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in the Dell, Walpole MA, Dining Review
The Farmer in the Dell Features Farm-to-Table Cuisine in Walpole, Mass.
Farmer in the Dell (photo by Eric H.)
Just as you thought the barn door was closed on any unique, new food spots opening in the southwest Boston, Mass., suburbs, along comes the Farmer in the Dell in Walpole.
Named after the famous nursery rhyme game, the Farmer in the Dell recently became part of a growing downtown Walpole dining scene as the first farm-to-table restaurant within a 12-mile radius (Boston area driving translation: 25-minute drive). That's great news for residents of this pleasant small town as well as surrounding communities like Norwood, Medfield, Westwood, Dover, Foxboro, Norfolk and Sharon.
The farm-to-table theme -- using seasonal, fresh and wholesome ingredients that are sourced locally, whenever possible -- serves as a much-needed concept in a world that often favors fast food and "same old thing" dishes like pizza, burgers and chicken tenders.
Judging from the early stages,
the Farmer in the Dell taps into the farm-to-table business model
exceptionally well. "Day one" in business often suggests what's to come
as grand openings test owner preparedness. Have menus been printed?
Does the restaurant offer what's on the menu? Has the decor been
finalized? Does staff present itself as professional, composed,
pleasant and efficient?
The Farmer in the Dell delivered
on its promise the very first day with a complete menu, full display
cases of baked goods, an active kitchen with a chef presence, an
appealing small sit-down dining room atmosphere with rural touches, and
a staff that warmly welcomed customers upon arrival.
Don't let the rural name fool
you: this is not a hokey Hee Haw
cornfield subsidiary. Farmer in the Dell feels more like a special
dining spot you'd find in the city with a penchant for fine cuisine --
the kind of place you might expect to show up on the Food Network.
It's hard to know where to start
-- the myriad baked goods on display and, on the menu, an excellent
variety of soups, salads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and dinner
entrees. Offerings include unique items like Green Eggs and Ham (herb
omelet with country ham, farmers cheese and pesto), slow roasted
brisket with horseradish cream and slaw on a pretzel roll,, Asian chili
noodle salad, rotisserie chicken salad (tremendous!), lemongrass
chicken, BBQ pork shoulder, potato gnocchi, slow roasted brisket,
and a potted pork plate with pork rillettes, seasonal garnishes and
Baked goods include individual
fruit pies, coconut cream tart, chocolate torte, whoopie pies,
specialty brownies (one pictured below, and the best I've ever tasted!)
and maple glazed cinnamon rolls. The baked goods have a lineage to the
offerings of Butter Cafe and Bakery, which formerly occupied this
building -- although the Farmer in the Dell's approach to baking has a
more "natural ingedients" twist and many different offerings.
The most important element of this new downtown Walpole restaurant is that the Farmer in
the Dell clearly gives one a reason to return. You'll find items here that
can't be found anywhere else locally and the attention to customer
service through its counter service is about the best we've seen at a
restaurant in the past few years.
Additionally, prices are reasonable for most items -- good news, given
that this is all high-end food. The Farmer in the Dell also was approved for a beer and wine license and now offers gourmet, prix-fixe dinner events (call 508-
921-3647 for details).
Ultimately, small eateries can
only succeed with pride of ownership and the Farmer in the Dell
clearly recognizes this crucial element. As other restaurants with
myopic business vision are being put out to pasture in this rough
economy, the Farmer in the Dell -- given its initial impeccable
attention to detail and unique presentation -- has the potential to
become a local favorite, "barn-none!"
Farmer in the Dell is located at 935 East St., Walpole MA. Tel. (508)
921-3647. Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday
Editor's note: stay tuned for frequent
updates to this article, as we plan on interviewing the owners who will
discuss their new restaurant, and its evolution!
An amazing brownie! (photo by Eric)
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