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Quincy area recs?

Anyone have any good recommendations for the Quincy area? Could be a dive breakfast spot or a high-end dinner place. Looking for some good grub while stuck here for a few weeks. Thanks.

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  1. A breakfast spot is easy- the Wheelhouse Diner on Hancock in N. Quincy. Not divey but tiny and homey.
    Nearby chinese includes Quincy Dynasty and East Chinatown. Both good, EC more authentic with a seafood emphasis.
    Searching the board will turn up many more rec's.

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    1. re: joestrummer

      Quincy has a lot of good restaurants. Here are a few I like:

      Wheelhouse Diner

      Cheap and Casual for Lunch/Dinner:
      Alumni Cafe
      Quincy Dynasty
      Tony's Clam Shop
      The Clam Box
      Mandarin King
      Grumpy White's
      Pho Yuen Dong

      Slightly More Expensive, But Still Casual:
      Inn at Bay Pointe

      My personal favorites from the lists above are Tony's Clam Shop (seafood and Middle Eastern dishes), Cronin's (steak tips, bar pizza, burgers), Tullio's (Italian cuisine), and the Wheelhouse Diner.

      1. re: hiddenboston

        Nice work as usual HB. Have you found any good sichuan in Quincy?
        Or steakhouses (besides tips)?

        1. re: joestrummer

          Quincy Dynasty has some Szechuan dishes, though the Szechuan spicy chicken I had there wasn't quite up to snuff. Their scallion pancakes were outstanding, though, and worth the trip for that alone, IMO.

          I haven't been to any steakhouses in Quincy (and no, I'm not including the Outback, though it's not the worst choice for a chain, IMO).

    2. Good job hb. I would add to your list, "McKay's", accross from the Adam's houses. They have terrific breakfasts and lunches, and are open for dinner on Thurs. and Fri. Prices are very reasonable. "Food beyond belief, food beyond compare". BTW, the Adams' aren't home.

      1. This may be a little Asian heavy, but since Quincy does have a high Asian population:
        Little Q for hotpot (more dinner)
        Beni Cafe for "quick Japanese lunch fair" (focus on non-sushi items)
        Crown Royal Bakery for their egg tarts (hot and fresh in the morning)
        Hong Kong Cafe for pretty good Cantonese lunch and dinner (including noodle soups, etc.)
        Punjab Cafe for Indian (r.i.p. Classic India)
        Babycakes for cupcakes

        Not in Quincy but a quick 5-10 minute drive next door - A Lighter Fare in East Milton at the Milton Marketplace. One of my favorite places for a Western style breakfast, without the greasy-spoon feel of a diner.

        1. Let's not forget the Irish pubs in Quincy Center. I happen to like Bad Abbots. For seafood when the Clam Box and Tony's close, there is Burke's Seafood on Billings Rd. They have decent fried clams etc. It's really a fish store with a couple of tables, try the homemade stuffed quohogs. Besides Quincy Dynasty and East Chinatown there is another restaurant Lucky something on Billings Rd. Has anyone tried it?

          1. as mentioned the wheelhouse on hancock street is the spot for breakfast.

            quincy has a lot of two things: bar food and asian food. the fours, bad abbotts, and fowler house are probably the best you are going to get for bar food. quincy dynasty and little q hot pot are both great options for asian. fuji in wollaston has terrific sushi.

            a short jump over to the ashmont grill in dorchester is an option. they have terrific drinks and a good social bar scene. in quincy, alba has a nice bar although their food can be a bit overpriced for mediocre meals.

            1. All of the above recommmendations are places I would check out if I were you. I could spend a bit of time bouncing between Little Q and Punjab Cafe, with Fuji, Beni, and so much more on the horizon.

              You have been thrown into the briar patch. Please report back

              1. Get Fresh in Quincy Center a little off the main street has surprisingly excellent food. A tiny place with lots of choices. Great bread pudding too.

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                1. re: emilief

                  I would add La Paloma in Wollaston. It's a dive, but the dishes are cheap and flavorful.

