Summertime at Harry’s
By Margaret Locher, Contributing Writer
Westborough – It is easy to picture what a popular hangout Harry’s was in past eras. With the drive-in behind it, you can almost see the old cars lined up outside and the people lined up at the counter inside, enjoying burgers or milkshakes. Harry’s is the kind of place that many consider “our place.” It just has that feel to it.
We were in a Harry’s kind of mood on a recent Tuesday, so my boyfriend and I headed to Westborough for dinner. I arrived thinking I wanted chicken parmesan, which is on the menu among dozens of burgers, wraps, melts and sandwiches (most are $4.75 – $10.75) in addition to a variety of seafood rolls, salads and BBQ items. Truly, the menu is so extensive you could probably eat there all year and not repeat a dish.
Harry’s menu has its share of mouthwatering fried options, but the restaurant has a lot of healthy choices and recently added summer offerings. They are popular for their seafood, specifically their fried clams ($10.95 – $12.95 for strips or bellies). They also have new items like a fried chicken sandwich with fries ($5.79) and the new Key West fish tenders ($6.95).
I ordered the fish tenders, which are breaded with homemade potato chip crust and come with a zesty tartar sauce. My boyfriend just sipped his raspberry lime rickey. He’s not a seafood person, but there were still dozens of things on the menu for him. He considered the BBQ roast beef ($12.95) before deciding he wasn’t hungry enough for it and ordering franks and beans ($9.95). The special on this Tuesday night was a lobster roll, but I ordered Greek salmon ($15.99).
Our dinners arrived quickly. I received a generous size piece of salmon, covered in spinach and feta with cherry tomatoes and black olives, sitting on a bed of yellow rice. The franks and beans looked more like diner food than my beautiful dish. That’s the beauty of Harry’s: You can have a fancier meal, or chow down on hot dogs and cheese fries, a popular favorite with teens who stop in just for that. Harry’s is popular with everyone and suits a variety of dining purposes. It’s the kind of place you’d grab a bite before the movies, stop in for a late night snack, have a weekly breakfast date with friends, take the kids, or bring a date for coffee and a slice of pie.
And speaking of pie… after our waitress recited a list of homemade pies, there was no way we couldn’t try one. We split the “berries of the forest” pie, which is basically a mixed berry. A la mode, of course. Yum!
Harry’s is cash only. It is located on Route 9 West at 149 Turnpike Rd. in Westborough. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. For more information or to put in a take-out order, call 508-366-8302.
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