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South Shore-where to eat?

What are the good restaurants on the South Shore? There seems to be a drought of anything besides Italian.


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  1. A couple of my favorites include Bridgeman's in Hull (Mediterranean cuisine) and Pho So 1 in Randolph (Vietnamese food). There are lots of others, though; you might want to do a search on this site, since there are several threads on this topic.

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      A second for Bridgeman's. We've had a number of lunches and they have all been very good to excellent.

      1. re: hiddenboston

        Pho So 1! That's the place where I've stopped for Pho & Vietnamese coffee on a few occasions. Its goodness -- and its very existence -- surprised me.

      2. For Indian, there's Punjab Cafe on Rte 3a in Quincy, and Indian Delight on Washington St. in Weymouth. For Mexican, there's El Sarape in Weymouth Landing.

        For Chinese, there's many good choices in the area. My favorites are Mandarin King on Rte 3a in Quincy, just before the Fore River Bridge, or East Chinatown on Hancock St. in North Quincy. Japanese, there's Kagawa or Fuji in Quincy Center. For Chinese hot pot, Little Q in Quincy center is great. For excellent American/pub food, there's Grumpy White's on Sea St. in Quincy.

        There's also decent places in Norwell, Hingham and Hanover, but I'm not as familiar with those areas, so I'll leave the recommending to others.

        1. For some tasty kebab sandwiches, check out Baraka on Route 53 (northbound side) in Braintree. It is owned by Palestinians and they also sell pizza (which I haven't tried). We enjoy the Kofta kebob sandwiches there.

          Across the street is a strip mall with the South Shore India Market...218 Quincy Ave, Braintree...a great place to pick up spices and they sometimes sell kebobs and Indian pastries as well.

          For sushi, along with the places mwk listed in Quincy, we like Fujiyama on Rte 53 in Norwell. They also serve Thai food there.

          Practically right next door to that is Beiijing House, an Americanized Chinese restaurant.

          For Thai food, Sweet Lemons on Rte 53 in Weymouth (in a mini mall by the Shaws plaza) is tasty.

          Some places for Sunday breakfast are: Jimmy's Broad Street Diner (Broad St. Weymouth), Stars on Hingham Harbor (Rte. 3A Hingham), Niko's (Jackson Square, Weymouth), Arthur & Pat's Cafe (Brant Rock, Marshfield..open in season).

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          1. re: mangorita

            I'd like to throw in Strawberry Fair in Norwell for breakfast, great place to get the paper and enjoy breakfast in peace.

            1. re: mkel34

              I keep meaning to try Strawberry Fair. Perhaps I will drag my husband there this weekend for breakfast.

              1. re: mangorita

                I've been to Strawberry Fair for lunch. It's a nice, cozy place with really good food!

          2. We like Bridgeman's too -- never had a bad meal there. Also in Hull is Saporito's which is sort of Italian but sort of California, I'd say. In Hingham, Tosca and Square Cafe are both reliable upscale places. Cohasset Village has Bia which is quite good but insanely noisy when crowded.

            1. Siam Cuisine on 53 in Hanover.
              I really love this place.

              Recently tried Las Palmas which is on 53 in Hanover as well. It's Mexican/Cuban and some dishes were great, others were just eh. Worth a look tho'- I'd definitely give it one more try. Nice to have some diversity on the south shore.

              1. You must check out my favorite: Sintra in Braintree. Outstanding portugese influenced menu. Very creative, warm atmosphere and reasonable pricing. It also helps that the chef/owner is formerly from Mistral and Blu.


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                1. re: Frank Enbean

                  Thank you for mentioning Sintra...it has fallen off my radar screen, which is unfortunate because I have had several outstanding meals there. It is a winner.

                  1. re: Frank Enbean

                    Yay, I like Sintra as well. Very under-rated, in my opinion, with great crab cakes that don't break your bank. Another board favorite seems to be Pho Yuen Dong for vietnamese in the Kam Man complex in Quincy.

