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Anything interesting to eat Brockton, MA

amlau Sep 23, 2009 08:26 AM

I'm going to be in Brockton an evening next week. Anything interesting to eat while I am down there? Upmarket or downmarket, local or ethnic, just interesting.

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    bracciole Sep 24, 2009 01:18 PM

    For Asian, Chang Feng on Blemont Street has excellent Szechuan. Nearby Daora Sushi is also great with Japanese and Korean food. If you want Italian, try Bene's on Pearl Street.

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    1. re: bracciole
      gourmaniac Sep 25, 2009 08:03 AM

      In the 1980s there used to be a Chang Feng in Somerville where Zoe's is currently. Do you know if the Brockton Chang Feng is related? CF had a dish called pork with bean paste which is still one of my all time favorite dishes.

      1. re: bracciole
        pesto Jan 30, 2011 05:22 AM

        Chang Feng was sold. I wish it was still there. The food was fresh and delicious! Haven't tried the new owners...may have changed hands twice since Chang Feng closed.

      2. CocoDan Sep 24, 2009 04:57 AM

        The closest good food would require driving back to Randolph to go to Cafe Bella. However, be prepared for "bad attitude".
        Do yourself a favor and don't eat in Brockton.

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        1. re: CocoDan
          Bellachefa Jan 29, 2011 11:52 AM

          I've been going to Bella for years. What's up with the bad attitude comment.

          1. re: Bellachefa
            aregularjoe Jan 29, 2011 12:06 PM

            I love Cafe Bella, but I have had to deal with drunken, obnoxious, big spending, nouveau riche regulars ruining my meal because the staff simply refuse to control them.

            Otherwise, the service and staff are great, and know how to pour a generous glass of wine.

            1. re: Bellachefa
              jjbourgeois Jan 30, 2011 02:05 PM

              Service is mediocre at best. Given the price point, it's over priced for what you get.

              1. re: jjbourgeois
                Bellachefa Jan 30, 2011 02:09 PM

                Overall service? Bar service? Front desk service? Waitstaff? It's dissapointing to hear others feel this way about one of our old standby's.

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                  jjbourgeois Jan 30, 2011 03:16 PM

                  5 minutes to be seated, 10 before a waitress showed up. Sorry, won't go back. Used to go a couple times a year, but it's just gotten that if you are not there once a week, they can't be bothered.

          2. theparegorickid Sep 24, 2009 01:01 AM

            some old school Brockton standards are:

            Italian Kitchen
            Groceria e Ristorante
            1071 Main Street
            (509) 586-2100
            for divey, traditional Italian red sauce and subs

            Cape Cod Cafe
            979 Main Street
            for classic South Shore bar pizza

            George's Cafe
            228 Belmont Street
            (508) 588-4231
            so so Italian with lots of Brockton "charm"

            I would avoid Christo's
            way downhill since the daughter took over
            (I'm talking instant mashed potatos)

            McMenamy's Seafood
            810 Belmont Street
            (508) 596-1122
            also a local fave, downhill since moving from its original location on Warren and Pleasant, but I haven't been there in years so they may have improved since then

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              jackbrock Sep 23, 2009 01:32 PM

              Pub is on its last legs. Used to have exceptional Lebanese food and still is fair but word is that they are on the verge of closing. Place is poorly maintained due to that. possible closing is due to sale of real estate to developer for proposed condos. No loger take credit cards. Another clue to their intentions.

              For exceptional Lebanese food try the Grill at the Holiday Inn in the Westgate Mall. Excellent in an unexpected location.

              For exceptional Italian and lovely dining room try Pasta Bene on Pear St. Also near Rt 24 not far from the VA Hosp. and just off Rt 123. Far better than the red sauce places in the North End of Boston with varied menu. One of the most underated and overlooked restaurants on the South Shore. Started as a pasta mfg and expanded to restaurant. Still whole sale their pasta products to top notch Mass and RI restaurants.

              Manga bene

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              1. re: jackbrock
                theparegorickid Sep 24, 2009 12:51 AM

                The Grill doesn't seem to be as good as it used to be
                I believe the former owner/chef now owns:

                104 Torrey Street
                (508) 559-0007

                makes up in food what it lacks in size and décor

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                gourmaniac Sep 23, 2009 11:11 AM

                There is a Roti place (Alis?) on Court near Main. Inexpensive and tasty.

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                1. re: gourmaniac
                  theparegorickid Sep 24, 2009 12:46 AM

                  I think you mean

                  Ram's Roti Restaurant
                  27 Pleasant Street
                  (508) 587-5535

                  Court Street doesn't go west of Main (it becomes Pleasant Street)
                  but you're right about them being inexpensive and tasty

                  1. re: theparegorickid
                    gourmaniac Sep 24, 2009 11:47 AM

                    that's it. thanks

                2. hiddenboston Sep 23, 2009 08:31 AM

                  Christo's is hit-or-miss (pizza and Greek salad is usually ok, though). There isn't much else in the city that I know of. Do you have to eat in Brockton? Will you have a car? If so, I'd recommend either Pho So 1 in nearby Randolph or Loco Tapas in Easton, which is next door.

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                  1. re: hiddenboston
                    aregularjoe Jan 29, 2011 11:39 AM

                    Loco Tapas is one of the worst places I have even had the displeasure of eating at. Burned Fois Gras (flipped ovee to try to hide it) and $10 for 2oz (seriously!) of pork tenderloin.

                    Not to mention their menu is NOT tapas, but small plates.

                    Service was poor and the management was completely disinterested in my complaints. Gave me the silent treatment , waiting for me to just leave.

                    Don't waste your time or money.

                    1. re: aregularjoe
                      jjbourgeois Jan 30, 2011 02:03 PM

                      You must have been on a bad night. Have never had a bad meal there and Chef Messinger is totally approachable and always open to comments.

                      1. re: jjbourgeois
                        aregularjoe Jan 30, 2011 02:11 PM

                        Is Chef Messinger the 19 year old girl who came out and identified herself as the chef? Is the training he/she give his front of house staff to ignore complaints from patrons who are clearly disappointed with the quality and value of what was served?

                        What we have here is a situation often found in suburban restaurants in communities that have a population with better than average incomes. The patrons think that more expensive automatically equals better, they don't actually know the difference, and are easy prey for operators who know they can rob them.

                        My 2 cents....

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