Nobody can predict when a craving will strike. Luckily for diners at Rooster's Bistro, owner Corinne Allen serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day, no matter the time. Guests can start or end their days with thick french toast with real maple syrup or an over-stuffed omelet loaded with such ingredients as corned-beef hash or chili and cheese. Paninis and stacked sandwiches hide thick slices of turkey and ham, and dinner entrees, such as jumbo ravioli or smothered steak tips, provide a hearty plate of comforting flavors. Live music floats through the establishment every Friday night, and stillness falls upon Rooster's Bistro every Monday when the restaurant is closed and placed in cryogenic stasis for freshness.
The son of a woman who was consistently passionate about feeding her guests great food, chef Josean Jimenez has been doing the same for the last 15 years—except usually, he feeds total strangers. As the chef at MRKT Restaurant, Jimenez oversees a constantly evolving menu that shifts with the seasons but always features organic farm-to-table ingredients. Plus, Jimenez's kitchen often turns to local farmers whenever it needs vegetables, meats, and the lyrics to "Old MacDonald."
Voted Best New England Restaurant, Best Service, and Most Romantic Restaurant by Valley Advocate, Chandler's Restaurant bursts with a spectacular array of traditional New England surf ‘n’ turf. Dinner diners can ease into a seasonal menu with the local-goat-cheese plate, featuring toasty doubloons of crostini, augmented with caramel apple, fruit preserve, and walnut pesto ($12). Culinary artists bind a variety of locally sourced produce and meats into miraculous entree options, which include traditional New England bouillabaisse ($30), a miniature ocean of tomato, saffron, and butter broth, dotted with islands of clams and mussels, and lapping at a golden garlic-toast shore, where a fresh fillet of fish basks, slathered in lobster aioli. Lunching mouths can discuss the benefits of collecting cocktail umbrellas while tasting the menu's BBC beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips ($14.50) or an armada of sandwiches, from the Pilgrim, a mound of roast turkey breast festooned with sage dressing and cranberry sauce ($9), to the house-smoked pastrami reuben ($10.50).
Hot Table fires up grills for all three daily meals with its menu of crisp salads, coffee drinks, and handmade paninis ($5.99 for small, $8.29 for large), which combine artisan breads with fresh ingredients and bake to melty perfection on hot table grills. Treat taste buds to dairy triumvirates with a three-cheese chicken panini, which smothers roasted chicken and salami with provolone, shaved parmesan, and blue cheese. Diners can customize their own paninis or revel in the preconceived meatiness of the swiss-steak mushroom melt. Until 10:30 a.m., Hot Table features breakfast paninis ($3.99)— such as the Vermont, a hodgepodge of sausage, cheddar cheese, and maple syrup—which go smashingly with dark roast coffee ($1.75), chai tea lattes ($2.95), or perfectly timed rimshots. Fans of fork usage can leaf through a Southwest salad ($6.99), loaded with jalapeños, crispy onions, and chipotle dressing.
Burrito Rojo, a Latin-style eatery, boasts a menu brimming with slow-cooked, hand-pulled meats, fresh salads, and made-to-order burritos seared to a crispy, golden-brown finish. Wrap your taste buds around a hulking salsa verde carnitas burrito, fortified with tender tidbits of pulled pork, leafy romaine lettuce strips, black beans, jack cheese, and zesty verde salsa ($6.99). Diners of the herbaceous persuasion can munch on a medley of meatless options, including avocado tacos—a duo of cilantro, tomato, and avocado-stuffed tortillas adorned with creamy jalapeño pepper sauce ($6.49). Diners can also cool spice-laden tongues by subtly face planting into a bowl of chilled sour cream.