Bolognese? Babka? Bagels? Burritos? Bok Choy? Where To Eat In Sudbury, Wayland (and a few spots over the borders)

by Gabrielle Henken on March 14, 2017

in Buying,Families,Just For Fun,Move to Sudbury,Restaurants,Sudbury MA,Sudbury MA Community,Wayland,Wayland Homes

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ORIGINAL POST: October 22, 2013

Very few people are pleasant to be around when they are REALLY hungry. And since I, like many of you, prefer to be around people when they are pleasant, I’m happy to do whatever I can to prevent you from getting a case of the food crankies / hangrys.

Since many of you who read this are either new to Sudbury and Wayland, contemplating Sudbury and/or Wayland or in the process of moving to Sudbury or Wayland – I hope this helps. If you are just hungry and already living in Sudbury, Wayland or nearby, I hope you learn something new. And, if you are looking for a house in Sudbury and/or Wayland and your out-of-town Realtor can’t tell you anything about dining options in your potential new hometown, it’s time to find a new Realtor.

Please note, I am a bit of a foodie/food snob, and everything here is my opinion. We all have different taste, and I appreciate if you don’t like something that I do like, and vice versa. Please don’t send me emails telling me that I must have been hungry when I wrote this if you don’t agree with me. Especially if you are hungry.

If you see a restaurant listed twice, it’s not an error. Some that serve breakfast also serve lunch and some don’t. Some that serve lunch don’t serve dinner. If you are hungry, you’ll likely eat your iPad before you finish scrolling down and read every description, click every link just to see if a restaurant serves the meal that you are seeking. You are welcome.

You’ll find breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert and sustenance options. If you don’t see many comments next to a restaurant, it’s because I really have nothing to add. Not good, not bad.

BREAKFAST:

Beyond Beans 171 Commonwealth Ave, Wayland, MA  I haven’t been here yet, but I have heard great things. I’ll try it soon!

Brooklyn Water Bagel:  (508) 875-0007 341 Cochituate Road, Framingham OK, so not really within walking distance, but worth the less than 10 minute drive for THE.BEST.BAGELS. you will have outside of New York. You will thank me. I agree, it is ALL about the water, and now you have it here. Your in-laws/friends/siblings/cousins visiting from New York who CAN NOT believe that you actually left New York for the Boston ‘burbs will be very happy to have Brooklyn Water Bagels nearby. The Boston Globe printed a very nice story about the bring-New-York-bagels-to-Boston success story.

Dunkin’ Donuts: 378 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, 15 E. Plain Street, Wayland 

Einstein Bros. Bagels: 44 Main Street, Wayland

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn  978-443-1776, 72 Wayside Inn Rd, Sudbury  Key tourist attraction. BREAKFAST ON SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS ONLY. From their website “Longfellow’s Wayside Inn—a nationally significant Massachusetts Historic Landmark—is the oldest Inn still operating in the United States and has been serving travelers along the old Boston Post Road for almost 300 years.” You can visit the Little Red School House (Redstone one room schoolhouse, of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” fame, Martha Mary Chapel and the Gristmill while you are there. A must if you are moving to the area or entertaining out of town visitors.

Mel’s Commonwealth Cafe 508-653-7777 310 Commonwealth Road, Wayland. 55 Years in Business! Absolutely delicious. They open at 6:00am, close at 2:30. They also have a great Gluten Free menu.

Nashoba Brook Bakery (and Cafe) 978-318-1999 152 Commonwealth Ave, West Concord (very close). If it sounds familiar, it is because their breads are also sold at some local grocery stores, and it is fantastic! Open from 7am-5pm M-F. Soups, sandwiches, delicious baked goods, etc.

Off Center Cafe, (781) 894-0100  436 Boston Post Rd, Weston (very close to Wayland). No website, small little place to eat, but delicious. Pricey, but a great alternative to being hangry. Worth mentioning.

Panera Bread, 508-358-0024. Wayland Town Center (around 400 Boston Post Road, Wayland). Can’t miss it. Soups, salads, sandwiches, cookies, cupcakes and a chocolate babka that would make Seinfeld run back to Wayland before his next dinner party.

Rossini’s Pizzeria, 978-579-5780 418 Boston Post Road, Sudbury BREAKFAST ON SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS ONLY. Nice pizza, sub, etc option. Kids love it.

