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Aug 27, 2010 01:03 PM

Seeking butcheries, seafood, and restaurants near Marshfield

Will be spending a week's vacation in a beach house near Humarock Beach in Marshfield. A quick search on Chowhound's board suggests that I might want to check out Arthur & Pat's for brunch and fried clams/lobster rolls, Oro in Scituate for fine dining. Any other recommendations in the immediate area for butchers (we have a gas grill so I'll probably grill some meat if I can find something decent), fresh seafood shops, or can't miss restaurants and pubs?

(As far as personal tastes: normally a Boston metro denizen, more of a slant towards ethnic eats, generally prefer a good hole in the wall to fancy dining, along the lines of FuLoon, Brookline Family Restaurant, Dali, and the like. Big fan of Russo's, MacKinnon's and wondering if there's anything similar on the South Shore.)

375 Main St, Malden, MA 02148

Brookline Family Restaurant
305 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

Arthur & Pat's Restaurant
239 Ocean St, Marshfield, MA 02050

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  1. Mullaney's Fish Market in Scituate is excellent. Lot of fish/shellfish from local boats.

    Phinn's does a nice breakfast. Don't know about the rest of the menu.

    These are all within a few blocks in "Downtown" Scituate. Someone mentioned a good lobster roll and raw bar at at TK O'Malleys, but I generally just have a beer or 2. They didn't do raw bar when I was there on a weekend...nice spot for lunch..patio overlooking the harbor.

    Fish Market
    170 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

    1. Unfortunately there really aren't any places similar to those that you reference. Especially ethnic. From Humarock you're looking at a short commute to almost everything. Scituate, Marshfield, Cohassett, Duxbury, Norwell and a little further Kingston and Plymouth are options.
      Hola in Marshfield is worth consideration. Not traditional tapas but some pretty good small plates, a nice patio and small bar. The Bridgewaye Inn was taken back by the Polcari family and is a decent restaurant if your expectations aren't too high, and it's your closest option. I like Arthur & Pats a lot for breakfast but I've never had clams/lobster rolls there. Haddad's is a few blocks up from A&P's and is a reliable fried seafood option. A little further out past A&P's is Blakeman's on Duxbury Beach which is in a pretty cool spot with simple food and great surroundings. Gerard Farm sells turkey sandwiches and other prepared foods. Pretty popular with the locals. Pacini's has a decent selection of salads, sandwiches, pasta for take-out.
      For fine(er) dining I'd say Oro in Scituate or a little further drive Solstice in Kingston.

      1. If you are a frequent visitor to this board, you've probably seen the threads about bar pizza, the small individual, unique to the south shore(mostly) pizza. Poopsie's in Pembroke right near the 139 entrance to route 3 is one of the best around, and it certainly meets your criteria of hole in the wall type of place. Its really a pizza and beer type of place. Hasn't changed since I lived there 30 years ago (and the drinking age was 18! If you're hankering for a pitcher and a really tasty little pie, stop in! Weekends the wait is ridiculous but on a weeknight you should be able to walk right in.

        243 Church St Ste 1, Pembroke, MA 02359

        1. This might be further than you want to drive but Piantedosi's Butcher Shop in North Plymouth (at 282 Court St) is awesome. Reminds me of the Wellesley John Dewar's but without the crazy prices. A wide selection of meat - pork, lamb, duck, beef ribs, rabbit, etc. They make their own sausages (we like the kielbasa) and have really good hot dogs too. Also Portuguese sweet bread, pasta, etc.

          1. The Smoke House on Route 53 in Norwell has house-made sausages, smoked duck and chicken breasts and house-made cold cuts. I have the impression that their hours are a bit unusual so you might want to calll ahead if you're interested. My sister had the lobster omelet when we went to Arthur & Pat's and thought she'd died and gone to heaven. Have a great vacation!

            Arthur & Pat's Restaurant
            239 Ocean St, Marshfield, MA 02050