                  Unfortunately, Hong Kong Eatery has gone downhill as of late. Food isn't very reliable.

                  1. re: FoolForFood

                    I have to disagree and say that the food at La Paloma has been breathtakingly bad every time I have gone there. I mean inedible. They fill their beef burrito with sweet BBQ beef. Gack.

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      I would avoid la Paloma as well.

                      Little Q, Q, Q, did I mention the scallion pancakes at Little Q?

                      And another yum for Grumpy White's.

                      And why haven't we heard back from the OP? Chowish locals want to know...

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        Yes, the "sweet" beef dishes are horrible. Having said that, I don't know why anyone would order it - the menu description says it all. However, the chimichangas - reg. beef or chicken and the dry soup and chili are worthy of a trip to Wolly.

                        1. re: FoolForFood

                          You have almost sparked my interest in an alternative chowhound dinner.

                          As in showing up as a group, nudging the restaurant it to live up to its potential, and holding them to it.

                          In the meantime, Quincy has lots to offer.

                          1. re: chowfamily


                            Perhaps sarcasm doesn't translate well on this thread. Or perhaps my ESL classes didn't measure up.

                            Anyhoo, I still stand by my previous thread - La Paloma is a good dive restaurant with many good comfort food options. Sweet beef is to be avoided there. Besides some good TN BBQ, I don't think many ppl consider beef and sugar to be a suitable flavor combo - my 2 cents.

                            1. re: FoolForFood

                              This place has just never failed to dissapoint.

                              But some of my best friends look at me strangely when I swoon over my current favorite.

                              Thanks for responding. And I mean it - if you can help them do a dinner that lives up to their name, I'm there.

                              1. re: chowfamily

                                And I apologize for being a bit harsh...I continued my thought from an earlier post about El Sarape.

                          2. re: FoolForFood

                            I will put in a good word for La Paloma. I also intensely dislike the weird sweet beef mixture in the tacos, etc. However, I don't order that when I go. They make a very nice Paella, which is what I usually get when I go. They also have at least one decent nightly special. The last time I went, it was a pork cutlet in an orange/mango chili salsa. It was quite tasty. No, it will never qualify as "authentic". But then again, Tex-Mex can be quite tasty, but nobody would accuse it of being "Authentic" either. Also, we all seem to succumb at some point, to the charms of Egg Foo Yong, Egg Rolls and Chow Mein...need I say more?

                          3. re: C. Hamster

                            I totally disagree. While the food at La Paloma is not goumet, it is very tasty basic Tex-Mex food. Some items are divine (e.g., the fresh salsa, hot cheese dip, chips, mole sauce and margaritas), but all the food is very good. The folks there are very nice too.
                            Their shredded beef is unusual - it is sweet, so you either like it or hate it. If you are not sure, do not order it and enjoy the rest of the menu.

                            1. re: Delhiwala

                              I gave La Paloma one more try the other night -- because y'all were sticking up for it -- and still found it mediocre if not downright bad.

                              The best part was the chips and salsa and their salsa is really not that astounding.

                              Didn't eat the beef but our table had poppers, enchiladas mole, a chicken dish and sopa seca. All quite forgettable if you ask me. All their food tastes like it's come from out of a freezer case or a can. They charge way too much for food like that.

                              The ambiance and food reminds me of a cheap strip mall in Iowa.

                              Salsa's in Southie is a world better. So is Acapulco in JP.

                      2. Hi,

                        I'll add my input:

                        Breakfast: In addition to the Wheelhouse Diner, which is outstanding for homey, proto-typical classic diner food, the Early American Cafe on Hancock St. near Quincy Center, has excellent homemade breakfasts as well.

