Originally I was going to be meeting family for Easter in the South Shore area, but now it's looking more like MetroWest around Natick/Framingham. I know there are so many places along route 9 -- Desmond O'Malley's, Owen O'Leary's, etc. What's a good value in terms of overall quality in this area?
You are correct. All the malls are closed on Easter. And many of the restaurants are, too. And many of those that ARE open have "special" menus for the day, usually with fixed seating times. You really need to phone ahead, see who is open, find out what they are serving that day AND make a reservation.
Given all those cautions, one of my favorite places for seafood is Dolphin in Natick. And if you are touring, you may like the Wayside Inn, an old stagecoach stop on the original NYC-Boston Turnpike Road (Route 20). Very historic, very lovely, and will leave a deep impression on yu if you've never been.
Looks like Sel de Terre is open on Easter. So is La Morra, if you don't mind going all the way in to Brookline. I would bet Eastern Standard will be, too, because hotels HAVE to stay open to feed their guests. It might be too close to the city for you, though.
well, first of all, O'malley's is gone. It's been replaced by a steakhouse called Metro 9. Which I think is not bad. Not great, but not bad. Service can be a little haphazard.
There's also the new Sel De La Terre Natick, in the Mall (sorry, the Natick Collection), which is one of the nicest places in this area now.
there's the seafood places..Skipjacks, Legal...they aren't too bad, although Legal doesn't really give you great value.
Does that help? what are you really looking for? what sort of food or price range?