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Stuck In Plymouth,MA. Help!

The in-laws have a beach house in Plymouth,MA. In the summer, most weekends are spent there. I have yet to find one restaurant that is worthy of returning to. We've had good views, okay service, and food that can barely be swallowed. We always end up back at this place in a boat yard that I couldn't even tell you the name of it. It's terrible food, but good drinks and the view is nice. We have enjoyed many of the clam shacks around town, but every once in a while, we want a really nice meal. It's vacation, and what's vacation without a great meal? Other than preparing it myself, is there any place in Plymouth or the Plymouth area that has good food? Help!

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  1. The Lobster Hut is pretty good for fried seafood and the like. Pretty consistent. Also, if you feel like heading north a bit, Tosca in Hingham is a fabulous Italian restaurant

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    1. re: Science Chick

      I disagree about the Lobster Hut. I'd go to Wood's which is right nearby. I got caught up in a friends-from-out-of -own visit to Lobster Hut in July and it was pretty bad.

      I was born and raised in Plymouth and going back to visit is torturous when it comes to finding good food (never mind good produce - and prices - in the supermarkets!) I've not tried any of the more upscale restaurants, because why bother (?), but here are a few tips:

      I quite like the Brazilian restaurant in North Plymouth across from Wayne's seafood (don't bother going there - downhill since an ownership change). Cafe Brazil it might be called. The salgadhinos from the Brazilian shops in town are not worth the calories.

      The downtown Thai place is okay - I'd get in the car and drive 15/20 min. north to Siam Cuisine in Hanover, between exits 12 and 13.

      In Plymouth, there's a seafood shack right on Plymouth beach that my family is raving about (yeah, take that with a grain of salt, but they swear the lobster roll is fresh-made, and there have been raves about grilled bluefish and great baked potatoes). I'll be checking it out with moms and gram this weekend!

      I like the greasy everything pizza from Al's (the linguica makes it) but noteworthy pizza it ain't.

      I believe that "The Cuisine of Mark Connelly" was doing weekend dinner service. If that is still true, it's worth checking out. It won't qualify for a really nice meal, but the food is solid. Probably the better salads you can find in town.

      There are a lot of newer places that I've not yet tried (some mentioned on this thread already), like the Italian spot in town. I've been meaning to check out Persey's since it relocated to downtown Plymouth, too.

      Otherwise, when my sister is visiting, we go ol' school and head to one of the "early bird special" kind of places in Wareham, like Lindsay's. Ranch dressing on your side salad, a baked potato, and a seafood casserole. It is what it is....

    2. I had dinner last week at Solstice, in Kingston, less than 10 minutes from Plymouth. It was excellent. It's not "beachy", more like a casually dressy, city restaurant, with a great bar, great wine list, and delicious food. Check it out.

        1. Thanks for the suggestions. I wonder why someone doesn't open up a decent place in downtown Plymouth.

          1. We've been twice this month to the relatively new Enoteca de Vino, on Court St. near the courthouse. For apps, a nice calamari putanesca (a little short on the calamari, and a little long on the sauce), wonderful mussels, served without shells, a Maine shrimp pizzette. For mains, pasta bolognese was superb and inexpensive, large broiled scallops were very, very good, The wine list is extensive and reasonable. The servers (co-owners) are helpful and enthusiastic.

            In Plymouth we also like Cafe Strega (Main St. Extension) and Tuscany Tavern. (Court St.).


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            1. re: joelou

              I'm from the south shore, and I second your lament: there isn't much to eat in plymouth! Here are my recs:

              For coffee, bagel sandwiches, pastries and just a relaxing coffee house, Kiskadee on court st. is perfect.
              In terms of dinner, don't miss 'ILARIA' which is right accross from East Bay Grill ( you can skip that, unless you like huge crowds)
              Also, I used to have really good luck with Namaste for Indian food. It has changed hands now, but I'd check it out. Again, this is on court st.
              Finally, I can't give enough praise to Solstice. Amazing food, great atmosphere and wonderful staff. Don't go much longer without trying it!

              Hope those give you some more options! Good luck ;)

              1. re: joelou

                I second the Enoteca di Vino suggestion. I have had two very good meals there now. I also posted a review on the Boston board.

                Enoteca Di Vino
                39 Court St, Plymouth, MA 02360

              2. Try the Blue Eyed Crab across the street from the East Bay Grille. Great seafood and if you can catch a table outside a great place to view the ocean.

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                1. re: Lemur78

                  Does the Blue Eyed Crab have its liquor license yet?

