When you live in a city like Boston, you don't often find need to leave it. With beaches, hiking trails, museums, music venues and restaurants all a stones throw away, one can easily occupy months of time without leaving the city limits. Of course, that doesn't mean that one shouldn't. Last week I jumped aboard the commuter rail (thank you MBTA) and took a quick and painless 40 minute jaunt out to one of my all time favorite 'burbs-Concord, MA.
I had the great fortune of growing up near this gorgeous town, and I took every opportunity to steep myself in its beauty and it's culture. Nearly every corner you turn within the town leads to historic site after historic site, and the feats of our forefathers are on display for all to revere. For history buffs-Concord is the motherland. What you might not anticipate finding among these preserved landmarks is a stellar restaurant with a Food & Wine 2013 Fan Favorite Chef nominee at the helm.
80 Thoreau sits atop the old train depot (read: literally on the commuter rail
Imagine for a moment, stepping off the train and being greeted at the front door of the restaurant by a handsome fellow bearing a glass of sparkling wine on a silver tray to kick off your evening. This is the stuff of luxury service legends. Once inside they will lead you up to the restaurant and seat you in one of four seats over looking the small but incredibly efficient kitchen. From these seats you will have the best view as the chefs whip together your meal, and the meals for the rest of the restaurant.
The first course was presented as a house made venison terrine served with pickled carrots, parsnip
Our next course featured Pork shank ravioli enhanced with touches of cabbage,
Our final savory course included rabbit stuffed with
80 Thoreau isn't great food if you happen to be out of the city, it is quite simply-great food worthy of a trip from wherever you happen to be. Their attention to detail, though obviously paramount in the kitchen, is felt to every corner of the restaurant, from the owners to the servers, and if you happen to snag a seat at the kitchen, you'll find a truly happy group of chefs who somehow don't even appear too busy to crack a quick joke or explain a method as they prep your dinner. The team at 80 Thoreau is going above and beyond to usher their patrons into a truly decadent and pampered evening, start to finish.