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.
Chloé balances traditional New England fare and a Euro-centric sense of style in an intimate bistro setting. Though Chloé's menu changes seasonally and sometimes even daily, appetizers and salads generally run $6 to $8, and entrees range from $14 to $26. Recent menu items include starters such as cod cakes, grilled polenta, and escargot, with salads drawing power from rare and mythical fruits such as blueberries, tomatoes, and goat cheese. Exemplary entrees at Chloé have included slow-braised lamb shank, free-range chicken, sautéed tilapia, and grilled sirloin steak, ensuring that meaties of all mindsets are satisfied sustenance-wise so that they don't resort to overly elaborate butcher-shop heists.
Thai Time's authentic menu bombards taste buds with classic Thai ingredients and recipes. Five types of curry jockey for taste-bud attention, with the sweet pineapple and corn of the yellow curry chicken juxtaposing spicy pepper flavors ($7.50 lunch, $10.95 dinner). House specialties, such as the Furious Trio, a triumvirate of pork, chicken, and beef in spicy siracha sauce ($7.95 lunch, $12.95 dinner), treat diners to the chefs' favorite dishes and inspire jealousy in the other entrees. The Boston volcano swims to the forefront of the duck dishes, towing a delectable flotilla of carrots, peas, mushrooms, and coated in tamarind sauce and burning hot magma ($8.50 lunch, $15.95 dinner).
In business since 1929, The Old Timer Restaurant has been keeping generations of customers content and well-fortified with a menu chockablock with steaks, seafood, burgers, and pasta. Begin nostalgic noshes with a cup or bowl of clam chowder, featuring New England’s happiest mollusk in the role that made it famous after several failed attempts at a reality series ($3.59 for cup; $4.99 for bowl). Carnivores on a meat pilgrimage flock from miles around for the famous prime rib cooked to order and served up in potentate-sized portions of king ($17.99) and queen ($15.99) Thursday–Sunday. Eschew turf in favor of surf with the Haddock St. James, which swims against the current directly to the table pan-fried with herbed breadcrumbs, garlic, tomatoes, and fresh parmesan cheese ($14.99).
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.
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.