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ManuelF Feb 21, 2011 05:33 PM

Hello Boston Chowhounders,
A Montrealer needs your help.
My very good (foodie) friend is moving to Milton from Montreal at the end of summer. Even though I'm sad to see him move, I want to make sure he settles in nicely with his family (4 kids).

I'm looking for names and addresses of "foodie" places in and around Milton:
- restaurants
- fruits & vegtables markets
- butchers
- fish markets
- specialty stores
- bakeries

Anything that comes to mind that will help me set up a nice list of places to send off my dear friend is welcomed.

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    Guinness02122 Feb 22, 2011 11:46 AM

    Vietnamese spots in Dorchester - Pho2000, Anh Hong, Pho Boston 1, Pho Hua, Sunrise, and others near Fields Corner. Many Bahn Mi locations. Shanti for Indian/Pakistani food.

    Anh Hong
    291 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

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    1. re: Guinness02122
      C. Hamster Feb 22, 2011 12:08 PM

      And there's a gazillion asian restaurants of every stripe in Quincy

      1. re: C. Hamster
        Guinness02122 Feb 22, 2011 12:16 PM

        True, but none are very good though. Hong Kong Eatery might be the best there, but that's not saying much.

        Hong Kong Eatery
        79 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111

        1. re: Guinness02122
          C. Hamster Feb 22, 2011 12:23 PM

          QD isn't horrible and there is one chinese place that I can't remember the name of thats better good.

          Pho Hoa isn't bad and Little Duck is pretty darn good, IMO.

          Im not a big fan of HKE but I attribute that to ordering wrong.

          IMO better than Mr. Chans or whatever that is actually in Milton.

          1. re: C. Hamster
            Guinness02122 Feb 23, 2011 05:33 AM

            I used to think Little Duck WAS great, but no longer. I now like Taste of Thailand better than Little Duck..

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              C. Hamster Feb 23, 2011 06:30 AM

              Actually, I think Little Duck has gotten much better as of late. Gramma isn't there much anymore ... maybe that has something to do with it...

              Taste of Thailand used to be our go-to, as it's a lot closer but I don't like their use of Stop and Shop frozen veggies and we just think Duck's flavors are better and more complex. And hotter.

              The lady who runs Taste (her name is Thai or Ty!! go figure) is super sweet, though. I'll have to go back and give her some business just because of that.

              1. re: C. Hamster
                Guinness02122 Feb 23, 2011 07:14 AM

                I'm judging the Pad Kra Pow at both places. I think the value is better at ToT now, and the last few times I had it at Little Duck, it seemed like they added a thick brown gravy to it which had no spice. The woman at ToT adds extra heat, which I like. Both have gone up and down over the years in my opinion.

                1. re: Guinness02122
                  C. Hamster Feb 23, 2011 09:39 AM

                  I think the curries are much better at LD, but maybe it's a matter of what we are ordering.

                  Plus, LD has malachy's right next door :-)

                  But I will get ovet to ToT soon to compare.

          2. re: Guinness02122
            mwk Feb 22, 2011 12:52 PM

            I'd have to disagree with that assessment. I think Hong Kong Eatery is mostly very good, although it probably depends on what you order there.

            Other good choices, Quincy Dynasty, Grand Chinatown and East Chinatown, China Pearl for Dim Sum (just there on Sunday and it was very good), Ming's seafood restaurant on Newport Ave., which has a very authentic and unusual menu, and Mandarin King in Quincy Point, which is very good if you want more spicy fare.

            The Great Chow on Beale St., Five Spices Bistro in Quincy Center, and all of the take out window places (Peking Kitchen, China Chopsticks, Quincy Jade) are at best run of the mill, and not worth bothering with.

            East Chinatown Restaurant
            415 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

            China Pearl
            237 Quincy Ave, Quincy, MA

            Quincy Dynasty
            49 Billings Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

            Hong Kong Eatery
            1510 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

            Quincy Jade Restaurant
            22 Cottage Ave, Quincy, MA 02169

            Great Chow
            17 Beale Street, Quincy, MA 02170

            Five Spices Restaurant
            1250 Hancock St Ste 126S, Quincy, MA 02169

            Grand Chinatown
            21 Billings Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

      2. C. Hamster Feb 22, 2011 08:20 AM

        Fruit Center is great. Great produce in particular,.
        Irish Butcher in Adams Village
        Burkes for fish
        Kam Man for asian
        Super Stop and Shop in N. Quincy for regular stuff
        The new liquor store on Morrissey Blvd. in Dot has a good wine selection

        Restaurants ...

