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Sep 19, 2012 11:20 AM

Best of Quincy

Hi, I moved to Quincy this past year and have been checking out the boards. It seems that many of the threads are now several years old, so I'm curious what you feel are the best of the restaurants that Quincy has to offer. I tend to shy away from the fried fish and burger joints, and I'm especially interested in the varied ethnic restaurants. I've had good Thai from Little Duck, very good Chinese at Hong Kong Eatery and China Pearl, and decent food at the Fat Cat and Fox and Hound. I also enjoyed the cheaper prix fixe nights that Alba offered last spring. My best find to date has been the South Shore India Market, on Quincy Ave in Braintree. Great take out in the back - on the weekends they make a mutton dish that is fabulous. I've heard Falafal King is great and Punjab. Where is the best Vietnamese? Sushi? What's great at Kam Man? Appreciate any chowish finds!

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  1. Don't get to Quincy often but my Chinese freind says Kam Man has better BBQ duck than anywhere in Chinatown.

    1. You can find good Vietnamese at Pho Hoa in North Quincy and good pho at the place in Kam Man. It was renovated and under new owners as of 1-2 yrs ago, but the english name escapes me (Pho Country, or something like that??). But with Quincy bordering Dorchester, if you want the best Vietnamese, you can easily swing by Dot and get awesome stuff.

      A recent find of mine is Saigon Corner on Billings Rd. Good for wonton noodle soups an the like, and small rice plates. It doesn't necessary do the chinese BBQ type of rice plates, but my mom loves their pork chop rice plates. When they started, I found their soups to be a bit bland but maybe it's been a new chef, because on recent visits, I've found their noodles to be quite good. They also have awesome chili oil on their tables.

      I happen to like East Chinatown for chinese BBQ, and their Grand Chinatown outpost for dimsum. They're one of the better places for a sit down Chinese dinner, IMO. Ming's Seafood off Newport is also a decent place for Chinese. Royal Bakery has an outpost on that same street as Ming's Seafood (closer to Wollaston Station), but I don't remember that side street's name. It has good chinese bakery items, same as their Chinatown outpost.

      I've never tried LIttle Duck, but I do like the newish Pad Thai place on Hancock. The couple who runs the restaurant also seems really nice.

      I don't eat sushi a lot in Quincy, but I still think Fuji offers the best in the area. Beni cafe on the corner of Hancock and Billings also offers a decent quick fix for a few maki rolls (owned by the same owner as Fuji) but it's menu is no where near as extensive. They do have pretty good boba tea though - no where near as sweet as the stuff at Lollicup (ick).

      Not oft discussed, but I still really enjoy the shabu at Shabu off Hancock (North Quincy). A nicer setting than the typical Chinatown (Kaze or Shabu-Zen) joints but smaller.

      Kam Man doesn't have tons to offer, IMO, outside of the actual grocery and the Vietnamese place mentioned. There's a newer Korean/Japanese place I've never tried. Southern Garden has a few good dishes (I'm fond of their char kway teo) but probably nothing that really stands out.

      Some of the things that come to mind now - I'll add if I think of anything else. Welcome to the neighborhood (and yes, Falafel King is good!).

      1. Agree with Kobuta's suggestions, especially Fuji for sushi. I would also add Bistro Chai for Chinese.
        You may want to try JnJ Turo Turo for Filipino. The place is small and the staff is very helpful with making suggestions.
        I also really like Port 305 at Marina Bay for anything from steak tips to lobster Mac and cheese.

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        1. re: Pegmeister

          Thank you so much - I feel like I've hit the mother lode! I will be happily eating through winter with all of these suggestions. Now what about brunch besides dim sum? Great bakeries for bread? Are there any good deli's anywhere on the South Shore? ( corned beef and pastrami, great pickles) how about great Greek? Or good ethnic grocers? ( I'm looking for a place for feta and great olives) Any finds that have surprised you from holes in the wall on up? Thank you again!

          1. re: Merlej58

            Murray's Deli in Braintree(not lfar from the Quincy border) at the corner of Washington and Elm is good for corned beef, Fratelli's Bakery off Southern Artery near Roxi's Market has good cinnamon pecan rolls as well as many other really good baked goods. 10 minutes up 3A and you're at the Hingham Lobster Pound. It's only open seasonally and it's take out only. Great fried clams. A hifpdden gem is the OlymIc Diner in South Braintree. Some of the best seafood, onion rings as well as a large breakfast menu(served all day) really good blueberry pancakes and everything from lamb kabobs and Greek salad to burgers, chicken, steak tips, etc. A large menu and I've never gotten anything I didn't like.

