I went to Great Wolf Lodge last week and thought I'd post about some local finds in the surrounding area. Breakfast was included in our package, so we just ate there. It was fine. The lunch and dinner food wasn't - Mexican Buffet anyone? - so we went out for almost all of those meals. All below are recommended for families with kids and chowish parents.
On the way up, we stopped at Rail Trail Flatbread in Hudson. It's about 30 minutes away, and an easy stop for lunch or dinner if coming North on 495. Really good food - flatbread and burgers were a hit. I had a corned beef short-rib dish that was a bit of a miss, but showed good thought. I'll be back for lunch since this isn't too far from my work.
For lunch, we got sandwiches at Mill No 3 Farmstand. We loved this place. Boars Head meats and thick cut fresh bread with crisp veggies. Nice atmosphere eating in the greenhouse. Also a good place to stock up on fruit, veggies, and bread for the room fridge. Very close by.
For our first dinner we ate at Chaibo in Fitchburg. The online description makes it look like they just have gelato and coffee, but there is a perfect, casual menu for a night away from Great Wolf. We had a quesadilla, pastrami with hot pepper relish sandwich, salads and a flatbread. The kids were also super psyched about a big chocolate fondue for dessert. Great beer list - I had trouble choosing, but ended up with an Altbier that was brightly carbonated and delicious. Hidden gem!
For our second dinner we went to Rye and Thyme for steaks. Good value - the $25-30 steaks came with a side and salad/soup. Nice dark pub style steakhouse. Also had a good beer list. Not everything was perfect – some of the arugula in the salad was yellow and inedible and my wife didn’t love her grilled tuna. I didn't try the whiskey or oysters, but those were clearly featured on menu and boards. Stick to basic steaks and skip the bacon jam on the burger and it’s a fine night out.
Where else should we try next time?