                2. Have felt the same way and came across this restaurant that has been hidden in Plymouth for years check out Sabor here is the web site you will really like it it is a small room, but you will feel comfortable there really great wine list and very good food. Only compliant it is a little $. www.sabordining.com.

                  1. My favorite restaurant in Plymouth, by far, is Bangkok Thai, on Court St. Most of their standard Thai dishes are good (though I've found the some the shrimp curries to be skimpy on the shrimp); my favorite offering of theirs is the "Thai Spaghetti."

                    1. Oh -- I'm pretty sure I've been to the same boatyard restaurant. It *was* horrible!

                      I agree with your general impression of the Plymouth restaurants. Most of them are unbelievably, shockingly bad.

                      I was surprised to find a Thai restaurant in that town -- and *amazed* when it turned out to be good for the most part. I wonder if it will last.

                      That Thai place, incidentally, offers banana fritters for dessert -- and they are very delicious. I usually don't bother with dessert, I'm not a sugar-head, but these are not to be missed.

                      1. I grew up in Plymouth and have recently moved back after several years away. Your options have increased substantially. There is a new Japanese place that has hibachi tables - it's called New Tokyo and is located at exit 5 near Home Depot. Also, there are chain restaurants like Bertucci's (open now) and Olive Garden (opening in September) at exit 7, Applebee's and Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse at exit 5.
                        I am a big fan of the enormous lobster roll at The Cabby Shack (across from the Village Landing on Water Street), though I have only ordered "to go" there.
                        I would NOT suggest the Crow's Nest. The first time I went there the food was horrible. I gave it one more chance before writing it off.
                        Good Luck!

                        1. I live in Plymouth and agree about the limited dining options, but have discovered some pretty reasonable spots:

                          Little known: Chez Ducrot-- simple traditional french food, chef is Philippe Ducrot
                          Not officially a restaurant-- they have a couple tables in the back part of their house
                          Need reservation, usually open Fri-Sat night. They offer a prix fixe meal - 2 choices apps/main/dessert for 35$ + choice of 4 wines

                          Cranebrook http://cranebrook.com/dining-menu.php
                          Pricey but pretty good - right on the border of plymouth & carver

                          Agree that Solistice in Kingston and Tosca in Higham are great. I personally do like Sabor (Daniella's Cafe) & Enotecca de vino

                          Japanese: sushi at Sushi Joy is better than NewTokyo, New Tokyo has hibachi

                          Ilaria is gone-- replaced by Blue Eye Crab, which does have liquor license.

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                          1. re: shop_boston

                            Can you share some more details about Chez Ducrot - recent dining experience, etc.? Also, I'd be glad to hear your take on Enoteca - any favorites?

                            1. re: MB fka MB

                              Chez Ducrot-- it's run by Pierre and Linda Ducrot. Pierre grew up in Marseille & was a chef in France, Boston and NYC (i think). The restaurant is in the back part of their house-- reservations only. They have 2 rooms with a couple of tables each. The food is pretty traditional french. I've been twice-- both times in the winter. Their menu varies with the seasons and what's fresh. The first time I went I had a v. good salad - can't remember exact details but I think it was crostini and eggplant on greens, hubby had a soup; main course was beef or salmon; desserts were apple tarte tatine/creme brule. Second time I went had a different beef dish, celery root soup and molten chocolate cake. It's pretty authetic french (i'm originally from Montreal, Quebec) and compared to the local fare it's a nice choice. You can't expect big city in a small town! The biggest downside is the limited menu but i've not been dissapointed. They also offer cooking classes.

                              Re: Enoteca- have been for lunch a couple of times-- paninis are great, have had the risotto of the day as well; am heading there for dinner tomorrow night so can post another review. They def don't serve American-Italian (Olive Garden/Bertuccis). I like Enoteca better than Cafe Strego down the road.

                              1. re: shop_boston

                                I live in Plymouth and have dined at Chez Ducrot many times as well as Enoteca. Phillipe (not Pierre) did grow up in Marseille and owned his own Bistro in Paris for 7 years. He has cooked at top notch restaurants from LA to Vancouver to Boston.
                                For authentic French bistro style fare this is the place. They can seat 35 to 40 people in their rambling French farm house style home on Russell Street. The food, among the best on the South Shore is accompanied by an everchanging excellent wine list. While this is not haute cuisine it is anything but simple. From bourride to bouillabaisse to sablee the cuisine here is the authentic Provencal fare of Phillipe's youth. The ingredients I'm told are organic and local whenever available. Phillippe is a regular visitor to the Plymouth farmer's market. Once a month or so they do a chef's table where the chef departs from his Provencal bistro style and cooks a 5 course Chef's Table dinner centered on a particular theme, with each course paired with an appropriate wine. He definitely kicks it up a notch for the Chef's Tables. Oh, and you never feel like they are waiting to turnover the table because they aren't. You can sip your wine leisurely and chat with friends until the rooster crows. Highly recommended.

