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.
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.
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.
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.
The chefs at Sachi Japanese Steak House don't confine themselves to the kitchen. In fact, they take their skills—and a few tricks—directly to guests' tables, putting on shows as they prepare teppan-style Japanese dishes on a stoked grill. Not all of their food comes from here, though. The menu also includes traditional Japanese dishes that they prepare in the kitchen, such as oven-roasted duck with sugar snap peas and a jumbo roasted prawn slathered in mango and sweet salsa. Furthest from the grill is the sushi menu, which features dinner platters, sushi and sashimi à la carte, and a long list of specialty rolls.