Very good food, very busy restaurant, but great service!
Most of our kids had some form of steak, but I tried the lamb chops and they were delicious. I had french onion soup for a starter also and we shared the vegetables ordered, family style. The food was delicious, but very pricey! Again, it was a splurge for our anniversary.
Favorite Dish: I loved the lamb chops....not something I cook at home. I do this all the time....go into a restaurant where they specialize in something (in this case, beef) and I order something other than the house specials. Well this time I didn't regret it at all! :-)
UPDATE: Unfortunately for beer lovers in the region, the Rock Bottom in Braintree is now closed. I am crushed :(
I am very lucky to be living with a ten minute drive of a good brewpub. The Rock Bottom Brewery and restaurant features 5 or 6 year round craft-brews, as well as several seasonal "brewer's choice" beers.
Although Rock Bottom is a chain of brew pubs, the head office gives the brewer a fair bit of leeway in the creation of the beers, especially with the "brewer's choice" selections. They seem very committed to the brewing side of the operation. You can order a sampling of the breweries six year round beers, if you can't make up your mind.
I usually sit in the lounge area. It is spacious and is adorned with several hi-def tv's for sports watching, but this place isn't about sports and it's not really about food either. It's all about the beer.
You can get 64oz jugs of beer to go :)
Favorite Dish: The food is decent enough, but serves mainly as a backdrop for the beer. I recommend going with an entree salad, as they are very good.
The Venezia is a fine Italian waterfront restaurant that is tucked away in a small neighborhood in Dorchester. The decor is simple and elegant, yet it is the view of the harbor and Boston that make the dining environment special. The place is surrounded by floor to ceiling picture windows.
It's a wonderful place for special occasions, and they are well able to handle larger parties. The wait staff is very professional. Although it is slightly more expensive than your typical Italian restaurant, the view is certainly not typical either.
Favorite Dish: Seafood lovers could try the Ciopinno Al La Venezia. Listen to this:
Filets of Salmon, swordfish, haddock, shucked clams, scallops, shrimp, lobster, sauteed with saffron, tomato, shallots, garlic and served over freshly seared bread
Jake's may be the best place for seafood south of Boston. It's located in Hull, right across from the beautiful Carousel (see my tip on this) and is a south shore tradition. It has a fish market, a tiny bar, and a good sized dinning area. It's casual and decorated with a lot cool nautical antiques.
A nice time to go is near sunset, and sit in the back room along the window. The sunset is lovely.
*Jake's is closed during the winter.
Favorite Dish: The last dish i had there was scrod cooked in parchment with veggies. It was a nice simple and healthy way to prepare fish. I usually go with a broiled or baked haddock or cod. The menu is 90% seafood, but there are a couple of non-seafood items for those freaks who don't like fish.
!!Make sure you ask what market price is if you are going to order lobster!!
They also have a raw bar with oysters, little neck clams and PEI mussels.
They serve Smuttynose on tap, which goes really well with baked or broiled fish.
Very fun restaurant for me and my 12 year old son. If you are spending time in the Harvard area you will want to go there provided you like simple hamburger/fries and don't mind very crowded conditions.
The menu changes continually depending on the politics of the day with burgers named after the most appropriate politician. We had nice conversations with two individuals who were also sitting at our table. One was a person who had lived in the Harvard area for 20 years and knew Mr. Bartley quite well. The second was a third year Phd. student at MIT. Both were friendly and good to talk to.
My son and I are both Conan O'Brien fans and enjoyed the big picture of Conan as well as all the others. Conan went to school at Harvard so it felt very authentic.
All and all an excellent time!
Favorite Dish: Burgers are fine; probably a lot like what you would make at home only at home the waitresses won't shout the orders back to the cooks at home.
I ordered the "Ted Kennedy Burger" a plump liberal amount of hamburger with cheddar cheese, mushrooms and fries.
he owner of Krazy Karry's is very attentive and even a little quirky. Chances are good that he'll stop by your table to say hello and he just might ask you, "Are these are the best burgers you've ever had?" Back when the restaurant first opened, I overheard the owner asking an informant (not sure if it was an employee or a customer) what the word on the street was regarding his new restaurant. Not a particularly funny question, it was the delivery that struck me as hilarious. For some reason I was reminded of that guy on Sesame Street asking, "Would you like to buy an "O"? " I knew from that moment on that Krazy Karry's was my kind of place. Arlington is a town rich in restaurants but poor in personality. Donald Buehler of Krazy Karry's is a refresing addition to this town.
Krazy Karry's fills a gap in Arlington, a town with no fast food or decent places to get a hamburger.
Krazy Karry's serves juicy Angus burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and chili. With a minimum order of $5.00 you get free Cotton Candy. After you place your order, you get a number and have a seat, your food will be brought out to you.
Favorite Dish: Burgers : The Wild & Krazy Burger, Zorba Burger, Make Room for the Shrooms Burger, Classic Cheeseburger
Chicken Sandwiches : The Classic Chick
The Chili is phenomenal.
Durgin-Park goes back to Revolutionary days, but the era of fame for its chowders, Indian puddings, apple pan dowdy, johnny cake, and New England boiled dinners started around 130 years ago when John Durgin, in partnership with Eldridge Park, a livery man, and John G. Chandler, a dry goods merchant, took over.
