Cuisine Type: Pub food [made from] family recipes.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Wings and burgers
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Pro Tip: The hamburger dip (or just "dip") and wings are must haves. Homeade soups daily!
After retiring, Sue and Jim Bonomo decided to relax in a slightly less traditional way: they opened a restaurant. J. Michael's Family Sports Pub helps keep the Bonomos active within the community as they provide an inviting place where patrons of all ages can enjoy a night away from home. More than 20 HD flat screen televisions and a kaleidoscopic array of sports memorabilia adorn the walls, showcasing the pub's unwavering dedication to local sports. Additionally, the eatery features an upstairs room filled with arcade games and pinball machines for patrons looking to test their hand-eye coordination or telekinesis skills.
Although unwinding with a cold beer while watching a game is a perfectly fine way to pace an afternoon or evening, J. Michael's Family Sports Pub also tempts patrons with a menu of hearty finger foods and casual American grill fare. The cooks top Angus burgers with everything from grilled mushrooms and sauteed onions to crispy bacon and melted cheddar, and they glaze steaming-hot jumbo wings in a secret sauce that took one of the owners, Jonathan, four months of experimenting to perfect. For the younger guests, the menu even features eight kids' meals, each of which includes a cup of ice cream for dessert.
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.
Michael's Market is part deli, part restaurant, and part catering company. That means that sometimes customers visit one of its two locations to lunch on crabmeat salad on focaccia bread or chicken cordon bleu on a baguette, and sometimes they pop in just to pick up some fresh marinated meats. If patrons are hosting a morning meeting or a business lunch, they also can pick out a platter of stuffed finger sandwiches or pastries from the corporate menu so attendees won't start gnawing on their laptop power cords for sustenance. The catering menu is full of variety: chefs can prepare a platter of hand-rolled swedish meatballs, a tray of lasagna with house marinara, or a spread of seafood au gratin—baked shrimp, scallops, lobster, and shrimp pieces with cheese and Ritz Crackers crumbs.
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.