One of Benjamin Franklin’s last theories was that taking in a good view while eating aids both in digestion and in the ability to squeeze milk out of coal. Prove him half-right with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale cuisine at Nora’s Restaurant & Lounge, recently re-opened in Southwick.
The chefs at Nora’s Restaurant craft regionally sourced seafood fillets and steaks into inventive dishes presented in a newly refurbished lakeside dining room. Diners cheer on fennel-garnished calamari ($10), which hits home runs with a warm bat of pesto-laced gorgonzola bread ($7). Applewood-smoked bacon wraps a pork tenderloin in a blanket even more savory than your grandmother’s quilt dipped in butter ($17), and the Pacific salmon's decadent pan-seared glaze of cognac and orange marmalade harbors oceanic treasures ($20). Knives slip through the tender sirloin Bella Blue, a 12-ounce cut that romps across fields of baby Yukon potatoes and golden-fried onions ($23).
Chocolate-colored exposed-wood rafters soar across Nora’s interior space, lined with canary-yellow walls wearing photography from owner Jen Nolasco. Matching yellow tablecloths entertain eyes inside, or diners can gaze out across sprawling vistas of the Congamond Lakes.
Nora's Restaurant & Lounge
The chef at Nora’s Restaurant & Lounge crafts a regularly changing menu of juicy steaks, fresh seafood, and homemade pastas. The elegant dining room features exposed ceiling beams, heavy ruby-colored drapes, and French doors leading to the bar area. While taking in views of Lake Congamond, guests sample fresh basil-gorgonzola bread or clams stuffed with lobster meat and topped with horseradish cream sauce. A slightly more casual pub menu available at the bar includes selections such as beef tenderloin sliders, pierogi, and fresh bruschetta you can pair with draft brews and wines.
106 Point Grove Rd.
Southwick, Massachusetts 01077