Homemade Meatloaf

Meatloaf is an American comfort food classic and 86 Winter puts an interesting twist on their version by combining veal and beef, then topping it with a interesting port wine sauce. The meatloaf was very fresh, the veal brought a unique flavor to the dish and the port wine sauce was sweet and complimented the…

Pulled Pork

Whether you are the casual consumer of barbeque or the serious carnivore of flavors, the menu at Smokestack Urban Barbecue on Harding Street will leave you pleased. Combining quality and quantity with a palate of exotic flavors, the options are endless and fulfilling. Whether starting with the fried dill pickles or the barbecued mac and…

Chicken Marsala

Restaurant: Ritual, Main Street The Facts: Lightly breaded, sauteed filet, mushrooms and marsala wine glace served over linguine. Three large tenderloins with button mushrooms over pasta. Foodie’s Review: The sauce was tasty and thick enough to coat the pasta and chicken well. The mushrooms were a good addition to the dish but it would have…

Shrimp Lemon Feta

Restaurant: Ritual, Main Street The Facts: White Wine, Lemon zest, capers and kalamata olives served over linguine. Five large shrimp are nicely arranged with a slice of lemon. Foodie’s Review: The dish was beautifully served with reduction sauce artistically decrated on the plate. The flavors were a little overwhelming with all the feta and olives—becoming…

Porcini Mushroom

Restaurant: Ritual, Main Street The Facts: Sauteed in wine, lemon and garlic tossed with chèvre and served over linguine. Foodie’s Review: For those looking to skip the meat in their linguine should try Ritual’s rendition of the Porcini Mushroom. Perfectly tender linguine acts as the ambassador to the sauce, mushrooms and flakes of Parmesan. Right…

Zorn

Who says that art should be restricted to the canvasses at the Worcester Art Museum? With an updated menu, the Café at WAM is serving food that even an art critic would love. The Zorn sandwich, for example, is a twist on the grilled cheese with two slices of a seven grain bread, creamy Brie,…

Mydia & Antipasto Art

Restaurant: Ritual, Main Street The Facts: Mydia: Steamed mussels in light wine herb infused broth,  Art:  Artisan cheeses, cured meats, olives, roasted vegetables, assorted nuts and bread Foodie’s Review: The steamed mussels arrived and they were overflowing from the bowl, the Mydia was an appetizer, and this was a generous portion! They were served with…

Lobster Gnocchi

With the warmer weather in full gear, we are able to familiarize ourselves with the sounds, sights, and flavors of the summer season. This includes mixing traditional Italian flavors with something all of us from New England love: lobster. At Via on Shrewsbury Street their Lobster Gnocchi fits the bill. With it’s overly plump gnocchi…

The Greek

Restaurant: Ritual, Main Street The Facts: Dodoni feta, romaine, greek olives, topped with olive tomato tapenade and tea poached egg. Foodie’s Review: When my salad arrived, my first impression was “wow, this salad is enormous.” I was amazed at the sheer size of it. When I tell you it could have easily fed two people…

Mousaka

Restaurant: Ritual, Main Street As it appears in the menu: Eggplant stack, stuffed with seasoned beef and béchamel cream sauce. The Facts: Three layers of meat (ground beef) and lightly fried eggplant. The dish was topped in a light potato crust. Foodie’s Review: The presentation was flt (not stacked as indicated in the menu) and…