Executive chef Stephen Sherman (Union Bar and Grille, Aquitaine, New York's Union Square Cafe) heats up Scarlet Oak Tavern's kitchen with his culinary creativity, crafting a menu of upscale steak, seafood, and elevated tavern fare. The raw bar gathers wellfleet clams, crab, local oysters, and other shellfish, creating a flavorful precursor to main-course dishes. Stephen fires up locally sourced steaks, including filet mignon and sirloin, all of which are available au poivre—coated in pepper and cut into the shape of France. Though Scarlet Oak is firmly rooted in steakhouse soil, the tavern also serves a variety of specialties such as chicken pot pie, meatloaf, and pumpkin ravioli with roasted pecans and maple mascarpone.Scarlet Oak Tavern inhabits a restored historic home. Inside, warm fires roar during colder months, illuminating rich wood floors and classic historic architectural embellishments. The sophisticated interior sets the scene for nights out, special occasions, or private dining for groups while still remaining inviting for families. Part of the Webber Restaurant Group, the tavern holds itself to the strictest of standards regarding freshness and quality of ingredients. All produce is sourced locally from Gibbet Hill Farm in Groton, and meats and seafood are aquired from other local farms and fish mines.
As the chefs at Gourmet Garden Restaurant prepare a sweeping variety of Asian fusion dishes, they do so with an eye toward nutrition. When they crack open the pantry, they reach for whole, natural ingredients rather than MSG or trans fats. For instance, chefs complete sushi rolls with sugar-free akai rice that contains 56 times the fiber content of regular rice or standard tissue boxes. They also accommodate dietary restrictions by eliminating gluten, oil, and sauces from select dishes.
Aside from these health-centric dishes, cooks craft traditional items such as shanghai boneless duck, sesame chicken, and grilled salmon teriyaki. Sushi chefs create maki in cooked and uncooked varieties that mimic the flavors of culinary regions such as Hawaii, Boston, and Alaska, as well as low-carb options rolled in mandolin-cut cucumber ribbons. Chefs tuck these items into a luncheon buffet on Wednesday, Thursdays, and Friday, and the restaurant adds entertainment to the equation with in-house karaoke on Saturday night.
At Stix & Stones, pool tables take center stage?you can show off your billiard skills during the 8-ball and 9-ball tournaments that take place every Sunday at this Abington bar. But the food is a nice side dish to the competition, as the kitchen cooks juicy burgers, crispy french fries, meatball subs, and more. After sinking the eight ball, players can refuel with a cold pint of beer or a glass of wine while watching sports or Extreme Knitting on TV.
Fifty-four feet of glossy mahogany spans the length of the Irish pub, which is housed inside a remodeled 19th-century building. The mahogany bar complements old maps, steam-powered televisions, and a separate section of dining-room-style seating. Draft and bottled brews and a selection of wines pair with a menu that features bangers and mash, McGuiggan's sirloin steak, and burgers. As evidenced by the online photo gallery's snapshots of bagpipe-squeezing celebrants, McGuiggan's is a lively place that welcomes revelers with a packed schedule of live music and karaoke.
A warm glow can be glimpsed through the window panes at The Meadow Brook Restaurant, teasing at the cozy atmosphere that lies beneath the eatery's long gable roof. The tavern has been welcoming diners into its casual confines since 1932, nourishing them with a comforting menu born of locally sourced ingredients. Baked french onion soup and Maryland-style crab cakes warm up mandibles for main courses such as baked Boston scrod and house-marinated steak tips. Burgers, salads, sandwiches, and Italian plates round out the menu, creating an eclectic selection that's matched by the nightly lineup of live entertainment acts, which range from musical performances from local bands and trivia to burger mania and more.
Aptly named, The Deck on Green Harbor protrudes over the docks and moored boats, catching fresh seas breezes and stunning views of the rolling Atlantic Ocean. The sunny wooden edifice serves as an elevated dining patio for guests, who can also choose to take a meal in the dining room or bar should weather grow chilly or inclement.
Meanwhile, chefs work to turn the sea's bounty into delicious American-style meals, such as fried clam plates and haddock sliders. They also whip up a selection of hearty burgers, sandwiches, and classic meals favored in more landlocked regions, such as meatloaf and chicken pot pie.
Should the motion of the ocean cease to entertain, the seaside eatery hosts a Dueling Pianos show every Saturday, and a trivia tournament followed by karaoke each Sunday. They spice up their weekly lineup with special musical guests, including acoustic guitarists, pianists, and the occasional jovial little tugboat whistling merry sea shanties.