        Abby Park, Milton, upscale casual
        Stellas, Milton, diner breakfast and lunch
        Wheelhouse, quincy, "real" diner breakfast and lunch
        Mrs. Jones, Lower mills, terrific souther take-out joint
        The ledge, Lower Mills, acceptable if inconsistant and overpriced American cuisine
        Fat Cat, Quincy, fun, fun fun and great cocktails
        Alba, Quincy, upscale casual
        That place in the marina in Milton right across from the chocolate factory -- I've only had drinks there, so can't comment on food, but it's nice, esp.. in summer
        Little Duck, Quincy, good take-out Thai
        The Clambox and the other place on Wollaston Beach in the summer

        Fat Cat
        24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

        Abby Park
        550 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186

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        1. re: C. Hamster
          Guinness02122 Feb 22, 2011 08:55 AM

          Townsend's in Hyde Park might be better than all the other's mentioned.

          1. re: Guinness02122
            catsmeow Feb 22, 2011 05:40 PM

            I really enjoy Townsend's too. It doesn't get mentioned often enough.

            1. re: catsmeow
              Guinness02122 Feb 23, 2011 05:44 AM

              Right. I love the frites when they're available. No being an Italian food fan, I tried the bolognese and loved it. The beer selection is great also.

          2. re: C. Hamster
            Pegmeister Feb 22, 2011 09:48 AM

            Hey, you forgot your favorite -- Tavolo!

            1. re: Pegmeister
              C. Hamster Feb 22, 2011 10:26 AM

              HAHHA ... Brain Fart!

              Yes, Tavalo for sure. At Ashmont station.

          3. trufflehound Feb 22, 2011 06:29 AM

            Montreal and the Boston areas are very different in terms of geography, neighborhoods and shoping habits. It may take some getting used to but we have a lot to offer here.I'll include to the aforementioned areas, nearby Roslindale for Greek and Middle Eastern markets.

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              Guinness02122 Feb 22, 2011 05:29 AM

              The Butcher Shop on Adams Street, Dorchester has good, run-of-the-mill meats. I doubt they'd have things like ostrich or armadillo, but the place is pretty solid.

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              1. re: Guinness02122
                Pegmeister Feb 22, 2011 06:33 AM

                The Butcher Shop also has great sausages. My favorite being the curry version.

                1. re: Guinness02122
                  C. Hamster Feb 22, 2011 08:07 AM

                  The Irish Butcher is a terrific place. Much better than Kinneally's in the Fruit Center.

                  And they DO carry ostrich, by the way. Frozen, though. They carry a lot of unusual products.

                  My favorite sausage is the hot jalapeno -- its craveworthy.

                  1. re: C. Hamster
                    Guinness02122 Feb 22, 2011 08:10 AM

                    Oh. Last time I went I didn't notice anything unusual, but I was on a mission. I got their steak tips in mid-January and they were great.

                2. PinchOfSalt Feb 22, 2011 04:41 AM

                  Quincy, which is near by, has a very vibrant Asian community. Your friend might enjoy the very large Chinese supermarket there, Kam Man. Among other things, it has a nice seafood department. There are also some wicked good (to use a New England-ism) dim sum choices in Quincy.

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                    Pegmeister Feb 22, 2011 04:01 AM

                    The posters here have pretty much covered what's available in Milton. I agree the Fruit Center Marketplace is a good stop. I love that I can get black truffle butter there. The produce is of good quality, they have a nice deli and Kinnealys meats. I have used the seafood counter which is run separately from the center, but much prefer Burkes in North Quincy, which is only 5 minutes away.

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                      nickls Feb 22, 2011 03:44 AM

                      Milton doesn't have much, although it has gotten slightly better than when I lived there. It's biggest strength is that it is so close to Boston. Quincy and Dorchester are right next door, which have some strong neighborhood restaurants.

                      For restaurants actually in Milton, there is Abby Park.
                      Nearest worthwhile fish market is probably Burke's in Quincy.
                      For wine, cheese, and some bakery items there is the little Esprit du Vin shop in Milton, the owners were always very friendly.

                      The Fruit Center was the best bet for groceries and has a butcher (fish market wasn't that great when I was there).

                      For more nearby restaurant ideas look up Dorchester and Quincy.

                      Esprit du Vin
                      25 Central Avenue, Milton, MA 02186

                      Abby Park
                      550 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186

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                        cherrytomato Feb 22, 2011 03:17 AM

                        The Fruit Center Market place has everything you are talking about. One stop shopping.

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