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your favorite Diners Drive-ins and Dives locations in MA?

woodside11377 Aug 27, 2013 03:19 PM

your favorite Diners Drive-ins and Dives locations in MA?

  1. Boston_Otter Aug 27, 2013 03:51 PM

    Mr Bartley's, Harvard Sq.

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    1. re: Boston_Otter
      Blumie Aug 28, 2013 10:02 AM

      I ate at Bartley's on Monday. While I certainly can understand the debate over what's the best burger -- there are few more hotly debated topics -- I have a hard time understanding how any burger lover can not love Bartley's. My burger was friggin' amazing (as were the onion rings)!

      1. re: Blumie
        Boston_Otter Aug 28, 2013 10:58 AM

        I love it too -- I mentioned it originally because it's an actual DDD location where Guy Fieri filmed an episode; they even have a Guy Fieri Burger on the menu (Muenster cheese, tomato, lettuce, red onion, russian dressing). I go for the Skip Gates myself.

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      Ora Moose Aug 27, 2013 04:20 PM

      Guy, is that you or one of your minions? I'll give you my opinions if you promise to make me rich and famous, never mind food comatose.

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        cambridgedoctpr Aug 27, 2013 04:22 PM

        teoch fits the bill.

        how about srip t's? Rod Dee, S&I or Thai North?

        China King?

        i was considering sichuan gourmet, but it is not a diner or a drive-in; could it be a dive/

        1. Boston_Otter Aug 27, 2013 04:51 PM

          Wait, are you talking about places Guy has already been in MA?

          Or the sort of places he might want to go?

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          1. re: Boston_Otter
            woodside11377 Aug 28, 2013 12:22 PM

            places hes been to or a diner you would recommend

          2. Veggo Aug 27, 2013 05:00 PM

            Can any place today match Buzzy's? (RIP)...

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              FriedClamFanatic Aug 29, 2013 03:09 PM

              Enjoyed best after 11PM following a long, long cocktail hour

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                devilham Aug 29, 2013 04:28 PM

                Early bird eh? More like 1am, shitfaced, speeding down Storrow from Allston for the worst knish (cold center) and "French fries" (whole potato, quartered then fried, center raw)....why did I go back every weekend?

                1. re: devilham
                  Veggo Aug 30, 2013 04:23 AM

                  Because no place else was still open at that hour....
                  Actually, their roast beef sandwich was pretty good, and I liked the knishes, also.

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                    catsmeow Aug 30, 2013 04:54 AM

                    Their soft serve ice cream was good too!

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                      phatchris Aug 30, 2013 08:56 AM

                      Turkey sandwich wasn't half bad.

                    2. re: Veggo
                      devilham Aug 30, 2013 06:02 PM

                      Not claiming to be better than you Veggo, far from it, I was a regular! But only because it was open at that time, and the line at Riley's Roast Beef in Allston was too long (loves me a Riley burger!)

                      1. re: devilham
                        FriedClamFanatic Aug 30, 2013 07:51 PM

                        Ah.but which place had the more "interesting" patrons? AS I remember from Buzzy's some of those guys looked like they had climbed over the wall.and others had burrowed under it........standing next to the Beacon Hill/HVD preppies and Brahmins. And the occasional "rental lady"

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                          C. Hamster Aug 30, 2013 08:21 PM

                          Buzzy's was the best people watching at 2am after a night of many beers. Circa 1981.

                        2. re: devilham
                          devilham Aug 31, 2013 06:03 AM

                          Hell the people who worked there were worth a cringe filled gander themselves! Place was crazy!

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                            hyde Aug 31, 2013 06:08 AM

                            hey! i resemble that remark!

                            we used to buy sandwiches at Buzzys and throw them over the wall to the prisoners in the yard at the Charles Street Jail.

                            good times.

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                              Gabatta Aug 31, 2013 06:11 AM

                              I only went there after the bars closed, so that's one thing I can say I have never seen. I don't recall many prisoners in the yard after 2a.

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                  poettess63 Aug 27, 2013 05:24 PM

                  Agawam Diner. And I haven't been to Red Wing in Norwood/Walpole yet but have heard good things.

                  1. kobuta Aug 27, 2013 08:24 PM

                    How about the Wheelhouse Diner in Quincy?

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                      C. Hamster Aug 28, 2013 12:50 PM

                      Shhhhh..... Don't tell anyone about that place

                      1. re: C. Hamster
                        mwk Aug 28, 2013 02:15 PM

                        Ugh, that place is terrible. Anyway, they are only open for dinner ;) ;)

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                          devilham Aug 29, 2013 08:11 AM

                          I see what you did there!

