The Alamo; Tavern at Quarry Hills; Noon Hill Grill; The Restaurant
I spent most of the last three days in restaurants, with perhaps a total of more than 30 people. Needless to say, I'm recharging the ol' batteries this afternoon (and shopping for bigger belts), but it was a fun weekend of socializing and dining.
Started out at The Alamo in Milford on Friday night. I've been there many times, and it is sort of a guilty pleasure of mine. The food is anything but authentic, but it is tasty and much better than the Mexican-American chains around Boston. The atmosphere is nice, especially upstairs where we usually eat (very cozy and comfy, kind of like our own private place). Everyone was happy about the meals they had--I had one of those 2000-calorie enchilada/burrito combination plates, and did my best to eat every morsel.
Went to the Tavern at Quarry Hills in Quincy on Saturday night. Great atmosphere, exceptional views of Boston, and prices that weren't too bad, though drinks were a bit high. I was not happy with the flatbread pizza I had, though. It was loaded with garlic, and the garlic didn't seem to be cooked very well, leading to that blindingly harsh taste that you can sometimes get with garlic if it isn't cooked enough. The Jameson helped to make it taste better, but if I go again, I'll be sure to get something else.
Several of us went to the Noon Hill Grill in Medfield on Sunday for lunch before the football games. This casual New American dining spot was a pleasant surprise; located in an old train station in the center of town, it is clean, well-lit, and attractive. The food was very good; my monte christo was loaded with ham and turkey, and came with maple syrup which is a must for this sandwich, IMO. Desserts were excellent, too. Three of us split a brownie hot fudge sundae, and I almost fell asleep in the middle of eating it (it was very rich!). Service was decent, and prices were pretty good. I definitely want to go back to try their dinners.
I dragged myself to The Restaurant in Woburn Center for lunch today with several family members. I had toyed with the idea of eating healthy at this bustling cafeteria-style restaurant, but once I saw that one of the daily specials was pastitsio, I gave in to my addictions (and had them pile on mashed potatoes as well). The pastitsio was good, though not the best I've had, and the mashed potatoes were decent, too, though again, I've had better. I love the mac and cheese as well as the chili and the burgers at The Restaurant, so perhaps next time I will return to one of those dishes.
And now, back to shopping for bigger belts online...
The Tavern at Quarry Hills, you don't go for the food. It's a place for the higher middle class of Quincy and Braintree to be seen. The food is ok, just ok, nothing spectacular, nothing even cravable. The chef does have a bizarre obsession with sauces and glaces. This pretty much kills most of the entrees. If they could get a better chef, the menu at the Tavern would truly rock. Until then, just grab a Bud lite and hang with the pseudo-beautiful people from the area.