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.
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).
Whenever possible, the chefs at Pejamajo Café craft their signature crepes from sustainable ingredients—ranging from meats to eggs to flour—culled from local suppliers. They offer a variety of French-style crepes, including sweet crepes such as Nutella and banana as well as savory crepes such as the unique crepesadilla with Vermont cheddar and salsa. Both pair well with the café’s own line of signature-blended coffee. Each Pejamajo location also houses pastry chefs who spend each day transforming globs of dough into fresh cookies, scones, and edible swords for sword-swallowing apprentices. Pejamajo’s relaxed atmosphere, original coffees, and daily baked pastries have become its signature, and led to an appearance on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters.
Brian's Restaurant's 110 seats play host to dining on authentic New England homestyle pub fare categorized on the menu. Sample one of the daily dinner specials, such as Monday's all-you-can-eat prime rib rubbed with a house seasoning and slow roasted for hours ($15.99) or Wednesday's family-style chicken with pasta, fries, and a soup and salad bar ($8.99). Seafood entrees such as the fried-seafood plate with Atlantic haddock, Maine clams, Bay scallops, and shrimp ($19.99) delights coastal carnivores, and land-based meat eaters can enjoy one of Brian's delectable beef or chicken dishes. A selection of old-time favorites such as meatloaf with roasted onion and mushroom gravy ($9.99) and chicken pot pie ($9.99) conjure up memories of home, family, imaginary childhood friends, and imaginary childhood bosses as patrons feast in Brian's wood-paneled dining room.
Red Rock Grill and Bar's chefs seek out seasonal ingredients, whenever possible, from local sources to craft homegrown favorites and American comfort foods. Using fresh meats and produce, they braise pot roast in a blend of Guinness and smoked jalapeños, make marinara sauce in-house, and infuse macaroni 'n' cheese with fresh lobster. At the bar, a selection of microbrews and cocktails keep patrons spacing out their mugs of ice water. Beyond the menu, Red Rock entertains visitors by hosting regular performances from live musicians and loaning out canoes and kayaks with which to explore the nearby waters through Good to Go Kayak Rentals.