The Best Local New England Restaurant Chains
food doesn't always means average food -- these local New England-based
restaurant chains turn up the notch significantly with something
wonderful for everyone on the menu
by Eric H.
Your Average Joe's -- This lively restaurant chain has style and substance with
colorful overhead lights, nice wood tones, a hip
but casual crackerjack staff, and some innovative dishes. Not Your
Average Joe's pleases the 21st century palette with appetizers like New
England crab cakes, a fresh house salad with baby greens, honey mustard
chicken on toasted ciabatta, grilled black Angus sirloin meatloaf and
balsamic glazed salmon. Not Your Average Joe's also offers some
wonderful "stone hearth pizza" baked at 700 degrees and towering
desserts including the "Peanut Butter Thing," with peanut butter and
chocolate chunks folded into vanilla ice cream and rolled into Oreo
cookie crumbs. Not Your Average Joe's is a terrific dining choice with
many peaks and few valleys -- not typical for a restaurant chain. Like
all high quality restaurants, they can also personalize its food
offerings, according to your health needs. View Not
Your Average Joe's locations
Bertucci's Brick Oven Ristorante -- This loud, colorful chain is known for its delicious dinners rolls, raw dough for the kids to play with before dinner, an open kitchen with some theatrical-like food preparation, and Italian selections that aren't that much of a drop off from the best offered at the famed North End in Boston, MA, and Federal Hill in Providence, RI. The restaurant menu varies from state to state. From our humble Massachusetts taste point-of-view, we highly recommend the unbeatable brick oven pizza with loads of fresh tomato and cheese flavors and ample toppings (try the rosemary ham!), as well as the chicken marsala with mushrooms, and the chicken piccata with lemon, capers, white wine, romano cheese and fresh herbs on chicken scallopine. Bertucci's also makes a great Caesar salad, with or without anchovies. View Bertucci's locations
Kelly's Roast Beef -- Specializing in -- surprise -- tender, ample roast beef sandwiches, Kelly's also hits the market with great fried clams, onion rings and a substantial, tasty lobster roll. The roast beef/seafood sandwiches menu has kept customers coming back since its humble Revere Beach, MA, origins in 1951, with food made fresh daily and quick, and with quick, courteous service. Occasionally, the wait staff offers a sense of witty humor, almost unknown to the fast food industry. Kelly's has also kept up with modern times offering healthier items like salads. The most fun location is the flagship Revere Beach, right across from the Atlantic Ocean -- a nice take-out place to enjoy a meal by the sea (although Revere Beach is not the best example of pristine coastal New England). The most practical location is in Natick, MA, located in the Jordan's Furniture building. This location houses a large fish tank (with fish), and a colorful carousel theme. View Kelly's locations.
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