New England dining >>> Lakeview Farms, Bellingham, Massachusetts
The New Lakeview Farms Brings the Best of Family-Style Dining To Bellingham, MA (CLOSED)
Article and photo by Eric J. Hurwitz
Lakeview Farms, in Bellingham, MA, prides itself on an unbeatable family-restaurant business doctrine: prepare food fresh on a daily basis, keep the prices low, treat the customer well, and create dishes that appeal to the whole family.
Former Daniel Webster Inn (Sandwich, MA) corporate chef John Hollis brings a creative flair to the breakfast, lunch and dinner selections. For example, the turkey pot pie now features a wonderful-looking puff pastry topping, the meatloaf dinner is topped off with pommodoro sauce and provolone cheese, and the baked stuffed haddock is complemented by a house-made seafood stuffing. We're happy to report that the turkey is even better than the former Lakeview Farms' version -- noteworthy, given the former management turned out some terrific turkey dishes.
At this writing, all "house specialties" come in at under $10.00 -- a remarkable value in this day of age of rising food costs.
Lakeview Farms also offers an order-off-the-menu Sunday brunch, as well as some very substantial-looking regular menu breakfast items -- particularly the "Hungryman Breakfast" featuring two eggs any style, two slices of bacon, two sausage links, two pancakes or two slices of French toast, homefries and toast. Not a bad offering for just $7.50!
Sandwich selections include grilled angus burgers, club sandwiches, a turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry mayonnaise, and a really delicious, perfectly-seasoned tuna melt. Lakeview Farms also features a "soup and sandwich" special for $4.99.
For those who loved the fried food selection from the former Lakeview Farms, have no fear, the "best of" is still intact, including onion rings, chicken tenders,, fish and chips and the "Fisherman Platter" with shrimp, scallops and haddock (and served with fries and onion rings). Additionally, those who enjoy a drink will be pleased to know that Lakeview Farms serves beer and wine.
Hollis exudes a confidence about the new Lakeview Farms direction. He feels that the wide menu selection, chef-created freshly made dishes, and the value for the money will serve as a big drawing card for local residents.
"We're very much family-oriented and want to bring the best value to our customers," said Hollis. "We make the food here fresh daily and we've dropped the prices. I think people will really like what we have to offer. It's exciting."
The look of Lakeview Farms also appears to be prepared fresh daily! Not only is the diagonally laid-out wooden floor in the dining room gleaming and spotless, but also the knotty pine walls and ceiling with new ceiling fans. Add 12 seating areas with pleasant green tabletops and red booths , a new large wide-screen television, and voila, the promise of this cozy room has finally been realized after years of inconsistency. What a little pride of ownership does for a restaurant, and ultimately, the customers!
Pleasant, efficient service is vital part of Lakeview Farms' transformation. Jamie, a gracious and polite business owner, also employs those positive traits while hosting and serving customers (as do, we assume, the entire wait staff that has historically been friendly and efficient at Lakeview Farms). When asking customers how the food was, she really meant it, as opposed to just going through the motions. When an older women customer replied in regards to her meal, "Lovely, delicious," Jamie beamed with a big smile and "thank-you."
Jamie and Jacob (who also own the Candy Cafe in Shrewsbury, MA) and Hollis also have additional plans for Lakeview Farms: catering, serving delicious Rhode-island based Del's Lemonade, a "lighter fare" menu, more sauteed selections, and outdoor musical entertainment (Jacob is the drummer in the local rock band, Freudian Slip).
With a great variety of food crafted by a talented, experienced chef, excellent service and a significant improvement to the restaurant's cleanliness, Lakeview Farms has, thankfully, undergone an "extreme restaurant makeover," which can only benefit the most important element of a restaurant: the customer. We heartily recommend trying Lakeview Farms to support hardworking, local businesses owners and their vision to serve fresh, homademade food at the lowest prices.
For more information on Lakeview Farms, call (508) 883-5003.
1048 South Main St.
Tel. (508) 883-5005
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