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Nice places in Quincey

First time in Boston. Will be coming in on Friday evening & staying in Quincey for a training on Monday & Tuesday. Leaving Wednesday.

Have read many of the reviews for Boston will use those for Saturday & Sunday. Wound like to find some nice places in Quincey for dinner after our training. Doesn't have to be very pricey or over the top.

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  1. It would help us help you if you could say a bit more about your food preferences. Are there any cuisines you especially enjoy or would rather avoid? Any dietary preferences or restrictions?

    Every so often there is a discussion of chow in Quincy on this board. I am not an expert on the area, but one thing I do know from happy experience is that if you like Chinese food, there are some very tasty choices. In fact, when I travel on business sometimes that's exactly the kind of food I want - not formal, won't strain the expense account, but very very good and an opportunity for convivial conversation with colleagues.

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    1. re: PinchOfSalt

      Wife & I are adventurous. We will have been in a training all day & really don't want to traipse up the Red Line to Boston for the evening. Basically a nice place that the locals go to.

      1. re: tesh11

        not an expert on Quincy but for something relatively casual, the Tavern at Granite Links golf course is not bad and even has a view of the Boston skyline fwiw. if you want to stretch your legs, you can take a stroll at Quincy quarries and watch the climbers at play...

        1. re: barleywino

          Not Granite Links. Where's Peg when you need her. Quick choices would be Fat Cat or Alba, not very adventurous but solid.

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          Fat Cat
          24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

          1. re: T.Clark

            Too funny, I haven't been off the board but a few hours. Kobuta below has some really good recs. The only place I don't really agree with is Basta Pasta and it's probably more because their hours are inconsistent, take out takes for ever and I just don't love the place. Fat Cat in Quincy Center is beloved by all. It's described as a gastro pub, has great lobster mac & cheese, solid crabcakes and some really good ribs. It get's busy and any time after 6:00 there is apt to be a wait. Alba's also in Quincy Center has a pleasant vibe with decent Italian. The shabu place in North Quincy is a lovely spot and rivals the hot pot dining spots in Chinatown. Also right there is East Chinatown for more authentic, Chinese. My favorite spot in the area at the moment, and the weather is perfect for it, is Port 305 at Marina Bay. It's in the North Quincy area heading towards Squantum, and easy to get to. The fried clams are crisp, sweet and salty with a kiss of the ocean. Lobster sliders are just the right size, fresh and paired well with port fries. Steamers are generous and their version of Boston Cream Pie deserves to be a take out item for the local crowd. For the clam shack option, you have the Clam Box on Quincy Shore Drive at Wollaston beach which has a beer and wine license and it's rival Tony's that does not. Both are good. For a Quincy neighborhood vibe, casual (not dive) Cafe deParis is perfect. While portions are not large, quality is good, nice petite tenderloin, great buffalo chicken pizza (it's not on the menu) but they'll make it if you ask. Very friendly social bar, with a mature crowd in their 50s. Newer places in Quincy Center (the square) are less appealing, Remicks has more of a nightclub vibe, but hear the food is good so it may be an option. Tell us what area of the city you are staying in and we can probably come up with a ton more options. Oh, and Granite Links, the place has beautiful views especially if you are there at sunset. Food is okay to good, but service can be the pits. Probably best to sit at the bar.

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            Fat Cat
            24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

            East Chinatown Restaurant
            415 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

            Clam Box
            789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

            Basta Pasta
            150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

            Port 305
            305 Victory Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

            1. re: Pegmeister

              Are the clam places open yet? If so, then I will wholeheartedly add a recommendation to visit the clam spots on Quincy Shore Drive. I'm more of a Tony's Clam Shop girl myself, but I think both that place and the Clam Box are great choices for NE fried clams.

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              Tony's Clam Shop
              861 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

              Clam Box
              789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

              1. re: kobuta

                Yes, both the clam shops have been open for a few weeks now. I go back and forth between the two, while I lean towards Tony's for the clams I like the Clam Box onion rings better. Tony's does them too thin so they end up kind of crunchy.

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                Clam Box
                789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

                1. re: Pegmeister

                  Peg, have you tried the onion rings from the Hingham Lobster Pound are The Clam Box rings better, or just about the same? HLP are my favorite rings in the area but then again, I haven't been to Tony's or The Clam Box in years - I usually just drive by & head to Hingham Lobster Pound instead. Just a "heads up" - they liberally salt the rings so try them first before putting any additional salt on them.

