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Mansfield, MA/Pre concert dinner

JohnG Jun 10, 2008 06:16 PM

Hey everybody! I hope you're all handling the heat well!
Here we go...I'm going to REM at the Comcast/Tweeter/Great Woods Center this Friday, and I'm hoping to find a spot in the area for dinner, other than what the concession stands have to offer, sure, I'll have a beer or two during the concert, but, I'm looking for a spot for dinner before the concert. Have a decent meal, a glass or two of wine.......I read that Jimmy's Pub was good, but I also read that it's terrible.
If anyone has a rec, I'd be forever in your debt.
I'm open to any type of food.
You can post here or omkensey@hotmail.com

Thanks for your tips!


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    naughtywaitress RE: JohnG Jun 10, 2008 06:39 PM

    Not too far away, Rossi's in Millis (next town over from Wrentham) opened recently. The menu is solid and appealing, It's not necessarily Italian, more Mediterranean. The restaurant has a nice bar. It is in an old Victorian mansion. P.S. It will always be Great Woods to me.

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      promixcuous RE: JohnG Jun 11, 2008 12:48 PM

      good luck.

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        winedude RE: JohnG Jun 11, 2008 01:41 PM

        It depends a bit on your budget and interests. Trattoria della Nonna in downtown Mansfield is very good, not cheap. Coriander in Sharon is excellent, but has South End prices. There's a Piccadilly Pub on 140 in Foxboro/Mansfield, for inexpensive pub grub. There aren't many real gems in the area, alas.

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          ScubaSteve RE: winedude Jun 11, 2008 06:20 PM

          do you know if this Picadilly Pub serves the Peel-N-Eat shrimps and Double Lobster Roll as the Peabody PP did???

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            fullbelly RE: winedude Jun 12, 2008 11:16 AM

            Do not go to Piccadilly Pub. The food is horrendous. Coriander is consistently good, but probably not what you're looking for, and I'm not a fan of Trattoria at all. Not next door to Tweeter (or Comcast Center as it's now called) but not too far away is The Chieftain on Route 1 in Plainville. Very good Irish pub with buckets of steamers and a wide beer selection. Easy to hop back on 495 and get to the show too. Also nearby and featured this week in the Globe is Loco on Route 106 in Easton (but very close to Mansfield). Good bartending. Avoid the foie gras, but get the garlic shrimp.

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              rmperry RE: fullbelly Jun 12, 2008 04:59 PM

              Second the recommendation for the Chieftain. It's a fun place to eat and that bucket of steamers is the best. Prices are very reasonable, too.

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                fullbelly RE: rmperry Jun 12, 2008 05:56 PM

                It is a great place. We actually saw James Woods (the actor) there a couple weeks ago. I guess he's a regular -- though we're regulars too, and I've never seen him there before?!

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              lil_acorn RE: winedude Jun 16, 2008 08:44 AM

              I thought Trattoria della Nonna closed. oops - guess not since the OP went there.

            3. JohnG RE: JohnG Jun 11, 2008 06:13 PM

              thanks for the tips, I had a feeling it wouldn't be easy.
              naughty waitress....it'll always be great woods to me too!
              Millis is a bit "out of the way" but I'll check it out in the future.
              Promixcuous, I know what you mean.
              Winedude....the Piccadilly Pub? I don't know......

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                Northstar22 RE: JohnG Jun 12, 2008 09:57 AM

                Rossi's is no where near Great woods{Or whatever the name is this week} Try something rte 1 Sharon maybe. Wicked A boston Bistro has opened recently and is banging the place out.

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                  winedude RE: JohnG Jun 12, 2008 12:42 PM

                  Just for the record, I only mentioned Piccadilly Pub as an alternative to eating at the concession stands at Great Woods. It's not chow-worthy by any means, but it is cheap, relatively quick, and a good place for free popcorn, a couple of beers, and a decent chicken sandwich, nothing more. And it has good access back to Great Woods.

                  I've been there twice. I'm guessing it's better than Chili's, Appleby's, or the 99, but it's on that scale.

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                    ScubaSteve RE: winedude Jun 12, 2008 02:13 PM

                    so no humoungous lobster rolls and buckets of peel-n-eat shrimps?

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                      winedude RE: ScubaSteve Jun 12, 2008 03:32 PM

                      Free Popcorn. Beer. Chicken Sandwich (and mediocre fries).

                      That's all I know.

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                      fullbelly RE: winedude Jun 12, 2008 04:15 PM

                      Sorry, winedude. I didn't mean to be a jerk about it. Picadilly is fine for a beer and popcorn, but anything more than that is pretty dreadful. And John G. just be forewarned, plan a lot of extra time if you're going to Trattoria della Nonna. A lot. The room is beautiful with the open brick, and the food can be okay (it's not on level with Coriander), but the service is slow and is coupled with a "we don't care" attitude. For my $100+ we'll easily can spend on dinner, that part really bugs me. It applies to regulars and not. Just so you know.

                  2. TomH RE: JohnG Jun 12, 2008 11:37 AM

                    About ten or so miles away in Wrentham is one of my favorites. Tom's Tavern just off Route 140. I always make a stop in there when heading to/from the Wrentham Outlets.


                    1. JohnG RE: JohnG Jun 12, 2008 03:16 PM

                      Thanks again everybody, you've all been helpful!
                      I've decided to go to Trattoria della Nonna, thanks winedude!
                      A bowl of pasta, a glass or two of wine......can't beat it!
                      Thanks again!
                      All the best everyone!

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                        izzy08 RE: JohnG Jun 12, 2008 04:01 PM

                        I highly recommend Loco, not far at all from the Tweeter Center/Great Woods. Great atmosphere, stunning food and great wine selections (and damn good mojitos!). Trattoria is a nice place but Loco is an experience.

                        1. Gio RE: JohnG Jun 12, 2008 06:01 PM

                          One word - or is it two? Tailgate.

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                            ChrisConcord RE: Gio Jun 12, 2008 07:33 PM

                            Having been to many many shows there I would also say tailgate, and also say to spend the 30 bucks or so to park in the pay lot just before the 'official' lot. No hassles if you decide to have a cocktail or two (potential for huge and nasty hassles in the 'official' lot) and you can save an hour or two in getting out afterwards. Having a nice meal somewhere is wonderful, but being able to have a beer or something or seven before a show and not having to drive again for maybe 5 hours is pretty clutch, too.

                          2. JohnG RE: JohnG Jun 14, 2008 06:48 PM

                            Just to let you all know, we went to Trattoria Della Nonna, and it was great!
                            Our server was very good, perfect martini to start, the stuffed artichoke was delicous, and my ravioli was great and my DC's pasta dish was delicious.
                            Not a long wait like was mentioned, well worth the price!
                            I highly recommend it!
                            Thanks again, winedude.

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                              okra RE: JohnG Jun 16, 2008 09:58 AM

                              You might also wish to Google this small place:

                              Mangia Bene
                              20 S Main St
                              Mansfield, MA 02048
                              (508) 339-1839

                              Damn close, home cooked Italian (think hand made pasta) and you can byob a nice bottle of wine...

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