Located on Rt 28 south of Rt 105 by ~1/2 mile, The Tuscan House is an Italian restaurant with good prices and decent service. The food doesn't taste like it's from The Olive Garden or any other "chain" Italian restaurant, if you know what I mean. It's better than that! The menu includes sections as follows: appetizers, Insalate (salads & soups), Pasta, Chicken, Veal, Meats, Seafood, with a childrens menu, too. The typical dinner prices are around $13-15. Out of 37 entrees, only 9 cost $19.99 to $24.99. The most expensive food dish on the menu is the king cut prime rib (16oz).
I was surprised to see no pesto dishes and the lack of a pepper mill on the tables. Cloth napkins and nice atmosphere with cherry-finish tables and booths and very nice light fixtures. Plenty of parking and a good variety of meals. There is a drive-up area where you can drop the folks off close to the front door, and there's a ramp there, too, for wheelchair access. No complaints.
They also have a Take-out menu. They are having a Mother's Day special dinner and sometimes have live music in the bar for a small cover charge ($5).
Favorite Dish: I had the portobella stuffed mushroom appetizer, which was ok without the bacon. All it had was gorgonzola cheese, butter & sherry wine, and I was expecting a little more than that.
I had the Fettucini Alla Maria, which is a white sauce with artichoke hearts and mushrooms. The serving size was very well worth the price.
The ice tea is 'bottomless glass'.
The bar (on the right half of the bldg) is totally separate from the dining room.
This place used to be Chianti's Italian Grill, but the place changed owners. No reservations needed. Need cash? There's an ATM at the Harbor Bank 2 doors down.
Police cars will sometimes park in the lot waiting for drivers speeding down Rt 28. It's 40mph, so be careful!
Do you know that the meat patties that go into all of BK's sandwiches are broiled, and this allows the saturated fat to drip out. This makes your burger a LOT healthier than burgers you get elsewhere! At other places, the meat patty sits on a hot, flat metal surface, and the meat and fat cook together, and then the bun acts like a sponge and it soaks up all the saturated fat. Can you say "coronary"? I knew you could.
This place makes your sandwich "your way". Would you like more than the simple 1 leaf of lettuce, or 1 slice of tomato, that Wendy's puts on their burger? I like to get my money's worth. At BK, you can ask for "extra" of any topping, and there's no charge! You can literally have a salad with your burger if you ask for extra lettuce & tomato!
Favorite Dish: For the best bargain, I like to shop from their "99 cent menu", and ask for "extra Lettuce & Tomato & pickles". You can get a Junior Whopper for only 99 cents, and be totally satisfied.
This place has something for everyone. In fact, most people who come here usually leave with left-overs and about half of them are overweight. Good dinners, great all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, and plenty of seating, for a price that isn't that expensive.
They have a good lunch menu, they're open 7 days a week, and they have a Sunday Brunch Buffet!
They also have 3 different function rooms for events. Their Grand Function Room can handle 50-150 people, say for a wedding reception, too! It is complete with bar, dance floor, and a separate entrance, so you won't have people wandering in. They have a cost of about $25/person, so they're relatively inexpensive!
Favorite Dish: I like the all you can eat breakfast buffet. They don't have grits, but they do have belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, pancakes & french toast, sausage, donuts, and lots of desserts, too!! Apple crisp, boston creme pie/cake, pudding, cookies, jello, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something. It is a little pricey for the buffet, but if you leave there hungry, it's your own fault.
Their menu offers Chowders & Soups, Fresh Salads from $3.95-8.95, "From the Grille" burgers for $6.95, a "Sandwich" section with about 11 different choices, 4 different grilled Panini's, and 15 different Entrees. And, they have about 15 different appetizers, too!! You won't run out of choices here.
They have gift certificates, too!!
This place has a decent lunch and dinner menu, and LOTS of dessert possibilities!!
If you're coming from the Cape, it's a great place to stop and get ice cream.. There's no drive thru, but I'm sure it will help keep the kids quiet in the car for a while... until the sugar kicks in! Ha!! :o)
This chain was first started by the Blake brothers, and they started a neighborhood ice cream shop in 1935 as a way to stay out of trouble in Springfield, Massachusetts. They are famous for their Fribble Shake
Favorite Dish: I like the Jim Dandy! Lots of scoops and toppings!! Their shake is good, too. Their prices have gone up, but it's still a busy place. They have decent cheap meals, there, too.
