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A friend of mine is headed off to college at Stonehill in Easton, MA. I am much late in getting her a graduation gift, so thought I would get a gift certificate to some place fun and close to campus. Any suggestions? I do not know the area at all.

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  1. Easton is a bit of a food wasteland. That said, there's a very fun old fashioned candy shop, with GREAT ice cream, called Hilliards, that actually borders the campus. I'm confident that a gift certificate from there would be well-used.

    Across the street from Hilliard's is one of the best places around there, called Fresh Catch. They own several fish markets around town, and the sushi there is the best for miles around.

    Hope that helps!

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    1. re: winedude

      perfect - thank you!

      1. re: winedude

        Hilliards is excellent. The Fresh Catch, last time I went it was abysmal at best. HAve they improved that much?

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        Fresh Catch
        473 E Washington St North, Attleboro, MA

        1. re: jjbourgeois

          Fresh Catch is pretty terrible, but Hayashi serves excellent sushi. I'm not sure that they have gift certificates, but definitely worth checking. ilovehayashi.com

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          Fresh Catch
          473 E Washington St North, Attleboro, MA

          1. re: jjbourgeois

            I wouldn't say that Fresh Catch has "improved", and I don't think it's particularly good, but I've had better than "abysmal" meals there. The sushi is the best part of it, and, while not up to urban standards, it's the best in the Easton area that we've found. At least it's better than the chain restaurants nearby.

            Stoneforge is a good suggestion for a more upscale place, don't know if it's great for a college freshman.

            We'll have to check out Hayashi, which I hadn't heard of.

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            Fresh Catch
            473 E Washington St North, Attleboro, MA

        2. A few more choices: Stoneforge Grill (American), El Mariachi ( Mexician), Mario's Trattoria ( Italian) are all within walking distance of Stonehill.. A couple more in town are Maguire's Bar & Grill (Pub food - a favorite) and LOCO Tapas and Wine Bar, further away from Stonehill.

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          Maguire's Bar & Grill
          503 Foundry, Easton, MA 02334

          Stoneforge Grill
          10 Roosevelt Cir, South Easton, MA 02375

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          1. re: jomo9501

            Loco's is always excellent. And i have a gift certificate from them I will be using very soon. I was at El Mariachi's on Wednesday. Food was good, staff was personable and the prices reasonable.

          2. Owen O'Leary's - decent pub food good place for drinks. Maybe get a bunch of gift certificates for take out places - that would be nice to have as a freshman!

            1. Mario's is easily the best authentic Italian Cuisine in the Easton area.
              Richie and Mario are Sicilian transplants and their Mom is involved in the kitchen as every great Italian mother should be.
              There is a beer and wine license, but the food is the star.
              Go early, go often. They deliver.

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              1. re: dmullin699

                Link - thanks dmullin699!

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                Mario's Trattoria
                260 Washington St, Easton, MA 02356