American comfort food for Local crowds

Clockwise from left: iceberg wedge salad, fish and chips, and a burger and fries from the Wellesley Local Kitchen & Drinks.
Clockwise from left: iceberg wedge salad, fish and chips, and a burger and fries from the Wellesley Local Kitchen & Drinks.photos by Lane Turner/Globe Staff

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The new locations of The Local Kitchen & Drinks in Wellesley and Wayland do not take reservations, but they’re mobbed (Wellesley seats over 165, Wayland 200). Put your name on a waitlist and you get an immediate text from Noshlist.com to tell you when a table will open. Typically on weekends, the wait might be 45 minutes to an hour. Co-owners Tom Wynn and Frank Santo of the Wellesley Restaurant Group, who also own the 5-year-old Local in West Newton and Isabella in Dedham, are probably minting money with this concept.

The Local might be called a gastropub, but that implies classic dishes prepared with new ingredients in imaginative ways. At The Local, the food is American comfort without much innovation.

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