & Ale's menu catalogs hearty pub food and a deep well of beer. Every item on the menu pairs almost perfectly with one of the pub's 10 locally crafted brews served on tap, whether it's the milky Sea Dog Stout and the marinated grilled steak tips, the malty Winter Ale to wash down the chorizo-crusted haddock, or the crisp flavor of the Raspberry Wheat Ale as a palate cleanser after dinner. Sea Dog's chefs also grill 8-ounce filets mignons, which are as heavy as Willy Wonka minus his candy weight. The patties of seven specialty burgers blend ground beef, short rib, chuck, and brisket, all piled with toppings ranging from balsamic-marinated onions to root-beer barbecue sauce.

The alehouse's nightly crowd adds to the convivial ambiance of the pub by sharing drinks on its outdoor patio or in its rustic wood-paneled, chocolate- and almond-colored dining room. Frequent visitors can join the wine or mug clubs, which toss in benefits such as personalized mugs, T-shirts, and a spiritual connection with America's most famous beer drinker: Benjamin Franlin, the inventor of both mugs and T-shirts.

318 Main St
Northborough,
MA
US

As Jessica Carroll explained to WFSB, her gardening center was never originally meant to be a business. It actually started out as a scenic storage space for a landscaping company she started with her brother. The two chose a pond-flanked plot of land in Marlborough as the storage grounds for their plants, and their well-tended blooms began to attract admirers, particularly in the summer. Soon after the siblings decided to help these visitors cool off, so they opened an ice-cream stand. These days, visitors to Jessica's Garden can take home their own plants, composts, and soil enhancers such as microscopic nematodes, rather than simply admiring the Carrolls’. Bass leap from the pond's waters, which are also used to nourish shrubs, flowers, or thirsty camels returning from desert jaunts. A rope swing and outdoor picnic tables make an ideal setting in which to enjoy the ice-cream stand's 21 flavors. As an added draw, the stand also serves lobster rolls in both the hot buttered and chilled mayonnaise and celery variety.

198 E Hampton Rd
Marlborough,
CT
US

A greenhouse is a place for things to thrive?plants, flowers, miniature golf courses. Perhaps the last item in that group isn't as conventional as the first two, but at Trombetta's Farm, it's perfectly normal. The Marlboro location's 18-hole course snakes players across bridges, through tunnels, and past a trickling, hand-built waterfall, all beneath the sun-splashed roof of a greenhouse. Sticking with its green theme, Trombetta's Farm doubles as a garden center, showcasing vibrant annuals, perennial shrubs and trees, and herb and vegetable plants from local growers. Hanging baskets and gift plants also brighten the space. During visits, guests can even cool off by snacking on homemade ice cream, which Trombetta's has been crafting since 1978. The shop's diary specialists churn out 10 flavors of soft serve and several varieties of frozen yogurt.

655 Farm Rd.
Marlborough,
MA
US

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