This place always has a full parking lot, which to me is a sign of a good eating establishment. The dinner prices are fabulous, the variety on the menu is terrific, the service is very good, the environment is nice, and overall, I'd go back.
It is a family business and it has been handed down thru the family. Serving size is "just right". I had a 15 minute wait and their waiting room is nicely sized, too.
It's not a chain, and it's right off of the highway. Very convenient!!
Favorite Dish: I like the chicken parmesan. Yum!
This place is the "stereotypical" diner, as it has the 50's appearance with the chromed metal both outside and inside. The parking lot is huge and it's usually packed. I went there for breakfast, and the line was to the door! I waited about 20 minutes to finally get seated, but it was worth the wait. A good sign of a good place is how busy the place is, and they were very busy. The servings were larger than average, service was so-so if not better than average, and the prices were better than most. They also serve lunch and dinner, so I'll have to give that a try sometime. The menu has a wide variety to choose from. I had a veggie omelet and it was very good. They're open 7 days a week, and they open at 5:30 every morning. Their website has a good description of the history of this diner, the list of their menu items and a ton of 50's memorabilia, too!
Favorite Dish: Their omelets were very good, and I'd definitely go back there again.
Check out the website for cool details, a view of the menu (with prices, too)
In the mood for fast food but not sure what you want? I'll mention them as if you were getting off I-495 and head north on Rt.105. I won't reference all the pizza places, as I define fast food to be either a place you can get a hamburger or some other fried food place.
First there's McDonalds on the right, and you can't miss that huge sign.
Then, also on the right, there's a Dunkin' Donuts in front of a small strip mall with a Papa Timmy's (a very good pizza place) at the light where Rt. 105 meets Grove St (Rt.28).
Alternative #4 & 5: If you make a right at this light and go ~1/2 mile, there's a Hannaford's shopping center with a Subway and a Tikki 'something' Chinese restaurant. You'll see a Dairy Queen on the way where you can get dessert!
Alternative #6, 7 & 8: if you make a left at this light, you can go about 2 miles and there is a Burger King on the left. Also, there's a Stop'n Shop shopping center on the left before the BK, and there's a D'Angelo's sub shop and a Papa Gino's in that shopping center. If you pass the Burger King, on your right you'll come up to another Subway and then another Dunkin Donuts, and then you'll be at the Rt 44, Rt 18 & Rt 28 rotary. But before the BK, you'll pass a home-made ice cream place called Peaceful Meadows on the right, which is a first-rate place to get dessert.
Favorite Dish: I prefer Burger King over McDonald's because the burgers are flame broiled instead of being 'grilled', where the burgers sit in their own grease while they cook. (In case you didn't know, Wendy's grills their hamburgers, too. Need another napkin, Dave? It's not juicy..it's fat dripping out that soaked into the patty while it cooked. And by the way, their chili is made with the old overcooked burger patties from days past. Oops.. Sorry, I digress.) Their baked potatoes and Frosty's are awesome, though. 8o)
I'll take pizza at Papa Timmy's over all places, but one needs a little variety now and then. I will do Subway just as often as their turkey subs have very little fat.. and it's good for you.
Usually, if you shop at Hannafords, your receipt will have a Subway coupon on the back of it, but I think they're getting cheap on them. The prices are pretty good there anyway.
If you're heading to or from the Cape, you can quickly stop off at either of these places and get a sub inside 10 minutes, or a freshly made pizza in 20 minutes. It all comes down to what you're in the mood to eat.
Very good pizza here! It beats Domino's, and the prices are very good, too! If your a resident of the town, you'll get a mailer monthly with a set of coupons, and you can get 2 small 1 topping pizzas for $10. They have other good pizza deals, too, but they usually involve a large pizza. They also have Buffalo chicken wings and subs, too!
They're right next to a liquor store that sells beer, so get your 'pizza & beer' in one quick stop.
Favorite Dish: I usually get the 2 small 1 topping pizza.