Domenic’s Italian Bakery And Deli
987 Main St.
Waltham, MA 02451
For over 30 years, Domenic’s has served up Italian and American favorites in Waltham. From deli sandwiches to salads to pasta dishes, the menu features plenty of recipes that include cheeses such as provolone, American, gorgonzola and more. Caprese salad or panini with fresh mozzarella, warm cheese ravioli and cheese pizza are just a few of the many options. But it’s the hot panini that stand out. Choose from chicken, meatball or eggplant parmigiana for a cheesy, warm, filling and flavorful treat, with prices ranging from just $5.99 to $7.50.
(Editor’s note: For those questioning the grammar of the previous blurb, the Italian word “panini” is plural.)
Tennessee’s Real BBQ Real Fast
341 Cochituate Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Tennessee’s in Framingham features a menu filled with award-winning BBQ, which it makes daily using hickory, apple and cherry wood. All of the meats are dry rubbed with special spice blends but it’s the sides that make the meal. Each is house-made daily from scratch. Order the ribs, chicken, pulled pork or brisket, but don’t forget to get yourself a side of the baked macaroni and cheese. It is creamy, cheesy and a perfect accompaniment to the meats within your meal.
Met Bar And Grill
1245 Worcester Road
Natick, MA 01760
There are not many meals that can beat indulging on a juicy, cheese-topped burger with a side of salty fries. At Met Bar and Grill, take a break from shopping the surrounding stores for a memorable meal. It too makes a mean macaroni and cheese, but it also gives diners the option to make a burger the way they like it. Pick between the salmon, falafel, turkey or beef burger and pile on all the cheese you could ask for. Met also has specialty burgers like the Boston burger with cheddar, bacon and an egg and even a DC burger classically made with American cheese melted on top.
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Stone Hearth Pizza
974 Great Plain Ave.
Needham, MA 02492
www.stonehearthpizza.comStone Hearth Pizza in Needham offers up a menu that includes local, sustainable and organic ingredients within its dishes. It also paid special attention to those with allergies and specific dietary needs when creating the menu. The specialty at this eatery are the Neapolitan-style thin crust pizzas, as well as the pasta, salads and even the tasty desserts. Start off with the cheese-filled meatball poppers or the baked buffalo wings with house-made buttermilk blue cheese and then dig into one of the hearty Stromboli or one of the many pizzas. You can’t beat Stone Hearth’s four cheese pizza that has the restaurant’s signature sauce with mozzarella, fontina, goat cheese and parmesan cheeses for $8.50 to $18.25 depending on the size of the pie.
Blue On Highland
882 Highland Ave.
Needham, MA 02492
Also in Needham is family-friendly restaurant Blue on Highland, which is open for lunch and dinner for both dining in or take out. For $9, the kids can get their cheese on with grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese or cheese pizza amongst the many options. Adults also have a wide range of dishes to choose from. Cheeseburger sliders featuring Vermont cheddar cheese or the baked brie with fruit and nuts with flatbread make great starters for sharing. For the main meal, try something different like the bacon ricotta pizza featuring garlic, escarole, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses for $14.
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