Luke M. Vaillancourt

About Luke M. Vaillancourt

Luke founded WorcesterScene in 2007 and continues to manage the day-to-day operations as founder and publisher of Mass Foodies, LLC. Apart from "researching" the Massachusetts hospitality scene, Luke's full time job is with his family's business.

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Pork Entree

I know; going to a place known for their classic Neapolitan pizzas and not order a pizza? “What kind of foodie do you pretend to be,” you might ask. Well, that is a fair question, however, sometimes straying from the path will yield great results. This just so happens to be what happens when you…

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Flying Rhino’s Duck Farrotto

Duck is not a dish that I frequently order, partly because it is rare to find it among the Worcester restaurants and partly because it is an easy dish to do wrong. Knowing the Flying Rhino’s reputation for taking risks often with rewarding results, I decided that the Duck Farrotto could challenge the chef and, hopefully, result…

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Chicken Le Mirage

Worcester has its share of “genre restaurants”; if you want Italian, there are eighteen readily available. Pizza? More than twenty. Japanese? A dozen. But if you are looking for Middle Eastern or Mediterranean there is a small handful and even less if you are also looking for BYOB. Le Mirage is one of them. Located at…

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Broccoli Pizza

Wonder Bar‘s pizza is loaded with fresh, bite sized broccoli florets. The broccoli had a great texture and offered a really nice balance with the tomato sauce making an overall excellent pizza. -DL It seems like an oxymoron to include broccoli on a dish like pizza, but in reality, the fresh, perfectly seasoned broccoli balanced the…

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Blackened Salmon with Mac-n-Cheese

The art of blackening can be traced to Louisiana, so it’s fitting that a restaurant like Gumbo—boasting Louisiana cajun/creole style—focus a portion of their menu to the process. Salmon, which is an oily fish rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D, has a soft and buttery texture that pairs well with the spice of a…

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Cavatelli Portobello

Worcester has its share of Italian eateries. What makes Caffe Espresso Trattoria stand out from the pack is its home-made ingredients, authentic cooking, and its alcohol policy (bring your own!). Having just moved from a small, paper-tablecloth style storefront on Wall Street, its new location on Chandler Street brings together an authentic fare with a intimately lit…

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Swordfish Hibachi

Having always thought of Sakura Tokyo as a treat growing up, I’ve been hesitant in accepting other Japanese teppanyaki style restaurants as possible replacements. What intrigued me the most about Hirosaki Prime on Grafton Street was it’s a combination hibachi and “steak lounge.” The environment isn’t what you’d expect having just parked at a small…

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Kibbee Plate

Traditionally Lebanese, the Kibbee Plate from Shiraz Armenian Cuisine combined several Mediterranean delicacies, including the signature kibbee over rice pilaf, a hot grape leave stuffed with meat and rice, and cooling cucumber yogurt. Having never had kibbee, I was unsure of what to expect. Although it’s appearance seemed to be a dry, layered, meat stuffing,…

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Taverna Burger

I must admit, when I was first presented with the Taverna Burger at Zorba’s Taverna Restaurant and Bar I was disappointment by it’s appearance. Having seen the other dishes arrive from the kitchen as mini works of art, the Taverna Burger seemed to be casually thrown onto the plate with it’s sides; especially with the…

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Rotini Special

As the name suggests (name derives from the Italian for twists) this dish was overflowing with plump twisted pasta drenched with a pink sauce and decorated, for flavor and color, with fresh basil, scallops, spinach, and shrimp. The pasta, unlike most varieties, has a purpose beyond flavor. The rotini noodle truly absorbs the flavors and…