                  2. Meze Mare in Hull has great Italian food. It looks like a dive from the outside, but it's really a cozy place inside, with wonderful food.

                    1. Haven't been to Meze Mare in years. Glad to hear it's still good. I would also add DiNero's in Cohasset to the list. Since they put on the addition with the huge bar and dining area it's really improved the atmosphere. Great place for lunch because of the prices. I was there this summer and had a baked stuffed lobster for $12!!!

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                      1. re: Pegmeister

                        I am a fan of Venetian in Weymouth. Not a fancy place but very old school Italian, I believe one of the waitresses just retired after 40 similar to the atmosphere of Christos in Brockton but on a small scale.I love their pizzas, veal/chicken/eggplant parmesans, and meat sauce. Heck of a value as well and people say there vinegar peppers with anything are incredible.I have to say I was not a fan of Dineros, I don't remember anything I ate there about two months ago and I should really remember at least one thing. I also have to say that Stars at Hingham Harbor is horrible. Everything is dirty from the floors, to the cobwebs all over the place, to the overflowing trash in the bathroom.

                        Has anyone be to Spazio in Braintree near Weymouth landing lately? I received a gift certificate for christmas and was looking for some insite.

                      2. Quincy:Alba Bar and Grill in Quincy Center--wonderful!, Fuji 1546, Beni Cafe, Tullio's, Inn at Bay Pointe(during good weather to oit out on the water)

                        La Dalat in Hull

                        Tosca and Caffe Tosca in Hingham

                        Caffe Bella in Randolph

                        1. i second the yays for square cafe, fugiyama, cafe tosca, and la dalat (and the nay on star's--ick)...here's a few more that no one's mentioned yet:

                          bernards and the red lion inn in cohasset for fancier outings--also 53 south, newly relocated to...the old pizza hut on rt 53 in norwell. for seafood in the summertime, you can't beat jake's in hull (closed january-march, i think)--nothing better than their lazy man's lobster and a sunset over the bay on the deck...also the salt house (atlantica offshoot) in scituate is fantastic, but be prepared to wait in good weather. amazing thin crust pizza at the liberty grill in hingham and the linwoods in randolph (not as dive-y since the smoking ban, but overall still a good time). greasy breakfast at easter's in weymouth was always a favorite when we skipped first period. burton's steakhouse is solid for lunch after shopping @ derby street...

                          1. oh! the snug in downtown hingham--tasty bar food and live music most nights to boot.

                            1. Highly recommend Bridgeman's. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the eggplant appetizer during the winter.

                              Barker Tavern in Scituate - pub side. I don't think it serves its pub menu on Sat nights, however. Small area.

                              Liberty Grill pizza.

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                              1. re: Seamus

                                I second the pizza at the Liberty Grille. It's excellent bar pizza (personal-sized with a cracker-like crust and lots of cheese on top).

                              2. My new favorite is On the Water in Scituate. Located where the Pier 44 was, it has amazing specials, an extensive menu and an view that can't be beat. It seemed a little empty when I was there the last few times, which comes from the open main dining room. My favorite item has to be the Thai Shrimp & Scallop. Service is friendly & professional and any special request I have thrown at them was easily handled because all their dishes are made from scratch. The cocktails are plentiful, even coming with a little extra on the side and the home made desserts really made the whole experience dynamite! It has become a regular stop for me now.

                                1. I highly recommend a place called Coop's Bar and Grille on Rt 3a in Quincy. I went there last week for the first time from advice from a friend and it was so good I went back the next night. It's a typical Bar and Grille type atmosphere, but it's a great place to watch the games (there's 12 flat screens around the bar area) without feeling like you're at a bar. That's just a bonus, because the food is awesome. They have unusual appetizers like bourbon buffalo meatballs and fried macaroni and cheese (both good). They also have several dishes served in a buttered bread bowl. Their pizza was excellent because the crust wasn't greasy on the bottom like most (although I know some people like it). The service leaves something to be desired, but if you're not in a rush it's worth it for the food.