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Looking for a restaurant with a very nice "relish tray" and good shrimp dip, too.

Swankalicious Sep 19, 2011 06:30 PM

So, my elderly Swank relatives are coming for a visit. Palates are tame -- VERY tame. A family favorite for many years was Newton's Pillar House, if any of you remember that spot. Another favorite has been Anthony's Pier 4. They'll be in town for a couple of days before heading down to New York. I'd like to treat them to a couple of nice meals out. I was considering Locke-Ober, but I think that might be too pricey/fussy for them. We basically want a good value and old-fashioned, hearty food. Bonus if the desserts are served and chosen from a tray and a salad or appetizer is included in entree price.
Northern or Western suburbs are OK.

3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant
140 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

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    hckybg RE: Swankalicious Sep 19, 2011 06:33 PM

    I haven't ever been, but what about Mount Vernon Restaurant? It seems pretty old school but still nice.

    I am not sure you will find a relish tray anywhere, all the restaurants of my youth that had them have since had to stop the practice due to health codes. But I didn't grow up in Massachusetts, maybe the rules are different here.

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      Karl S RE: hckybg Sep 20, 2011 05:56 AM


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        hckybg RE: Karl S Sep 20, 2011 07:44 AM

        Really? Not a good choice? Or is my comment moderator bait?

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          Karl S RE: hckybg Sep 20, 2011 08:33 AM

          No, I thought you might be thinking of the Saugus location, but I was wrong (2 of the MV's locations just closed, including the Saugus location).

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      Chris B. RE: Swankalicious Sep 19, 2011 06:49 PM

      The Continental in Saugus is exactly the place that you are looking for.

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        Niblet RE: Chris B. Sep 20, 2011 09:13 AM

        I thought the exact same thing. Passed apps and popovers: just the ticket.
        Edit: just realized how many others agreed, should've read down before replying.

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        food_lubber RE: Swankalicious Sep 19, 2011 06:49 PM

        The first place that comes to mind that may fit the bill is the Continental on Route 1. That is my grandparents favorite :special occasion" meal, and the servers bring out various passed appetizers while you wait for youer meal (turnovers, chicken wings, fritters, etc) and I do recall some sort od cold bean dip, a giant wedge of cheese and crackers in the lounge area.

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          Snowflake RE: Swankalicious Sep 19, 2011 09:38 PM

          Check the website for 75 Chestnut. I think it would appeal to all in your party.

          75 Chestnut
          75 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02114

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            shaebones RE: Swankalicious Sep 19, 2011 11:00 PM

            Check out Angelica's in Middleton

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              RichardinJP RE: Swankalicious Sep 20, 2011 04:06 AM

              Definitely, the Continental on Route 1 in Saugus. On Sundays, and perhaps other days of the week, "free" passed appetizers include chicken wings, spinach pie, corn fritters and popovers. You are also provided with a bean dip and cottage cheese along with crackers. Included with your meal are rolls and a salad. Entrees are very traditional. My favorites include baked stuffed lobster, stuffed shrimp and prime rib.

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                bgavin RE: RichardinJP Sep 20, 2011 11:01 AM

                Cottage cheese and saltine crackers are the give away.
                Another idea is Brackett's in Rockport.

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                pemma RE: Swankalicious Sep 20, 2011 05:51 AM

                Cafe Escadrille in Burlington could work.

                Cafe Escadrille
                26 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803

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                  Gabatta RE: Swankalicious Sep 20, 2011 05:56 AM

                  Check out the Winthrop Arms. I'm not sure about the relish tray, but the rest of it fits the bill.

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                    edgewater RE: Gabatta Sep 20, 2011 08:04 AM

                    I agree on The Continental. Angelica's in Middleton is owned by the same people.

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                      galleygirl RE: edgewater Sep 20, 2011 09:22 AM

                      Yes, Galleymom waxes euphoric about the passed apps....

                  2. trufflehound RE: Swankalicious Sep 20, 2011 09:05 AM

                    The Old Mill in Westminster, for the Prime Rib. They have cheese and crackers in the pub, don't remember but I think they have the relish tray.

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                      Bellachefa RE: Swankalicious Sep 20, 2011 09:24 AM

                      This time of year a visit to The Wayside Inn might be enjoyable for atmosphere, grist mill, foliage, Martha Mary chapel, Little Red School House and although I haven't been in a few years the food is servicable, mediocre and perfect for tame palates. Sundays dinners include app, entree and dessert.


                      1. pikawicca RE: Swankalicious Sep 20, 2011 11:08 AM

                        I don't believe that I've ever encountered Shrimp Dip. Is this a regional thing?

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