Did You Know?

Worcester was once the "shredded wheat capital of the world." The breakfast favorite was first produced by local inventor Henry Perky in 1895.

By The Numbers

Worcester's Boulevard and Kenmore diners are classics à la the Worcester Lunch Car Company which manufactured and shipped over 800 diners all over the country.

Restaurants

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Whether it's Chinese food, pizza, pasta, or a sandwich you crave, the dozens of restaurants in Worcester will satisfy the most discriminating eater — usually at prices anyone can afford.

Step into the Boulevard, the Kenmore or the Miss Worcester diner to get an authentic blast of the past (the Worcester Lunch Car Company made this city famous for its beautifully crafted diner cars). A favorite of live music fans, Ralph's Rock Club features the beloved Chadwick Square Diner, which serves the best cheeseburgers in town — from 5 p.m. until 12:45 a.m. History buffs will love the 90+ years of history at George's Coney Island Hot Dogs, where time seems to have stopped nearly a century ago and the average meal is under $5.

Seafood lovers gather at the Sole Proprietor for its incomparably fresh oyster bar, delicious drinks and entrees (fun fact: every July "Buster," a huge inflatable crab, is placed on the roof of the restaurant). Perhaps fitting for a college town, pizza joints are abundant offering up plenty of choices, from the gourmet pies at the Corner Grille to the classic slices from Wonder Bar. For Italian, there's Dino's Ristorante, a more upscale family-owned place with decades of history, or the newer, tiny Ciao Bella, where seats are hard to get, the cooks are hustling, and the takeout is excellent.

Shrewsbury Street is a favorite destination for those seeking culinary satisfaction. Caffé Dolce offers exquisite dessert and gourmet coffee, the Flying Rhino provides fun appetizers and drinks, and a half-dozen more diners and café create a critical mass of great eateries.

Worcester is a mecca for ethnic restaurants. Try Nancy Chang for Chinese food; Sakura Tokyo for Japanese and fresh sushi; Tortilla Sam's for Mexican; Sahara for Middle Eastern; Surya for Indian, or take a trip to the delis and bakeries on Water Street for corned beef and rye bread.

The list goes on. See our restaurant listings for links to some of the best restaurants in Central Massachusetts. Bon appetit!