Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part??

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2007/07/05 12:44:27 (permalink)

Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part??

We found a good place since my last post. It is Zorba's on Rt 20 in Charlton Mass. It is a Greek pizza/pub in a building that has seen several places come and go over the past 20 or so years. Around here most of the non chain pizzarias are not really "Italian" but in fact Greek/American run. This place puts their Greekness out front, serving both Greek specialties and pizzas from "our neigbhors". I got a pinani....ham, turkey , roast beef, veggies (I said no onions and I got none), and the special Greek sauce on a pressed loaf. I'd give it a 9 out of 10, and at 6.95, say it was a very good deal. My wife got sirloin tips. They came with a free Greek salad. When the salad came I said "That looks good" and the friendly waitress said, "I can get you one". I found that it was only 1.95 without an entree so I got one. I've paid a lot more for less. Everything was excellent. The place is not fancy, they don't even use place mats on the formica covered tables, but it is bright clean and friendly.
I have posted, in the past, about several other places on Rt 20, both in Massachusetts, and over the border in NY. I think the road goes all the way to the west coast. I wonder how many other great roadfood gems are waiting to be discovered on this venerable road??
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    Phishmonger
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/05 13:22:16 (permalink)
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    We traveled on Rt. 20 yesterday, but after eating at Rom's in Sturbridge. Next time, we'll have to try it. Incidentally, Rom's (on Rt. 131) is an excellent choice for Italian food. The huge dining room is pleasant, and IMHO, the Veal Cacciatore is their greatest triumph. Plentiful chunks (not slices) of quality veal, partnered with red and green peppers, mushrooms and a lovely tomato sauce, over pasta. YUM! Sorry to step on your thread, but I'm ramblin'.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/05 15:04:35 (permalink)
    Quacks diner on Rt 20 in NY State is a roadfood gem - we just discovered it last Fall, but roadfooders have been frequenting the place for many years.

    Cheers, John
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/06 09:47:05 (permalink)
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    tm-
    We traveled on Rt. 20 yesterday, but after eating at Rom's in Sturbridge. Next time, we'll have to try it. Incidentally, Rom's (on Rt. 131) is an excellent choice for Italian food. The huge dining room is pleasant, and IMHO, the Veal Cacciatore is their greatest triumph. Plentiful chunks (not slices) of quality veal, partnered with red and green peppers, mushrooms and a lovely tomato sauce, over pasta. YUM! Sorry to step on your thread, but I'm ramblin'.


    We like Rom's but your post reminded me that it has been at least a year. We will have to get out there.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/06 12:48:36 (permalink)
    We've always dreamed of doing the cross country road trip via Rte. 20. Haven't been to Rom's in years, good to know it's still worth a visit.
    In that part of the world, most of the pizzarias are still Greek, so you can often get greek goodies on the side.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/06 14:10:38 (permalink)
    Rom's is very good choice. Another is the Whistling Swan which is also on Rt 20 and closer to Old Sturbridge. Of course, I haven't been to either in a while....hmmmm
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/06 22:07:45 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by tmiles
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    I have posted, in the past, about several other places on Rt 20, both in Massachusetts, and over the border in NY. I think the road goes all the way to the west coast. I wonder how many other great roadfood gems are waiting to be discovered on this venerable road??


    You have peaked my interest!!! I hadnt known rte 20 went that far!! Is it really so!!??-its a dream of my wife and i to drive across the country at 35-40 mph! Janie is from upstate NY and LOVED rte 20 and we are VERY interested in this rte--gonna get out the maps and check it out. I figure that the travels of a trained anthropologist(and blues and folk singer and her food freak,bass playing husband, just might make for interesting reading---and rte 66 has done and done and done.........
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/08 09:05:11 (permalink)
    Rt 20 or in some areas here called The Boston Post Road. I've only traveled it as far west as the Madsion Boukeville area of NY. It is a great road to travel if you want off the beaten path so to speak. I think it starts in Kenmore Square of Boston and ends somewhere in Oregon.
    Rt 20 thru Waltham has become known as resaraunt row. In Brimfield a very good Italian Restaruant called Francescos very good pizza also. In Palmer there is a spot that Al the Mayor would be interested in. It;s the busiest railroad crossing on the east coast with track side dinning. Many people come from quite a distance just to sit eat and watch the trains. I heard the food is pretty good also, burgers and such.
    Thru Ny it's a very senic route with a great deal of local cafe's/diners to chose from.
    Thanks for bringing it up I might plan an early Sept. trip to that area, it's been some time since I visited that area. Chow Jim