Stephen Anthony’s (508) 460-9618  999 Boston Post Road, Marlborough (literally right across the Sudbury/Marlborough border). Great for hearty (waffles, pancakes, omelets) diner type breakfast. Also open for lunch and dinner.

Sudbury Coffee Works 978-440-9752  15 Union Ave, Sudbury. Not just for coffee. Great breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, etc. Outdoor seating also.

 

BRUNCH:

29 Sudbury  (Italian/American) 978-443-1700 29 Hudson Road, Sudbury. Located in the  Sudbury Town SquareGreg Hill, Chris Stephan and Renowned Chef, Evan Deluty’s move to the ‘burbs has proven to be a good one. Go to meet friends for a drink & an app, or make reservations for a delicious brunch or dinner. Outdoor dining, music, overall a pretty cool scene.

Bullfinchs 730 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury  978-443-4094. A Sudbury staple, Bullfinchs has been around for a LONG time. Good food, it’s a nice go-to when you want a good meal and a little ambience. Fun for brunch, girl’s nights out, date night, don’t-feel-like-cooking night, want-to-be-waited-on-night, client dinner, etc. Nice kids menu, and kids even eat free on Sundays. You can make a reservation here.

Coach Grill  55 Boston Post Road, Wayland . One of my very favorite restaurants – and it’s a steakhouse (I don’t eat meat). If I didn’t think they made the crab cakes themselves, I would be convinced that they are flown in from Maryland daily. Impeccable service, great menu, consistent, quality food, great bar. The only downside is getting a parking space around 7pm on most nights. It is worth circling around the lot for 10 minutes if you have to. I wish they would open for lunch M-F. Make a reservation here.

LUNCH:

Acapulcos (Mexican) 978-443-3970  694 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Open for lunch & dinner.

Beyond Beans 171 Commonwealth Ave, Wayland, MA  I haven’t been here yet, but I have heard great things. I’ll try it soon!

Brooklyn Water Bagel:  (508) 875-0007 341 Cochituate Road, Framingham OK, so not really within walking distance, but worth the less than 10 minute drive for THE.BEST.BAGELS. you will have outside of New York. You will thank me. I agree, it is ALL about the water, and now you have it here. Your in-laws/friends/siblings/cousins visiting from New York who CAN NOT believe that you actually left New York for the Boston ‘burbs will be very happy to have Brooklyn Water Bagels nearby. The Boston Globe printed a very nice story about the bring-New-York-bagels-to-Boston success story.

Chili Basil Thai 978-443-0988, 385 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (MILL VILLAGE, lower end). I love Chili Basil Thai. Fresh, delicious Thai food. Great lunch specials also.

Conrad’s, 195 Boston Post Road, Sudbury. Open for lunch & dinner. Casual restaurant, lots of TVs, a bar, function space. Very convenient and easy.

Dudley Chateau, aka, The Chat (the “ch” is pronounced like “sh” as it is in the word Chateau. If I hadn’t heard it the other way, I would have assumed this is common sense). (508) 655-0010 20 Crest Road, Wayland. Total local fave. It’s a dive. VERY casual. You could probably walk in with a $10 and leave with change. Don’t quote me on that.

Francos Pizzeria. Mill Village, 365 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Delicious!! Their website is www.welovefrancos.com – and we do! Open at 10am. CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.

Fugakyu (Japanese) 621 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (Route 20 west towards Marlborough, across from Horse Pond Road). If it sounds familiar, they have a location in Brookline also. Delicious, nice lunch specials.

Lavender (Asian Cuisine and Bar) 978-579-9788, 519 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (In Sudbury Plaza, near Starbucks) Chinese food, and very “entertaining” Karaoke at night. Nice bar, easy parking, etc.

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn  978-443-1776, 72 Wayside Inn Rd, Sudbury Key tourist attraction. LUNCH MENU From their website “Longfellow’s Wayside Inn—a nationally significant Massachusetts Historic Landmark—is the oldest Inn still operating in the United States and has been serving travelers along the old Boston Post Road for almost 300 years.” You can visit the Little Red School House (Redstone one room schoolhouse, of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” fame, Martha Mary Chapel and the Gristmill while you are there. A must if you are moving to the area or entertaining out of town visitors.

Lotus Blossom. (Chinese) 394 Boston Post Road, Sudbury 978-443-0200 The general, very unscientific consensus is that Lotus Blossom is the best Chinese food west of Boston. Hands down.

