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Boston Common Magazine - "5 SPOTS TO WATCH THE PATRIOTS ON GAME DAY" (September 12, 2017)

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Something we love almost as much as TB12 himself? Game-day grub. Chopps American Bar and Grill will be serving up an elevated and indulgent menu of tailgate staples every Sunday and Monday night, starting September 10—including ATL ‘We Smoked You’ Chicken Wings and a Fourth Down Flat Bread. Chow down while watching the Pats pave the way to another championship on the big screens. When you stay all four quarters, you’ll be entered to win a night at the Boston Marriott Burlington Hotel.

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Dirty Water Media - "GAME DAY GRUB AROUND TOWN" (September 7, 2017)

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Get your game face on – it probably features wing sauce, pizza toppings, hummus, and/or barbecue sauce. Football season is finally here, meaning it’s time cheer on our beloved New England Patriots and chow down on game day grub at a tailgate or local eatery. Check out Dirty Water Media’s Instagram page for tantalizing tailgate ideas or gather some buddies and try these football-themed feasts around town.

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Boston Chefs - "GET A TASTE OF BURLINGTON" (September 5, 2017)

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The Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce brings together the very best restaurants, bakeries and caterers the Northeast Kingdom has to offer for the 10th Annual Taste of Burlington. The annual celebration, scheduled for Monday, September 11th, features areas faves including The Bancroft, Chopps American Bar and Grill, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and L’Andana, among lots of others.

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DGrubs.com - "BOSTON MARRIOTT BURLINGTON – TUESDAY WATER COOLER" (August 29, 2017)

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We headed back to the hotel for dinner at their signature restaurant, Chopps American Bar and Grill. The restaurant is cozy and dim in the front area by the bar and bright and spacious in the back dining rooms. We had the early, early, early dinner since we had the kids with us, which worked out really well. They are totally family friendly, and had a fun coloring sheet and stickers for the kids.

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Boston Chefs - "For Lobster Lovers" (July 24, 2017)

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If you’ve never met a lobster you didn’t like (especially if it comes with a ramekin full of drawn butter and a bib), here’s your August game plan: 20+ preparations – from the simple to the sublime – to satisfy your every crustacean-y craving. Area chefs feature the beloved local delicacy in all its glory – steamed and stir-fried, rolled into sushi or atop plates of hand-crafted pasta, if you prefer. Have a look at all the different ways you can enjoy lobster before summer’s out.

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RADIO BDC - "Thirsty Thursday with Chopps" (June 8, 2017)

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Bruno Marini and Beverage Manager Kevin Kelly from Chopps American Bar and Grill were in studio this morning. We sampled four amazing cocktails. Listen as we walk you through them, and for details on their next Hopps at Chopps event on June 28.

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NBC Boston - "Top Steakhouses You Need To Try Now" (May 30, 2017)

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The Hub Today's Anna Rossi heads to three of the best steakhouses in town all serving up different style steaks packed with delicious flavor.

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Open Table - "Three Cheers: Top Restaurants to Celebrate American Craft Beer Week 2017" (May 16, 2017)

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Chopps, Burlington, Massachusetts Although it’s located inside a Marriott, expect anything but the usual ho-hum selection of large-market brews. In an effort to give businessmen a little bit of a taste of the fun side of Massachusetts, Chopps steakhouse and bar (just outside of Boston) spotlights only local beers and small craft brewers. That’s taken on a new tack lately with monthly beer pairing dinners, including Lynn-based Bent Water Brewing; and Somerville’s Slumbrew, where wild boar sausage with sol orange heffeweizen, grass-fed hangar steak with New England-style IPA, and a bacon and bourbon gelato ice cream sandwich with porter blew diners away.

