The New Student's Guide to Worcester


Posted: September 12, 2018

The school year is finally upon us! Whether you are experiencing college for the first time, transfering to a new school, or almost at the end of your college journey; Worcester has it all. From places to grab a quick bite to eat, or just a quiet place to catch up on school work, here are all the spots you need to check out this year.

Quick bites:

You haven't fully experienced Worcester without trying an original Table Talk Pie!
  • Coney Island: No, you don’t have to travel all the way to New York for this! Coney Island, in Worcester, is home to the cheapest, but also most delicious, hot dogs. To get the true Coney experience you have to get ‘the works’, with yellow mustard, chopped onions, and their famous chilli sauce.
  • Table Talk Pie Store: If you enjoy a good apple pie, then you will love Table Talk Pies. They specialize in personalized sized pies, what's not to love! Even better, they have a retail location right on Green Street in Worcester where they have 3 for $1 specials on their pies changing daily. It might not be your grandma's homemade pies, but it tastes just as good.

Full dinner:

Chicken and waffle sandwich anyone? Grab it at The Flying Rhino
  • The Boynton: If you have ever been to Worcester, you have probably heard of the Boynton. It has a great atmosphere for a family gathering or dinner with the new roomies. They have a completely unique menu of american style-food. It’s usually pretty busy so make sure to call in advance!
  • Smokestack Urban BBQ: If you are in the mood for a good, solid meal, then Smokestack is the answer. This urban BBQ joint has the best nachos you will ever have. They are served on perfectly cooked kettle chips, instead of the traditional corn chips. It is conveniently located on Green Street in Worcester, a very short distance from Table Talk Pies!
  • The Flying Rhino: Shrewsbury St is known for its restaurants, and the Flying Rhino is one of it’s best. The entire menu is filled with mouthwatering options. I highly recommend trying the chicken and waffles or the chicken bomb sandwich, but no choice is a bad choice!

Going out:

Under 21:

  • District: Formerly known as Industry, this club located on Water street is 18+ on thursdays. It’s a short uber away from any Worcester college campus where you can spend your evening dancing the night away with all your new friends.

Over 21:

TreeHouse Brewing Co. - a must stop for any craft brew fan 
  • Treehouse Brewing Company: Treehouse is a must do if you are a craft beer fan. Even if you aren’t, it's a great spot to go to catch up with friends on a sunny afternoon. They make their own beers onsite and on select days you can buy cans to take home, or stick around and have a few drafts of your favorite blend. It changes often, so make sure to check their social media for their current offerings!
  • Valentinos: A relatively new bar on Shrewsbury Street with the coolest atmosphere. They have a super delicious food menu, paninis anyone? And an even more delicious drink menu, hello espresso margarita. A perfect night out with the girls, or the guys!

For relaxing/studying:

If you need a study break, grab a Thai Curry Bowl from NU Kitchen
  • Nu Kitchen: This cafe has gained such popularity in the last year, and for many reasons. It’s a great spot to get a fruit smoothie, sit down with your laptop, and get some work done. Of course, there's wifi, plenty of outlets and some relaxing background music.
  • Worcester Art Museum: Any museum is perfect for a rainy day or when you want to experience some culture. The Worcester Art Museum always features the most interesting collections from artists all over the world and from all different time periods. The museum also offers tours to the public and has a cafe and a library for when your dorm room studying just isn’t cutting it.
  • Spencer Fairgrounds: Moving back into college can be stressful. Why not take a break from organizing all of your belongings by taking a trip to the Spencer fair! From August 31st-September 3rd you can enjoy live entertainment, amusement rides, and all your other favorite fair activities. Start your fall semester off right.

Worcester is home to many, many fabulous locations to eat, drink, and have fun. You might not be able to go to them all in your short four year college experience, but you sure can try.


About The Author

Hi! I'm Rachael Berthiaume, a student at Worcester State University majoring in Communication. I like to spend my free time exploring all that Worcester has to offer (especially the food) and blogging at Rachaelruth.com