Mel’s Commonwealth Cafe 508-653-7777 310 Commonwealth Road, Wayland. 55 Years in Business! Absolutely delicious. They open at 6:00am, close at 2:30. They also have a great Gluten Free menu.

Nashoba Brook Bakery (and Cafe) 978-318-1999 152 Commonwealth Ave, West Concord (very close). If it sounds familiar, it is because their breads are also sold at some local grocery stores, and it is fantastic! Open from 7am-5pm M-F Soups, sandwiches, delicious baked goods, etc.

Not Your Average Joes, Acton (American) 305 Main Street, Acton (978) 635-0101  Love it here. Casual atmosphere, food is good. They are FANTASTIC with food allergies (As the Mama of a daughter with food allergies, I’ve become an expert). Can’t go wrong. Very reasonably priced.

Off Center Cafe, (781) 894-0100  436 Boston Post Rd, Weston (very close to Wayland). No website, small little place to eat, but delicious. Pricey, but a great alternative to being hangry. Worth mentioning.

Oishii Too  978-440-8300 (Japanese) Mill Village, 365 Boston Post Road (Route 20), SudburyAbsolutely delicious!

Paani  978-443-8100, 621A Boston Post Road, Sudbury (next to Fugakyu, across from Horsepond Road). If you have enjoyed Indian cuisine before, you are in for a treat. If you have never tried Indian food, you are about to be spoiled. Say hello to Vimi, tell her I sent you. She treats everyone like they are part of her family. PS, tripadvisor happens to agree with me.

Panera Bread, 508-358-0024. Wayland Town Center (around 400 Boston Post Road, Wayland). Can’t miss it. Soups, salads, sandwiches, cookies, cupcakes and a chocolate babka that would make Seinfeld run back to Wayland before his next dinner party.

Rossini’s Pizzeria, 978-579-5780 418 Boston Post Road, Sudbury  Nice pizza, sub, etc option. Kids love it.

Soul of India. 978-261-5790 103 Boston Post Rd (Route 20)., Sudbury Don’t let the nondescript facade fool you. This restaurant is absolutely fantastic. Truly delicious. No excuse not to go with your kids as the owners anticipated picky kids and include stuff that picky kids will eat – chicken fingers, pb&j, etc. Same owners as the new hit, DaVinci Bistro.

Stephen Anthony’s (508) 460-9618  999 Boston Post Road, Marlboro (literally right across the Sudbury/Marlboro border). Great for hearty (waffles, pancakes, omelets) diner type breakfast. Also open for lunch and dinner.

Sudbury Coffee Works 978-440-9752  15 Union Ave, Sudbury. Not just for coffee. Great breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, etc. Outdoor seating also.

Sudbury Pizza Place. 978-443-8957 426 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Sudbury Pizza is the 443 of Sudbury. It’s an institution.

Takara, 508-358-6688 As Takara is new, the map link will lead you to Orange Leaf, which you’ll likely end up at anyway. Wayland Town Center  (400 Boston Post Road, Wayland). Arigato gozaimasu and kampai to Takara. Beyond creative, absolutely delicious, so fresh, so good, so I-can-and-will-eat-sushi-every-day food. Try the Wayland Roll, it will make Californians want to move to Wayland. Tell William that Gabby sent you.

The Villa Restaurant, (508) 653-8570 124 East Plain St, WaylandI have not been here (yet), but the reviews are great so it was worth mentioning to you. Let me know what you think.

DINNER:

29 Sudbury  (Italian/American) 978-443-1700 29 Hudson Road, Sudbury. Located in the new Sudbury Town SquareGreg Hill, Chris Stephan and Renowned Chef, Evan Deluty’s move to the ‘burbs has proven to be a good one. Go to meet friends for a drink & an app, or make reservations for a delicious dinner. Outdoor dining, music, overall a pretty cool scene (especially for the ‘burbs). I’ll likely see you there.

80 Thoreau  978-318-0008, 80 Thoreau Street, Concord (very close) If “Progressive Fine Dining” is another way of saying “absolutely delicious”, then yes, it is Progressive Fine Dining. CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.

Acapulcos (Mexican) 978-443-3970  694 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Open for lunch & dinner.

