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Boston Restaurant Blog -- September, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Where to Dine While Apple Picking

photo of apples at Westward Orchards, Harvard, MAThe apple picking season is now upon us, and while there are orchards all over the region, many of them are concentrated in or near the Nashoba Valley area northwest of Boston, including some of the most popular apple orchards in the entire state. A question that often comes up by people traveling to this region is, "Where should we dine before or after picking apples?" and it is a good question because some of the towns in which orchards are located are so small that they have almost nothing in the way of restaurants. This post looks at a handful of options, including places that are on the way to (or on the way back from) some of the orchards in the Nashoba Valley area.

For those who are looking to eat before or after apple picking, some good options can be found a bit west of Route 128 and on or near Routes 225, 2A, 2, 117, and 20. Included here are Bedford House of Beef in Bedford, a cheap eats spot in Bedford whose roast beef rivals that of the best places on the North Shore; New London Pizza in Concord, which offers outstanding New London-style pizza (which is a bit like Greek pizza); Dudley Chateau in Wayland, a well-worn pondside bar hidden away in a residential neighborhood; and Dumpling Daughter in Weston, a casual Chinese spot with terrific dumplings and ramen.

If you are looking at places to go to in the heart of apple picking country, a few possibilities include Johnson's Drive-In in Groton, which is a roadside spot known in part for its fried chicken and ice cream; the Old Timer in Clinton, an historic restaurant and bar that looks almost like a church inside; Westward Orchards (photo shown here) in Harvard, an old-fashioned country store that features snacks, sandwiches, and some of the best apple cider donuts in the area; Rota Spring Farm in Sterling, an ice cream and food stand in a beautiful out-of-the-way hillside location; and Allora in Marlborough, a lakeside Mediterranean spot that is a bit south of many of the orchards but is well worth going to if you are looking for a more upscale experience.

What are some of your favorite restaurants to go to in the heart of apple country? Let us know in the comments section here!

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