One of the best things about sandwiches is their versatility, with two slices of bread containing flavors that can be sweet, spicy, savory, or fresh and herby. The staff members at Wilbur’s North attempt to capture all of these profiles within a menu of handheld meals featuring Boar’s Head meats. They layer together options such as a spicy buffalo-chicken sandwich, a chili and provolone wrap, and a Thanksgiving wrap with turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing. They can pile fillings on a choice of bread, a freshly baked french roll, or three flavors of tortillas, which give clients the option to cut a few calories. Staffers also fill cups with soft-serve ice cream and fashion custom ice-cream cakes, ensuring memorable celebrations even in the absence of piñatas filled with fireworks.
Perched beside the waters of Scituate Harbor, Barker Tavern serves up a robust menu to match its rich interior and history as a fully restored 17th-century English house and former garrison. Seated by the roar of the tavern’s original colonial fireplace, diners can tear through stylish starters such as old-fashioned lobster stew ($7) and cherrystones on the half shell ($10), or the Barker raw bar ($29), an oceanic assemblage of Alaskan king crab, half a lobster, and jumbo cocktail shrimp that spouts passages from Billy Budd. Barker’s signature swordfish ($22+) and fresh-caught lobster ($29+) swim through a selection of main entrees that also boasts the blissful flavors of grilled rack of lamb lavished with fig-chipotle barbecue sauce ($32), and pan-seared scallops sauntering through samplings of ginger bok choy and forbidden black rice ($24). Said to be one of the oldest English houses in the United States, Barker Tavern ensconces diners in colonial mystique. Guests can marvel at the eatery's heavy beams and wooden walls, which were once pierced to create portholes for detecting the arrival of cannons that fired hard-tack candy.