                                1. re: shop_boston

                                  I had to wade in on the Chez Ducrot commentary (Shop_Boston, Aug 7). While the blogger is correct that Phillipe (not "Pierre") is classically trained in France (he has multiple culinary degrees), and operated his own Bistro in Paris, he does not seek to reproduce classic haute French cuisine in his home-based bistro. Those who are seeking old-fashioned, classic French haute cuisine (cue Julia Child) might be disappointed. The food probably could better be described as a blend of traditional French, Provencal, nouvelle, and American regional cuisine. (Phillipe has worked in restaurants in Paris, Vancouver, California, and Boston, and has incorporated touches of each region in his creations).

                                  As the blogger notes, Phillipe scours the local farmer's market each week to find the freshesh organic ingredients for his Bistro dinners, with which he creates totally original dishes. If eggplant is in season, he creates an eggplant dish. If the vine-ripe heirloom tomatoes are at peak, expect a succulent tomato dish.

                                  Myself a chef, I am constantly delighted by Phillipe's simple, yet sophisticated flavors and combinations of ingredients. (What other chef in Plymouth uses ingredients like poppyseed oil or fois gras?)

                                  Recent examples of Phillipe's creations: an appetizer of bundled, tender-crisp haricots verte wrapped in a band of smoky prosciuotto on a bed of micro greens dressed with a savory whole grain mustard vinaigrette. For an entree, filet mignon on a bed of creamy Robichaud potatoes with a mushroom demi glace. For dessert, creme brulee flavored with poppyseed oil.

                                  PS Plymoutians: watch for the imminent opening of chef Martha Stone's new restaurant in the Pine Hills, Stone Soup at the Tavern.

                                  1. re: PlymouthChef

                                    Ooops! "Robuchon" potatoes! What was I thinking?!

                                    BTW - for a guilty pleasure, we enjoy Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Kingston (exit 9 off Route 3). Some dishes are relatively authentic, and they make a mean margarita at the front bar (try one on the rocks with Herradura Silver tequila and Grand Marner - it's not on the menu, but they'll accommodate). We like the Carne Asada (braised beef served with flour tortillas), Tacos al Pastor (soft corn torillas filled with chunks of braised pork, served with chopped cabbage and cilantro and a spicy ancho chile sauce), or burritos filled with beans, rice and braised pork, shredded beef (piquillo), or chile colorado (chunks of beef in a slightly spicy, red chile sauce).

                              2. re: shop_boston

                                I DO have to agree that if it's sushi you're looking for the Sushi Joy wins hands down. The main draw at New Tokyo is the hibachi tables.

                              3. I'm reading this thread with great interest since we'll be spending a week in Plymouth at the end of the month.

                                MB has alluded to a dearth of good places to buy groceries - are there any good farm stands or farmers' markets?

                                1. We were born and raised in Plymouth - moved away to a big city, and returned with kids. Here's what we know from being townies (and to preface it, we are not fans of Isaacs/East Bay Grill/Olive Garden/and that boatyard restaurant types - instead we always look for local favorite types). Don't bother with the Lobster Hut/Woods or any of the touristy places down at the waterfront - for clams, etc - head straight for Sandy's on Plymouth Beach - fresh caught fish, right on the beach - best view in town.

                                  The Colonial (downstairs) is our favorite old-diner family place - it's been there since I was a kid - just recently noticed they are renovating though, so don't know what is happening there.

                                  Kiskadee has great coffee and free internet.

                                  Martha (of Martha's Kitchen) is opening a new restaurant in the fall and she ran hands-down one of the best little restaurants in town.

                                  Enoteca - Cafe Strega - Tuscany Tavern are all nice, a little pricey.

                                  The downtown Thai restaurant is OK, but a little take-out place in Manomet on 3A is THE best thai food around - always bustling too - it's a local secret - Star of Siam.

                                  And someone asked about a Farmer's Market - there is one every Thursday, 2:30-6:30 at Steven's Field - great local produce, breads, cheese, lobsters too.

                                  Our favorite breakfast/lunch place is Water Street Cafe - great service, great sandwiches & salads (fresh local produce, organic stuff) - breakfast all day too.

                                  Plymouth isn't that bad if you poke around and ask some locals where to go!

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                                  1. re: caram

                                    Thanks so much - this is exactly the type of info I was looking for!

