MetroWest MA restaurants on Yelp's Top 100 in New England list – MetroWest Daily News

Yelp has released its list of “Best 100 Places to Eat in New England,” and two MetroWest restaurants made the list: Pruller Restaurant in Marlborough and Hillside GriIl in Northborough. 
We have to admit we must have been living under a rock because we’ve never been to either of these eateries. But that’s on us and we’ll have to try them now, of course. Startlingly absent are any of our area’s fine dining establishments.  
Yelp says it compiled the list by identifying businesses in the restaurants category, and then ranked them using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews on Yelp between Jan. 1, 2017, and July 27, 2022. This list looked at businesses in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. When available, Yelp says, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of July 27, 2022.
Pruller Restaurant serves up Brazilian barbecue and a buffet and had 4½ out of 5 stars on Yelp and 275 reviews as of Monday. The decor is simple, helpings are generous, and the options many.
“We are not fancy,” said the restaurant’s owner, Erich Pruller. “We have good, homemade food, and a lot of people feel like they are at home here.”
Pruller is from São Paulo, Brazil, but “we have a little bit from every state of Brazil,” he said.
“We care about our customers, we explain everything,” he added.
Menu items include garlic beef, chicken hearts and bacon-wrapped chicken, skewered meats and more.
One Yelp reviewer wrote: “If you’re looking for fancy table clothes (sic) and tailored wait staff, this isn’t the place for you. If you’re looking for an amazing value, a small family run business, and tasty food, (and lots of it!), this is you(r) stop in Marlborough Massachusetts. All you can eat Buffett and Brazilian BBQ for a very tiny sum. I try to stop in whenever I’m visiting from out of state.”
Another fan of Pruller on Facebook wrote: “A group of us went here for dinner a couple of weeks ago and it was fantastic! We were absolutely stuffed and the garlic beef was amazing! Monica was a great guide explaining the different meat options. Forget Fogo and go to Pruller!”
Pruller Restaurant is at 514 Lincoln St. in Marlborough. The phone number is 508-480-8825.
Hillside Grill has Greek American food and garnered five stars on Yelp and 312 reviews as of Monday. It offers Mediterranean wraps, salads, gyros, pizza, pasta, chicken souvlaki, a Greek platter, fish ‘n’ chips, hot dogs and a chicken stir fry.
John Voyiatzis, a Worcester resident, owns Hillside with his parents, Jimmy and Joanna. They’ve been open about 10 years.
“My brother found (Yelp’s Top 100 list) somehow and I was shocked. I didn’t even know we were on their radar,” Voyiatzis said. “It’s quite an honor.”
With tables for about 30 diners, Hillside serves lunch and dinner and also does catering. He said his many loyal customers are probably part of why they made the list.
Hillside Grill is at 73 West Main St. (Route 20), Northborough. The phone number is 508-351-6060.
The complete list of the top 100 places to eat in New England, according to Yelp, is as follows:
1. Jayd Bun, South Kingstown, Rhode Island
2. Zeneli Pizzeria & Cucina Napoletana, New Haven, Connecticut
3. Butler’s Pantry Breakfast, Stowe, Vermont
4. Elephantine Bakery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
5. Hot Suppa, Portland, Maine
6. Salute, Hartford, Connecticut
7. Bite Into Maine, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
8. Branches Grill and Cafe, Chatham, Massachusetts
9. Ciao! Pizza and Pasta, Chelsea, Massachusetts
10. Matunuck Oyster Bar, South Kingstown, Rhode Island
11. The Baker, New Bedford, Massachusetts
12. Lili’s Restaurant, Amherst, Massachusetts
13. The Travelin’ Lobster, Bar Harbor, Maine
14. Crunchy Poké, Portland, Maine
15. The Tasty Yolk, Bridgeport, Connecticut
16. Pruller Restaurant, Marlborough, Massachusetts
17. Coffee ME Up, Portland, Maine
18. Shawarma Palace, Worcester, Massachusetts
19. Maine Oyster Company, Portland, Maine