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                  Clam Box
                  789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

                  Hingham Lobster Pound
                  4 Broad Cove Rd, Hingham, MA 02043

                  1. re: southie_chick

                    Clam box rings are about the same, but really my absolute favorite onion rings are not from either place. Sonnys in the Adams Village area of Dorchester IMO are the best. Had them today, they use really large onions, slice them wide but they're not thick, perfect light flaky, crispy fry job, the coating stays on and you still get to taste the sweetness of the onion.

              2. re: Pegmeister

                The service at Remick's is very good. The food, it's ok. I'm giving them another month to sort through things before I try them again.

                1. re: jjbourgeois

                  sorry for suggesting... a few of us had lunch there, it seemed decent (maybe the views and the beers had something to do with it)... thanks for the warnings

                2. re: C. Hamster

                  i had the lobster roll at Granite links. It was actually quite decent, whole pieces of lobster claw meat and tail, mayo on the side, lightly buttered roll, sweet potato shoestring fries, $22. No complaints, better (and larger) than the last one i had at B&G anyway.

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                  lobster claw
                  7A Main St, North Reading, MA 01864

              1. re: tesh11

                If you are adventurous, Hong Kong Eatery, as mentioned, is very good Chinese food. Another option next door to that is Kagawa, which is a very nice Japanese restaurant. On the other side of Hong Kong Eatery, if you like Brasilian churrascaria BBQ (all you can eat grilled meats), there is a very nice one called Terra Brasilis. They make a really good caipirinha as well. Prices at all these are very reasonable, and would easily fit an expense account budget.

                Finally, there's a nice Thai restaurant called Siam House, that is another block further down on Hancock St.

                All of the above restaurants are within a 3 block walk along Hancock St. in Quincy Center, along with a couple of Irish pubs and sports bars, which all can put out a decent hamburger and fries, if that's all you really feel like having. If you need to drive from where you are staying, there's a huge parking lot located behind Hancock St. that has free parking in the evenings, or you can just park for free on the street, if you find something.

                If you like Italian food, I'd highly recommend Gennaro's, which is a small, family-run restaurant very popular with the locals for very good food and huge portions for short money. If you go there, you might want to consider sharing an entree, unless you want to bring doggie bags back to your hotel. Gennaro's is on Quincy Avenue, just south of Quincy Center.

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                Terra Brasilis Restaurant
                1506 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

                Hong Kong Eatery
                1510 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

            2. Where in Quincy is your training? Will make a big difference since Quincy is primarily residential. Fat Cat and Alba, mentioned already, are in Quincy Center. If you're up by North Quincy, for example, you would have to hop on the red line for 2 stops (or walk about 40 minutes).

              Quincy isn't much on fancy dining, but some decent places I'd recommend:
              Shabu - N. Quincy
              East Chinatown - N. Quincy
              Pho Hoa - N. Quincy
              Basta Pasta for their hand-made fusilli - N. Quincy
              Fat Cat - Quincy Ctr
              Hong Kong Eatery - Quincy Ctr
              Falafel King - Quincy Ctr

              A little more off the beaten path:
              JNJ Turo Turo - Filipino
              Pho Yuen Dong - Vietnamese

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              Fat Cat
              24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

              East Chinatown Restaurant
              415 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

              Shabu
              397 Hancock St, Quincy, MA

              Hong Kong Eatery
              1510 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

              Basta Pasta
              150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

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              1. re: kobuta

                Good list from kobuta, but please stay away from Granite Links. The food is, well, just food. Pegmeister and Hamster have a good hyandle on Quincy. Alba and Fat Cat can't miss.

                Enjoy,

                CocoDan

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                Fat Cat
                24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

                1. re: CocoDan

                  Forgot to mention, if the weather is nice and you have a car, Marina Bay has Port 305 and Siro's. Both have good offerings and good drinks. Great view of Boston and the local bay. Pretty nice marina atmosphere.
                  Enjoy Again,
                  CocoDan

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                  Siros
                  Marina Bay, Quincy, MA 02169

                  Port 305
                  305 Victory Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

                  1. re: CocoDan

                    Right on. Even I forget the Marina when discussing Quincy dining.

                  2. re: CocoDan

                    Highly generous calling what Granite Links offers as food. But the view is nice during the summer.

                    1. re: jjbourgeois

                      i lower my expectations when i'm outside the city

                2. Try the Irish Pub, Parking in rear :D

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                  Irish Pub
                  51 Billings Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

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                  1. re: typhoonfish

                    I can't go there because Peg promised to go first.

                    Peg, have you gone yet?

