Our forefathers fought the Revolutionary War to escape tyrannical British cooking laws, which harshly taxed tea and demanded an extra “u” when spelling “flavor” and “chicken.” Feast like a Founding Father with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of New England fare at 1790 Restaurant and Tavern in Westborough.
Winners of multiple OpenTable Diner's Choice awards and a MetroWest Daily News Readers Choice award, the culinary classicists at 1790 Restaurant animate a regionally-inspired menu of locally-sourced comestibles within an authentic 18th-century country estate. Diners can jumpstart stomach engines with starters including fried pickles ($6) and duck confit rillette dressed with cherry mustard, marinated olives, and tips it learned from fashion magazines ($8). For a main course, aim meat-seeking molars at an Epic burger, topped with bacon, fried onions, and blue cheese ($9), or graze on a salmon salad splashed with red peppers, goat cheese, herbs, and balsamic dijon vinaigrette ($11). Beer-battered fish, like an evening at a casino, improves with the addition of chips ($16), and a bourbon-glazed smoked chicken glistens atop a hill of collard greens and mashed potatoes ($19).
Constructed in its eponymous year and converted into an eatery in 1974, 1790 Restaurant earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places due to its stately old-world charm. The robust and relaxing setting, crafted from architectural designs now housed in the Smithsonian, features eight working fireplaces and seven dining rooms enlivened by artful antiques and rustic décor. Friday and Saturday evenings showcase live music in a variety of styles, such as jazz, blues, or hip-hop renditions of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.
208 Turnpike Rd.
Westborough, Massachusetts 01581