Category Archives: dining


Bernie Whitmore

Over time, we’ve grown accustomed to the notion of dining districts, sections of town that serve as hubs of activity hosting several restaurants and nighttime entertainment venues. Despite that, though, some of the Worcester area’s better dining is scattered outside these areas; these “outposts” have to generate their own buzz in order to attract business from outside their immediate neighborhoods.


Rachel Shuster

Located at 72 Franklin St. in downtown Worcester, STIX Noodle Bar is a fast-casual eatery serving up delicious ramen bowls with a creative take on the classics.

STIX is the recent concept restaurant from New England Craft Restaurant Concepts, a restaurant group founded in 2016 and inspired by craft food.

Hot&Now: April 2018

Paul Giorgio

A new toy. The Ho Toy, Worcester’s iconic Chinese restaurant, located at 401 Park Ave., has been bought by the owners of Kenichi and Sake Bomb, also in Worcester. Bothers Kenny and Bobby Huang will renovate the place and rename it the Wan Wan Asian Bistro. They plan to open the 4,000-square-foot eatery in September. They also plan to expand on the Ho Toy menu, keeping some of the classics but also adding to them.

The Jelly Bean Rankings Are in!

No Easter hunt is complete without everyone’s favorite egg-shaped candy – the jelly bean!  The exact origin the jelly bean is still a mystery but can be traced back to pre-Biblical times.  The soft center is said to be of descent of a Mid-Eastern confection, Turkish Delight.  The outer shell coating was invented in 17th-century France and was first used to create jordan almonds.  After that, the jelly bean journeyed to the states in 1861 from William Shaft.  Shaft, a Boston candy-maker, encouraged families to send the beans to soldiers during the Civil War. 

The Best Wine Pairings for Easter Dinner

From Left: Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva, Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG

The best memories are the ones you spend with people you love- especially when there’s great food and wine to pair!  This Easter, enjoy some of our favorite wine pairings with classic spring dishes from Santa Margherita