                        Asian: Mandarin King in Quincy Point is great for the spicier types of Chinese cuisine. Quincy Dynasty, East Chinatown, and Hong Kong Eatery are all very good for the "Chinatown" style, which is more Hong Kong/Cantonese and strong on seafood. Little Q hotpot is also fantastic and definitely you must try it while you are here. Also, I had a very good meal at the new China Pearl, in the Kam Man marketplace. Oh, and the take out deli at Kam Man is excellent as well. Try the whole duckling, or some of the dishes from the hot and cold bar.

                        For Japanese, I love Kagawa in Quincy Center. They have excellent sushi and very good soups and stews. Siam Garden in Quincy Center is decent Thai food. They make a good Masaman curry.

                        The Brasilian steakhouse, Terra Brasilis, in Quincy Center is very good as well. The beef dishes are outstanding, as are the chicken and turkey. The pork and lamb were not bad, but a bit overdone for my taste. Still, it's very tasty overall, reasonably priced, and fun with the live entertainment.

                        For Italian, I really like Gennaros Eatery. It's cheap and tasty. Especially if you are looking for outstanding pizza, check it out.

                        Also, people forgot to mention Grumpy Whites on Sea St., which is a great place to go for cheap eats. Excellent American food, pub grub, etc. They have a really nice Prime Rib on the weekends, and their meatloaf and fish and chips are outstanding.

                        If you like Middle Eastern food, Websters in the Pilgrim Plaza off of Quincy Ave. has excellent shish kebabs, kibbe, and falafel. It's short on atmosphere, but the service is really nice, and the food is excellent (and again, cheap).

                        Have fun eating. Let us know if you end up trying any of these places, and what you thought.

                        1. Many good recs here.

                          To the list I would add Little Duck on Grantie Street (one block fron the center) for tasty Thai--although the atmosphere is unremarkable, except for the remarkable number of duck tchockes (sp?). I like their pad Thai and the curries. Last time I was there I had "Spicy Siam" with duck--and liked that a lot, too. While I was there someone was served the "whole fish" and it looked terrific, surrounded by vegetables. I asked the nice lady behind the counter and she said it was striper.

                          Another good breakfast spot for your list is Newcomb farms (although I like the atmosphere of their Milton location more) on Beale St.--which brings to mind a great "Americanized" Chinese restaurant, Great Chow,also on Beale--their ingredients are very fresh and tasty.

                          And what do you mean "stuck" in Quincy?? with all this terrific chow and the ocean, too!

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                          1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                            Wow! Thanks all for the great recs. I'll report back on what we try.

                            1. re: keech6

                              Some new ones:

                              Schoolhouse Pizza on Hancock St/SchoolSt.
                              Italy's Little Kitchen

                              Some old ones:
                              Terra Brazili - avoid the buffet.
                              Brother's Pizza use to have very good roast beef sandwiches
                              The Fours - a notch up from The 99
                              Siam House - good Thai food. On par with Little Duck.

                              1. re: keech6

                                Looking forward to the reports...

                              2. re: SeaSide Tomato

                                I agree with the last comment. There are worse places to be "stuck" in than Quincy. To me, Quincy is an underrated community in so many ways (a variety of good restaurants, great ocean views, terrific recreation areas, a number of nice neighborhoods, etc.).

                                  1. re: hiddenboston

                                    I agree completely. Also very easy to get into Boston by T if you don't want to be "stuck" there.

                                    HB, thanks for the reply on sichuan and steaks. I've been to the outback near the Center and it's not the worst.
                                    I'm no sichuan expert but Quincy Dynasty's didn't strike me as anything special.
                                    Maybe I'll have to ask them to heat it up a bit.

                                1. jnj turo turo filipino cuisine
                                  taste of taiwan
                                  pho yuen dong

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                                  1. re: galangatron

                                    isn't pho yuen dong a chinese seafood restaurant now?

                                    1. re: bitsubeats

                                      Pho Yuen Dong was still there as of a few weeks ago. Are you thinking of China Pearl? If so, they took over the International Buffet (which is in the same shopping plaza) a few months ago.

                                      1. re: bitsubeats

                                        Pho yuen dong is still there (thank goodness). I think your thinking of South Garden. This Chinese seafood place opened next door to pho yuen dong sometime back in May. Have yet to try it but, on evenings it's packed with Asians. That's a good sign.

