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Anything new and exciting on the south shore? Would love to hear peoples' current favorites (restaurants and/or specific dishes). I have a pretty consistent rotation of "go to" places (Tosca, Caffe Bella, Saporitos, Bia Bistro, Fat Cat, Square Cafe, El Sarape) but would love some fresh ideas. Thanks

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  1. Our newest spots are; Orta (Italian), Rt 53 Pembroke; Great Chow (Asian), Rt18 Abington; Wild Ginger (Thai), Rt 53 Norwell; Mia Regazza (Italian), Rt 18 Abington. That should keep you busy for a while. They're all pretty good, and we'll definately go back to all, especially Orta.
    Enjoy,
    CocoDan

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    1. re: CocoDan

      CocoDan: Have you tried the new asian place that went in to the old Jury Room location? I can't remember the name and I'm wondering if that would be a good rec? Oh, and I'll have to check out Mia Regazza, hadn't heard of it.

      1. re: Pegmeister

        Peg, Just went to Kama Lounge with a couple friends on Friday. We were going to have a few appetizers then go to Alba for dinner but ended up staying. Overall it was a good experience and I will go back to try other items on their menu.

        Very relaxing atmosphere, cool black chandeliers. Our waitress was friendly and very accommodating. One cocktail was too sweet and there was no problem switching to something else. Berry Fusion was totally delicious, full of berry flavors.

        * Drunken Hamachi - Very fresh and a good combo of texture with avocado, a bit too horseradish-y taste for one of my friends but I like it.
        * Oysters - Good mignonette sauce, but at $3 a piece, I will get them somewhere else.
        * Duck Confit - Great flavor, nice touch with pork rind. We all loved it.
        * Foie Gras - Excellent, well seared outside and buttery inside. It's a very small piece to share with two other people. ; D
        * Sweet Potato Fries - Dry rub coating and a sour cream dipping sauce for temperature, texture, and flavor contrast. A big winner.
        * Deviled Eggs - Well executed with a reduced balsamic drizzle.
        * Country Friend Steak - Very tender but under-seasoned steak, with nice crunchy coating. Good comfort food if they can season it a little better.
        * Calamari - BAD. Penko coating was way too thick and there was a large pool of butter on the bottom. If you are in a mood to have calamari, try the salt and pepper one from their Asian menu. They let you order from their sister restaurant next door.
        * Dessert - Cheap but don't bother. Walk to Alba and have a nice night cap too. We ordered a couple out of curiosity and they are similar what you can get at the Kam Man Supermarket bakery on Quincy Ave.

        We each had a couple of drinks and the check came to about $50 each, with tax and tips.

        1. re: DolceVita100

          Kama Lounge website: http://www.kama-lounge.com/

    2. Haven't been yet, but I've been hearing great things about Little Duck in Quincy.

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        Peg, The new name is Kama Lounge. I'll let someone else try it first and see what they have to say. Mia Regazza has been there for a couple of years, but we just recently went there. I liked it. Decent Italian with large portions, good bar drinks and wine. A little pricey for Abington, but you won't feel cheated.

        hb, Little Duck is good. Haven't been in a while, but give it a try and report back.
        Enjoy,
        CocoDan

        1. re: CocoDan

          I've given Mia Regazza three tries and was only moderatley satisfied once. I find their meals are too expensive for what they're offering and sub par on the whole. I find Ecco to be a better value and better overall.

          Little duck has been around for a while. Good take out option.

          nothing too new on th SS and the OP mentioned just about every worthwhile restaurant in the area. Orta is great for a few small plates and a pizza.

          1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

            How about Chateau in Braintree-next to Bugaboo? I haven't been but was told that you need to get there early for they get mobbed. Was told by an older Italian lady that it was good esp the fresh baked bread.

            1. re: Chocomom

              That Chateau is more of chain/generic italian food. I wouldn't recommend it over, say, bugaboo for a burger.

              1. re: SOBoston

                I agree - went there once because an acquaintance recommended it - I now know better than to ever ask them for a recommendation ever again. Apparently they enjoy microwaved food drowned in whatever sauce you order...

