When festival founder Anne-Marie Aigner first noticed the burgeoning food-truck scenes on the West Coast and the Midwest, her prescient mind foresaw that the tide would make its way to New England. In order to cultivate the nascent movement, she founded her food-truck-festival tour to bring dozens of trucks' eclectic wares to locales outside of Boston. Already scoring mentions in Boston and Worcester Mag in its first year, the festival has featured such four-wheeled kitchens as Redbones BBQ and Roxy's Grilled Cheese. Aigner hopes to sustain the food-truck industry beyond the festival's inaugural year by attracting interest throughout the region and motivating grassroots support for the mobile culinary spots and their future descendants, sandwich-slinging helicopters.
For seafood and barbecue that's earned the attention?and praises?of Phantom Gourmet and TV Diner with Billy Costa, hungry locals need look no further than Lobster Q. Servers dole out cool pints of local craft beer and baskets of sweet potato fries to complement steamed crab, pulled pork, ribs, and grilled fish entr?es. And, of course, lobster: steamed whole, baked into pies, stuffed into rolls, or hidden in ravioli, lobster is the centerpiece of the restaurant's broad menu. Lobster Q also uses its dual emphasis on seafood and barbecue as an artistic opportunity for kids, awarding a free meal to children who draw the best versions of the chimerically delicious Lobster Pig.
More than 70 toppings wait at the end of Froyoworld's self-service frozen yogurt line. Fresh fruit, candy, and syrups—including honey and Nutella sauces—cap off cups filled with any of 12 low-calorie, non-fat flavors. Depending on the day, customers may find choco-loco banana or pina colada, or even seasonal varieties such as pumpkin. Regardless of the flavor, each yogurt comes loaded with natural probiotics, and Froyoworld keeps the nutritional content of each flavor within eye-sight so customers know exactly what they're eating or pouring into the gas tank of their yogurt-powered scooter.
Slow food is the opposite of fast food in more ways than just the speed at which it comes out of the kitchen. In fact, it?s the great care given to chopping each fresh ingredient and cooking it as soon as it?s ordered that rewards guests deep in pre-dinner conversation with meticulously prepared meals. Now under new management, the chefs at Buono Panini craft their menu of fresh Italian comfort fare with gourmet touches amid the dining room?s muted light, ivory linens, and cheery colors. Diners may savor the likes of pesto-laced shrimp risotto and veal saltimbocca or crunch through a signature panini during lunch. Whether dropping in for a sit-down dinner or a private party, meals here make for outings that leave bellies full and dinner napkins worthy of bronzing for the memories.