Cuisine Type: American
Established: Before 1950
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 50+
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Offering: 12-hour roasted prime rib and salad bar
Alcohol: Wine only
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Larry's II Restaurant, which is co-owned by Bob and Ryan Middleton, is a second-generation, family-run restaurant with a history that goes back to 1949. Originally a diner, the eatery has maintained a casual setting while growing with the times. Today, its menu has developed to include American cuisine with global touches and fresh ingredients, including the use of local produce whenever possible.
Details such as a self-serve salad bar and outdoor-patio seating augment dinners of 1.5-pound pork osso bucco, cedar-plank salmon, freshly ground burgers, and housemade cheesesteaks. To accommodate as many diners as it can, the staff also prepares kid-friendly and gluten-free options. The eatery even has a coffee-bar area where patrons can quickly grab an espresso and to-go bite, allowing them to get back to watching cat videos on their work computers as fast as possible.
Since the first Friendly's opened in 1935, staff members have been serving up hand-crafted ice cream in scoops, cones, and sundaes alongside juicy beef burgers crowned with crisp lettuce and tomatoes. Now with locations spanning the United States, Friendly's has come a long way from its first modest shop in Massachusetts, which sold double-dip cones for 5 cents. Today, servers scoop ice cream in classic flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry and dish out new twists on the favorites, including Fribble soft-serve shakes and Friend-z ice-cream desserts whipped with toppings such as Oreos, Butterfingers, and Reese's peanut-butter cups. They also top crisp belgian waffles with scoops of ice cream and hot caramel and fill dishes with new ice-cream flavors such as Vienna Mocha Chunk and Rockin' Poppin' Cotton Candy.
Behind the grills, cooks build big beef burgers such as the Vermonter with melted vermont white cheddar and maple-pepper bacon on a toasted ciabatta roll. Healthier options include meals under 555 calories, such as the sweet and spicy grilled shrimp over rice pilaf and the chicken-caprese sandwich.
Even before you step through the doorway of Deek's Deli & Kustard Kitchen, you start to feel like you've stepped back in time. The simple building is reminiscent of an old-school ice cream stand, which is appropriate as it serves up ice cream alongside classic American burgers and sandwiches.
Inside the building, staffers at the counter take orders for classic hamburgers, cold and hot subs, salads, and wings. They also scoop up Richman's hand-dipped ice cream and velvety soft-serve custard. The Kustard Kitchen stays open year-round, much like a Halloween store with a terrible business model.
Though most people take their food and ice cream to go, guests can always try to grab one of the few indoor tables or head to the shaded outside picnic tables perched under the building's overhang.
At Kura Thai and Sushi, chefs concoct tasty, authentic Thai and Japanese specialties. Sushi-bar creations include the Shrek roll, a combo of crunchy lobster, tuna, and avocado with masago in green soy pepper. Noodles, curry, and tempura dishes also abound, helping guests conquer any number of cravings.