          2. re: CocoDan

            Kama Lounge and it's sister restaurant Bistro Chi will open tomorrow.

            I wish Jimmy Liang well!!. I love Fuji1486 (#?) and Beni (still gotta get to Shabu)--so I hope this does well.

            Here's the website: http://www.bistrochi.com/

            http://www.bistrochi.com/

            1. re: SeaSide Tomato

              I'm surprised there hasn't been a review of Kama yet. Someone named Don has been busy on Yelp and a few other sites singing the praises.

              1. re: jjbourgeois

                Have walked by there several times at cocktail/dinner hour and never see anyone in there, or at best 2-4 people.

                The other place no one mentions is Alba. I like this place. They do a good job with most of their menu and have a very nice wine list. Good bar service. I like their seafood dishes with pasta, and apps. are very good with drinks. Good, comforable setting, with friendly, competent service.
                Enjoy,
                CocoDan

                1. re: CocoDan

                  CocoDan, funny you say that. I do love Alba but don't get there as often as I used to. I did, however, go this past Friday night. DC and I split a very tasty fried calamari--nicely ganished with some blanched julienned peppers, a good spicy kick from a bit of jalepeno and a slightly different remoulade that was a bit sweet and spicy--a combo I love.

                  It was impossible for me to *not* to order the duck dish: perfectly medium-rare breast, confit leg, foie gras bread pudding (!!!!!), arugula (a perfect little fresh, bitter bite), and finished with huckleberries (sauce and berries).

                  This was over the top delicious and for a duck lover like me, I was in seventh heaven. I would get this every night if my budget and waistline allowed.

                  DC had prosciutto-wrapped cod with roasted potatoes (which were out of this world--I swear they must have been cooked under my duck, they were so succulent and flavorful). DC was not in love with his cod--but I think it was because it WAS Cod (white, firm/flaky) not much going on with it. He's more of a seared tuna/salmon sashimi/more flavorful, oilier fish-type. I think cod-lovers would enjoy Alba's cod-it was perfectly executed.

                  We split a side of aspagus (I needs me pleny of veg) and it too was delicious.

                  We went there specifically to have a great meal and dine at the bar to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. This was perfect for that: great , thoughtful service; nice, engaging folks all around us. I started with a great, dry Beefeater martini. Moved on to a glass of Zen of Zin red to go with the duck. I was one happy diner.

                  Note to wine lovers--Alba has a huge, well thought out list. The bartender told me they are now selling many bottles at cost. Having started with a martini, I could not trust myself with a bottle--and DC wanted white with his cod. So I passed, but I will remember that in future.

                  Alba is lovely-as always!

                  1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                    Take note, you can take home what wine you don't finish. I always ask Leo, the owner, to help select the wine. He comes up with some beauties.

                    I'm not sure if it's still on the lunch menu, but we had some unbeleiveably delicious fried clams there (yes, I said fried clams). Glad you enjoy Alba.

                    I'm sure I've said it before; downtown food without the downtown prices. And plenty of free parking.
                    CocoDan

                    1. re: CocoDan

                      Thanks--I do know, but that's what I mean about I didn't trust myself with a whole bottler! Too easy to keep enjoying it right then when it's right in front of me! Hey-recognizing it is half the battle! :)

                      1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                        SeaSide, Thanks for the reminder about Alba. Your description of that duck dish literally made my mouth watering. Hope they still have it when I go there this week.

                        BTW, has anyone been to Spazio in Braintree lately? It used to be one of my go-to places but the food seemed not as good since they expanded. I haven't been there for a couple years.

          3. re: hiddenboston

            LOVE the duck with yellow curry at Little Duck- it was actually my "goodbye meal" my last nite in Boston before moving to New Hampshire.

            1. re: southie_chick

              The duck chee curry at Little Duck is wonderful, too.

            2. re: hiddenboston

              And, I was at Tennesee's in Braintree a couple of months ago & thought the pork ribs were pretty good.