20. The Dilly Duck Shop, Norwalk, Connecticut 
21. Cafe Bonjour, Boston, Massachusetts 
22. Volo Craft Pizza, Swampscott, Massachusetts 
23. Tasty Dumplings, Lowell, Massachusetts 
24. NOLA Cajun Kitchen, West Boylston, Massachusetts 
25. Adea’s Mediterranean Kitchen, Salem, Massachusetts 
26. Yalla Vermont, Brattleboro, Vermont
27. Fatima’s Cafe, Worcester, Massachusetts 
28. Layla’s Falafel, Stamford, Connecticut 
29. Kong Thai, Seabrook, New Hampshire
30. Martha’s Restaurant, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
31. Cafe Zara Coffee House, East Providence, Rhode Island
32. Settler, Salem, Massachusetts 
33. Hometown Cafe & Poké Bar, Providence, Rhode Island
34. Taqueria El Amigo, Waltham, Massachusetts 
35. Sophia’s Tuscan Grille, Warwick, Rhode Island
36. K Restaurant, Peabody, Massachusetts 
37. Gusto Italian Café, Center Harbor, New Hampshire
38. Drift Cafe, Newport, Rhode Island
39. The Pawnee House, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts 
40. The Rhody Hen Cafe, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
41. Root, Newport, Rhode Island
42. Two Rivers BurrIto, Westfield, Massachusetts 
43. Cabbage Island Clambakes, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
44. Ann & Fran’s Kitchen, West Yarmouth, Massachusetts 
45. Billy’s Sub Shop, Boston, Massachusetts 
46. Norm’s Diner, Groton, Connecticut 
47. Los Garcia Mexican Fusion, Waterbury, Connecticut 
48. Mama Chow, Southport, Connecticut 
49. Maiz Colombian Street Food – Forest Ave, Portland, Maine
50. East Side Pockets, Providence, Rhode Island
51. Bayberry Cafe, Woburn, Massachusetts 
52. Isabella’s, Boston
53. Yume Ga Arukara, CambrIdge, Massachusetts 
54. Pita Pockets – Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts 
55. Tangiers International, Hartford, Connecticut 
56. Los Andes Restaurant, Providence, Rhode Island
57. Moonwink, Manchester, Vermont
58. Teff Eritrean & Ethiopian Cuisine, Stamford, Connecticut 
59. Sweet Rose Cafe, Fall River, Massachusetts 
60. Andes International Gourmet Deli, New Haven, Connecticut 
61. Little Pecan Bistro, Boston, Massachusetts 
62. Tawakal Halal Cafe, Boston, Massachusetts 
63. Isa Bistro, Portland, Maine
64. Peter Trout’s Tavern and Inn, Manset, Maine
65. Himalayan Kitchen, Somerville, Massachusetts 
66. Joy Bowl Poke, Springfield, Massachusetts 
67. Maple Soul, Rochester, Vermont
68. State Lunch, Augusta, Maine
69. Smack Noodle, Maynard, Massachusetts 
70. Chicho’s Cocina, Stamford, Connecticut 
71. Hillside GriIl, Northborough, Massachusetts 
72. Pataka Vegetarian Indian Food, New Haven, Connecticut 
73. Himalaya Cafe, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 
74. The Metro Bistrot, Southbridge, Massachusetts 
75. Chez Rosa, Kennebunkport, Maine
76. Mangalitsa, Woodstock, Vermont
77. Twisted Italian Cafe, Hartford, Connecticut 
78. ChezCasa, Salem, Massachusetts 
79. Pho Hong, Burlington, Vermont
80. YiaYia’s Greek Kitchen, Torrington, Connecticut 
81. Horseshoe Cafe, Newmarket, New Hampshire
82. Belmont Vegetarian, Worcester, Massachusetts 
83. Corner Cafe, Newport, Rhode Island
84. The Barking Claw, Falmouth, Massachusetts 
85. Sunny Side Up Breakfast and Lunch, West Springfield, Massachusetts 
86. Mosaico Cuisine, Branford, Connecticut 
87. Vinal Bakery, Somerville, Massachusetts 
88. Broken Arrow, Portland, Maine
89. Rawa, New Haven, Connecticut 
90. Crazy Greek, Plantsville, Connecticut 
91. Yalla Organic Hummus & GrIll, Fairfield, Connecticut 
92. Domenick & Pia PizzerIa, Waterbury, Connecticut 
93. Carmelina’s, Boston
94. Durbar Square Restaurant, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
95. Island Cafe & GrIll, Hyannis, Massachusetts 
96. Cornish Pasty, Boston, Massachusetts 
97. Penny Cluse Cafe, Burlington, Vermont
98. V’s Sandwich, Tilton, New Hampshire
99. Rustic Roots, Shelburne, Vermont
100. Manoa Poke Shop, Somerville, Massachusetts
Nancy Olesin is a staff writer and editor for the Daily News. Follow @WickedLocalArts. Got a story idea? Email her at [email protected]
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