Just off the rolling fairways of Woburn Country Club, chef Seuy Chan and his team plot their approach to fine dining, dispatching servers armed with freshly grilled meats, Italian specialties, and native New England seafood to linen-draped tables in their cozy dining room. The team blends the casual with the refined, with stacked reubens and pots of chowder mingling with almond-crusted sea scallops and veal marsala beneath dark wood wainscoting that recalls the homey comfort of an English pub. Chef Chan’s creations also pair well with the surrounding scenery, with the dining room’s wide windows revealing the course’s copses of trees and packs of ball-retrieving wolfhounds.
For more than 40 years, Sammy's Deli has satisfied hungry Bostonians with a menu of classic and custom sandwiches made with gourmet meats, cheeses, and toppings. Indulge in a meaty mouth vacation to Italy with the Sicilian, extra-stuffed with prosciutto, sopressata salami, capicola, provolone, roasted peppers, pepper rings, oil, and seasoning on scali bread ($5.95/$6.95). Herbivores and herbivoyeurs will love noshing on the Vermont Veggie, a medley of cheeses, tomatoes, roasted peppers, lettuce, sprouts, olives, onions, Green Mountains, and pickles all swathed in the wrap of your choice ($5.29). Sammy's rotating soup bar boasts six to eight homemade soups ($3.39 for 12 oz., $5.19 for 24 oz.), as well as stews, chili, and chowders ($3.89 for 12 oz., $6.45 for 24 oz.) every day, with variations such as chicken noodle and split pea with ham warming up inner igloos. Contribute to the global extinction of sandwiches with the grub of Sammy's Deli.
Sea Dog Steak & Ale's menu catalogs hearty pub food and a deep well of beer. Every item on the menu pairs almost perfectly with one of the pub's 10 locally crafted brews served on tap, whether it's the milky Sea Dog Stout and the marinated grilled steak tips, the malty Winter Ale to wash down the chorizo-crusted haddock, or the crisp flavor of the Raspberry Wheat Ale as a palate cleanser after dinner. Sea Dog's chefs also grill 8-ounce filets mignons, which are as heavy as Willy Wonka minus his candy weight. The patties of seven specialty burgers blend ground beef, short rib, chuck, and brisket, all piled with toppings ranging from balsamic-marinated onions to root-beer barbecue sauce.
The alehouse's nightly crowd adds to the convivial ambiance of the pub by sharing drinks on its outdoor patio or in its rustic wood-paneled, chocolate- and almond-colored dining room. Frequent visitors can join the wine or mug clubs, which toss in benefits such as personalized mugs, T-shirts, and a spiritual connection with America's most famous beer drinker: Benjamin Franlin, the inventor of both mugs and T-shirts.
Founded by longtime friends Jonathan Schwarz and Christopher Robbins, Stone Hearth Pizza builds its gourmet pies from organic, local, and sustainably produced ingredients. The casual pizzeria has expanded to six locations since opening in 2005—a pace of growth made possible by the popularity of chef and general manager Michael Ehlenfeldt’s Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizzas. New England craft beers complement the pizzas and pastas with a pleasantly bitter taste that reflects their conflicted attitude toward out-of-towners.
Dinner at Brazilian Steakhouse is a prix-fixe feast: all-you-can-eat portions of bacon-wrapped filet mignon, leg of lamb, and parmesan pork loin reside next to broccoli rabe sautéed with shallots and white wine. More than 70 wines complement these massive meals, including champagnes that sparkle in the light from the dining room's patterned window screens. Diners can ask for wine recommendations from the restaurant's attentive waiters, whose excellent service garnered the steak house a Diners' Choice Award in 2012 and a high-five from Transylvanians who made special requests because of their garlic "allergies."
At The Ginger Pad, a casual atmosphere blends with the rich aromas of garlic, thai basil, and chili sauce hanging in the air to help guests forget the world outside. Like a suspension bridge made out of udon noodles, the menu connects distant lands through food, laying out delicious examples of Malaysian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine. Spring rolls or edamame preempt dives into salty-sweet pad thai or korean beef barbecue. Chopsticks can also lift spicy sichuan shrimp to mouths or gently cradle sushi rolls that combine colorful mango and avocado with fresh tobiko, tuna, salmon, and scallops.