              1. re: southie_chick

                Love Tennessee's mac and cheese. Love fuji for sushi too- although the restaurant itself is a bit tired- the dirty stained bar stools enforce this but the food is still as good as ever.

                1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                  A number of us were at Tennessee's yesterday to check it out again, and it impressed everyone once again. Their mac and cheese continues to be one of my favorites.

                  1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                    The Fat Cat Has the best mac and cheese I have ever had anywhere. Forget the lobster, short rib, etc...this is amazing comfort food just as is.

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                    Fat Cat
                    24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

              2. I haven't been for a few months but I've had a few nice breakfasts at Aygila on Union St. in Rockland (6 minutes from Exit 14.) I imagine they've had a rocky start in this economy (and in Rockland) so I speculate they've circulated through a few changes of staff/chefs, but my last two breakfasts there were very nice-- lovely poached eggs and a decent hollandaise. Not so sure about dinner quality but I see signs in the window offering a "3-course dinner" for $16. Turkish influenced restaurant but seeming to cater more and more to the generic American palate.

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                1. re: globalgourmand

                  Going to try Aygila again for breakfast this morning if they're open for the President's Day holiday. They now have a website, including a recent article in the Patriot Ledger (Business 2/5.) http://aygila.com/about.htm

                  Article: http://aygila.com/news1.pdf

                2. Has anyone been to The Ocean Deck in Green Harbor yet?

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                  1. re: phonelady

                    Went to the ocean deck last week. They have some work to do. I was there for a fishing seminar and they were slammed. They weren't ready for how busy it was.
                    I had a steak tip sandwich which was fine. The roll was a little stale. They have the big potato logs for fries. My old man had the fish and chips and it was average.

                    The bar was packed on a Sunday afternoon (before Patriot's Day). It will be fine in a pinch and a GREAT place in the summertime for a drink on the outside patio.

                    1. re: typhoonfish

                      Thanks for the update, hope things improve by the time I get down there in August!

                  2. We have a new favorite pizza place in Rose & Vicki's on 3A in Weymouth. The Tinker's Son on 123 in Norwell has a good Sunday brunch buffet accompanied by a great Irish session from 11am-2pm. They also serve a good Irish breakfast. My complaint for them is that their tea sucks and their Guinness is not served in pint glasses. The Union Brew-house isn't new, but we have been going there for their great beer selection and killer nachos (order with chicken AND chili). There is also Jasper White's Summer Shack at the Derby Street shops in Hingham. We have eaten there twice and have been happy with the staff and cuisine...and they have Fisherman's on draft :)

                    1. Abby Park in Milton - Excellent food and good wine selections. Tables on the bar side can be really noisy so ask for a booth if you want to enjoy a quiet dinner.

                      Shabu Restaurant in Quincy - Same owners as Fuji 1546. The only Shabu type of restaurant around the area since LittleQ closed early this year. VERY fresh food, and IMHO, better menu selections than LittleQ.

                      Hallowed Herbs Tea House in Quincy - Just tried this place the first time today. GREAT price for high tea. Very good tea selections and out of this world scones. FYI, they only take cash.

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                      1. re: DolceVita100

                        Please expand on your experience at Abby Park. I have heard so many negative or less than favorable reviews, I crossed it off my to try list. Would love to hear what works.

                        1. re: Pegmeister

                          Peg, Sorry for the late reply. Just saw your post. I've been to AP three times and have very good luck with their meat dishes even though I am not a big meat eater.

                          The first time I shared a country style duck live pate with DC and had their venison special. It came with polenta and beat leaves. I usually don't like polenta but theirs was delicious. Browned and a little burned/crunchy outside and custardly inside. The venison was well seasoned, cooked to order and juicy. The two sides made the dish very satisfying.

                          The second time I went with a couple friends. The hostess overheard us complaining about loud noise and offered to sit us downstairs. We shared an appetizer sampler. I had their duck special. The confit leg was crispy outside and tender and moist inside. The breast was very juicy and flavorful. The dish came with sweet potato fingerlings with blue cheese topping and asparagus. I had doubts about the fingerlings but decided to give it a try. What a nice surprise, it totally worked. Again the sides made the dish whole and satisfying.

