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, I was delighted to learn more! In fact, several of my colleagues told me some of their favorite things about the Woo, which we plan to add in our waiting room for visitors. For now, read on for Lynn and Ashley’s favorite places to eat:
1. Sweet (72 Shrewsbury St) is one of Ashley’s favorite places to go for pastries…she said, “The dosants are amazing–and were invented way before the Cronut!”
2. Another popular pastry shop is Culpepper’s (500 Cambridge St # 3). Lynn told us, “Culpepper’s is right down the hill from campus and [has] more bakery options than you could ever try! I recommend the yellow cookies (butter cookies drizzled with chocolate).”
3. Lynn also loves the Roasted Red (pizza) at Corner Grille (806 Pleasant St): “[It] has a delicious, thin crust and high quality ingredients. Friendly service too!”
4. For a more southern feel, Ashley suggests Smokestack Urban BBQ (139 Green St), as “you can never go wrong with their fried pickles!”
Bon appetit, and please come explore Worcester!