Bullfinchs  978-443-4094 730 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury . A Sudbury staple, Bullfinchs has been around for a LONG time. Good food, it’s a nice go-to when you want a good meal and a little ambiance. Fun for girl’s nights out, date night, don’t-feel-like-cooking night, want-to-be-waited-on-night, client dinner, etc. Nice kids menu, and kids even eat free on Sundays.

Chili Basil Thai 978-443-0988, 385 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (MILL VILLAGE, lower end). I love Chili Basil Thai. Fresh, delicious Thai food.

Coach Grill, 55 Boston Post Road, Wayland (very close). One of my very favorite restaurants – and it’s a steakhouse (I don’t eat meat). If I didn’t think they made the crab cakes themselves, I would be convinced that they are flown in from Maryland daily. Impeccable service, great menu, consistent, quality food, great bar. The only downside is getting a parking space around 7pm on most nights. It is worth circling around the parking lot. I wish they would open for lunch M-F. Make a reservation here.

Conrad’s, 195 Boston Post Road, Sudbury. Open for lunch & dinner. Casual restaurant, lots of TVs, a bar, function space. Very convenient and easy.

DaVinci Bistro, 457 Boston Post Road, Sudbury. (The former Friendly’s building). The owners of DaVinci in Boston and Soul of India in Sudbury have received a resounding WOW for their new restaurant (as of February 2017). I have yet to try it and can’t wait to do so. Reviews are fantastic!

Francos Pizzeria. Mill Village, 365 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Delicious!! Their website is www.welovefrancos.com – and we do! Open at 10am. CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.

Fugakyu (Japanese) 621 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (Route 20 west towards Marlborough, across from Horse Pond Road). If it sounds familiar, they have a location in Brookline also. Delicious, nice lunch specials.

Lavender (Asian Cuisine and Bar) 978-579-9788, 519 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (Sudbury Plaza, near Starbucks) Chinese food, and very “entertaining” Karaoke at night. Nice bar, easy parking, etc.

The Local  Wayland Town Center, 400 Boston Post Road, Wayland  If The Local in Wayland is anything like it’s sister, BOSTON’S BEST 2010 The Local in West Newton, oh happy happy joy joy… Really fun, good food, great service, great atmosphere, etc. Self described as “The Local is a relaxing neighborhood place showcasing an affordable, creative menu steeped in local ingredients.” I’ve only heard great things since they recently opened and look forward to visiting soon. You really can’t go wrong with a menu that includes a lobster roll and mussels with old dog brown ale.

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn  978-443-1776, 72 Wayside Inn Rd, Sudbury Key tourist attraction. From their website “Longfellow’s Wayside Inn—a nationally significant Massachusetts Historic Landmark—is the oldest Inn still operating in the United States and has been serving travelers along the old Boston Post Road for almost 300 years.” You can visit the Little Red School House (Redstone one room schoolhouse, of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” fame, Martha Mary Chapel and the Gristmill while you are there. A must if you are moving to the area or entertaining out of town visitors.

Lotus Blossom. (Chinese) 394 Boston Post Road, Sudbury 978-443-0200 The general, very unscientific consensus is that Lotus Blossom is the best Chinese food west of Boston. Hands down.

Not Your Average Joes, Acton (American) 305 Main Street, Acton (978) 635-0101  Love it here. Casual atmosphere, food is good. They are FANTASTIC with food allergies (As the Mama of a daughter with food allergies, I’ve become an expert). Can’t go wrong. Very reasonably priced. 

Oishii Too  978-440-8300 (Japanese) Mill Village, 365 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury – Absolutely delicious!

Paani  978-443-8100, 621A Boston Post Road, Sudbury (next to Fugakyu, across from Horsepond Road). If you have enjoyed Indian cuisine before, you are in for a treat. If you have never tried Indian food, you are about to be spoiled. Say hello to Vimi, tell her I sent you. She treats everyone like they are part of her family. PS, tripadvisor happens to agree with me.

Panera Bread, 508-358-0024. Wayland Town Center (around 400 Boston Post Road, Wayland). Soups, salads, sandwiches, cookies, cupcakes and a chocolate Babka that would make Seinfeld run to Wayland.

Prime 131 Grill, 508-358-2400, 131 Boston Post Road, Wayland  Menu is fine. Not the place to go if you have food/gluten allergies.

Rossini’s Pizzeria, 978-579-5780 418 Boston Post Road, Sudbury Nice pizza, sub, etc option. Kids love it.

