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Dec 14, 2008 06:48 PM

Taso's; McKay's; Fratelli's

I spent the weekend at a few places a bit off the beaten path, all of which were very good....

Started out by going to Taso's Euro-Cafe at the Norwood Airport on Saturday night. I hadn't been there in about a year, and was happy to see that the food (including chicken lemon soup, grape leaves, moussaka, and steak tips) was still decent there. The restaurant was packed when we arrived, and we actually had to wait for a table. It's nice to see that they are doing well, since the family that owns it is hard-working and very nice. The food is by no means the best Greek I've had in the Boston area (that would probably go to the Farm Grill in Newton), but it's freshly made and mostly good.

Stopped at McKay's Breakfast and Lunch in South Quincy Sunday morning. I'm guessing that very few folks on CH have been to this place (Pegmeister? I'm guessing you have been?), as it is as local as you can get and is completely unknown outside of the area. It's a good one, though, with tasty homemade corned beef hash (don't order it if you don't like onions!), pigs in a blanket, a hearty Irish breakfast, Irish oatmeal with blueberries and brown sugar, and very nice home fries that are tender and seasoned nicely, with a mix of red and russet potatoes. If you go, expect to hear lots of "honeys" and "sweeties" and expect to see a colorful mix of blue-collar folks, Irish immigrants, and elderly folks who seem to know everyone here.

We went to Fratelli's Pastry Shop on Broad Street in Quincy (near where the Southern Artery and Sea Street meet) a bit later on Sunday for a variety of treats, including red velvet cake, apricot shortbread, creme puffs, and chocolate dipped cannolis. The cake, shortbread, and creme puffs were excellent, but the cannoli I had wasn't anything special (and I'd much rather have a place make them on the spot for me). Prices are mostly reasonable (with a couple of exceptions), and the variety of cookies, muffins, and cupcakes is quite impressive. BTW, they just opened a second one in Weymouth.

So now I'm feeling fat again. Perhaps I'll take a bit of time off from dining out.......perhaps...

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  1. McKay's is definitely a Quincy secret and enjoyed by many. You may also like to try the coffee/breakfast shop on Billings Rd in the Downs if you haven't already. Of course, now I can't think of the name, but it's on the corner across from Burke's Seafood, which happens to be my to go place when I want nice fresh fish, or stuffed quohogs. As for Fratelli's it's been hit or miss for me yet I know people who love it. But, right now, I'm thinking of Ginger Betty's and their incredible thick and chewy gingerbread cookies that have a drizzle of chocolate.

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    1. re: Pegmeister

      I think we'll be hitting Ginger Betty's before Christmas to get some of those cookies.....

      1. re: hiddenboston

        I'm a big fan of good, homemade Corned Beef Hash. The best I've had around here so far is at the Wheelhouse Diner. How does this compare to that, if you have an opinion?

        Also, for those of us not so much in the know, do you have an address for McKay's? Thanks!

        1. re: mwk

          The corned beef hash at McKay's has a lot more onions in it than the hash at the Wheelhouse. Both have that nice crusty "skin" on them, though. I probably like the Wheelhouse version a little better, but they are both good, IMO.

          I do have an address for McKay's....I always have trouble trying to post these address links, but let me give it a try here:

          [10 minutes later].......darn, looks like it didn't work once again. Anyways, it is at 144 Franklin Street in South Quincy about midway between Quincy Center and the Braintree line.

          1. re: hiddenboston

            as a point of reference, it's across the street from the original Adams Houses.....and Sweeney Funeral home.

    2. FWIW, the new fratelli's in Weymouth is now open. It's on 53 on the Hingham/Weymouth Line. Preveties Market is next door and there was a sign saying expected opening is early 2009.

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      1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

        I know Rome wasn't built in a day, but any chance you asked them what took 2+ years to renovate that building?

        1. re: mkel34

          I can't believe it's still not open. I was expecting it to be, but when i went in only Fratellis had the lights on.

          1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

            I'm curious to see how Previte's will do against Whole Paycheck and Shaw's up the street. I've always thought that a high end seafood market in Hingham would do well even with the above two.

            1. re: Richard Hurts

              I don't think Shaws, Stop and Shop, Johnnies Foodmaster, and Hannafords(the best meat section of the bunch) are competition. Whole Foods, Hilltop, Hingham Fruit Center and eventually the Fresh Market in the shipyard would be the competition. I am a big fan of the original Prevites and I am interested to see how the new shop works out as the new clientele is going to be on the opposite end of the spectrum as the original store.

              I also agree that there is a need for a good seafood market in the area. I knows Burke's in Quincy exists but it is a pain in the a$$ to get in and out of the area at time when I can get there.