Natick — Zaftigs Restaurant Tour – Natick Report
Natick offers a variety of restaurants, from the chicest to the most intimate, including chains. Natick’s densest restaurant rows are Route 9, home to chains such as The Cheesecake Factory, and PF Chang’s (both located in the Natick mall), a sushi powerhouse and more Minado, (on the east side), Oga’s (on the west side) and many more.
We recently stopped for lunch at Zaftigs, an authentic Jewish grocery store with plenty of offerings of all-day breakfast, latkes, loaded sandwiches, plates of smoked fish and melting patties. Of course, it wouldn’t be an authentic Jewish grocery store without a “world famous” chicken matzo dumpling soup. A children’s menu and choices of beer, wine and cocktails round out the menu.
Upon entering the long, narrow space, there are seats at a counter. Beyond, the dining room is bordered on either side by comfortable benches and tables in the middle. I was seated without waiting by the hostess at a 2 person table, so close to my neighbors that I could listen to their conversation while I worked on crossword puzzles and waited for lunch to arrive. My order of the Monte Cristo sandwich made with toasted French toast, Swiss cheese, smoked ham, roasted turkey and a side of cranberry and apricot chutney was served quickly and piping hot. The slight sweetness of the French toast, fried to a nice golden crisp and dusted with powdered sugar, was offset by the generously portioned flavors inside. The chunky chutney side was a nod to die for.
House of Zaftigs artist Daniel O’Connor has contributed dozens of paintings for the walls. Portraits of famous (Sammy Davis Jr., Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Elizabeth Taylor) and less famous (a few lovely pets) are hung alongside color-saturated deli scenes.
Plenty of outdoor seating at the parking lot picnic tables are still available at this time, but no soul cares to brave the 40 degree temperatures when I visit. This is no surprise given that authentic Jewish delicatessens aim to provide a feeling of warmth and comfort.
Zaftigs is now taking orders for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Their Brookline location is temporarily closed due to water damage, and a reopening is scheduled for November 15.
SITE: 1298 Worcester St. (rt. 9, east side), Natick, MA 01760
HOURS: Mon & Tue, 9 am-3pm; Wed-Sat, 9 am-7pm; Sun, 9 am-6pm
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