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Nov 30, 2011 06:08 AM

Quincy Top Ten Inquiry

I am not familiar with the many diverse dining options found in the not so sleepy dragon that is the Sino-satellite of the Hub's Chinatown: Quincy, Mass. JNJ Turo-Turo is on the list I am assured by one CH who knows his Filipino. But what are the other best and unique options? Vietnamese, Fujian, etc. Please enlighten me. I was closing in on some Fuzhou chow and it flipped to Cantonese. I heard a Dongbei gem in Belmont has flipped as well. Say it ain't ain't so. Please broaden my dining horizon.

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  1. You're not talking Golden Garden in Belmont, are you? What did you hear?

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      My nephew who lives a few doors down toward Fresh Pond told me on Thxgiving that GG is under new ownership. I still have some of their dumplings in my freezer andcam hoping the menu has not suffered.

      Any tips on Quincy unique bites. Anybody hand pulling noodles? Please pass the info. Thx!

      1. re: EATTV

        Little Duck near Quincy Center is a tiny spot that is tough to find, but worth checking out. Excellent Thai food, including a very nice herb noodle soup and a tasty dish called chicken thunder, which includes garlic, veggies, and a moderately hot chili sauce.

        For old-school Chinese, I'm a big fan of Quincy Dynasty in North Quincy--love their scallion pancakes, and their Singapore noodles are decent. Not sure how they stay in business, though, as the place is empty whenever I'm there (maybe it's me? ha ha).

        1. re: hiddenboston

          Also a big fan of Little Duck

          Near QD is Pho Hoa, a chain but still decent.

          A lot of people like Hong Kong Eatery in QCenter

          Personally, I think QDynasty is inconsistant. Sometimes it's very good, sometimes meh. I get the feeling they go through a lot of turnover in the kitchen.

          1. re: C. Hamster

            Hong Kong Eatery is my go-to in Quincy Center.

            1. re: Karl S

              This is a great wall start. Thx! I need some more help here. Hidden gems of Quincy. I know it's out there. My web research is not going well. Will those in the culinary know please divulge?

              1. re: EATTV

                This may be a case of rounding up a couple of hungry hounds and doing some primary source investigation. You know how to reach me. ;-)

                Glad you're back!

                1. re: yumyum

                  Thx. Lost 27 lbs somewhere. Gotta find it. Feeling a bit peckish. Windy days are tough.

            2. re: C. Hamster

              Little Duck is pretty good (relatives of Lime Leaf in Weymouth)

              Not a fan of Pho Hoa-haven't been back in 2 yrs when the last time I was there I was given springrolls cooked ahead of time so they were cold. Told the server I wanted them hot so I thought we would get some fresh ones fried up..nope, she went out back and just microwaved it to death. We couldn't even bite into it and told them we don't want them, paid for our pho and left, never to return.

              HKE hasn't been consistent with us so haven't been back either.

              Quincy Dynasty used to be good but I think they stay in business because of their lunch buffet-alot of office workers go there for it.

              Pho Countryside (old Pho Yuen Dong) opened recently and we went shortly after they opened and the food was okay but the services was bad. I might give them another shot since it's been awhile since they opened so hopefully the kinks have worked out.

              Driving by notice a new restaurant in that complex too, didn't catch the name but it started with a T and believe they serve teppanyaki along with other things. Will have to investigate more.

              1. re: Chocomom

                Real teppanyaki would be so much fun. I must scout this and round up the usual suspects. I'm getting an image of an ice cold beer proffered on the end of a long paddle-like peel. Anybody?

                Yet overall I'm underwhelmed by my research and recs. One respected famous stomach basically threw in the bar towel on this. I am learning Mandarin, Korean, Viet and Thai. Feels like it's time for road rubber and shoe leather. Next stop: Quinzy.

                1. re: Chocomom

                  The rolls at Pho have always been superb but admittedly we haven't been there in about a year.

                  Had Little Duck on Thursday and it was better than ever.

                  Not in Quincy but nearby in Milton is Mr Chan or mr Chung or whatever on Adams St and it's horrendous.

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    Tomorrow we're going in. Still I wish I could get something research or phone wise affirmation to give some structure and choices. Anyone know Kwong Narm Restaurant?
                    (617) 328-4188
                    68 Billings St, Quincy, MA

                    I have been to Little Duck. Not whelmed. Gonna have to interview people on the street and at the Kam Man.

