When Michael Tobins opened The Marathon Restaurant at North Pond, he told the MetroWest Daily News that he and his wife, Megan, "wanted to open a restaurant in [their] hometown and offer something Hopkinton needs—something that has a wide spectrum." Now, whether diners are looking for a casual family lunch or an upscale steak dinner, they can find it in one of The Marathon Restaurant’s three separate areas: the fancier downstairs space, the more casual upstairs room, or the bar.
In the kitchen, chefs whip up entrees such as house-marinated sirloin tips, beer-battered haddock, and steak and wild mushroom ravioli lavished with mushroom brandy cream sauce. Those seeking a more laid-back feast can dive into sandwiches, including lobster clubs stacked with applewood bacon, or load build-your-own burgers with gruyère, guacamole, barbecue pulled pork, or sauerkraut. Meanwhile, at the bar, servers tap draft brews and pour wine for diners to savor with their meals or gargle with afterward.
Most chefs tend to specialize in a particular cuisine, such as Italian or sushi. Prezo Grille & Bar's executive chef, Tim Vaillette, however, prefers to specialize in a little bit of everything. His main menu runs the gamut from classic American burgers to Barcelona-style swordfish served with rice pilaf. He also draws inspiration from Italy, topping the house-made dough of his thin-crust pizzas with ingredients such as buffalo mozzarella, ricotta, meatballs, and caramelized onions. Tim even dabbles in sushi, preparing specialty rolls such as the bad boy maki, which he coils with spicy salmon, avocado, and spicy mayo before serving it atop a revving motorcycle. To complement Tim's far-reaching menu, Prezo's bartenders serve an extensive selection of cocktails and craft beer, as well as more than 20 wines by the glass and 50 by the bottle.
Feasts unfold in Prezo's upscale, romantically lit dining room or in its similarly lit bar, where four plasma televisions stay tuned to the latest sports game.
Staff members at Performance Nutrition fuse their training in nutrition and fitness with a broad knowledge of the science of protein powders, multivitamins, and nutritional oils. After listening to clients explain their fitness goals, staff members flip through the encyclopedia in their skulls to pick out products—gluten-free supplements, herbal remedies, workout-recovery bars, and more—that match individual needs.
The chefs at Gourmet Pizza & Grill dish a menu of fresh and swiftly prepared pies for dine-in, carryout, or delivery. Refuting the notion that quick food has to be loaded down with grease and old hot rod tires, the restaurant's crew serves up pizzas with healthful adornments such as chicken, spinach, and mushrooms, alongside the crème de la crème of cured meats—pepperoni and salami. To accompany custom-created pizzas, three types of wings—plain, barbecue, and buffalo—headline a list of appetizers that includes traditional fried favorites such as onion rings and mozzarella sticks. Alternatively, diners can opt for a garden, greek, or antipasto salad.
Fresco's serves up a tongue-tantalizing menu of authentic Italian fare in a casual atmosphere. Diners stretch taste buds in anticipation with freshly prepared appetizers such as cheesy pesto garlic bread blanketed in tomatoes, mozzarella, and pesto ($4.99), or steamed native mussels peaceably hot-tubbing in a white-wine garlic broth ($8.99). Noshers of noodles can partake of a mouthwatering main course of homemade pasta carbonara, alfredo-sauced penne tossed with sautéed chicken fillets, mushrooms, peas, and bacon ($15.99), while meat-lovers cut canines on the carnivorous veal marsala adorned with rich wine sauce ($17.99).
Cuisine Type: "A World of Pizza" on Amazing Crust
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Our Garlic Bread is Amazing.
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Military discounts for Veterans, Active or Retired.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Try the Fresh Tomato-Basil pizza on a Whole Wheat crust, or The Sizzler, if you Dare. Or perhaps consider The Karnivour, but you might need a note from your cardiologist.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We originated the "Take 'n' Bake" pizza. We make it fresh to order, provide simple baking instructions, and give it to you to take home and bake when you are ready.
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem—not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
Our Famous "Garlic Bread with Cheese" is to die for. Add this gem to your order, and take the credit as a culinary genius.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Using only King Arthur flour, no chemicals, and no preservatives, we make our own crusts daily. In addition to our original NY style crust, we offer sour dough, whole wheat and 6-Grain (Organic) crust choices. One look at our online menu and you'll gasp at the choices.