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      Yes, I did, but never posted cause I said I would let it go and not try. You know me I couldn't resist. Wouldn't recommend it for this poster though.

                      1. re: Pegmeister

                        I need a more complete report!!!

                        I did order TAkE OUT from Quincy Dynasty yesterday and it arrived fast and piping hot and pretty much ok, taste-wise.

                        If they do take out that well, I might not have many occasions to hit The Irish Pub.

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                        Quincy Dynasty
                        49 Billings Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

                        Irish Pub
                        51 Billings Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          Ok, it's not scary as everyone thought. It is small and dark with a bar, a few tables and a juke box. They have Keno and are big into darts. The TV will most likely have a soccer game on. The regulars are an older crowd but there was a mix of ages. Bartender (Sandra) was a little slow to warm up but she did come around. Pastrami sandwich was decent and they make a good steak and cheese wrap. It would be fine to stop in while you wait for a take-out from either Quincy Dynasty or Burkes. By the way have you tried Burkes? It has been my go to as both a seafood market and fish & chip stop for years. They have also expanded and have a small dining area with a beer and wine license.

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                          Quincy Dynasty
                          49 Billings Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

                  2. Want to thank everyone for the great responses. Our hotel is the Best Western Adams Inn on Hancock & the training is 1-2 Red Line stops down. No car. Take it that it isn't much of a walk to the Quincy Center from the Quincey Center Red Line stop?

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                    1. re: tesh11

                      All the places on Hancock St. I mentioned are within a 5 minute walk of Quincy Center Red Line. Gennaro's is a bit further away from the station, maybe a 15 minute walk.

                      1. re: tesh11

                        If you're walking to the North Quincy T stop (if leaving from Adams Inn) you'll be walking right by Basta Pasta, you may want to peak in. I'm not one for recommending the place, but like I said earlier, it's more about the service. I have friends who love it. If it were me, I would just grab a cab and head to Marina Bay for Port 305. It can't be more than a 10 minute ride away, the food is good, it's on the water and has beautiful Boston skyline views, or I would just cab it to Shabu or East Chinatown in North Quincy on Hancock Street, which I bet is not even a 5 minute drive.

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                        East Chinatown Restaurant
                        415 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

                        Shabu
                        397 Hancock St, Quincy, MA

                        Basta Pasta
                        150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

                        Port 305
                        305 Victory Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

                        1. re: Pegmeister

                          OK, I'm getting ready to be raked over the coals for this one ....... but La Paloma in Quincy is nice if you're in the mood for margaritas & Mexican/American food. It's not authentic, but it's homey & not expensive.
                          Little Duck is great - but it's more of a takeout place if you'd like to grab something "on the way home" & kick back in your room after a long day. They do have a couple of tables but it's not really an eat-in type of place.
                          Alba used to get good reviews here - not sure if it's still "up to par".

                          1. re: southie_chick

                            I would go to LaPaloma years ago, before they even had a liquor license and the food was good, less Americanized. I absolutely loved their rice, but now it is as bland as can be. Fortunately, I figured out how to make the really good stuff at home. I'll get a take out on rare occasions, and actually the last time, about a month ago, I was pretty happy with their gorditos. It's definitely not Angela's (East Boston). Little Duck on the hand is a nice little spot, great for take out, they have a few tables, service is quick, staff is pleasant and I enjoy the food.

                            1. re: Pegmeister

                              Hey, Peg, I have yet to manage making really good Mexican rice. If you're ever in the mood to share, I'd be happy if you posted on the Homecooking Board!

                              1. re: bear

                                Okay, I'll move over to the home cooking board. My method of cooking is not an exact science as I'm not much into measurements and sometimes I'll alternate ingredients (i.e. with garlic or not) so I'll do my best to give you the basics. In the meantime here's a site I order from on occasion that might help you get started: http://www.mexgrocer.com

                                1. re: Pegmeister

                                  Thanks, Peg. No problem with inexact quantities, because that's how I cook too. I'm familiar with the mexgrocer site, so thanks for the link, and I do have access to some Latin stores not too far from me.

                                  Sorry for hijacking the thread, tesh11.

                            2. re: southie_chick

                              Sorry but La Paloma is ghastly. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Cringe.

                              Little Duck, on the other hand, is great! Although the food has been a bit inconstant. Order and have a beer next door at Malachey's while you wait. It's a friendly place, though not much to look at.

                              1. re: southie_chick

                                Not raked over the coals, but no dessert for you!