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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/09 11:28:32 (permalink)
    Has anyone tried Ronnie's in Auburn Ma right on Rt.20? It was a favorite of mine when I was a kid..but I haven't been there for seafood in years...the last I heard was that quality had gone down a bit but prices had gone up..anyone have any insight/comments?
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/09 11:39:28 (permalink)
    I stopped at Rom's a month ago. The Food was great. The pan fried Veal Cutlet is my favorite. The people who had there seafood loved it as well.

    Walt
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/09 11:51:52 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by tmiles


    I have posted, in the past, about several other places on Rt 20, both in Massachusetts, and over the border in NY. I think the road goes all the way to the west coast. I wonder how many other great roadfood gems are waiting to be discovered on this venerable road??


    Rt 20 I believe is the longest highway in the United States, it starts in Boston and goes to the Oregon Coast, I want to say Newport. Over 3000 miles of road that is mostly unshared by the Interstate Highway system. One could easily write a trip report on the virtues of local eating transcontinental that would go several entries. Eastern New York is one of the highlights of this highway, though certainly not the only one.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/09 12:14:04 (permalink)
    On my end of Route 20....

    Britney's Cafe in Northboro....best breakfasts ariund including home made hash browns that are addictive...great frittata which can be had as a main dish or as an omelette sandwich.

    Jakes Coffee Shop in Marlborough...another awesome breakfast place including lots of omelette choices and home made corned beef hash. Great luch specials too.

    Stephen Anthony Restaurant at the Wayside Inn, Marlborough/Sudbury line. Home made maple sausage is the reason to go there for breakfast.

    Beezer's in Northborough....an ice cream stand open seasonally with real Chicago dogs.

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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/09 19:58:50 (permalink)
    I lived in Marlborough, and can attest to Jakes..Had many breakfasts there. I do think that the original Jake sold out about 3 years ago.
    Also, Firefly's BBQ is top notch... They make a mean home made potato chip dish that has pulled pork and slaw and jalapenos on top.
    The Little Pub headed east out of town has prime rib on the weekends.. Play your keno and chow down. Lots of good eats there.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/09 22:54:39 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by roossy90

    I lived in Marlborough, and can attest to Jakes..Had many breakfasts there. I do think that the original Jake sold out about 3 years ago.
    Also, Firefly's BBQ is top notch... They make a mean home made potato chip dish that has pulled pork and slaw and jalapenos on top.
    The Little Pub headed east out of town has prime rib on the weekends.. Play your keno and chow down. Lots of good eats there.



    Hi;

    Little Red Pub is up for sale. They may have gone down hill recently...I have had some mediocre food there. I have never tried the prime rib though.

    Firefly's is great, and they have three locations now..Marlborough, Framingham, and quincy. I have had great oyster po boys there as well as bbq.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/10 00:20:46 (permalink)
    RT 20 in New york runs thru the Mohawk Vally thru the Finger Lakes to Buffalo. In central new york on rt 20, I recommend the Hotel Solsville in Madison N.Y. It's a historic hotel and former stagecoach stop opened in the early 1800's. It's a country style restaurant with full bar. Open 7 days a week. It has the best friday Fish Fry in the area.It's just a cpl miles from Bouckville Antique Community. A major antique festival every summer.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/10 09:54:27 (permalink)
    Tmiles: I see that you are listed as being from Millbury, Ma...That's where I'm originally from! I'm 26 now and live out of state...but since Millbury is a pretty small town so I figured we may know the same people...do you and your wife have children? Thanks for the posts!
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/10 12:48:33 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Foxyfishy14

    Has anyone tried Ronnie's in Auburn Ma right on Rt.20? It was a favorite of mine when I was a kid..but I haven't been there for seafood in years...the last I heard was that quality had gone down a bit but prices had gone up..anyone have any insight/comments?