                          Last week, I went with a bunch of people from the office. We had a large table on the bar side and it was LOUD. I had to yell to be heard by people sitting next to me or across the table. People around us were loud too. I guess for a large group, it may not be too bad. We ordered 4 appetizer specials to share. They were all delicious. The lamb dumplings and crab cakes were especially well received. All enjoyed their main course but the meat dishes seems to get a higher score than the fish dishes. I had the short rib from the regular menu and substituted fontina arancini with polenta. There was no need for a knife. The meat just fell off the bone. A couple people mentioned that at first they didn't like the couscous/cucumber side that came with the salmon special but later changed their mind when they ate the side with the fish.

                          I've tried several of their desserts and really like the small bites. IMO, the only so-so one is the tiny whoopie pie. The cookies were dry and the filling was bland.

                          1. re: DolceVita100

                            Thanks for the update. PG had a segment on AP over the weekend and while they didn't rave, it was still a decent review. Guess they just had to work out some kinks.

                            1. re: DolceVita100

                              I'm quite late to this thread in replying, but I also have nothing but praise for AP. We went there on our anniversary a couple of weeks ago and happened to stumble upon their 2 dinners plus wine for $49 special. Choice of three entrees, choice of chardonnay or merlot, full bottle. Hubby had the swordfish -- perfectly cooked. I had the surf and turf (scallops and tenderloin) -- I swear, I've never experienced either scallops or beef cooked to a T! Yummy bread basket with dipping oil. Staff was gracious and friendly. Noise level was fine (it was a weeknight -- don't know how it is on weekends). They're planning to expand the downstairs dining room into what used to be the old bowladrome. They also have a weekly wine tasting with hors d'oeurvres for $25.

                              We cannot wait to return!

                            2. re: Pegmeister

                              Went to Abby park for lunch today, and it was a pretty dismal meal. We went for simple food -- I ordered the burger medium rare and when I cut into it, it was medium heading to well done. When I pointed this out to my server, he asked if I wanted to have it cooked a little more. I said to forget it. My son ordered the grilled pizza, which had a weird gritty taste that was completely not appealing. I wouldn't go back if paid to do so...

                          2. Hola in Marshfield is very impressive. Love the tapas and the pizzas.
                            http://www.restauranthola.net/

                            1. Sintra in Braintree now has a full liquor license.

                              Tinkers Son in Norwell is horrible, really bad pub food.

                              Oro in Scituate is open, and it's already on my best of list.

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                              Sintra
                              906 Washington St, Braintree, MA 02184

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                              1. re: T.Clark

                                Sintra also does lunch now, and I think I like the lunch menu even more than the dinner one. Very reasonable prices, and my first experience was quite positive. Wife got the cobb sandwich, which was excellent...if a tiny bit heavy on the blue cheese if that's possible. My pork and chorizo hamburger was interesting, but could have benefited from lettuce and tomato. Had a good chorizo flavor, but I don't expect it to displace a beef hamburger any time soon. I can't wait to go back, as I think every sandwich on the menu sounds worth trying at least once.

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                                Sintra
                                906 Washington St, Braintree, MA 02184

                              2. Doce Brazil in Quincy is relatively new. Haven't been myself yet, but I've heard some good things.

                                1. Tosca's in Hingham Square is a wonderful place with a great patio experience weather permitting. Simple, inexpensive food in a casual setting. Pasta and pizza as good as it gets on the South Shore..
                                  Also, Orta in Pembroke is an amzing surprise for it's locale.

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                                  Orta Restaurant
                                  75 Washington St, Pembroke, MA 02359

                                  1. For those of you with a sweet tooth, check out Pure Chocolate in Quincy. They were featured on Food Network a few weeks ago.