Soul of India. 978-261-5790 103 Boston Post Rd (Route 20)., Sudbury  Don’t let the nondescript facade fool you. This restaurant is absolutely fantastic. Truly delicious. No excuse not to go with your kids as the owners anticipated picky kids and include stuff that picky kids will eat – chicken fingers, pb&j, etc. Same owners as the new hit, DaVinci Bistro.

Sudbury Pizza Place 978-443-8957 426 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Sudbury. Sudbury Pizza is the 443 of Sudbury. It’s an institution.

Spice and Pepper  508-358-5300 236 Boston Post Road, Wayland. Thai food. They also deliver.

Stephen Anthony’s (508) 460-9618  999 Boston Post Road, Marlboro (literally right across the Sudbury/Marlboro border). Great for hearty (waffles, pancakes, omelets) diner type breakfast. Also open for lunch and dinner.

Takara, (Japanese) As Takara is new, the map link will lead you to Orange Leaf, which you’ll likely end up at anyway. Wayland Town Center  (400 Boston Post Road, Wayland) Arigato gozaimasu and kampai to Takara. Beyond creative, absolutely delicious, so fresh, so good, so I-can-and-will-eat-sushi-every-day food. Try the Wayland Roll, it will make Californians want to move to Wayland. Tell William that Gabby sent you.

Dudley Chateau, aka, The Chat (the “ch” is pronounced like “sh” as it is in the word Chateau. If I hadn’t heard it the other way, I would have assumed this is common sense). (508) 655-0010. 20 Crest Road, Wayland Total local fave. It’s a dive. VERY casual. You could probably walk in with a $10 and leave with change. Don’t quote me on that.

The Villa Restaurant, (508) 653-8570 124 East Plain St, WaylandI have not been here (yet), but the reviews are great so it was worth mentioning to you. Let me know what you think.

Viva Mexican  (508) 651-3300, 15 East Plain Street, Wayland. Open for dinner.

DESSERT:

AJ Cakes: 508-485-8844 1019 Boston Post Road, Marlborough (right over the Sudbury line – next to the Wayside Country Store) I should probably post about the local health clubs and exercise studios after sharing this. DELICIOUS! Thank you, thank you to Sudbury native, Ashley Milley for opening your fabulous bakery. Everything you could want in a bakery. It’s also really easy to stop by on your way home from Target. Just a thought.

Wayside Country Store aka, the Penny Candy Store:  508.481.3458, 1015 Boston Post Road, Marlborough (right next to Stephen Anthony’s, over the Sudbury/Marlboro line)  Although the prices at the Penny Candy Store have increased a few cents, it is still a great option for inexpensive treats, you will definitely feel like a kid in a, well, you know.

SUSTENANCE:

Dunkin’ Donuts: 378 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, 15 E. Plain Street, Wayland 

Honey Dew at Stonybrook Market: 29 Hudson Road, Sudbury (Sudbury Town Square): FINALLY! Now you don’t need to go out of your way to Route 20 for coffee.   Honey Dew has a second location, 100 Boston Post Road inside the gas station.

Impact Smoothie & Juice Bar:  978-261-5743 505 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (Sudbury Plaza). YUM! I can’t call the smoothie & juice bar one of the best kept secrets in town because the gym, Impact Functional and Sports Training has made, well, quite an impact. What most people don’t realize, is that the very healthy and delicious smoothie bar is open to the public – they won’t even make you feel guilty if you aren’t working out, there or anywhere else. Plenty of healthy options for kids too. I love the Veggie Patch smoothie – especially when Anthony and/or Beth makes it.

Karma Coffee: 978-443-2073  100 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (drive in as if you were going to Papa Gino’s – go to the back to the right) Absolutely delicious, but, as a Mom of 2 precious angels under age 13, I’m not happy that during witching hour, Karma is only open until 2pm. Maybe after reading this, they will stay open longer. I can only hope.

Starbucks: 513 Boston Post Road, Sudbury (Sudbury Plaza), 44 Main Street, Wayland

Sudbury Coffee Works 978-440-9752  15 Union Ave, Sudbury. Not just for coffee. Great breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, etc. Outdoor seating also.

Carole Daniels and Gabrielle Daniels are The Daniels Team of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Sudbury. You may contact them by phone at 508-277-6956 (Carole cell), 617-320-8150 (Gabrielle Cell), or by Email to gabrielle.daniels@nemoves.com carole.daniels@nemoves.com

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