    I have posted about Ronnies several times, in fact it is one of the Rt 20 places that caused me to start this subject. IMO, Ronnies clams are as good as they have ever been. They ARE expensive, but IMO, cheaper than much of the competition that serves a quality product. The stuff on the wall indicates that they source from Ipswich Clam Co, the quality standard around here. Ronnies soft serv is not what it was. A year or two ago, they started serving a less creamy product. They still have 3 big lines on the ice cream side, so maybe the public wants a lighter product? For soft serv, I now prefer Scales, in Millbury, because they still use the Hodd premium soft serv mix. Rumor has it that this is the last year for Ronnies, but employees will not confirm it for me. The site , it is said, has been sold for "millions". I checked with the Registry of deeds and do not see a sale or recorded option. I hope it is all hype, and that Ronnies will be around for years. The late founder used to be one of my customers, but I don't feel that I know the family well enough to call them up and ask.

    A few years ago a rumor circulated that Wright's Chicken Farm in RI was closing. Like many we went down for a last meal. Our waitress told us the rumor was untrue, but that it had been great for business.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/10 13:29:21 (permalink)
    That would be too bad if Ronnie's was actually closing..I have alot of great childhood memories of going there with my parents and friends.

    And I LOVE Wright's Chicken Farm..best chicken ever!

    I think my parents have been to Scales a few times...not sure of what they thought of it..I'll have to find out..thanks for the suggestion though...I may have to try it sometime!

    Now that I'm on the subject of Millbury, have you been to Puffin's at all? My mother loves the coffee they serve and the breakfasts there are very good and the prices are very reasonable.

    Also...this isn't really all that food related but a favorite place for my bf and I to go sometimes when we visit for a good time (and alot less money) is the Elm Draught House Cinema.

    I used to enjoy the Taft House back when it served sandwiches and soups but I haven't tried it now that it was moved to Thai. I miss the Bean Scene Cafe (right across from the Post Office)...best iced coffee I've ever had! (that location seems to have had many businesses come and go).

    Any particular pizza places in Millbury that you prefer over another?
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/10 14:13:41 (permalink)
    Puffin's is great, but the Bean Scene is gone, and the Taft House has moved on from Thai to a "food co-op" whatever that is.... I have not tried it yet. I prefer Pizza Chef on Main St, but like A&D too. Perhaps we should start a Millbury thread??? Back to Rt 20, another poster mentioned Firefly's. We expect to try that this weekend. I've seen it, but that post is getting me to actually try it!!
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/10 14:24:21 (permalink)
    I have been looking at Rt 20 in my Atlas. As tamandmik suggests it looks like a great trip, but not this year!!!! I'm having all I can do to pull together time for a couple of overnighters! I wonder how long it takes? A friend did coast to coast as part of an express trucking "team" in 5 1/2 or 6 days, roundtrip,with one 1/2 hour stop for fuel, each way using the interstate. I did it in the early 70s, with a friend,one way, stopping at night in 5 days, again, on the interstate. I am thinking that Rt 20, stopping for Roadfood and to sleep would take about 10 days, one way.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/10 14:39:42 (permalink)
    check out www.usroute20.com
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/10 15:03:56 (permalink)
    Tmiles: I'm game for a Millbury thread but what may be better is a worcester area/central mass thread? What do you think? I have some great places I would comment on that I grew up with and that my parents grew up with (I'm assuming you are probably right around their age) if you are originally from the area. : )

    I enjoy A & D...and I've always had good service there...the owners are very nice. Haven't tried Pizza Chef but I do enjoy Royal House of Pizza up in West Millbury. I have no idea what a food co-op is...so your guess is as good as mine!

