20 Worcester Restaurants Offering World-Class Culinary Delights


Posted: January 29, 2020

You don’t have to leave the country to go on a culinary adventure of taste and experience.

The food scene in Central Massachusetts offers a whole host of world-class delights. Owners, chefs and kitchen staff are infusing ingredients and executing cooking techniques that reflect their culture and background, and customers are enjoying every bite. 

Plan your food tour around the world by stopping by one or more of these tasty eateries in Worcester!

1. Modern Japanese / Baba Sushi

309 Park Avenue, Worcester

Friendly service, innovative menu combinations and a hip atmosphere all up to a memorable dining experience at Baba Sushi. Nigiri, sashimi, maki and hand rolls are available for sushi lovers. For those with a sweet tooth, the banana flambé ignited at your table will leave you in awe.

2. Irish American / O'Connor's Restaurant and Bar

1160 W. Boylston Street, Worcester

Scotch egg, anyone? This classic Irish fare is wrapped in pork sausage and breadcrumb mix, before being flash-fried. Bangers and mash, beef and mushroom pot pie and shepherd’s pie provide the comfort food you’re looking for after a long day. Guinness is always on tap.

3. Afghan / Pomir Grill

119 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

Fowzia and Omar of Pomir Grill have been sharing their love for their culture through food since 2012. Dishes are cooked “low and slow” with techniques used for generations. Recipes and traditions have been passed down, like the Shola Afghan risotto with mung beans.

4. Mexican, Southwestern / Mezcal Cantina

30 Major Taylor Boulevard, Worcester

Fresh-made guacamole (there are nine versions you can choose from) and expertly crafted margaritas are only a few of the things you can order at Mezcal. Jalapeño rice balls and Yucatan enchiladas will delight your taste buds.

5. Middle Eastern, Kosher / Chani's Kosher Take-Out

22 Newton Avenue (Thursday Only), Worcester

Two words. Homemade challah. Chani’s Takeout has matzah ball soup, hot cholent, potato kugel and more that can be ordered online for weekly pickup. The challah is made in traditional, cinnamon, olive and chocolate varieties.

6. Spanish Tapas / Bocado

82 Winter Street, Worcester

Rustic tables and cozy nooks at Bocado are perfect for sharing decadent tapas frias (cold) and tapas calientes (hot) plates. Love cheese? Try the queso croquetas with smoked ham. Can’t get enough seafood? The tuna poke is your go-to.

7. Italian, Mediterranean / Nuovo Restaurant

92 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

From full-course meals to smaller bites, family-owned Nuovo has something to offer any diner. Quality ingredients and a relaxed environment ensure comfort will accompany your meal selections. Warm-up with the fig mascarpone appetizer, guaranteed to melt in your mouth.

8. Brazilian Bakery / Miranda Bread

140 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

Artisanal and authentic Brazilian fare can be found if you follow the delicious smell of baked goods coming from Miranda Bread. Traditional bread loaves and sweets, like the coconut fudge and sweet gnocchi, will make your stomach very happy.

9. Seafood / Egg Roll Lady and Fish Shack

609 W. Boylston Street, Worcester

The Egg-Roll Lady has perfected her fried fare over the past 13 years. Feed your cravings with a hearty helping of fish and chips, savory clam belly or crispy chicken tenders. Don’t forget to add a cup of creamy chowder.  

10. Salvadorian, Mexican  / Hacienda Don Juan

875 B. Main Street, Worcester

Any dish you order at Hacienda Don Juan will be bursting with flavor and color. Meat-stuffed green pepper chile rellenos and huajillo sauce-covered pollo Yucatan are a few options to consider. Ask for the papaya batido, or shake, to round out your meal.

11. Greek / Meze Estiatorio

166 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

Meze’s owners have taken beloved recipes passed down four generations to create their extensive Greek menu, which includes pastitsio and moussaka. They use imported Greek products, like sea salt and olive oil, to replicate the taste profiles they grew up enjoying.

12. Thai / Basil n' Spice

299 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

Pure spices and fresh herbs translate to an array of spectacular dishes that speak to the complexity of Thai cuisine. Flavor, aroma, and taste are all considered when preparing Basil n’ Spice plates like mango curry and lychee duck.

13. Jamaican, Caribbean / Caribbean Flaavor

976A Main Street, Worcester

Calling all oxtail and jerk chicken lovers, this is the place you need to visit. Each of Caribbean Flaavor’s well-portioned dishes packs an unbeatable punch of flavor. Don’t leave without trying the mac and cheese and steamed vegetables.

14. Italian / Russo

65 Water Street, Worcester

Seasonal ingredients are the cornerstone of Russo’s family-inspired Italian classics. Crispy loaves of bread, herbs, slow-cooked sauces and a rotating selection of cured meats, cheeses and vegetables are available for enjoyment. The fennel-stuffed cherry peppers will leave you smiling.

15. East African / Fatima's Cafe

43 West Boylston Street, Worcester

Omar and Fatima’s café restaurant space provides a taste of home with traditional dishes served with care. The Somali chicken and steak sandwiches are popular favorites with guests and are filled to the edges with seasoned meat, peppers, and onions.

16. Sichuan Chinese / Red Pepper

1083 Main Street, Worcester

Gourmet Chinese food made to order. There is hot pot, poached, black curded bean and pickled pepper, as well as an array of vegetarian dishes to satisfy any palate. Grab a few sesame potato dessert cakes with you on your way out.  

17. Brazilian / Pampas Churrascaria

145 E. Central Street, Worcester

Be sure to come hungry! Pampas offers all-you-can-eat meat and salad options with a variety of sides including plantains and yellow rice. For meat lovers, cooking is done over several hours to retain the juices and tenderness.

18. Worldly Flavor / Lock 50

50 Water Street, Worcester

Inspired by flavors from around the world, this New American restaurant located in the historic Canal District offers up both small sharable plates and hefty entrees. Enjoy creative worldly fare in Worcester's largest outdoor dining space all year long with their wildly popular heated patio igloos. Don't miss their dining event "Around The World in 7 Igloos" coming up on February 26, 2020.

19. Puerto Rican / Nuestra

153 Stafford Street, Worcester

For authentic Puerto Rican fare "the way mom would make it" - come to this hidden gem in Worcester. Juicy empanadillas, yuca fries, guava BBQ wings, and mango mousse are just some of the fresh and delicious dishes that are always served up with a smile. For great service and fresh homemade flavors, make sure Nuestra is a stop on your bucket list!

20. Ghanian / Joyful Way

47 Blackstone River Road, Worcester

Ready to spice up your taste buds? If you're not already familiar with West African cuisine, get ready for a foodie adventure. You get a lot of bang for your buck and your taste buds (get ready for some heat!) with their hefty portions. If you've never tried goat soup, fermented corn, or turkey tail; it's time to try something new and delicious at this worldly restaurant.


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