Dollar for dollar, pound for pound, what is the finest restaurant in Massachusetts? The dining spot that most punches above its weight class is the Café at Five Loaves Bakery in the old and overlooked mill town of Spencer, MA. When you first see it, you can’t believe where it is.
We have been there many times and have reviewed it before. Superlatives should not be thrown around lightly. To give you an idea of why we are so enamored of Five Loaves, we shall recall our last excursion.
The first course is called “Small Plates” and is too big to be called an hors d’oeuvre, but too small for an entrée. My wife had the savory sweet potato pie. It was not at all heavy, nor too sweet, a different way to have a veg. The salad complimented with delicate greens and vinaigrette.
My sausage, roasted potato and cheddar frittata was excellent comfort for the cold evening.
For entrée, my wife ordered the chicken, tomato and basil risotto. She described it as the nicest she’s had, creamy, tender chicken with lovely cherry tomatoes. In truth, she has not stopped talking about it.
My bouillabaisse had all the lovely seafood that goes into the dish. It was all tasty, but the broth excelled.
Desert was also a pleasure. My wife’s chocolate cake was moist and not cloyingly sweet. My raspberry linzer torte was a taste treat.
The three courses set one back $23 on a Wednesday evening special. It is the best deal in Worcester County, but make reservations. Also, bring your own wine.
The Five Loaves website is here.