                                        1. re: slade

                                          ohhhhhh it replaced honey cafe instead of pho yuen dong. whoops

                                          I should've looked a little further to the right (how stupid of me) (:

                                      2. re: galangatron

                                        I was also going to mention JnJ Turo Turo -- just visited. It's homey and very friendly, and the only Filipino restaurant in the Boston area that I know of.

                                      3. We've neglected the entire Marina Bay area. Siros has a relaxing atmosphere, nice water views and the bar is a great spot to enjoy some mussels and a glass of wine. Fishbones can be a little loud at times, but again I would hang out there and have fried clams or a lobster roll. Even the Chantey has it's place and does a good job with fried seafood. Not sure about Skyline as I haven't tried it and haven't heard any feedback

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                                        1. re: Pegmeister

                                          Thanks for your report on Marina Bay. It is the question I forget to ask, and a nice venue to enjoy food.

                                          1. re: Pegmeister

                                            Skyline has terrific steak tips...everything else is pretty basic but tasty (ie nachos, salads, etc). Siro's has decent food but they need to do something about the flies in the dining room - it ruins the atmosphere. They have a back door that leads to the garbage area and they need to make sure the door stays SHUT when they go in and out of it...get a fly strip for goodness sake, it is embarrasing to bring people there for lunch or dinner.

                                            1. re: bostongal

                                              We've gone to Skyline a few times over the years...I can't say I ever came across any flies (thankfully!) I do like their food - fried seafood is pretty tasty, so was their lobster salad. It's a great value for that area...nothing fancy, but great views and good food.

                                              1. re: chowciao

                                                Yes, as a Marina Bay frequent diner, I will tell you the most unappealing thing about both Siro's and Skyline is the fly situation. It's a shame.

                                            2. re: Pegmeister

                                              Skyline in Marina Bay has great steak tips... I went to Fat Cat in Quincy Center and found it to be mediocre...but I love the ramen at that japanese place on the corner of Billings and Hancock - the name is Teppanyaki, or something like that. The ramen is yummy, the tempura sweet potato fries are yummy and the sushi is cheap and very fresh. A note on Webster's - the last time I went to Websters for Middle Eastern I found the place to be extremely dirty. Ick.

                                            3. While in the briar patch, check out the cheese, wine and bread at Esprit du Vin in Milton.

                                              1. Thanks again, all, for the recommendations. We tried Little Q Hotpot on Friday after several of you recommended it. What fun! Had never had Mongolian hotpot style and it was a great adventure for a small group of us.

                                                The servers were very kind to us as we asked question after question. I had some nice and interesting plum wine, then we shared a mix of plates to cook in the yin-yang broth pot -- spicy broth (we got mild and it had plenty of kick) and the Mongolian veggie broth. I kept losing my noodles so will need to go again to perfect the cooking art, but I especially enjoyed the nice selection of mushrooms. And those scallion pancakes a few of you mentioned were indeed awesome. Am so glad you recommended those.

                                                Thanks again. We look forward to trying some of the others you all mentioned while we're in Quincy. Indeed, not a bad place to be "stuck" for a few weeks with all these good choices.

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                                                1. re: keech6

                                                  Out of curiosity, how did you like Little Q hotpot? When we went, it was great...maybe a bit pricey, but food was good! And this type of food is good when it's cold outside...
                                                  Any report on other places you tried in Quincy?

                                                  1. re: Bradydog

                                                    As an aside, if you are ever able to get to Little Q on a weekday for lunch, the lunch special is good value at $7.50

                                                    1. re: chowfamily

                                                      Cool, i'll have to check it out for lunch!

                                                    2. re: Bradydog

                                                      Last night we went to East Chinatown -- also one of the fine recommendations from fellow chowhounds (and coincidentally a spot just given a shout out in the Globe).

