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The cooks at Piccadilly Pub Restaurant bake, fry, grill, and assemble a medley of sandwiches, seafood platters, and other comfort cuisine. Haddock fillets take a dip in a light beer batter before trans-fat-free oil cooks them to a golden crisp, and fries and coleslaw cuddle up beside them in a dish of fish 'n' chips ($11.69). A dozen seafood platters harvest additional ocean occupants, including lobster, salmon, shrimp, and mermaid-grown sea vegetables. Baked bowls of shepherd's pie ($9.59) and chicken pot pie ($8.99) release a flood of steam after knives and forks cut into the blistering combination of seasoned meat and vegetables. A different house-made soup holds court daily ($3.50–$4.50), and the soothing staples of Piccadilly clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl ($7.99) and lobster bisque ($4.59–$7.99), taking their middle-school yearbook inscriptions to heart, never change.

25 Foxboro Blvd
Foxboro,
MA
US

The chefs at Acapulcos Mexican Family Restaurant & Cantina aim to cook authentic Mexican dishes unaltered by any Tex-Mex influence. Their recipes reach back generations within the owners' family and several miles into their underground tortilla vaults. Spanish-speaking servers deliver simple combinations of protein or veggies, topped with vibrant sauces: carne asada steak dressed in green pepper and guacamole, tender pork loin in tomatillo sauce, chicken in chocolate mole. The chefs' adherence to tradition doesn't preclude experimentation. Case in point: the dessert burrito, a lightly fried tortilla wrapped around apple-cinnamon or creamy cheesecake filling.

Both the menu and the decor change slightly from location to location?a painting of Mexico here, a tiled mosaic there. Each one, however, has a full bar where bartenders mix margaritas and flat-screen TVs broadcasting sports overhead.

15 Main St. (Rt. 140)
Franklin,
MA
US

Lively chatter resounds off of brick walls at Cole's Tavern, where wafts of sizzling meats and fresh seafood emerge from the kitchen. As draft beer, wine, and spirits gush into glasses, fresh-ground Angus beef piles onto freshly baked buns and seafood and chicken burrow into nests of pasta. Chefs craft house-made dough for pizzas before arranging toppings, such as mushrooms, shrimp, and calamari, into a likeness of each customer's favorite Impressionist painting. Large plasma TVs and live music infuse the pub with a sense of revelry as bean bags careen across the court of an expansive outdoor courtyard and deck. A private-function room equips up to 100 guests with a full bar and buffet-style catering.

553 Washington St
Franklin,
MA
US

At Twelve Fine Food & Spirits, guests enjoy each other's company over plates of elegant, upscale casual fare, live music, and delicious wine and drinks. The menu blends European and American influences, serving up margherita pizzas and bowls of seafood chowder alongside Maine lobster rolls and hearty pulled-pork sandwiches. Acoustic and electric sets entertain crowds on Fridays and Saturdays, while a brunch menu greets the new day with feasts of Belgian waffles, cinnamon french toast, and biscuits 'n' gravy.

191 Mechanic St.
Bellingham,
MA
US

Though Westgate Lanes has been open for more than half a century, you'd never know it from just looking at the Brockton institution, which benefited from a pre-Millennium face-lift in 1999. Today, all 62 lanes feature automatic scoring, new furniture, and modern lighting, which casts a celestial aura during prize-packed cosmic bowling on Saturday nights. Open 365 days a year, the facility swings open its doors to challenge sphere-flinging friends, leagues, and parties with frames of tenpin or candlepin, a variation of bowling that uses smaller balls and requires more concentration than teaching a mechanical bull long division. High-definition TVs orbit the center's 13 billiards tables, and, between competitive rounds, players can refuel fatigued fingers at Harry's Pub and Grill.

65 Westgate Dr
Brockton,
MA
US

Judging from the mural of Bird, Brady, Big Papi, and Bobby Orr painted on its wall, Jit's Sports Lounge & Grill isn't bashful about its love of Boston sports. The establishment, which is marked by a full wraparound bar, boasts more than 15 televisions?each tuned to a sports package or the occasional pay-per-view match. During the game, fans can drink draft beer and feast on sports-bar food such as wings, pizza, and burgers. Afterward, friends can keep the competitive spirit alive by playing arcade games, shooting pool, or running for political office on opposing platforms.

1374 N Main St
Randolph,
MA
US