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The Passionate Foodie - "Thursday Sips & Nibbles" (May 4, 2017)

Chopps American Bar & Grill brings the fiesta to Burlington with a Mexican-inspired menu addition available on May 5 only. The Chile Spiced Skirt Steak Taco ($15) showcases their steakhouse prowess with the mouthwatering festive flavors of fresh Pico de Gallo, avocado and pickled cabbage. Guests can wash it all down with the “Hola from the Other Side,” ($12) a margarita made with Patron Silver Tequila, honey syrup, fresh citrus, and a pinch of sea salt.

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Boston Herald - "Pastry chefs whip up desserts, inspiration for cancer fundraiser" (May 3, 2017)

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Sweets-seeking diners across Massachusetts will have a chance to show their support for an important issue this month, when Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer gets underway at more than 200 restaurants and retail bakeries across the state.

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Boston Barhopper - "Slumbrew Beer Dinner at CHOPPS" (April 5, 2017)

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CHOPPS continues to defy expectations with a monthly beer dinner that features seasonal dishes paired with craft beers from a New England brewery. The series got under way last Thursday with Somerville Brewing Company, best known as the makers of Slumbrew beer.

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Boston.com - "9 family-friendly restaurants that have open Easter reservations" (April 5, 2017)

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The Easter Bunny may arrive at your home in the wee hours on Sunday morning, but a personal chef to cook brunch for your family won’t. Never fear: These nine restaurants will hop right to it with menus that cover all the breakfast (or dinner) basics, and some even have egg hunts, special kids menus, or Easter Bunny appearances to keep the little ones smiling in their Sunday best.

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NorthShore - "BACC Black Tie Gala Benefit" (February 22, 2017 )

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On Saturday, January 28, The Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) hosted its inaugural Black Tie Gala Benefit, presented by Herb Chambers of Burlington. The black tie affair took place at the Boston Marriott Burlington, and welcomed Burlington-area business leaders, notable community members and government officials for a celebratory evening of dancing and live music to benefit the BACC Charitable Foundation.

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Zagat - "7 Funky Foods to Try in 2017" (January 12, 2017)

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It's a new year, with many new chances to start eating more adventurously. So we tapped some chefs around town to learn what under-appreciated, under-used, unsung or just plain funky foods are most exciting to them right now. From a healthful fungus to one of the weirdest-looking fruits we've ever seen, here are some unique foods to try in 2017 — and where to find them.

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BostonChefs - "MASS DRAFTS + MORE" (January 11, 2017)

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Massachusetts’ pint glass overfloweth with quality suds—Chopps American Bar + Grill is helping spread the local libation love with a new, MA-centric beer program. Located in the Marriott Boston Burlington, the modern chophouse is well-situated to share the state’s brew offerings.

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OpenTable - "Stoked: 15 Restaurants for Delicious Fireside Dining in New England" (February 25, 2016)

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Chopps has a larger-than-life fireplace enclosed by glass in its Great Room, a communal setting with original art hanging on the walls and comfy nooks to create the perfect winter respite. Sip cocktails and savor apps like yellowfin tuna tartar, calamari and Maine lobster rolls.

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Metro Boston - "50 things to eat, drink and do for Super Bowl 50" (February 3, 2016)

Burlington’s Chopps American Bar and Grill’s Super Bowl Touchdown To-Go Package ($50) for four includes giant tater tots, edamame ‘guac, sliders and fresh shrimp cocktail.

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Boston Globe North – "Surprising Tastes at a Hotel Restaurant in Burlington"
(January 6, 2016)

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In the kitchen Executive chef Jeff Williams of Chopps American Grill at the Marriott in Burlington grew up in the restaurant business. His grandfather owned a restaurant in Philadelphia, and for Jeff, the family routine of gathering fresh ingredients from the garden and cooking them for customers became a passion that translated into a career.

A desire to travel led him to Baltimore for culinary school, then to London and California, and a year ago to Chopps.

Williams calls Chopps’s food “New American Cuisine,” a contemporary take on the classic American chophouse. With consulting executive chef Daniel Bruce, he created a menu featuring seasonal dishes using fresh local ingredients, like beef from River Rock Farm in Brimfield.