                                                      It was a lovely meal. We had fried duck with taro, which wasn't at all what we expected but delicious. It was pieces of duck, some of them crispy on the bottom, coated in a taro topping which was soft, pillow-like in the middle and flaky, crisp up top. It was served with a bowl of brown-colored sauce in which meaty mushrooms were hiding in the bottom. A dish of stirfried watercress nicely offset the greasiness.

                                                      We also had an order of scallion pancakes as a starter. They ended up soaking up the yummy combos of juices on our plates from the mushroom sauce and watercress. Fine meal.

                                                      The service was also nice. My one complaint was the door opens directly onto the small restaurant's seating area, blowing in cold wind. You can tell that they've cranked the heat to combat it but try to avoid seats near the door if you visit in the cooler months of the year.

                                                  2. If you like BBQ, try Firefly's on Adam's Street. Good food, Great Sunday Buffet, Family Friendly.. This place is the real BBQ deal! I can't get enough of their Pulled Pork, Sweet Potato Pecan Pudding & RIbs..... MMMMM. (Now I'm hungry again!)

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                                                    1. re: yummie_chick

                                                      I went a few months back - really looked forward to it...I'll be honest, it was horrible - perhaps it was an off day. The ribs were tough, the sauce was too sweet. For BBQ on the South Shore, I prefer Tenessee BBQ in Braintree.

                                                      1. re: chowciao

                                                        I've given up on Firefly's. The food is truly horrible. The only way to describe some on the entrees would be arid. Truly arid, dry, juiceless, flavorless, leatherlike swill. Although swill does imply there was some sort of moisture. But it was horrible. But given the view of the parking lot, they'll be out of business by this time next year.

                                                    2. I have to say I love Firefly's too. I need to replicate that pecan sweet potato dish at home. Has anyone tried the new vietnamese restaurant in NQ?

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                                                      1. re: teresacooks

                                                        I've eaten several times at Pho Hoa the new vietnamese in NQ. I thought it was excellent and very reasonable especially at lunch time. Bizarrely enough though we got take out from there a little while ago and it was terrible. I think it might just be that Vietnamese doesn't translate as well into take out, or perhaps we picked the wrong dishes.

                                                        1. re: bellachow

                                                          If you like Pho Hoa, take the short trip to Fields Corner in Dorchester. There are at least three Vietnamese restaurants that are far superior to Pho Hoa. You will not be dissipointed in Anh Hong, Pho Boston 1, and the best Pho 2000.

                                                      2. off on bergin parkway is d&d deli & convenience store which cooks up some serious pizza, subs, calzones, & a couple of intersting pastas of the day. there is no where to eat in there but the food is delish & it is a very funky chowish place. i used to work near there a few years ago and ate there all the time. i used tell all my coworkers to go there and one day i told the little italian lady who owns & cooks there that i have brought her lots of new customers & she should hook me up with a discount & she replied, "whaddayoucrazy, its already too cheap !!!!!!

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                                                        1. re: mr mangia

                                                          D&D can be great, but they can also be inconsistant. When they're good they're really good though. . .

                                                          1. Adding some places links to make this thread even more helpful...

                                                            Grumpy White's Restaurant
                                                            211 Sea St, Quincy, MA 02169

                                                            Fat Cat
                                                            24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

                                                            East Chinatown Restaurant
                                                            415 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

                                                            Little Q Hotpot Restaurant
                                                            1585 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

                                                            Punjab Cafe
                                                            653 Southern, Artery Quincy, MA

                                                            Wheelhouse Diner
                                                            453 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

                                                            Pho Yuen Dong Vietnamese
                                                            217 Quincy Ave, Quincy, MA 02169

                                                            Baby Cakes
                                                            163 Beale St, Quincy, MA

                                                            Clam Box
                                                            789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

                                                            Crown Royal Bakery
                                                            11 Brook St, Quincy, MA

                                                            Mannion's Family Restaurant
                                                            378 Granite St, Quincy, MA

                                                            Beni Cafe
                                                            405 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171