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.
A greenhouse is a place for things to thrive?plants, flowers, miniature golf courses. Perhaps the last item in that group isn't as conventional as the first two, but at Trombetta's Farm, it's perfectly normal. The Marlboro location's 18-hole course snakes players across bridges, through tunnels, and past a trickling, hand-built waterfall, all beneath the sun-splashed roof of a greenhouse. Sticking with its green theme, Trombetta's Farm doubles as a garden center, showcasing vibrant annuals, perennial shrubs and trees, and herb and vegetable plants from local growers. Hanging baskets and gift plants also brighten the space. During visits, guests can even cool off by snacking on homemade ice cream, which Trombetta's has been crafting since 1978. The shop's diary specialists churn out 10 flavors of soft serve and several varieties of frozen yogurt.
Nick’s Deli, Pizza, Roast Beef & Seafood’s sprawling menu, lauded in the Marlborough Patch, runs the gamut from dozens of themed pizzas and calzones to family-recipe roast-beef sandwiches. A steaming meatball sub stalks elusive hunger pangs with torpedoes of homemade ground meat and sonar-guided sprinklings of feta cheese, tomato, and lettuce ($5.55 for a small; $6.65 for a large). Crunchy romaine lettuce and croutons chaperone grilled chicken in the caesar-salad wrap ($6.25), and a gooey Spartan pizza sows feta, green pepper, and chicken in a tomato-laden field of dough ($9.99–$14.99), just as ancient Italian pizza farmers once sewed their fields with marinara-sauce seeds.
Grill gurus at Stevie's Eatery prepare a mouthwatering spread of sauce-slathered ribs and hearty sides from scratch daily, drawing from their appetizing menu of comfort fare. Hands pull apart juicy racks of ribs as their owners admire their companions' flowing sauce-beards and tongues savor the meat's tenderness and spices. Mac ‘n’ cheese, forged fresh daily from al dente pasta on an anvil of six different cheeses, arms stomachs with further appetite-defeating implements. In meals for two, diners can forgo on-the-bone edibles and opt for a variety of other temptations, such as a grilled cheese sandwich, a duo of chili and cheese-swathed hot dogs, or a sausage topped with peppers and onions.
Bistro Bakery & Deli's artisanal flour specialists whip up batches of freshly baked goods to stock its hearty breakfast, lunch, bakery, and catering menus. Dive face-first into the gravitational pull of the more than 20 bagel varieties, including asiago cheese, spinach-garlic, and pumpernickel ($0.79 each; $7/dozen). Crying stomachs are serenaded with the savory tunes of the Bistro B.L.T. ($5.59) and the Tuscany salad ($5.99), and lonely hands can temporarily embrace the raspberry-chipotle-chicken wrap ($6.99) or the veggie delight ($5.79), which complements marinated artichoke hearts with roasted red peppers and provolone. The culinary artists at Bistro Bakery & Deli also proffer a selection of custom-designed cakes ($18.99+) crowned in a cappuccino mousse, pistachio buttercream, chocolate ganache, or Vanilla Ice sound bites.