            1. re: Merlej58

              If you cross the border over to Dorchester (Adams Village area) the Butcher Shop has some wonderful sausages. They make their own and have a good assortment. My favorites range from the chicken curry; lamb with mint; Irish breakfast to the spicy versions.

              1. re: Pegmeister

                Will definitely try. Also found Flat Black Coffee - very expensive but delish beans - that syrupy rich, almost chewy mouthfeel to coffee without a lot of acid in the area.

              2. re: Merlej58

                I just bought two cupcakes from Sadie's on Hancock St - haven't tried anything yet, but was surprised to see they have fresh baked bread too. Again, can't speak to quality yet, but it was a nice surprise. While not Greek, a short ride away is the Milton Marketplace. You have a great food store at the Fruit Center which has a great section for nice cheese, pate, olive oils, etc. I'd give them a try if you want to look for fancy olives (I can't vouch for that since I don't buy fancy olives). Their other food items are top notch though (including a whole wall of the Stonewall Kitchen products). In the same marketplace is the the breakfast place upstairs I think that's now called Marketplace Cafe. Offers a really nice menu for breakfast and brunch. Wheelhouse is great too, but if you're not in the mood for a tiny greasyspoon (or can't take the wait). this is a nice alternative for a comfortable space with good food. Nothing fancy but a solid take on your mainstream breakfast/brunch items.

                And I can't believe I forgot to mention Tony's Clam Shop! Excellent fried clams (as is the Clam Box next door), but I prefer Tony's.

                EDIT: Just adding that there's another halal market right next to Sadie's on Hancock. Is relatively new, but I haven't seen a lot of crowds in there. A shame because it looks clean, and seems to have some interesting items. Will make it my goal to venture in soon.

                Had the S'mores cupcake I bought from Sadie's and was pleasantly surprised. This place doesn't have the frills of a babycakes in Wollaston (another worthy destination if you are into the trendy cupcakes thing) but this was one of the better cupcakes I've had. Not too sweet, and nice and moist - best of all, was only 50 cents! They have a special promotion for 50 cent cupcakes through this Saturday - go and sample and try some!

                1. re: kobuta

                  I love Milton Msrket as a source for truffle butter and they have a nice wine selection.

                  1. re: kobuta

                    Thanks for the Sadie's tip - will go tonight or tomorrow! In terms of feta and olives, since I used to live in Roslindale I would go to the Fish Market, run by Greeks, and they had barrels of olives and a wonderful assortment of feta cheese that didn't break the bank like most of the upscale markets do...

                    1. re: Merlej58

                      Gypsy Kitchen on Hancock St has a wonderful cheese selection and some decent wines. The owner is quite knowledgable and helpful when choosing cheeses.

                      1. re: Pegmeister

                        Someone told me about their "gypsy sauce" - maybe a bottled hot sauce? How does it compare to Franks or to siriracha? And thanks for this tip!

                        1. re: Merlej58

                          Haven't tried the Gypsy sauce, but they do have a large selection of hot sauces. The owner started out selling hot sauces years ago at Fanueil Hall and she had an online business called LaSaucier.

                          1. re: Pegmeister

                            Interesting. Being a Boston girl I'm definitely not a connoisseur, but I do like a bit of warmth and spice at times. I'll check it out. BTW, enjoy your posts in general on Quincy!

                            1. re: Pegmeister

                              I remember her from where she started in a tiny hole in the wall storefront on Hyde Park Ave in Roslindale. The storefront was also called LaSaucier and closed shortly after she opened in Fanueil Hall.

                              1. re: catsmeow

                                Didn't she start at FH and expand to Rozzie?

                                I was a regular customer at both.

                                But Gypsy Kitchen doesnt enchant me much. Maybe I need to visit more.

                                1. re: C. Hamster

                                  I'm pretty sure she started in Rozzie. Haven't been to Gypsy Kitchen. I'll have to stop in one of these days.

                  2. re: Pegmeister

                    I've been a regular at jnj turo the last few months. This is a must visit but it's only open Friday saturday Sunday. Try the crispy pata and halo halo.
                    Sure Pinoy next door is a great place to buy Filipino desserts.

                    1. re: libertywharf

                      Yes, I found that place and enjoyed it, although I hated having the TV on while I ate, just a pet peeve of mine. Great home-cooked food in a restaurant! I enjoyed the peanut stew too.

                      1. re: Merlej58

                        Luckily I had someone to translate, but yes the shows were goofy and I also could have done without.

                  3. Best of Quincy may be South down in Hingham. Check some of the CH boards for stuff down there and along rt 53

                    1. Tony and the Clam Box along the beach

                      Wheelhouse diner for breakfast