Friday Five: Best of Westborough

I’ve blogged about the other two towns I know best before heading over to Italy, and now that I’ve left, I have a little bit about the first town I got to know: Westborough. No, it’s not as exciting as Italy, but I started this post a while ago and wanted to finish it up.

IMG_3249Red BarnThis post begins with another Instagram-edited picture of coffee, but for good reason (maybe not the Instagramming but definitely the coffee). This small, Massachusetts “chain” (while there are a couple of locations it feels like anything but a franchise) has the best coffee I’ve ever had. The Westborough location is a little storefront on the rotary and embodies everything you look for in a fresh, cozy, and homey coffee shop. Their iced coffee is great and their lattes are also fantastic (try the Iced Milky Way). In addition to their drinks, their pastries are also mouth-watering and pack a punch with their flavor: banana nut muffin tops, berry muffins, cranberry scones–everything tastes good here. The service is also really friendly and the baristas get to know your order fast and always share a couple of nice words (or chiacchiere in Italian) with you. Whenever I go, I order my coffee from Bee in Portuguese, and she helps me with the words (read: most of what I say) that trip me up. If there’s only one thing you do in Westborough, this should be it. 17 South Street, $ 

Bee--one of the best baristas around!
Bee–one of the best baristas around!

DSCN3511Tatnuck–I’ll always have a bias for Tatnuck, but I’d say that it deserves it. The store is really big, especially as local, independent bookstores are concerned. They host a lot of signings here and bring in several local authors for events. In addition to their books, they also have a gift shop and sell local trinkets and wares (like Westborough sweatshirts), and their cafe is a good meeting place. 18 Lyman Street, $$

Uhlman’s–This is another Westborough staple. People from all over the area come to Uhlman’s for their New England ice cream fix. Their portions are gigantic and their many flavors all so perfect. Flavors with things mixed in like Oreos or Peanut Butter Cup have a great ratio of ice cream to cookie chunks, and it’s incredible. When Uhlman’s first opens in the spring, it’s basically a Westborough holiday and it becomes a topic of conversation if you’ve been to Uhlman’s yet for the year. 234 East Main Street, $$

South Street–Yeah, it’s just a simple diner near the rotary, but they have great breakfast and it’s the classic place in town for people to meet up when they’re home from school. You can expect to see everyone and their mother if you go and are from town. Their pancakes are particularly good. 38 South Street, $$

Westboro House of Pizza (WHOP)Like South Street, this is another little place that every town has, but it’s good! While they do have pizza here, the pizza from Sabatini’s is better. Instead, come here for their sandwiches. They have a fantastic buffalo chicken sub as well as eggplant parmesan. They have outdoor seating overlooking scenic East Main Street (ha), but it’s nice to sit outside. 36 East Main Street, $

Runners up are Harry’s, the haunt of older high schoolers as they’re open until 1 AM and with great fried food and sundaes (brownie fiesta!) but deceptively pricy; Chipotle, yeah a chain but when you don’t live in Westborough anymore you realize why people go crazy over it; Romaine’s, which would definitely be on the list except for the fact that’s in Northborough; and the Lee Property/Veterans Freedom Park, good for a walk or run through the trails.

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