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Emma's Pub; Montreal Fries; Frank's Hot Dogs; Grumpy White's

Did a food trip south of Boston today, starting at Emma's in West Bridgewater for some bar pizza. Once again, the pies there were very good, and they had a 99-cent pizza special, so we each had a small pizza and a drink for about $6.00 total, give or take.

Next stop was at Montreal Fries, also in West Bridgewater, for some poutine and hot dogs. The poutine was outstanding, in my opinion; the hot dog and corn dog less so...what made the poutine so tasty was the fact that they use cheese curd with the fries and gravy, unlike some other places around Boston, which use regular cheese. It was a completely unusual place, and one of those roadside joints that I absolutely live for. It was probably the highlight of our trip.

Next up was a hot dog joint in Brockton called Frank's. The place was a bit on the dark and gloomy side, and it was about as no-frills as you'll get, but the dogs were very nice, not unlike Simco's in the respect that the not-quite foot longs extend well outside the bun, and the grilled hot dogs and buns are greasy and salty, but not overly so. This one surprised us a bit, as I had very low expectations of the place, considering there is no information whatsoever on it.

Finished up with fried chicken sandwiches and beer at Grumpy White's in Quincy while watching another frustrating Red Sox game. The fried chicken sandwiches were every bit as good as the boneless fried chicken plate that they have, and the fries were good once again there, but honestly, I was just about tapped at this point and was unable to finish my meal.

I won't mention the ice cream we got at Marina Bay afterwards because, well, it was rather ridiculous heading there after all the food we tried, but what can I say...

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  1. Where is Montreal Fies? Do they squeak like good PQ poutine, meaning the curds are that day fresh?

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    1. re: trufflehound

      Montreal Fries is on Route 106, just west of the Route 24 exit. And yes, I believe they do squeak, though I didn't really put them to the test--but the cheese curds were delicious and seemed to be fresh, and they were a bit milder than I had expected, almost having a feta cheese-type consistency.

      http://www.montrealfrenchfries.com/

      1. re: hiddenboston

        Yikes! One of my phobias - squeaky food!

        1. re: chowciao

          LOL....although I didn't put it to the squeak test, I can say that poutine is definitely not as squeaky as malted milk balls or peas, so don't cross it off your list just yet!

          By the way, one place we didn't get to but wanted to--the Cape Cod Cafe in Brockton--looked a little rough around the edges when we drove by it. Is it safe to go there at night? I assume it's fine during the day...(?)

          1. re: hiddenboston

            I used to go to the Cape Cod Cafe in Brockton fairly regularly. This was well over 10 years ago when Brockton was even rougher. It was safe during the day back then but don't know if the restaurant or neighborhood has changed.

            If memory serves, I used to like the pizzas and greek salads (maybe with chicken kebabs?). I was always broke then and the food was cheap and satisfying.

            1. re: beetlebug

              I'm a bit afraid of that neighborhood myself. If you want to try Cape Cod Cafe, you might want to try one of their other branches. We hit the one in Taunton, which has the advantage of being right down the street from the nearest Market Basket (to us), so I double up on my errands.

              If you're chow-hunting in this area, though, I'd strongly suggest you try Linwood Cafe for pizza. It's those small, greek style ones, like Cape Cod Cafe and Town Spa, but they're better IMHO, and the place is such an authentic '50's era dive that I just love it there.

    2. What a timely post! I was at Grumpy White's Saturday night after reading about it for some time on eatanddestroy's blog (thanks!). DC & I split potato skins covered in cheese and bacon that were crispy and fabulous. Possibly my favorite in the city so far. DC had the double bacon cheese burger - to me, this is what a fast food burger aspires too. I was feeling boring and opted for a plain caesar salad that was the size of a baseball helmet, but fresh. Looking forward to going back.

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      1. re: gini

        I was gini's DC for this and I agree, Grumpy White's is pretty great. The Grumpy Double is not only a great NAME for a burger, it's a pretty great fast-food-style burger. Thin patties, well-seared, tasty meat, and they put garlic butter on the bun - hell yeah, it's good. I might just go for a Grumpy Single next time, but if you're crazed from hunger you have the option of a Grumpy Triple or a Grumpy Quad. Fries were pretty standard battered fries, but well-cooked and tasty. Friendly and efficient service at the bar. Next time I might try that fried chicken sandwich; in any case, I'll definitely go back.

      2. Thanks for the Montreal Fries report ... I'm in love with poutine, and am excited to hear that these sound like the real deal, complete with cheese curds. I need to make a field trip down there soon.

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        1. re: yumyum

          The poutine at Montreal Fries was many, many times better than what I had at Blue 22 in Quincy a few months back. There was no comparion whatsoever, in my opinion.

          I want to get back there, too--I'd like to try their "Gino" burger (the menu says it has Montreal spice, whatever that is).

          1. re: hiddenboston

            Montreal spice is a spice blend that features black pepper, white pepper, coriander and other proprietary seasonings -- I brought a few big jars back from Montreal last summer and sprinkle liberally on pork chops before pan-sauteeing. You can find it at the grocery store, sometimes called Montreal steak seasoning. I'd wager the Gino is a highly peppery burger. Sounds good.

            http://www.montrealfood.com/mtlsteak....

        2. the secret to poutin for me is the gravy....and of course the proper cheese (raw cheddar curd), but the gravy has to be a strong beef gravy that has a bit of a salty-vinegary edge.

          1. All Star Sandwich Bar uses curds. It's a huge portion, so we take about half of them home and cook 'em up with our eggs in the morning.

            1. I like the poutine at Montreal FF but the gravy is a vegetable base. It's good but not the same as you find in Montreal, there it's almost exclusively a chicken based gravy.

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              1. re: psc109

                I had lots of different poutine gravies as I ate my way across Montreal. Each gravy was a little different -- some beefy / meaty, and others thin chicken gravy. One outlier was aggressively spiced with cinnamon. This was not a good thing.

              2. FYI - Stanley's has finally opened its second locale in Providence (original is in Central Falls, RI). They have poutine on the menu, but I have not had it.

                http://www.stanleyshamburgers.com/Men...

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                Stanleys Famous Hamburgers
                371 Richmond St, Providence, RI 02903

                Stanley's Restaurant
                535 Dexter St, Central Falls, RI 02863