This is a friendly neighborhood restaurant, with burgers and dogs, cheese fries and chicken sandwiches. But take a closer look, and you quickly realize that this isn't your typical neighborhood restaurant.
Denise Gaiero grew up in Texas. Her husband Matt was born and raised in the Bay State. And after spending some time living and working down in Austin for a few years, they decided to move up North to open up their own Southern-style restaurant in Haverhill.
This is the kind of place that proves you don't have to be fancy to be fantastic. It's less than 650 square feet. There are bars on the windows, a chalkboard menu, and just a couple of grills in the kitchen. But the roast beef sandwiches are worth seeking out.
"Neapolitan pizza is the better pizza. That's for sure. We do it the best. We call it the best pizza. The true, original pizza. A very thin crust so that the dough is not the thing that weighs you down."
Sometimes you've got to head North for some good ol' southern BBQ. Every last item on the menu is better than the next, making ordering next to impossible. But, if you want to try a little of it all, get your table into a so-called "Meat Coma".
Kung Pao Chicken Wings and Crab Rangoon Dip. Awesome burgers with jumbo homemade tater tots. And creamy Mac and Cheese studded with fresh lobster. It's the kind of food that puts you in an eating mood.
Steaks. Seafood. Sushi. And lots of sizzle. Mastro's is where you go for prime beef and prime real estate, the bounty of the sea, with unparalleled seaside views, along with a side of opulence and indulgence.
"We're not really a Korean restaurant, we are our own American thing that is using flavors that are inspired by Korean cuisine. We like to say we're not trying to cook your grandmother's Korean food, but we would love to have her over for dinner."
Located on the second floor of this sprawling Wegman's Supermarket in the Natick Mall, Blue Dalia Restaurant and Tequila Bar is a festive spot serving authentic Mexican dishes with influences from all of the country's 31 states.
"I love my bagels so much. I would say our bagels are delicious. I have eaten so many bagels in the past year and I'm still not sick of eating our bagels. Every time I eat a bagel, it's like love at first bite all over again."
"Your old school local butcher shop. We only carry USDA prime beef. We really specialize in bringing the highest quality meats that you can buy into the store". This is a must visit stop if you're grilling at home, or if you just want to grab a quick sandwich.
A laid back spot where the craft cocktails are stiff and the vibe is loose. From the moment you step in the door, you'll feel at home with a knowledgeable staff, craveable comfort food, and an over all friendly feel.
If you want to feast while you're in Philadelphia, there is no better place to do it than here, the Reading Terminal Market. It's one of the oldest and largest public markets in America, and you can find every kind of food Philly has to offer.
You can go for the simple but satisfying Pepperoni, topped with a three cheese blend and Vermont artisnal 'roni. But the most famous pie on Dragon's menu has to be the Maple Bacon Cheddar Pizza drizzled with a Chili Maple Glaze.
The homemade pies are amazing. Plus, "Homemade food. Food that mom used to make. Food that people don't make at home anymore. Your meatloafs, brown gravy, your chicken pie, that no one really makes anymore."
People come to Philadelphia from all over the world to eat cheesesteaks, but if you ask people who actually live in Philly, they'll tell you the number one sandwich in the city may be served at a place called John's Roast Pork
Roast beef sandwich enthusiasts, lobster roll lovers, and chowder connoisseurs, we've found your new favorite spot. This little takeout counter serves an upscale spin on sandwiches and clam shack favorites.
Located near Boston's Old State House, Bar Mercato serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. This sophisticated spot was created by restaurateur Jairo Dominguez and is reminiscent of his travels around the world.
"We are definitely known for our gingerbread houses, especially at Christmas time. However, the rest of the year, we're definitely known for our muffins. We have 19 varieties of gourmet muffins that people love."
Dave Andelman gets a taste of the super sweet new bakery from the owner of the Tremezzo Ristorante right down the street. Check out the S'mores cupcakes, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, banana cheesecake, and cannoli.