                                1. re: jjbourgeois

                                  Hey - the last time I was there (5+ years ago), the flan was pretty good! And, as you noticed, I did say "margaritas & food" - putting the margaritas first. So, depending on how many margaritas you have .......... the food may be outstanding! : ) I have a decent Mexamerican place that's walking distance from my house now, so I now have no need to drive 120 miles to La Paloma!
                                  If worse comes to worse jj, I could "pull some strings" & get some cupcakes delivered to me from Babycakes ......... please don't tell me they've gone downhill too!

                          2. I'll get ripped but I think Gennaro's has the best red sauce food south of Boston.

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                            1. re: typhoonfish

                              Not ripping, but definately not my favorite. I'd rather have the red sauce at the Venetian or Mezzo Mare.
                              Glad you like it.
                              Enjoy,
                              CocoDan

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                              Mezzo Mare
                              265 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

                              1. re: typhoonfish

                                I like the garlic knots when they have them on special, and I really like their sausages. My only complaint about Gennaros is that there is no bar to sit and linger and they really can rush you. Okay that was two complaints. I tend to get pasta dishes to go because they're convenient, but Quincy doesn't have all that much for Italian. Alba is good, Basta Pasta is just annoying when it comes to service and Alfredo's, well I guess just has never done it for me. How difficult is it to have a decent, casual red sauce type of place?

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                                Basta Pasta
                                150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

                                1. re: Pegmeister

                                  LOVE the lemon chicken from Gennaros, & they have great biscotti (that DON'T break your teeth when you bite into them) that Gerry makes. Wish it were closer to me - or wish they had something like that near me. There's really nothing like that around Merrimac, NH so I get my fix during the week when I'm working in Post Office Square. Casa Razdora ALMOST opened in Nashua, NH (per their owner) but they decided to give Boston a shot instead. (by the way, had their stuffed peppers there (special) last Monday & it was off the hook!

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                                  Casa Razdora
                                  115 Water St, Boston, MA 02109

                              2. Well one of the evenings that we had in Quincey we decided to try Fat Cat which was recommended by several people. Hate to say it, but this was one of the worst meals that my wife & I have ever had. I had the Mac & Cheese with lobster. It was a HUGH plate of Kraft Mac & cheese with a couple pieces of lobster, tomatoes & shaved Parmesan. Wife had underwhelming buffalo wings.

                                The place was packed....don't understand what people saw in the place.

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                                Fat Cat
                                24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

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                                1. re: tesh11

                                  That doesn't sound anything like their lobster Mac and Cheese at all. Had it many times. Never compared to Kraft, always a lot of lobster, never shaved parm.

                                  Their wings aren't really "buffalo" either....

                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                    Sorry, but it sucked. It was in a bowl that would have fed 2-3 people. There is a food truck in LA that does only Mac & Cheese and this definitely didn't live up to the hype. My wife loves wings & this was pathetic......maybe they were off that night.

                                    1. re: tesh11

                                      The bowl and size are the only familiar notions regarding the Mac. Sometimes it will have too much garlic or the sauce will be to thin, but always tasty. Never any comparison to Kraft, which, sadly, I admit I am pretty familiar with.

                                      Likewise the wings can be a bit flabby if you don't order them well done, but uniformly tasty.

                                      Glitches here and there but Fat Cat has consistently put out good tasting food, IMO.

                                      Sorry you had bad food there!! Seriously, it sucks to go to someplace crowded and maybe have to wait and then be served something way less than you expected.

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                                      Fat Cat
                                      24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

                                      1. re: C. Hamster

                                        1) we had no wait, were seated right a way. Service was good. Food bad.

                                        2) The size was OVERSIZED for anyone, except for someone wanting a 5000 calorie meal

                                        3) anytime you say that something can be a little flabby you got a problem. The wings were definitely NOT tasty

                                        1. re: tesh11

                                          First time I went I had an awful hamburger. I couldn't see what people saw in the place.

                                          Second time I went I was more impressed.

                                          10 th time I went I take offense to people not impressed with the place. :D The wings are awesome.

                                          1. re: typhoonfish

                                            I'm with you. Like there wings second only to Buff's. Never heard anyone not like their mac & cheese. Not had a bad meal there yet!
                                            I always Enjoy,
                                            CocoDan

                                            1. re: CocoDan

                                              Another fan of their XXX wings. I've only found them delicious, even as take out.

                                              I've also never had a bad rendition of their crab or lobster mac and cheese too. I've always found it loaded with seafood, and I do indeed split it into 3-4 meals. Comparing it to a Kraft M&C would never even cross my mind.