Since opening its Billerica store in 1978, the family-run Meat Again has been supplying carnivores with a panoply of protein in the form of more than 12 house-made sausages, more than 100 marinated items, and a sumptuous smorgasbord of sandwiches. Treat a hungry mouth or spoil a black eye with a cut of USDA Prime or Choice beef, such as a rib eye ($15.99/lb.) or fillet ($19.99/lb.). Or, grab a tender rack of baby back ribs ($6.29/lb.) to transform a boring dinner party into an impromptu jam among sustainable xylophonists. Cookouts take on a more refined feel thanks to marinated chicken ($5.49/lb.), steak tips ($8.99/lb.), or pork chops ($4.49/lb.), and lunchtime allows diners to forgo fast-food feasts in favor of a menu of scratch-made deli sandwiches ($5.50–$7.95) served with a choice of more than 10 breads, six cheeses, and a side of delicious napkins.
The Give Me Five pass grants access to five of any of the following activities: Kimball Farm's 300-yard driving range, nine-hole pitch-and-putt course, and batting cages will help golfers and batters adjust squeaky swings, and the Animal Adventures exhibit allows guests to interact with reptiles while discussing current events with talking birds. Give Me Fivers can also perform kinetic-energy experiments using colorful balls on the Waterfall Run or Forbidden Mine miniature-golf courses before boarding a bumper boat to faithfully recreate Star Wars on melted ice. The pass may also be used to acquire a play card (a $6 value) from the Olde Sawmill Midway Arcade.
Ornate lanterns bask the dining room of India Palace Restaurant in a warm glow, illuminating the classical Indian portraits and dark wood pillars surrounding the tables. Among these authentic confines—India Palace's second location, after spending 22 years at the original locale—the friendly staff helps guests choose the right dishes from a vibrant menu of fine Indian cuisine. Manning a clay oven fired by charcoal, visible to diners, chefs bake fresh bread, ground-lamb seekh kebabs, salmon tikka, and marinated tandoori chicken. A selection of 18 vegetarian specialties sates the hunger of plant hunters, whereas a variety of curries gives all diners the ability to roar cartoon flames. Indulgent beverages, such as an Indian chai latte or a mango milk shake, can be paired with any dish to sweeten palates.
Located inside a sprawling white farmhouse, Tre Amici has a warm, inviting atmosphere that works equally well for a romantic dinner or a large banquet. Italian meals culminate with decadent desserts such as chocolate truffles, lemoncello cake, or individual cake pops plucked from a nearby orchard. Alternatively, a lighter bar menu provides snack options along with an extensive wine and martini list.
The aromatic scent of authentic Italian cuisine sails through Rufina's dimly lit restaurant, wafting past elegant archways and a TV-framed bar before landing on white-clothed tables. Each made-to-order meal—including 15 types of appetizers, traditional Italian dishes, and house specialties—is handcrafted by chefs who aim to please guests with savory Italian dishes that can meet special dietary restrictions and appease little picky eaters (a full kids’ menu is available). Diners can also enjoy a variety of wines and desserts served amid Rufina's several dining rooms, all of which can be transformed into a private party venue for up to 55 guests or 5 triceratops.
Latin and American cultures collide at Tango Grill Cafe. Each cuisine's comfort foods receive their share of space on the seasonally rotating menu, although the Mexican, Caribbean, and South American influences tend to appear most predominantly. Flaky empanadas can emerge from the kitchen along with adobo-rubbed sirloin steak or pan-seared crab cakes with lemon aioli. However, the chefs also forge eclectically inspired dishes such as philly spring rolls with shaved beef, peppers, and cheese, and irish eggs benedict with corned-beef hash.
Although gentle Latin music serenades guests most evenings, karaoke aficionados stop by on Tuesday nights for a chance to sing their favorite song or give a lecture on the proper way to fold a fitted sheet.