Sunday, January 5, 2014
It replaced China Sky which was an incredibly clean and overall outstanding but often empty Chinese restaurant. The addition of a restaurant like The Local is a welcome addition. Wellesley has lacked a sit-down restaurant where you can get an $11 burger.
They just recently started opening for lunch, and I'd heard unfavorable reports of an uncomfortably crowded parking lot and service glitches on weekend nights so I thought visiting during less crowded lunch hours would be a good play.
And it mostly was.
|Cozy and comfortable with clean modern lines|
|Bar area is expanded since the China Sky days|
|Nice selection of beers on tap|
The pub atmosphere definitely lends itself more to beer than wine and they had a nice, focused list of beers on tap for $7.
|Lots of local beer options|
|Bar Harbor Brewing Company Cadillac Mountain Stout|
(with supporting kids drink - lemonade)
|Wine selection isn't very local|
It's not even very domestic
The menu showed a good amount of diversity yet didn't offer so many offerings as to be overwhelming or unfocused. The Coffee Braised Short Ribs sounded good, as did the Spicy Hong Kong Noodles, but especially because of the John Dewar association I went for the burger.
|Good entree diveristy|
I had it tricked it out with Swiss and Roasted Mushrooms. I'm torn on whether it was a really good burger. It looked pretty good, and I appreciated the toppings providing isolation between the burger and the bottom bun so the bun didn't get soggy.
Although the burger was very juicy in terms of how it dribbled onto the plate when I picked it up, it seemed a little dry. I ordered it "medium" and it was pink in the center so I don't think it was overcooked. In hindsight perhaps it was a lack of seasoning that made it seem just a bit lackluster. The fries were well seasoned and very good.
|Prime Burger with Swiss and Roasted Mushrooms|
|Kids menu didn't include drinks -|
but does now!
@RobertDwyer good news - we've decided to no longer charge for kids fountain drinks. TY for your feedback!Wow! You've got to appreciate that they're listening and still tweaking the formula.
— The Local (@LiveEatLocal) January 5, 2014
Conclusion and Recommendations
Lunch set us back $60+ with tip (2 adult entrees, 2 kids meals, 2 kids drinks, 1 beer) which seems a tad pricey. We'll definitely be back though. I think it's going to be a very successful restaurant.
88/100 WWP : Very Good
11 Forrest Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
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Question of the Day: Have you been to The Local? If so, what did you think?