                                    www.pure-choc.com

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                                    1. re: DolceVita100

                                      Staff at Pure Chocolate is great, but I have to say that I picked up a selection there for a gift and the recipient was really disappointed. Not to say that it wasn't good, but just not on the same level of quality as Phillips Candy House on Morrissey Blvd. Probably just personal taste but I have to agree that I prefer the hand dipped chocolate covered cherries and turtles at Phillips.

                                      1. re: Pegmeister

                                        Are they the ones that make the fudge that's in Terminal C at Logan?

                                        1. re: typhoonfish

                                          Not the same people as Pure Chocolate, but I believe they are the same people from the Fudge Bar in Quincy. Also, just to change the subject, since I believe from your posts you are somewhat local to Quincy, give Port 305 at Marina Bay a try. I was so pleasantly surprised, fried clams were great, DC's bourban marinated steak tips got great reviews and everything going by looked good. Same owners as Siros, casual, great water views from the bar, and casual.

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                                          Siros
                                          Marina Bay, Quincy, MA 02169

                                          1. re: Pegmeister

                                            Yup we're in Quincy. So last night my wife and I FINALLY went to Fat Cat. It's criminal we haven't been there before. I've been screaming for years that nobody does a high end pub right in Quincy. They do have an awesome beer selection. So we'll be back for that alone. The bartenders were very nice and very knowledgeable about the beers. Our appetizer were the infamous wings. Yup, they're that good. Easily the best I've had on the South Shore. So I'm a pig in slop. I'm thinking to myself finally someone has nailed it. I ordered a bacon and blue cheese burger. My personal litmus test for a good burger.... several bites in... It's TERRIBLE. complete failure. The roll was super stale. The burger was dry. Bacon undercooked. Just a complete meltdown (no pun intended) in the burger department. I was devastated.

                                            So I will be back. I want to like their burgers. I don't want to go Cambridge or Somerville for burgers.

                                            Next time.... Lobster Mac &Cheese.

                                            -Andrew

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                                            Fat Cat
                                            24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

                                            1. re: typhoonfish

                                              The lobster mac & cheese is amazing. The portion is so large it can be overwhelming, but I don't let that stop me.

                                              1. re: Pegmeister

                                                I like the portion size. It always means that my wife will be bringing the leftovers home for me!

                                    2. I read on the Marshfield.net website that The Bailey (old Lobster Tale) in Brant Rock was opening today - can anyone confirm?

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                                      1. re: phonelady

                                        All summer long we watched as they worked on the bailey. They really shot themselves in the foot by not opening in the summer. I hope they survive until next summer. Brant Rock is a ghost town in the winter. Also there's a huge townie/fisherman following now for the Ocean Deck bar.

                                        1. re: typhoonfish

                                          Not opening wasn't the intention. Marshfield building inspector is the one to blame for that. I think they'll do fine. A good alternative to the two dive bars across the median strip.

                                      2. Love Hola in Mansfield - owned by the former Saporitos folks. Beer works at the Shipyard in Hingham fits a needed niche on the South Shore. I like the beer and the burgers and had the largest order of bbq'd steak tips the other night which I got 3 meals out of and which I ordered medium rare and they were! Jammed on a Saturday though. Typhoon also in the Shipyard I found overpriced and very average. Lots of overwrought presentation too. Still love Bridgemans - would add that to any rotation.

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                                        Bridgemans Restaurant
                                        145 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

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                                        1. re: guineverek

                                          Typhoon is definitely overpriced. We had sticker shock when we went a couple of weeks back. But we found the food to be very good--perhaps not good enough to justify the prices, but good enough. THE PLACE IS REALLY LOUD, THOUGH.

                                          1. re: guineverek

                                            I also like Hola although its actually in Marshfield. I've enjoyed the tapas dishes. The flatbreads always seems a little imbalanced to me. They sound great and then the execution is off. I don't like crowds/waiting/noise which can happen easily in a small place like this so if you are the same, go early.

                                          2. I want to do a public service announcement for anyone eating at Tosca's. There's a appetizer called Bubbly and Oysters which is Island Creek oysters and Dom Peringon. My wife and I both ordered it Saturday night. There is a price of $36. We both ordered it ASSUMING (our mistake) that it was oysters and two glasses of champagne. When we got the bill it was $78.

