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New England Dining>>> Blue Fin Lounge, Foxborough, MA

Peace and Quiet At Gillette Stadium/Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA?

Scenic beauty surrounds the Blue Fin Lounge at Bass Pro Shops

Marcia's Sweet Pantry and Tootsie's photo, Wrentham, MAArticle and photos by Eric H.
Ahhh, the peaceful solitude of Patriot Place at Gillette Stadium, located on the busy, long-stretch of New Jersey-like congested Route 1 highway in Foxborough, MA.

One of the last places you would consider a quiet dining getaway, the Blue Fin Lounge is situated at the home of the New England Patriots and a highly- developed shopping and entertainment complex. This complex, however, has another side -- if you, literally and figuratively, go the extra mile.  As one of southwest suburban Boston's truly hidden dining and scenic rural gems, the cozy Blue Fin Lounge, located in the lower level of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, features a pleasant, relaxing outdoor patio that leads to a true nature's paradise. The Route 1 traffic noise completely disappears, giving way to the sound of a symphony of bird chirps, New Hampshire-quality fresh air, and a boardwalk leading to hiking trails along a pond, cranberry bogs and forested hills.  What an ideal place to dine in the warmer New England weather, perhaps best during sunset. All in all, this backwoods sector of Patriot Place is kind of like discovering scenic heaven behind your favorite suburban shopping mall. It' looks like the place Opie threw a rock into the pond at the beginning of the Andy Griffith Show -- sort of like your own special place.

Boardwalk near Blue Fin Lounge photo, Foxborough, MAThe Blue Fin Lounge -- as does the entire Bass Pro Shops building -- possesses this marvelously fortunate location, but the restaurant can certainly hold its own. The Blue Fin -- part of the Islamorada Fish Company restaurants located in Bass Pros Shops throughout the country -- sports an interior Adirondack-style rustic charm with a fireplace, antique bar, a limited but impressive menu featuring salads and sandwiches, and just about any drink you could imagine. Appetizers include spinach and artichoke dip, BBQ wings, and vegetable-filled dumplings with sesame-ginger dipping sauce. Sandwiches include  grilled turkey, pastrami, corned beef and Ahi tuna with either cheeses or seasoned condiments, while salads feature mixed greens with chicken, and ahi tuna. On my first
Blue Fin Lounge photo, Foxborough, MAvisit, I tried a delicious grilled Patriot sandwich with fresh turkey and provolone cheese on dark rye bread. The meal came with French Fries, something I try to avoid because of their deleterious health consequences (now when have you heard a food critic have the temerity to say something like that?), but couldn't turnt hem down here. Perfectly-seasoned and crisped, these French Fries could convert the most anti-fries person or ardent health food advocate.

Service was quite friendly, accommodating and efficient, just adding to the overall positive dining experience.

After dining, I burned off some of the caloric load of the French Fries by hiking the natural paradise.  It's still mystifying how such an area of scenic solitude can be located near Gillette Stadium and all the shopping opportunities. Must be, no doubt, part of that "Kraft Magic" (the Kraft family owns the New England Patriots) that brought us a world-champion football team and this amazing shopping and entertainment complex!

Blue Fin Lounge
1 Bass Pro Drive
Tel. 508-216-2700


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