Did you know that Worcester is the second-largest city in New England? Of its 185,000 residents, students make up about one-fifth of the population, with 38,000 students attending 12 institutions of higher education. I learned this during a bus tour led by members of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. It was a beautiful summer day, and our hour-long tour included a drive past Worcester Technical High School, WPI, the Worcester Art Museum, and several parks, including Elm Park.
As a staff member who does not live in Worcester, it delighted me to learn more! Please read on for some of our staff member’s favorite places to eat near campus:
1. Sweet (72 Shrewsbury St) is a great option for pastries…one of my colleagues said, “The dosants are amazing–and were invented way before the Cronut!”
2. Another popular pastry shop is Culpepper’s (500 Cambridge St # 3). A counselor recommended the yellow cookies, which are butter cookies drizzled with chocolate.
3. The Roasted Red (pizza) at Corner Grille (806 Pleasant St) is beloved in our office for its delicious, thin crust and high-quality ingredients.
4. For a more southern feel, try Smokestack Urban BBQ (139 Green St). You can never go wrong with their fried pickles!
Bon appetit, and come explore Worcester! Also, please stay tuned for a post on some of our students’ favorite places in the Woo.