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Visit To Sturbridge

BookGuy | May 29, 200811:31 AM

Last weekend, I was in Sturbridge, Massachusetts for a family wedding. The wedding itself was held at The Publick House and the catered food was standard wedding fare although the mini-lamb chops were great. I am told that the bakery attached to the place was excellent.

We ate at the Ugly Duckling one night and I very much enjoyed by calamari, Caesar salad, and prime rib. My companion did the steak and lobster and felt it fine but felt it was less of a portion than the $36 charged. The child had the spaghetti and pronounced it fine--or, in her words, "the best I've ever had."

The evening after the wedding, we went to Ernesto's, a small pizzeria, where we sat in the bar. The child and I shared a Casar salad (the kid loves them) and a Pepperoni pizza. It was excellent, probably because it was very close to the pizzas that I grew up eating in the Brooklyn of my youth. The companion had two appetitizers, the chicken wings and the mussels and said that both were good. It is a nice place and subject to crowds.

Before we left town, we went to Annie's Country Kitchen for breakfast where the adults had variations of omelets and the child had blueberry pancakes. Living in the DC area, I miss seeing these breakfast places that dot New England.

I am no gourmet but would like to start a discussion of what is worth trying in the Sturbridge area.

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