Crepes Tea House is a cozy, sun-drenched eatery that offers homemade crepes, more than 100 varieties of tea, and Eastern European specialty dishes for every meal of the day. As customers sink into one of the cafe's big, plush couches, artisan chefs make savory crepes with beef, pork, and turkey, or sweet ones with fresh fruit, warm chocolate, or honey. Items such as zucchini, potato, or farm-cheese pancakes and Polish sausage are served at breakfast, while lunch sees plates of Siberian pelmeni dumplings packed with ground beef and stacked to form a wall that can be seen from space. At dinner, the restaurant's chefs glaze fresh salmon with honey and pan-fry whitefish and tuna cutlets until golden brown. Whether patrons carry a conversation at one of the eatery’s tables for a full meal, or settle at the sleek bar for a quick cup of tea or coffee, the teahouse’s vibrant orange walls and floor-to-ceiling windows make for a comfortable experience.
Voted the best place to see live theater in the Valley Advocate's 2011 readers' poll, the Majestic Theater envelops audiences in compelling stagings starring local thespians. In the midst of the Majestic's summer season, Two by Two juxtaposes the dramatic and comedic sides of Massachusetts playwright Steve Henderson by showing a pair of his enthralling one-act plays back-to-back. Theater-goers get a peek at the ins and outs of the fictional Morse brothers' complex relationship in Morse Code—a case study of universal truths about fraternity, such as the fact that it's more entertaining for others when siblings argue in public. The Gravedigger's Gift riffs on two grave-digging characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, extracting comedy from the dour business of burying the deceased.
McKinney and Burbach Tavern serves up a menu of hearty pub fare. Start off with an appetizer such as dragon (chicken) wings, served plain, buffalo style, or slathered in barbecue sauce, with spice-stifling celery and blue cheese ($8); or choose skewers with your choice of pork or chicken, or a combination of each, served grilled on a shrunken hunting spear ($9). For dinner, choose a traditional pub entree such as the great all-american burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion lounging on a mattress of ground beef served on a roll with a side of fries or M&B slaw ($7), or a more exotic favorite such as the chicken caesar a parmesan cheese-ordained courtship of grilled chicken and romaine lettuce nobly drizzled in caesar dressing and served on a roll or in edible wrapping paper ($8). To appease the hoggishly persnickety circumvallate papillae taste buddies, McKinney and Burbach will be expanding their pub menu after the New Year.
A family-owned business, the Kayce Cupcakes shop was built by the hands of the White family—Larry White Jr. assembled the chairs and tables and Kathy Owen White and her daughter Kayce adorned the walls in bright stripes, while their infant granddaughter cooed and gurgled encouragingly. Each morning, the family and its staff fold premium ingredients into fresh batches of gourmet cupcakes in an ever-changing array of flavors. The chefs extend their culinary expertise towards classics like double chocolate and vanilla, and also experiment with innovative flavors such as maple bacon and chocolate chili. Cupcakes in hand, guests can snack at the numerous tabletops that scatter the sunny shop, or order custom cupcakes by the dozens to share with friends in the comfort of their own garages.
Though its name conjures images of ice-cream cones savored between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend, The Summer House ice-cream and sandwich shop stays open year-round so guests can enjoy frozen treats whenever they like. Servers scoop up to 24 ice-cream flavors—from orange sherbet to peppermint stick—into sundaes sprinkled with toppings such as hot caramel, pecans, and brownies baked in-house. They also craft frozen drinks such as milk shakes and root-beer floats; additional ice-cream alternatives include sugarless ice cream, soft serve, and frozen yogurt.
For more savory options, chefs whip up classic American food such as tuna-salad sandwiches, spiced curly fries made with cholesterol-free vegetable oil, and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets for kids and paleontologists alike. Guests devour the food in a handicapped-accessible, air-conditioned dining room that seats up to 80 guests or outside on the tables in landscaped picnic areas, a gazebo, and a patio.