Next time you've got a hankering for some seriously solid eats, take your hunger to the house. Situated in downtown Hopkinton, Mass, Central Public House is what happens when a city chef decides to take all of his culinary know-how to the suburbs.
Located on Boylston Street, in the heart of Back Bay, Ora is an elegant space with a menu that is part pizzeria / part trattoria. Or as THEY like to say, a "trattorizza". The brick oven imported from Naples cook pizzas up to 900 degrees.
Situated on the Back River in Bourne, Massachusetts, The Lobster Trap has been a Cape Cod institution since 1969. No longer just a classic shack, these days it's a big, modern dining space complete with a fun bar, a retail market offering the freshest seafood in the area and outdoor patio with a view that can't be beat.
Chris and Liz Carpenter are the couple behind Faneeks; a quaint counter service spot decked out in historical shots of the south coast. Here they offer the Coney Island Dog; a handheld phenomenon with a cult like following in the area.
Dominican born chef, Elvis Jimenez-Chavez considers himself a "citizen of the world". And after cooking his way around the globe, he decided to take all of that flavor back to his current hometown of Amesbury, Massachusetts.
Located in Canton Massachusetts, Amber Road Cafe is a cute, cozy, breakfast and lunch spot that really does feel like home. After emigrating to the US from Lithuania, Kristina opened the restaurant about a decade ago, and along with her daughter Ruta, they've turned this place into one of the best brunch spots south of the city
The crowds have been coming since the day Avenue opened, for crispy flatbead pizzas, big BLT salads, fall off the bone confit chicken wings, potato crusted Port Judith Calamari, pan-roasted mussels with chardonnay and garlic butter, wood-grilled swordish, and cabernet braised short ribs.
Everybody loves home-style, made from scratch Italian food, and this is one of our favorite places to get fresh baked Italian breads, incredible hand-crafted sandwiches, awesome pizzas and pastas. It's a little legendary spot in Waltham called Domenics.
If you know anything about Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, then you know the name El Basha. This family has been serving some of the region's best Middle Eastern cuisine for decades. Why? Because it's awesome.
Set in this tiny spot in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Fire & Stone is a take out spot specializing in three things: Seafood, burgers and of course pizza. But the quality here goes way beyond your average to-go spots.
Brand new to Legacy Place in Dedham, Il Massimo is latest spot from Providence restaurateurs Joe and Esther DeQuattro,. And now they've made the move to Massachusetts with this stunning two-hundred seat space, featuring an open and modern layout filled with Italian charm.
Providence Bagel is a modern-day bagel shop with a lot of the old-fashioned ways. People always say, "Well, what makes you different than everybody else?" And my explanation is we're a little more of a non-traditional but traditional bagel shop.
Reunion is a big, fun eatery created by brothers Josh and Sean Briggs, Sargon Hanna and lots of family and friends in an effort to bring downtown dining to their hometown in the suburbs. Tip: Don't miss their famous soft baked pretzels.
"When you come to Sam LaGrassa's you're just going to get the greatest sandwich you've ever had. Whether it's the pastrami, whether it's the chicken cutlet or a Reuben, we aim to exceed your expectations by a million percent."
Whether it's morning, noon or night, there are just so many reasons you should go to Sarto. This is a two-tiered, triple threat restaurant, serving Italian at breakfast, lunch and dinner according to Chef Alexander Willis.
"Everybody loves french fries, and when you eat french fries like makes you happier. So it's like why don't we just give people what they want to eat, but kind of just do it a little bit better than you know what you're used to."
Chef Michael Buckley opened his first Surf in Nashua, New Hampshire back in 2001. And then he opened this fun and funky waterfront location in Portsmouth in 2011, where the food and the atmosphere are lot more trendy than traditional. The menu is wide-ranging, wildly enticing, and full of international influences.
This is what happens when lobster meets grilled cheese. When housemade chips meet a dijon sour cream dip. And when melty chocolate chip cookies meet ice cold milk. It seems like there are a lot of tasty unions happening at Union Straw in Foxborough.