                                    1. re: phoebek

                                      Hey phoebek - I just got back from a weekend visit. I did check out Sandy's on Plymouth Beach. (It's resident parking - but if you just tell the guard that you're going to Sandy's for lunch, they should let you go park.) I had a fine lobster roll for $12.95. Grilled hot dog bun, light mayo, a bit of lettuce in the bottom. Comes with fries. Beers are $4. I hear the grilled bluefish is great, too. It's a great little setting.

                                      caram makes a point about the Thai place on 3A in Manomet. Star of Siam. And it's been a while since I went to Water Street Cafe, but I recall breakfast being pretty good, and it's inexpensive.

                                      In Chiltonville there is also Bramhall's which has a small farm stand. I stopped in this weekend and got some great corn, but the other veggies were a little lacking (a bit old perhaps). It's a gorgeous area over there, though.

                                      Kiskadee is the only place within a 15 mile radius to get a decent cup of coffee, as far as I remember.

                                      For groceries, go to Hannaford's off exit 10 on route 3. Don't bother going to any other supermarket - it's a disaster.

                                      Also, if you feel like taking one for the team, my old favorite breakfast place, Persey's, re-opened in downtown Plymouth. I've not heard anything about it yet and keep missing the chance to check it out.

                                      1. re: MB fka MB

                                        Thanks for the update, MB. We'll most likely bring staples from home and skip supermarkets altogether!

                                        1. re: MB fka MB

                                          I have spent summers in Plymouth since birth and know the scene pretty well. Am in Manomet so I am going to Star of Siam tonight.

                                          I went to the new Persy's Place this morning - same huge menu, cornbread and baked beans. Got an egg scramble that was great. Recommended!

                                          1. re: Bugsey34

                                            Good to know! My last visit was in Kingston before the place burned down - probably 5 years ago? We always went there when we skipped school in the mornings. Will aim to get there on my next visit - thanks for reporting!

                                          2. re: MB fka MB

                                            Don't entirely agree regarding retail sources for produce. Stop and Shop at exit 6 has gotten much better of late, although fairly pedestrian. If you need celeriac, Shaws at exit 6 usually stocks it. For anything else, we go to Whole Foods in Hingham (exit 15), or Sid Wainer's Gourmet Outlet in New Bedford (if you go at lunch time you can sample dozens of gourmet dishes prepared by professional chefs in the demonstration kitchen). Sid's supplies most of the restaurants in the region, and has absolutely any produce you might need (as well as fois gras, caviar, and a great cheese room). Definitely a great road trip!

                                      2. Hi - I completely agree with you. We have been trying to find good restaurants since moving to the area 10 years ago. It's a little better but not wonderful. Namaste (Indian) in downtown Plymouth was good but recently we went there and it was not great - I think they have changed hands. I do like the Thai restaurant downtown Plymouth and it is clean and neat - try that one. If you don't want fried seafood, Plymouth is limited. Solstice is OK we ate there a few years ago and I wasn't blown away -the prices were high. I like Mark Connelly and think they do a good job and are creative -although we have only had their lunches, not dinner. Avoid the french breakfast place downtown as it was OK first time, second time it was greasy and I got skeeved out with the food. I think most of the popular places are not great - but people line up for mediocre food. I guess it's just that coming from NY my expectations are high. We do like Mama Mia's for Italian food - while not NY, it's decent. Good Luck.

                                        1. Anyone have any thoughts on the Roobar in Plymouth? We have one in Falmouth, so I imagine it's similar but is the food good? I feel like the one in Falmouth is just slightly off, even though they're trying to be 100% on. Thanks.

                                          1. Does anyone recommend Common Sense for produce?

                                            1. I just returned from a mini vacation in Plymouth. I had dinner at the Hearth & Kettle one night. Food was OK. Taste like eating at home or Mom's. On Saturday, I asked a local who worked at the Plymouth Winery in the Village Wharf stores on Water Street. She suggested we eat at the Blue Eyed Crab, which was next door. We took her suggestion and it was GREAT ! It was quaint, relaxing, & fun. The food was excellent ! We had an array of appetizers. They were all delicious. The place made our evening.

                                              1. Sometime this fall, Croma will be opening at Colony Place at Exit 7 on Rt. 3. There is one on Newbury Street in Boston now. I have never been, but I am excited for this one to open.
                                                I am a fan of Tuscany Tavern (I feel like I'm in the North End when I eat there) and Cafe Strega. Thanks for the info about Stone Soup at The Tavern. I'll be watching for that opening.

                                                1. For those curious about Enoteca di vino they now have a website http://enotecadivinowinebar.com/index...

                                                  1. You should try the Bistro at the Belfry Inne & Bistro in sandwich... best in the world