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 New England Dining Reviews>>> The Charles Cafe, Millis, Mass.

The Charles Cafe, Millis, Mass., Mixes the Familiar with the Unexpected
 

Charles Cafe restaurant photo, Millis, Mass.

Article and photo by Eric H.

The Charles Cafe in Millis, Mass., doesn't always play by the typical breakfast and lunch spot rules. 

Accompanying your chosen sandwich, you have a choice of chips or an apple. A bowl of macaroni and cheese can be topped with homemade chili. For dessert, there's only rainbow sherbet and vanilla wafers on the menu. You can even buy a Narraganseet beer, Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon or Mimosa here. And on the menu, they give away secrets -- like the turkey is the "Butterball" brand.

The offbeat twists here combine with all the classic elements of a local roadside restaurant. Walking through the small, sunny dining room were elderly friends talking about their town, businesspeople in between meetings and -- out on the outdoor deck -- two women taking great joy in verbally backstabbing their best friend.  Service was extremely friendly and efficient, and I have to say that the Turkey Grande -- made from that Butterball turkey -- was, without a doubt, the best panini I've ever had. Large in size with thickly-cut turkey, provolone and Swiss cheese with stuffing and craberry sauce, I had dreams this morning of returning for another one today. 

The views of the open spaces at the edge of the Charles River (yes, the same one that graces Boston and Cambridge) are quite pleasing, too, from the deck -- a nice, relaxing place to be as it feesl like you're far away from civilization. 

A wide selection of egg, panacakes, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and salads comprise  the majority of selections. But if you don't feel like going for the familiar, you can opt for a lemon pineapple paradise or berry healthy blend smoothie or even maybe 12-sized bite-sized sweet and sour meatballs. 

The Charles Cafe used to be the Eastside restaurant, which was located right next door. The Charles is much better with more of an extensive menu and more dining space to breathe.. Mixing the unconventional with the conventional, The Charles Cafe is certainly one-of-a-kind -- and one certainly worthy visiting again!

The Charles Cafe
35 Main St. (Route 109),
Millis MA 02054
Tel. (508) 376-2020


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