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Is Canton a Restaurant Wasteland

I might be moving to the Canton area, and I am trying to find decent restaurants in the area. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. Great sushi and Chinese at Mai Place on Rte 138 in Canton. The fish is very fresh and it's reasonably priced.

    Canton is not far from Norwood, so it's worth a drive to find the following there:
    Siam Lotus on Rte 1 South bound side for great Thai.
    Bon Caldo has decent Italian, also on Rte 1 South.
    Byblos for Middle Eastern food, Washington St.

    Upscale French dining in Sharon - Coriander Bistro.

    It's not a total wasteland.

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    1. re: BikeToEat

      Some other places in/around Canton that are good to go to -
      Takara for Japanese (I prefer Mai Place mentioned above, but only slightly)
      Mahachai for Thai (my favorite takeout place in the Canton area)
      Caffe Bella in Randolph is a nicer Italian restaurant. They don't take reservations for non-regulars so weekends can be a rough wait, but the food's very good.
      Norwood's sort of close - a good place there is Bistro 712. Hopefully that all helps.

      1. re: Josh M

        Maybe it was the one time I went, but I had an awful meal at Bistro 712, complete with being served burned bread.

    2. La Storia on 138 in Stoughton is terrific and very reasonbly priced, too!

      1. The bbq place in Canton, too.

        1. Yes, it's pretty dismal in my 10 mile radius.

          Sure, some have mentioned a few places, but on a scale, the area is lacking big time. The latest addition near me was Applebee's - eeeks! My husband weekly prays for a Whole Foods to come to town.

          That said, it is a great area, and a pretty easy commute to Boston for cravings.
          That bbq place is Spitfire, which can be excellent, but they are inconsistant with the salt and vinigar. Bon Caldo? Really? Tried it twice and won't go back. Caffe Bella, most definately but past our 10 mile radius. Hope this helps.

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          1. re: gyppielou

            Been to Bon Caldo for lunch and got a very good plate of red sauce pasta the time I was there.

            Should also mention Crescent Ridge Dairy in Sharon for ice cream. And I'll also enthusiastically second Coriander and Byblos.

          2. X&O in Stoughton (on route 138) is actually quite good. The menu has both greek and italian specialties....all of the greek items I've tried have been great! The prices are great too. Decent atmosphere and bar area wtih flat screens.

            1. The best part of Canton is the fact that it is close to everything, but of course when it still has the history of the small New England town that in some cases time and taste have forgotten. Sure, there is the wide array of sub shops and pubs-style places, but beyond that it takes a bit of work to find more upscale places.

              I really love Coriander in Sharon Square - no question one of the best places close to Canton. The food is imaginative, fresh and local. It is fairly expensive for the 'burbs but really great and well worth the trip.

              Recently we tried Loco in Easton on Route 138. Verrrry tasty and quite nice. They have a website www.locotapas.com yes, it is tapas, but it has many more great entrees and is pretty stylish and nicely intimate.

              X&O is quite good, a very large place and just recently opened in Stoughton (also on Route 138. The owners had a place in Quincy, MA and since they live in Canto (on swanky Green Street) they have brought their touch and charm closer to home. And, home is what it is all about at X&O. Mary, the owner was a nurse and she is marvelous in her zeal to make every guest feel comfortable. Try the lamb shank - it is amazing how meaty and tender it is.

              The sushi at Takara in Canton Center on Washington Street is so fresh and they have done a superb job of also including non-sushi - Korean and Japanese specialties. Try the hot stone pot of noodles, rice and meat... Bi Bim Bab Okdol - you will really love it and there will be plenty for the next day as well.

              Our favorite for chinese food is Chinatown at the Village Shoppes - actually around the corner across from the KFC and the Citizen's Bank. Always a crowd and really consistent, fresh and tasty meals. Eat in and it is amazing - and the take-out is really good. Rarely is chinese food good on day 2, but the food at Chinatown is awesome heated up. The kitchen has a glass wall and about 60 employees work the"line" - it is a sight to see, and at New Year's they stop taking orders a few days in advance so get your in early. Try the Chicken Scrolls and the Shrimp Rangoons.

              For Pizza - well, hardly fine dining, but you really have a treat at Denneno's on Pearl Street. They have been making pizza the same way for over 30 years and when it comes out hot and bubbly from the oven, Mrs. Denneno cuts the pizza into slices with a huge pair of scissors. MMMMMM - very thin and cripsy crust and very Italian.

              I agree with the other entries...except for Spitfires in Canton Center - very bland bbq - and not worth the price. Better bbq can be found, but further afield. LaStoria is great and very reasonable, and Siam Lotus is great - try the Chonburri Wings.

              So - post more questions and we will all rally behind Canton and the hidden treasures in our area. Thanks.

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              1. re: Dolci de Miele

                I like the food at Chinatown but find it a tad on the oily side, which is likely more truly Chinese, but it's hard on my digestion. The Chinese at Mai Place is less oily and just as flavorful, IMHO. Chinatown does make a great Singapore Noodles, but it does come in a puddle of oil.

                1. re: Dolci de Miele

                  Fortunately Spitfires is out of business. Looks like a sub shop called Mangia is going in the space.

                    1. re: Dolci de Miele

                      corriander is really good and close to you

                    2. Good luck. I moved from that area last January. It was very frustrating. We always went to the city. There was one great restaurant in Canton - Olio, but it closed. The only excellent restaurant not too far away, as mentioned below is Caffe Bella in Randolph. I think Coriander in Sharon is average. Sintra in Braintree is very good. Pasta Bene in Brockton is decent. La Storia is awful. It is a really ashame and makes no sense. I also prayed for Whole Foods to open, but doubt that will ever happen. I shopped at the Whole Foods in Hingham, Newton and the city. I could never figure out why it was that way - it makes no sense.

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                      1. re: LifeisGood58

                        Coriander is an amazing, fantastic, and upscale restaurant!! Also love Caffe Bella (alsways consitently great), Loco (a real SoHo feel), and Bon Caldo (real italian cuisine).

                        1. re: dinealot

                          The owners of Coriander were regulars at the last restaurant I worked at years ago. Great people. Wish they bought my old restaurant instead of a bank buying it

                      2. Check out recent posts regarding Quincy, if your reverse commute allows...

                        1. When the new shopping center in Dedham is built, Ruth's Chris, Aquitaine, Whole Foods and more...only 5 minutes down 95 to the Rt 1 exit off 128.