                                            So our appetizers were $78. Don't make the same mistake we did.

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                                            1. re: typhoonfish

                                              So, you expected to get 1/2 bottle of Dom (2 glasses) and a dozen oysters for $36,and were surprised that it was per person instead. Wow.

                                              1. re: CapeCodGuy

                                                6 oysters at $.63 wholesale price.

                                                I didn't know the price of Dom. Now I know.

                                                1. re: typhoonfish

                                                  What does the wholesale price of oysters have anything to do with the retail menu price? And local Welfleets wholesale in the $1.00 range anyway.

                                                  1. re: CapeCodGuy

                                                    I'm a shellfish distributor. It pains me to pay the markup. Wellfleets are $.50

                                                    1. re: typhoonfish

                                                      Ok, will you sell me 6 shucked Welfleets on a nice chilled plate of ice with a Champagne-Vinegar Mignonette for $3.00 please? I'll bring my own Dom.

                                                      And BTW, it's precisely that markup that keeps you alive in business.

                                            2. Not new, but falls under the category of current favorites. For family reasons I have been on the South Shore far more often of late and going out more than usual.

                                              Have had dinner at Tosca 6 times in the past 3 months and I have to say, it's consistently quite good to very good. It never blows me out of the water but it never disappoints either. I think Sunday nights are the kitchen's weakest, but that's really not unusual.

                                              Went to Bridgeman's recently for dinner, and it was fine but not better than that. Huge portions but nothing reheated all that well so will definiitely share if/when we go back although I'm not in a big hurry.

                                              Square Cafe is always good, we have been to lunch more often recently than dinner but they do a nice job on both, and the service tends to be above average.

                                              And of course, Jake's Seafood in Nantasket, which is staying open into December for the first time. Pristine seafood every time (OK, I always get the fish and chips but other people order more broadly) and excellent, well-trained servers.

                                              Oh, and there's a (fairly) new deli in Cohasset Village, 5 South Main, which has really excellent sandwiches, all meat roasted on the premises, and for now, a true bargain. I keep thinking the portion sizes can't last, or they'll go out of business. The sandwiches are mostly $8 and I don't know anyone who could eat the whole one -- we always split them and it's PLENTY.

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                                              Bridgemans Restaurant
                                              145 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

                                              Jake's Seafood Restaurant
                                              50 George Washington Blvd, Hull, MA 02045

                                              1. Hearth Wood Fired Bread, located in Plymouth, are turning out an outstanding artisan loaf. They sell to a bunch of restaurants in Boston, Solstice on the SS (maybe others), a few retail spots as well as in their own shop. Check them out if you get the chance, this is the real deal.

                                                https://www.hearthwfb.com/Home_Page.html

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                                                1. re: T.Clark

                                                  Yes, amazing bread. We get it at the Fruit Center in Hingham (by the harbor).

                                                2. Purely conjecture on my part but I'd say Renaissance Cafe in Quincy is not long for this world. I love that place and it's around the corner from my house.

                                                  Empty at lunch today. When you see that Coke and Pepsi are pulling products out of their cases, you know it's almost over.

                                                  One person making lunches and tending to register.

                                                  Also heard that my old watering hole Murphy's Twin Shamrock's around the corner was sold to some bigwig with marina bay restaurant money. Not sure who. Maybe a high end pub in our future.

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                                                  1. re: typhoonfish

                                                    Hopefully you're wrong (although it doesn't sound like it) about the Renaissance Cafe as the Downs really can't afford to lose another place. As for Murphy's I really have mixed feelings. I'm not crazy about the fact that someone from Marina Bay could be taking over, but on the other hand I haven't been back there since they first opened and I had a really bad experience with raw chicken. In their defense they were only open a week and I have heard many good things since, I just can't do it.

                                                  2. Have you been to Riva in Scituate Harbor? I have been going for years. Most times it is excellent. Every once in a while I am disappointed But on the whole I think it is a great spot..

