If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Bring that playful spirit to your humorless, workaholic palate with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale cuisine at The Marathon Restaurant at North Pond in Hopkinton. Serving award-winning American-style cuisine in an upscale, comfortable bistro setting, The Marathon Restaurant has been hailed as a “hidden jewel” by Phantom Gourmet. This Groupon is good for dine-in only, and may not be used toward gift cards or with any other special offers.
The Marathon Restaurant delights diners with lunch and dinner menus full of toothsome treats. When the breakfast bell gives way to the lunch glockenspiel, chase fried clams with tartar sauce ($13) and buffalo chicken tenders ($9) down your appetized gullet with a corn, roasted red pepper, and spicy oil pizza ($10) or a ball-park burger ($12) served on a pretzel roll with sauerkraut and mustard. Dinnertime feasters, on the other hand-shaker, can polish off potato skins ($9) with cheddar and either bacon or broccoli before diving nose-first into a bowl of classic New England clam chowder ($6) and a hidden brick salad ($6) with craisins, candied walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette. For a more swashbuckling entree, cross blades with a plate of swordfish kabobs ($17) served atop jasmine rice, or enjoy the flirtatious advances of steak tips ($19) accompanied by its wingmen of mashed potato and wilted spinach. A dessert of bread pudding ($7) or gourmet s’mores (which involve house-made marshmallows with chocolate ganache, $7) end the feast with nostalgic memories of summer camps spent at the Rockefeller mansion.
The Marathon Restaurant’s bar keeps patrons up to date on the latest sports (such as ballroom fencing and ice boxing) with 11 high-definition TVs. With the handsome red-bricked building’s cozy fireplace lying dormant until winter, guests can deign to dine on The Marathon Restaurant’s patio, where the elevated view makes for unparalleled people-watching, sunset-ogling, and avalanche avoidance.
The Marathon Restaurant at North Pond was named a Hidden Jewel by The Phantom Gourmet and was awarded a Gold Plate by the Boston Globe's TV Diner. The restaurant was also featured by The MetroWest Daily News. OpenTable reviewers give The Marathon Restaurant four stars, as do 10 Yelpers:
- …home cooking never tasted so good. – The Phantom Gourmet
- The lobster club was delicious. My son and I enjoyed a relaxed lunch while sitting outside and had an excellant waitress who was friendly and knowledgable. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 04/24/2010
- THE best lunch experience I think I've ever had. – Manda S., Yelp
The Marathon Restaurant at North Pond
When Michael Tobins opened The Marathon Restaurant at North Pond, he told the MetroWest Daily News that he and his wife, Megan, "wanted to open a restaurant in [their] hometown and offer something Hopkinton needs—something that has a wide spectrum." Now, whether diners are looking for a casual family lunch or an upscale steak dinner, they can find it in one of The Marathon Restaurant’s three separate areas: the fancier downstairs space, the more casual upstairs room, or the bar.
In the kitchen, chefs whip up entrees such as house-marinated sirloin tips, beer-battered haddock, and steak and wild mushroom ravioli lavished with mushroom brandy cream sauce. Those seeking a more laid-back feast can dive into sandwiches, including lobster clubs stacked with applewood bacon, or load build-your-own burgers with gruyère, guacamole, barbecue pulled pork, or sauerkraut. Meanwhile, at the bar, servers tap draft brews and pour wine for diners to savor with their meals or gargle with afterward.