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.
Helmed by accredited nursery professional and certified landscape and garden consultant Jessica Carroll, Jessica's Garden caters to plant-happy patrons with a seasonal selection of greenery. Import a plot of fragrant lavender blossoms ($5.99), or spruce up quicksand traps with the desert-dwelling Red Beauty succulent ($3.99).
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.
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.
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.
Chloé balances traditional New England fare and a Euro-centric sense of style in an intimate bistro setting. Though Chloé's menu changes seasonally and sometimes even daily, appetizers and salads generally run $6 to $8, and entrees range from $14 to $26. Recent menu items include starters such as cod cakes, grilled polenta, and escargot, with salads drawing power from rare and mythical fruits such as blueberries, tomatoes, and goat cheese. Exemplary entrees at Chloé have included slow-braised lamb shank, free-range chicken, sautéed tilapia, and grilled sirloin steak, ensuring that meaties of all mindsets are satisfied sustenance-wise so that they don't resort to overly elaborate butcher-shop heists.