Along with providing classy urbanites with a pastoral setting of forested hills, treacherous water traps, and the scenic Moosup River, the Foster Country Club offers a full 18-hole, par 72 course for your golf-cart-rampaging pleasure. Players of all skill levels can get in on the action, but every golfer should beware of the approach to the elevated green on hole 6, the double dogleg on hole 12, and the resident troll beneath the covered bridge.
A cozy setting and familiar foods make meals at Abby's Country Kitchen truly comforting. After taking a seat in the restaurant's cozy dining room or at cushioned stools along its counter, diners tuck into dishes that range from juicy burgers to plates of seafood.
Stewarded by three generations of the Morse family, the Colonial Restaurant & Pub continues more than 60 years of tongue-delighting tradition with a seafood and steak-heavy menu curated by executive chef Adam Dowd. Painted clapboard siding and stone accents conceal a pub with a spacious wooden bar more handsome than Cary Grant's side part and an elegant dining room where white-draped tables lounge by a fireplace situated beneath wrought-iron chandeliers. Dinners tempt taste buds with Italian-style pastas and chophouse steaks and fish, and lunch retells stories of bygone eats, with homestyle recipes including meatloaf and mac ‘n’ cheese sharing space with burgers and overstuffed sandwiches. Chefs cater outside events, and the restaurant's Sky Room plays host to showers, banquets, and luncheons celebrating the retirement of ’80s slang terms such as “gnarly” and “onomatopoeia.”
As diners gaze at water trickling down a 28-foot custom waterfall, Eighty Ates Bar & Grille's wait staff flits about the outdoor patio, carrying classic American and regional New England dishes. Patrons can also sit inside the expansive dining room to sup on seafood entrees, savory pasta dishes, and 8- and 12-ounce Angus rib-eye steaks, along with sweet desserts, including the chef's cheesecake of the day.
Situated inside Mohegan Bowl, All Star Pub invites patrons to kick up their feet after a few rounds of bowling to indulge in appetizers, burgers, and beer. Draft and bottled brews wet whistles in time for hand-tossed taco pizzas to appear draped in pico de gallo and housemade tortilla chips. Shareable appetizers such as spicy jalapeño bottle caps preheat maws before diners chow down on half-pound burgers, stacked pastrami grinders, and salads tossed with grilled chicken. Before venturing back to the lanes or to the arcade, patrons can dig into chocolate-fudge brownies or a Candle-Pin Strike—fried balls of dough served with ice cream and drizzled with raspberry sauce.
Bella’s chef Gio Calapi, a second-generation restaurant owner, mixes Old World wisdom with contemporary creativity to furnish a menu of authentic Italian eats. Diners can peruse first-course favorites such as the wild-mushroom-and-parmesan risotto ($8) before carrying on with a classic caprese salad ($9).
A pink ‘59 Cadillac flips on its headlights and a waiter strides to the window. “What'll be, Mac?” This was the golden age of carhops, when root-beer cost a nickel, and Joe Fanning built A&W of Smithfield with a hammer, saw, and a little elbow grease. Today, it is still a family operation under the ownership of Stephanie Mosca, whose sisters and kids have all slung sarsaparilla among the eatery's carports. Those servers and their compatriots have dispensed more than one million dogs and 97,000 frosty mugs of A&W root-beer at the location. Every year, beginning on the second Saturday in March, diners drive up and flip on their lights to signal to a carhop that they are ready to order. Hot dogs made from American beef pair perfectly with root-beer floats laced in cool tufts of froth, and burgers match up to pamphlets about not feeding the cassette deck no matter how hungry it looks.