                    Saturday CH's who know Quincy please wake up and skool mee here?

                    1. re: EATTV

                      OK I'm awake now and a life long resident of Quincy. Just want to mention that kwong Narm is on Billings Road and not Billings St. There is a Billing Street close by so I thought it was worth mentioning. Billings Road is off Hancock St in the Downs. I haven't tried Kwong Narm yet. JNJ Turo-Turo is a cozy spot and staff is helpful in making recommendations. For sushi I like Fujis and Kagawa in the Square. While I know you weren't asking about pizza, I think Darcy's has some of the best around. You can also order their pizza at Cafe deParis at the same location. Cafe deParis is a great neighborhood spot.

                      1. re: EATTV

                        If you are not whelmed by Little Duck you likely won't be whelmed by any Asian in Quincy, as it's definitely one of the city's better offerings.

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          I have to agree with Hamster, we get take out fairly often from Little Duck and have always been happy with the offerings there.

                          1. re: Pegmeister

                            As an aside, you have given me a Darcy's pizza jones!

                            1. re: C. Hamster

                              Try their buffalo chicken or onion and garlic; or ....

                              1. re: Pegmeister

                                First stop JNJ Turo Turo. My first time. Then some gastrogumshoe intel gathering.

              2. re: EATTV

                Staff at GG seemed surprised to hear it today. Cumin lamb as good as ever. (There is a sushi restaurant going in next door.)

            3. The Top Ten may only be 3. Hidden Gems are so well hidden, I've never been able to find one.
              Trying to Enjoy,

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              1. re: CocoDan

                Really. Really? No Santa? My search for the real deal here is a Unicorn hunt? let's dig deeper. I'm calling the Mayor.

              2. Pho Hoa is usually good, but the service can be rocky. Last time we were there my entree came out about 10 minutes before my husband's, and his wasn't what he ordered. I have regular cravings for their bun.

                Quincy Dynasty is our take-out Chinese place. It seemed to go through a bad spell last spring, but it has improved. I think their take-out business is what keeps them going.

                Schoolhouse Pizza has the best pizza I've found in the area. We usually get it delivered, which usually takes about an hour. To be fair, they do tell us it will take that long, but still the pizza isn't very hot when we get it. We just pop it back in a warm oven for a while.

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                1. I've never had a bad meal at Hong Kong Eatery. I also happen to like East Chinatown restaurant, which feels pretty darn close to eating in Chinatown. The place you refer to, Ming restaurant on Newport Ave., used to be Fuzhou, but I was driving by yesterday and they have a big banner hanging outside now saying "Authentic Cantonese Cuisine". So, I guess you missed that boat. It might be good, though, give it a try.

                  Are you only looking for Asian? There's a new Korean restaurant that opened in Quincy Center. I haven't been there yet, but I've heard it's very nice. The Vietnamese place in Kam Man Marketplace, I guess has changed hands. It used to be quite good. Probably worth checking out. I also happen to like the Dim Sum at China Pearl which is also at Kam Man. It's got a wide selection and a mix of carts and menus so you can order specific items for the picky eaters.

                  By the way, inside Kam Man itself, they have a Chinese Delicatessen with prepared foods, and whole smoked duck and cuttlefish. It's really quite tasty, and cheap. I love going in there and checking out the different options.

                  If you like Mandarin, my favorite in this area is Mandarin King, which is on Washington St., just before the Fore River Bridge. Very tasty.

                  For Japanese, I love Kagawa in Quincy Center. There's also a new Teppanyaki/Shabu/Sushi place that opened at the South Shore Plaza, called Tokyo restaurant. It's very good, I've eaten there a few times.

                  Moving away from Asian a bit, Falafel King in Quincy Center is excellent. Great Schwarma and Falafel. Although I know there's some disagreement about it, I love Gennaro's on Quincy Avenue for good solid Italian. They have great calzones and pizza and the desserts are amazing.

                  Right across the street in the Pilgrim Plaza, is Webster's. It looks like a typical pizza place with no atmosphere at all, but they have really delicious Lebanese food. Shish Kebabs, Kibbe, etc. Very tasty.

                  Schoolhouse or Napoli, are my go to pizza places. Both in Quincy Center. Very good thin crust Italian/New York style pizza, not the greasy Greek pan stuff.