    Back to Rt. 20...I LOVE Firefly's! I'm not even that big of a fan of bbq food but their food is really great! And if you like hot sauce...they have an extensive selection!
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/10 15:14:59 (permalink)
    To add to the "thread", My wife and I went to Bill's Bread and Breakfast in Putnam, CT over the weekend. I had one of their specials which was a crab cake eggs benedict which was quite yummy. However, what you need to try are the muffins!
    here is the web site: http://www.billsbreadandbreakfast.com/
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/10 17:35:11 (permalink)
    A food co-op is an organization where people get together and buy food in bulk, repackage it, and sell it to their members ( and sometimes to the general public- but the members get a better price and/or a rebate at the end of the year). It's one of those "dangerous socialist ideas" that got going in the years of the "Great Society".

    cheers, John
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/15 05:50:16 (permalink)
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    Puffin's is great, but the Bean Scene is gone, and the Taft House has moved on from Thai to a "food co-op" whatever that is.... I have not tried it yet. I prefer Pizza Chef on Main St, but like A&D too. Perhaps we should start a Millbury thread??? Back to Rt 20, another poster mentioned Firefly's. We expect to try that this weekend. I've seen it, but that post is getting me to actually try it!!

    Tmiles.. Its been about 5 years since I ate there, but their homemade tater chips with the pulled pork and slaw was hard to beat.
    ANd I see foxy mentioned their extensive hot sauce collection.
    Yes, I remember that also...they had Daves Insanity under a special lock box and you had to sign a releas form to purchase it from them.
    Not sure if that is still the case.. but love the homemade chips and pulled pork. OH>........... did I say that>????
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/16 12:10:21 (permalink)
    We did Firefly's this past weekend. (I'll not copy all the Firefly mentions in this thread to save space). We liked it, a lot, but IMO the pulled pork, although very good, is not as good as The Back Eddy in Westport , Mass. If you use the search function, you will find some good posts on Back Eddy. Firefly's is just one more of many good places on Rt 20.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/16 12:35:41 (permalink)
    Just a note to all on this thread:

    I've started a new post for Favorite Places in Central Mass under the Regional Forum and the sub topic "where to eat" if anyone is interested in sharing....
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/16 21:08:13 (permalink)
    The section of U.S. Route 20 in east central Indiana has a few places worth mentioning - the Village Inn in Middlebury (reviewed by the Sterns) is 2 miles north of Route 20 on Indiana Route 13. The lunches are very good there, too.

    Just a couple miles west of the intersection of Route 20 and Indiana Route 13 is the Das Dutchman Essenhaus, an Amish style restaurant designed for the tourists but with surprisingly good food.

    And just south of the town of Shipshewana at the intersection of Route 20 and Indiana Route 5 is the 5 & 20 Country Kitchen. Think of it as a truck stop that serves only Amish food.
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    RE: Rt 20 in Mass is good..how is your part?? 2007/07/20 11:43:01 (permalink)
    Yesterday I saw a covered wagon on Rt 20 in Massachusetts, doing "Montana to Boston". He should get to Boston in the next day or 2. www.leehorselogger.com I figgured it would be in the paper today, but it wasn't. The Worcester Telegram and Gazette (a NY Times Co) keeps cutting back. Thanks to Google, I was able to find out about him. If I had known sooner, I'd have invited him to spend a day of R&R at my farm, right off of Rt 20. The horses were in great shape but I'm sure that they would have enjoyed a day on pasture. When people speak of "horse people" they are generally thinking of riding horses. Draft horse folks are an interesting subset. In my experience, they are, without exception, some of the finest people that I have gotten to know in this life.
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