When most people think of world-class dining, they picture a sleek restaurant in a posh urban district. However, the small towns in this state pack just as much flavor and style into their restaurants as any big city affair. Check out the Massachusetts towns that are particularly awash in remarkable dining spots.
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Stockbridge is well known for its Norman Rockwell charm and historic downtown, but it's also one of the best small town dining destinations in the West. Visit Pleasant and Main for one of the coziest, most whimsical cafe experiences of your life, stop by Once Upon a Table for awesome burgers and brunch, and grab a some comfort food at Brick House Pub.
With a population that hovers around 3,000, Sheffield is pretty tiny. However, there are plenty of amazing places to tuck into a yummy meal. Stop by The Bridge Resaurant for traditional American fare, grab a coffee at The Marketplace Kitchen and start the day right with a great breakfast at Blue Door Market & Cafe.
The history of Marblehead is one that is closely tied to the sea, which makes this small town a killer destination for fresh seafood. Head to The Barnacle of insanely beautiful views of the water, check out 5 Corners Kitchen for a posh brunch, and visit Jack-Tar American Tavern for some delectably cozy pub food.
This small town is bursting with delicious places to eat. Head to Berkshire Pizzeria, Cold River Cafe & Restaurant and the Berkshire East Cafe for tasty local grub. If you're willing to go a little further south, South Face Farm is a great place for a warm doughnut.
This town of around 5,000 residents is the home of Tanglewood, and a plethora of amazing restaurants. Head to Nudel for fresh vegetarian options and plenty of pasta, try Brava for fine Spanish and Italian fare, and finish off at Haven Cafe and Bakery for dessert.
For such a compact place, Newburyport boats a dizzying array of restaurants and cafes that will blow you away. Head to Lexie's for an incredible burger, stop by Brine for sumptuous seafood, and don't forget to grab a sandwich or two for lunch at Port City Sandwich Company. If Thai is more your style, Brown Sugar By The Sea is the perfect option.
Just south of North Adams (duh), Adams features plenty of green space and a wonderful spate of hidden dining gems. Haflinger Haus offers authentic Austrian fare, while Daily Grind will provide you with spectacular deli grub. Adams Ale House is a fun spot to catch the game and down a tasty burger or two.
Concord might be a slightly larger small town at around 17,000 residents, but it feels like an old-fashioned New England community. It's also filled with amazing places to grab a bite, such as 80 Thoreau, Trail's End Cafe and Bondir Concord. Don't miss Farfalle Italian Market if you're in the mood for some classic, homestyle Italian takeaway.
If you're looking for a taste of the sea, head to Hull. Load up on delicious carbs at Breadbasket Bakery and Cafe, hang with the locals and grab some fish and chips at Marvels' Lunch Box, and be sure to stop by Jake's Seafood Restaurant for a tremendous surf and turf feast.
Originally settled in 1635, Wenham offers nearly 300 acres of parks, playgrounds and green space. All that running around is bound to make you hungry, so head to 15 Walnut for incredible sushi, the Weathervane Tavern for tasty and traditional American fare, or the Depot Diner for the perfect brunch.
This quiet Cape town has a lot to offer in terms of delicious dining. Head to Scargo Cafe for incredible food that harkens back to colonial days, stop by Sesuit Harbor Cafe for a sublime meal by the sea, and finish up at Captain Frosty's Fish & Chips for some of the best soft serve ice cream you've ever tasted.
If you're in the mood for maple, Worthington can deliver. It's home to Mollison's Windy Hill Sugar Shack, which (in addition t having an unbearably quaint name), serves some of the tastiest breakfast and brunch around. Another great maple option is the Red Bucket Sugar Shack. Their pancakes are out of this world.