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Taste of Burlington (2015)

The Passionate Foodie - "Chopps American Bar and Grill: A Hotel Restaurant Not to Overlook" (September 22, 2015)

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A couple months ago, I mentioned that: "Burlington has become a suburban mecca for restaurants, and plenty of new spots have opened during the last few years, with more to come in the near future. Though you'll find plenty of chain restaurants there, you'll also find a number of independents as well,.." Another one of those independent spots I heartily recommend is CHOPPS American Bar and Grill, located in the Burlington Marriott.

Chopps has been open for less than two years, having replaced Summer Winter and an Irish bar. It is a medium-sized restaurant, with a function room and large bar/lounge. The bar/lounge is very comfortable, a great place to hang out with friends, and there is entertainment from Tuesday through Saturday nights. The dining area has three separate rooms, as well as a special Chef's Table area overlooking the open kitchen.

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Boston Globe - "Burlington Dining Goes Chic" (September 8, 2015)

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Within a few short blocks, diners can nibble on macaroons at a French-style bakery, sip craft cocktails mixed with private label rum, or gather a group for a suckling pig roast at $45 a head.

This isn’t the South End. It’s Burlington.

Over the past year, notable chefs and restaurateurs have traveled up the interstate to open establishments in Burlington. The new restaurants are slowly morphing a food scene ruled by Chick-fil-A and standard mall chains like Cheesecake Factory into an emerging culinary destination.

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Zagat - "The Most Smartphone Friendly Restaurants In Boston" (May 12, 2015)

 Communal Table at ChoppsIt sounds like a Lifetime movie of the week. "It Happened To Me: Stranded at a Restaurant With a Dead Smartphone." (Gasp! Sob!)

But seriously: whether you're trying to coordinate a meet-up with friends, field some important work emails between courses or just really, really bummed out that you're unable to Instagram your dinner, a depleted cell phone can be a sore inconvenience when you're eating out. Luckily, we've noticed that a few restaurants have been helping out, installing electric outlets and USB ports in a conscious effort to keep guests charged — and happy. If you need to make sure you stay connected, here are a few spots that are convenient go-to's.

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USA Today - "Lobster Roll Smackdown: Maine vs Massachusetts" (May 10, 2015)

 Photo of lobster rollsThe overwhelming majority of American lobsters are caught in the cold waters off the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts. The two states are the undisputed homes of the lobster roll, but who does it best?

Generations of lobster lovers have remained loyal to their favorite restaurant's take on this summertime favorite, which can be enjoyed throughout the region in every preparation and environment imaginable. Some of Boston and Portland, Maine's most stylish restaurants put a gourmet spin on the dish, while countless coastal seafood shacks and lobster pounds churn out thousands of traditional rolls annually. Creative chefs are putting their own unique spin on the classic New England treat by adding everything from fresh herbs and truffles to seaweed-infused butter. Light appetites stick to small, delicate lobster rolls, while those looking to indulge seek out eateries who overstuff their rolls; one Boston spot offers a monstrous roll packed with an incredible pound-and-a-half of lobster meat.

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Phantom Gourmet video feature (March 9, 2015)

Wicked Bites video feature (March 7, 2015)

Boston Globe - "Their Art Adorns Restaurant Walls" (February 25, 2015)

Artist Julianna Bruce at ChoppsDining is a feast for the senses, but the old saying about eating first “with the eyes” points out the importance of visual presentation. An intriguing restaurant space, framed with evocative lighting and art, informs a dining experience and, ideally, elevates it.

Some artists have come to appreciate that way of thinking, and find restaurants to be a sensuous environment in which to showcase their work. Diners can connect with a piece of art for an entire meal as opposed to a moment or two in a gallery or office lobby.

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The Chef's Plate video feature (November 2014)