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                                                    1. re: MAhasbadfood

                                                      I noticed you really like Riva and have posted about it a few times. I haven't had quite the success as you so I'm wondering what you've had there that makes it tops on your list? Also, I'm pretty sure they changed chefs over the summer. Has the food/menu changed?

                                                      1. re: T.Clark

                                                        FYI I noticed that there is a Riva pizza going into the old Subway location ( behind the former Clarion hotel) in Hull. Looking forward to trying it out!

                                                    2. I went to Bridgeman's recently. Not so good. Saporito's just gets better all the time. Trattoria San Pietro in Norwell is very good. Nice room. Especially in the spring and summer when the nursery in which is sets is in full bloom. Jake's Hull is still tops. Fish is very fresh. Those guys do a great job. Always consistent.

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                                                      Bridgemans Restaurant
                                                      145 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

                                                      Trattoria San Pietro
                                                      376 Washington St., Norwell, MA 02061

                                                      1. Have not been to Riva's Pizza in Hull, but the N Scituate location makes outstanding, artisan wood-fired pizzas. Best pizza I've had on the South Shore, and they deliver to my house in Scituare *dangerous*. Give them a try.....

                                                        1. Surprised noone has mentioned Oro in Scituate, ~ 6month old rest. on Front St Scituate. Beautiful room and nice menu - getting rave reviews. I'm going next weekend and will post after, but curious if anyone else has a review to share?

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                                                          1. re: johnecampbell

                                                            Had dinner at Oro on a recent Sat night. I think you're in for a treat. Seafood is exquisite, of course. Enjoy! They've doing a great job. Don't recall our whole menu but they emphisize seasonal and local so it's probably changed...scallops, fluke, corn...

                                                            PS...if you like tuna, as the season moves on, the H2O gets colder and the fat content goes up...along with the flavor. I know TF got an 800lb'er and Infomaniac? got a 5oolber recently.Kind and generous neighbors brought in a much smaller fish; but tremendous flavor and fattiness.

                                                            1. re: 9lives

                                                              I HAD a 700-800 lber and lost it at the boat. I also made a trip to George's 3 weeks ago and we didn't do anything. BFT are getting huge money in Tsukiji right now. one of Linda Greenlaw's (Perfect storm captain) fish returned $26 a lb last week.
                                                              Another fish this morning went for $110 per kilo. Someone is getting back $35 a lb.

                                                              This weekend is blown out.

                                                            2. re: johnecampbell

                                                              Oro is very good. I posted on it at some point a while back. Search if you'd like. They do a very good brunch as well.

                                                              1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                                                                I wrote about Oro a year and a half ago http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/704583 and it's still in my top 5 South Shore rotation. I avoid any restaurant near any waterfront in the summer but I'm sure we will be going there soon. Very small place, bar is way too small, it can be loud (lively?) but the food is very good and sometimes great.

                                                            3. Barker Tavern Swordfish FTW

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                                                              Barker Tavern
                                                              21 Barker Rd, Scituate, MA 02066

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                                                              1. re: typhoonfish

                                                                Just thinking about the Barker Tavern swordfish makes my mouth water....it is always perfect...never disappoints......thanks for the reminder...mmm.......

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                                                                Barker Tavern
                                                                21 Barker Rd, Scituate, MA 02066

                                                                1. re: dlmom

                                                                  Mullaney's Fish market in Scituate supplies them...best sword I've eaten. Not at Barker but home cooked.

                                                                  Excellent market.

                                                                  Concord Prime also has the same quality of sword and other fish.

                                                                  1. re: 9lives

                                                                    Thanks for that tip- never knew that- will definitely try it for a home cooked treat!

                                                                  2. re: dlmom

                                                                    There's a Barker Tavern Groupon available for the next couple of days.

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                                                                    Barker Tavern
                                                                    21 Barker Rd, Scituate, MA 02066

                                                                    1. re: bear

                                                                      Is Riva takeout only or can you sit and have wine?