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Looking for the best New England restaurants? Our New England born and raised staff centers on places they go for the mouthwatering meals!

Posted on 9/22/06. Next update: 10/18/06


The best: Fine Dining

Clay Hill Farm

220 Clay Hill Road, Cape Neddick (York), Maine  |   Tel.: 207-361-2272

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Who would have ever thought in a region full of seaside seafood restaurants that a rambling farmhouse secluded in the woods would turn out to be the best restaurant in the southern Maine seacoast area? Elegant and old-fashioned, Clay Hill Farm specializes in the kind of food even your best dining dreams couldn't even approach. Herb broiled organic Norwegian salmon, Maine Twin lobster tails, roast half duckling (with a delicious blueberry molasses sauce) and clay hill chicken flavored with spinach, caramelized onions and havarti cheese wrapped in a puff pastry highlight the great menu. Clay Hill Farm also goes against the "let's charge them a fortune" upscale restaurant attitude by offering a four-course dinner for an additional $12.00. A savory lobster bisque, wonderful mixed greens salad and white chocolate Creme Brulee complement the main course with culinary brilliance -- there's a great chef in the Clay Hill kitchen. While many other restaurants attempt to make fancy dishes -- and let you know about their greatness -- Clay Hill Farm follows through on its promise and never conducts itself in a snobby, elitist way. Clay Hill Farm is a must when visiting the Southern Maine area, a classic country dining experience.


The best: Chicken



Wright's Farm Restaurant

84 Inman Road, Nasonville, R.I. , Tel. (401) 769-2856

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The math seems overwhelming at Wright's Chicken Farm: this rural Northern Rhode Island restaurant seats up to 1,200 hungry people in six family-style dining rooms, makes incredibly tasty chicken in 75 ovens, and serves hundreds of thousands of chickens a year. In a case where quantity does not compromise quality, Wright's turns out the best chicken we've sampled in New England -- broiled moist, flavorful, with a subtle barbecue sauce, and of the "all-you can-eat" variety. Included with the chicken are crisp salads with a delicious Italian salad dressing, homemade rolls, freshly made french fries and tender shell macaroni. Steak is the other option here -- it's good, but the chicken is the real reason to visit Wright's. There is also a terrific gift shop on the premises with old-fashioned candy, collectibles and a substantial toy shop. Wright's is sort of like the Disney version of a chicken restaurant, but it's no Mickey Mouse operation and never goofy in its preparation of mouthwatering chicken.


The best: Dessert

Joan and Ed's Deli

Sherwood Plaza (Route 9 East), Natick, Mass. Tel. (508) 653-4442

Joan and Ed's is one of the better delis in an otherwise dismal Boston area deli scene. Its dessert display is a significant showcase of fine culinary artistry, including rich chocolate cakes, unparalleled pies, danishes, whoopee pies, cookies and just about anything else within the sugar family. In preparation for the caloric assault, we recommend taking half of your meal home, planning to work out the next several weeks, and savoring your meteoric rise in blood sugar moment.


The best: Diners

Vernon Diner

Vernon Diner, 453 Hartford Tpke, Vernon, Conn. Tel. (860) 875-8812

The Vernon Diner used to be a Howard Johnson's in a previous life, but don't think for a moment that the ghost of the orange roof lingers in this suburban Hartford favorite. With hundreds of menu items, thousands of calories, and seemingly millions of smiling faces admiring the home-cooked food, the Vernon Diner represents the best qualities in a diner-type restaurant. Family friendly 24-hour service 365 days a year, a convenient location right off the highway and an incredible array of food selections including triple decker club sandwiches, roast meats, steak and chops, seafood, Italian and Greek specialties, sandwiches, wraps and a huge breakfast section. The Vernon Diner celebrates all cooking styles -- all done expertly -- with the end result being a satisfied customer base. Isn't that the mission of a diner, after all?


The best: traditional New England

Salem Cross Inn

Route 9, West Brookfield, MA 01585 Tel.: 508 867-8337

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The feeling of "Colonial" New England doesn't get much better than the Salem Cross Inn. A remarkable example of Colonial restoration (the original building was constructed in the early 1700s) situated on 600 acres of rolling hills and woodlands in central Massachusetts, the Salem Cross Inn offers hearty Colonial/traditional cooking that will make you feel good all over. Dining on apple raspberry roasted duck, maple jack chicken, slow roasted prime rib, fresh Atlantic salmon, hearty New England chowders and homemade desserts (yummy carrot cake) to name a few, only makes the hardwood floor, post and beam, candle lit atmosphere that much better. Perfect for a special night out, a family gathering, wedding or vacation dining spot, the Salem Cross Inn -- in the best tradition of Village Green life -- brings together a diverse community to enjoy New England country dining, scenery and conversation at its best.

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