The restaurant's theme followed to this day was decided upon then by these old Yankees, that the best advertising is plenty of food on the table. And that's certainly the case! Bring your appetite!
Favorite Dish: Corn bread and clam chowder! Of course the lobsters are great too (did I mention this is my favorite food?)
The Satuit Tavern is a good place to get reasonably priced seafood, just outside of Scituate center. The place is very simple,with an unassuming atmosphere, decorated with some cool black and white photos of ocean scenes. The ceiling is high and paneled in beechwood. Like the website says, its a very clean restaurant!
Favorite Dish: It's all about seafood here. Baked, broiled or fried, the seafood is fresh and faithfully prepared.
We explored architectural treasures of Williamstown one day and had a dinner at this excellent quality Indian restaurant. It serves buffet lunch and a la carte dinner. It offers all kinds of Indian food.
An open, attractive, tangerine interior with two full bay windows and a 16-foot, L-shaped bar, Spice Root is a comfortable setting for lunch or dinner for two or a group.
We were the first family to enter the restaurant at 5 pm, which opens for the dinner after a brief interval. However, within 30 minutes it was jammed pack.
Dinner Every Day 5:00 - 10PM
Lunch Tuesday - Sunday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Favorite Dish: From Seafood Menu: Shrimp Vindaloo (extremely spicy)
From Tandoori Menu: Chicken Tandoori, Seekh Kabobs, chicken tikka. This is basically a favorite with all people of Pakistani origin.
From Chicken Menu: chicken biryani, even though I cook it better at home than any body else - this is guranteed.
They specialize in all sorts of ice cream in this chain of restaurants, but all of the food that I ate there was good. We stayed in a motel closeby one restaurant in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and ate there every morning for breakfast. We also ate there at least two other times for other meals. The name Friendly is very appropriate, since the atmosphere was just that - Friendly!
Favorite Dish: It is hard to say since I liked everything that I ate there, but I did love eating breakfast. The ice cream is very good too!
The Milepost is a classic and cozy tavern right on rte 3A in Duxbury. Lot's of woodwork, fireplaces, and friendly staff make this a really nice place to have dinner or just a pint at the bar.
Honestly, the bar is the best part, so have your meal in there! The bar has low, wood paneled ceilings and is has all the warmth of a colonial tavern.
Just to warn you: Though it is a tavern, it's a bit of a wine and martini crowd. Nice enough, but it's no sports bar (don't let that keep you from having a black&tan!).
Favorite Dish: It's all good.
Nino's is a very good Italian restaurant in Hingham that has become a busy local favorite. It's not a place to find your common "Italian dishes" like Chicken Parmesan and such. Rather, they serve fantastic cuts of meat and fish, and some creative pasta dishes.
The building is made of beautiful red granite, most of which was cut from the old quarry behind the restaurant. The main dining room was once part of the quarry buildings. The granite helps enhance the ambiance of the restaurant. It is lively and social.
Service is very good, and Nino himself is often keeping a close eye on things. They also have a very nice and comfortable bar and lounge area, if you find yourself waiting for a table.
Favorite Dish: The last dish I had there was a pork tenderloin in a cranberry sauce. It was excellent. Other diners at the table had: Pork t-bone, Scrod Milanese, and Squash Ravioli.
Their fish and seafood dishes are very good, and prepared in ways you don't see everywhere else.
Santarpio's is an institution in East Boston, nearly walking distance from Logan Airport. What makes Santarpio's so special is not just the thin crust pizza and throw-back juke box, but the East Boston Italian attitude, the barbecue sausages and lamb and the atmosphere of a bar dedicated to Boston's boxing fans. The Friday night I visited with my sons, we stood outside in the queue for nearly 30 minutes, but it was worth the wait. Don't expect anything 'organic' or 'whole food' about Santarpio's. Just a great slice of pizza and you can imagine easily the conversation if the walls could talk. Don't forget to play the Dean Martin tunes on the juke box. It just adds a little to the taste.
Favorite Dish: Pizza. But make sure you try the barbecue sausage and cherry peppers.
The Chateau is a family-owned Italian place of the red vinyl booth variety--the kind you see in mafia movies. They have a few locations throughout eastern Massachusetts. The food there is great for the most part, especially the pizza. In fact it's one of only two places that I'll get pizza from. They also have really good seafood. I get fish there a lot when I go. The prices at The Chateau are also not bad for what you get. They have a kids' menu and the people that work there are always friendly. The Andover location where I usually go also has a nice bar.
Favorite Dish: Anchovy and black olive pizza is the best! Their cannolis are also so good that it's just not right.
In the Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market area. Nice place to eat in a convenient location. We had a seat on the third floor that looked out on the market place that made for a nice view.
I ordered the pot roast which was excellent and not unlike what my Mom used to make (well maybe a little better than Mom's). My son ordered the very authentic Yankee hamburger/fries. It was a good spot for kids.
What I really liked though was the desert. Indian Pudding is very authentic and the kind of desert that reminded me of a desert my Dad used to make when he felt like remembering his depression area childhood. Basically corn meal and Molasses; simple, easy, different and great!
Hey I'm just talking about my Mom and Dad here. Enjoy the restaurant!
Favorite Dish: Indian Pudding!
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