Marlborough – Try introducing a Marlborough native to a new place, and feel the love – especially when that place is the Lazy Dog.
The first place my family visited when we were considering moving to Massachusetts, it’s still my go-to place for a relaxed pub meal. This time, I brought a good friend who, although she grew up in Marlborough and lived in Westborough, had never visited the restaurant and sports bar.
Her first question: “How’s the calamari?” I happily assured her it was one of my favorites, so we ordered the fried calamari appetizer ($6.95). As usual, the dish was served quickly, with a helping of tasty marinara sauce and wedges of lemon. And, as usual, the lightly breaded rings were hot, crisp and full of flavor.
My friend noted that the slightly spicy breading was so delicate that it didn’t overwhelm the calamari and its freshness. Although we are both calamari devotees, we had plenty to share before our entrees.
Even though every time I eat at the Lazy Dog, I plan to order whatever I enjoyed so much on my last visit, something new always tempts me. This visit, it was “the Quickie,” ($5.95) a half-sized portion of the pub’s well-loved “Nooner” ($9.95) – that is, a pile of tender top round sliced thinly and sautÃ©ed with peppers and mushrooms. Oh, and a slab of cheese, and a chewy, thick bulkie roll.
Now, even with passing on the top of the roll and eating my sandwich open-faced, I barely managed to finish it. I can’t imagine finishing twice as much of the tender, tasty beef. At the same time, I can’t imagine leaving a single crumb. That made me grateful that the Lazy Dog off ers the smaller version!
My friend ordered another popular dish, the lunch-sized portion of fish and chips ($6.95), and there was no charge for substituted the legendary Lazy Dog onion rings for her chips. Again, the light touch in the kitchen impressed her. Thinly sliced onions, delicately dusted with seasoned breading and fried perfectly, the rings were a big hit.
They did not, however, overshadow the large serving of haddock, dipped in a delicate buttermilk batter. Again, the designation of “lunch” was a little unfair: there was enough fish to act as a dinner entrÃ©e. And again, the fish was clearly fresh; rather than take my friend’s word for it, I took a bite of her lunch!
Although we both ordered Coke with our lunch ($1.90 each, including refill), we decided to lengthen our relaxing lunch with coff ee ($1.50 each). And what’s coff ee without a little dessert? Since we were both satisfied with our lunches, we decided to split a raspberry “Sammie” ($3.75).
The delicate butter shortbread coated with thick, sweet raspberry jam and with more crumbled shortbread as topping, the cookie provided a sweet end to our lunch.
The Lazy Dog Restaurant and Sports Bar at 31 Main St., Marlborough, is open daily 11 a.m. to 1:45 a.m., with the full menu available until 10 p.m. and appetizers until closing. For more information, call 508-229-2254 or visit www.doggonelazy.com.