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Jan 9, 2012 06:08 AM

Best Grocery/ Produce in North Quincy/Marina Bay area??

Hi- so far I love quincy--just moved to Marina Bay. The only thing lacking--having to drive to the city to get to Whole Foods. What are the best grocers in the area?? Also, recommendations for seafood shops and butchers are welcome!

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  1. The Super Stop and Shop on Newport Ave in NQ used to be a terrific place but with the ownership changing it's gone downhill a bit. Still quite good, I have to say. Its huge, has a good selection, their produce doesnt suck, sometimes they have cool cheeses, and they sell beer and wine.

    There is a Roche Brothers near the Wal Mart but its the worst of any Roche Brothers ive been to. Skip hannaford's.

    The Irish Butcher Shop in Adams Village, Dorchester is very close to you and is a FANTASTIC place. A must try.

    People seem to like the fish market next door to the Irish Bar and Quincy Dynasty on Billing Road, but I have not been.

    Milton Fruit Center is very good. But no Russo's. There isnt a store remotely like Russo's in or near Quincy.

    Kam Man marketplace is a huge asian store. A must-see.

    1. Welcome to Quincy!!!

      I like the Hannafords on Hancock street (It is not huge, but has a good selection and OK prices).

      If you are missing Whole Foods, Good Health Natural foods is in the south side of the center. It is no Whole Foods, but all produce is organic it's good for staples and they have great coffee.

      I definitely second Burke's seafood in North Quincy and Milton Marketplace (there's a terrific salad bar there, too).

      If conventional produce is OK, there's a Lambert's Market just over the bridge on Morrisey BLVD.

      1. I'm in North Quincy, and I generally head to Milton Market for produce and always to Burke's for my seafood needs. Burke's is on Billings Rd in the Downs section. Unfortunately, they close the entire month of January for vacation, so my backup is the fish shop at Milton Market. If you don't mind a small ride Fresh Market in Hingham has a great produce section.

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        1. re: Pegmeister

          If you head over to Hingham there is Previte's Meat Market on the Hingham/Weymouth line. It has some of the better meats I have found on the south shore. Plus, there is a Whole Foods in Derby Street (Hingham) in case you needed anything else.

          1. re: scubahood10

            Ah Yes, Previte's, they were in Quincy for many, many years. Always liked their products, but haven't been since they moved. Also would like to chime in with the others that the Butcher Shop in Adams Village, Dorchester is quite good. I absolutely love their sausages and they have so many variations, such as chicken curry; lamb mint; Irish; sweet and hot italian and so on.

            1. re: Pegmeister

              That sounds like a place I will definitely have to check out. Do they have any wursts or chorico?

              1. re: scubahood10

                They don't have chorico, not sure about wursts. They are very accomodating when you call. I wanted the curry chicken sausages one day, and they made them up for me. Their marinaded turkey tips are good, and so is the pastry wrapped chicken which comes ready to pop in the oven. I just make a quick mustard sauce to drizzle over it.

                1. re: scubahood10

                  Channel 5's Chronicle did a piece on "The Village" a few months ago and featured both Greenhills Irish Bakery and The Butcher Shop.

                  At about 2:30 here:

          2. I live in the Downs. We go to the Milton Fruit Market for our specialty items. The salad bar is like crack for my wife. I've never even heard of the Irish Butcher shop but I know where I'll be this weekend.

            I used to go out of my way to go to Roche Brothers but it's gone to a low cost format. I got so mad I wrote the company a letter and got a hand signed letter back from the the COO saying it was the same food just a different format. BS I hate tray packed meats. Roche Brothers in Marshfield is what I expect a Roche brothers to be.

            With a 2 yr old and time constraints I find myself going to Hannaford which I loathe. The fish market in there stinks to high heaven. In a pinch, it works fine for basic stuff. Cheerios are cheerios.

            NQ Stop and Shop gets mobbed as well on Saturday and Sunday.

            Burke's is a customer of mine, so at the risk of getting my post deleted, I remain neutrally biased. ; )

            There is a Whole Foods in Hingham which gets mobbed. There's also a Fresh Market in Hingham Shipyard. We end up going there a lot after visiting the parents.

            There's a halal meat shop across the street from Dunkin Donuts in Wollaston. I've been gathering the courage to go in there and get some lamb. Still too chicken.

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            1. re: typhoonfish

              I agree that the Roche Brothers by Wal Mart is reflective of its location. It in no way resembles the great marshfield store.

              Hannafords is smallish and pricy and I I couldnt find stuff there so I stopped going.

              I return to the N. Quincy Stop and Shop every time. Its hard to go wrong there.

              1. re: C. Hamster

                Roche Bros in Quincy had no choice when Walmart added its grocery section. I'd only shopped at RB occasionally because their price point was always too high for my wallet. The last couple of times I'd been in since their "remodel" has been a bit Twilight Zone-ish. They're selling the same exact stuff they've always been, but they certainly downscaled the decor. Also I think their prices have come down somewhat.

                The NQ S&S is OK in a pinch. I prefer Hannaford's, though, because their prices are much more wallet-friendly.

                Milton Marketplace is the local place to go if you want to splurge.

                1. re: xo_kizzy_xo

                  I didn't realize Wal-Mart added a grocery store. You want to talk about loathing a store.

                  In the summer we go to Roche Brothers in Marshfield more than anywhere else on our way home from Vegas. It's such a treat. In the winter were relegated to NQ Stop & Shop.

                  1. re: typhoonfish

                    Me too.

                    How is it that we've never met? I am short, furry and always cheerful.

                    I love the Marshfield Roche Brothers with the exception of it's illogical layout.

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      3rd generation Sunrise beach, marshvegas