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                            kobuta Aug 31, 2013 06:57 AM

                            Yes, make sure to get there after 3pm for the best seats.

                      2. Infomaniac Aug 28, 2013 08:02 AM

                        Norm's White Horse in Methuen

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                          treb Aug 28, 2013 08:22 AM

                          great food.

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                            pinehurst Aug 29, 2013 09:17 AM

                            I have driven by that place eight zillion times.

                            What are your faves? Norm's White Horse has been there forever!

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                              Infomaniac Aug 29, 2013 09:36 AM

                              Chicken Barb sandwich when available (a Merrimack Valley classic).
                              Fish & Chips, steak tips, and their daily specials are very good and sometime creative.

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                                pinehurst Aug 29, 2013 12:00 PM

                                Thank you---didn't know they existed after Bea's!

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                                  treb Aug 31, 2013 05:34 AM

                                  May need to explain the Chic Barb, it's not what most people think. Norm's has one of the best around, though I haven't had one for a long time.

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                              foodieX2 Aug 29, 2013 07:19 AM

                              Have no idea if Guy has ever visited them but I love:

                              Strawberry Fair in Norwell

                              5 South Main in Cohasett

                              Wheel House Diner in Quincy (warning you will SMELL like a diner when you leave)

                              Easters Country Kitchen in Weymouth

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                                Blumie Aug 29, 2013 07:20 AM

                                Ok, so it's easy to make fun of Guy Fieri and his hideous NYC restaurant, just like it's easy to make fun of the Andelmans and their stupid TV show. But that notwithstanding, who among us doesn't love these types of places serving big portions of incredibly delicious and insanely unhealthy food? I've been trying really hard to improve my eating lately (mostly by eliminating most carbs), but when I took a day off from my carb avoidance on Monday, damn if I didn't love me a Bartley's burger smothered with cheese, bacon, onions and jalapenos, with fries and rings on the side!

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                                1. re: Blumie
                                  MC Slim JB Aug 29, 2013 07:34 AM

                                  Excuse me, Blumie, but you are distracting us from donkey-punching Donkey Sauce Man. Never mind the fact that, unlike the Andelmans, Fieri highlights some actually worthy places and isn't an obvious grifter about it.

                                  Poochie gets the regular kickin' he deserves for being obnoxious and painfully, repetitively schticky. That Times Square excrescence doesn't help.


                                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                                    Gordough Aug 29, 2013 10:14 AM

                                    In fairness, I have seen Phantom Gourmet highlight the following recently:

                                    BT's in Sturbridge
                                    KO Pies
                                    Oga's in Natick
                                    Belle Isle
                                    Steel & Rye
                                    Blue Dragon
                                    75 on Liberty Wharf

                                    among many others.... Sure they may have ulterior motives for highlighting such places but the fact is they do discuss some worthy places every now and again.

                                    1. re: Gordough
                                      mwk Aug 29, 2013 10:50 AM

                                      Probably because they all paid for mentions on the show. Isn't that how the Andelman's work?

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                                        lc02139 Aug 29, 2013 10:53 AM

                                        I know that soulfire and Bt's stands on their own even without the purple thumbs up

                                        1. re: mwk
                                          Gordough Aug 29, 2013 12:46 PM

                                          mwk, did you read my post that you responded to where I said they likely have ulterior motives?

                                          "Sure they may have ulterior motives for highlighting such places but the fact is they do discuss some worthy places every now and again."

                                          Whether or not they were paid to highlight those establishments has nothing whatsoever to due with the fact that they do indeed cover some restaurants worth visiting. If you refuse to visit a place simply because it was once on Phantom Gourmet then you would be missing some decent places. I also have a hard time believing that places like Steel & Rye, BT's, Belle Isle etc. are shelling out big bucks to have their places shown on a tv show that airs in the middle of the day on the weekends. That would be a terrible use of advertising dollars. Do some of their advertisers/customers get preferential treatment? Absolutely. But that doesn't mean that every single place they feature pays to be mentioned and all should be avoided for that reason alone.

                                          1. re: Gordough
                                            mwk Aug 29, 2013 01:10 PM

                                            My comment wasn't meant to imply that I would never visit any place recommended by the Phantom Gourmet. I meant to imply that if they covered a good restaurant, it was probably because they were paid to do so and not because they care all that much about good food.

                                        2. re: Gordough
                                          MC Slim JB Aug 29, 2013 02:17 PM

                                          It would be fun to compile a litany of every craphole the Andelmans have flogged over the years, just to determine how much of their recs are worthy vs. the dross. Ya know, even a broken clock is right twice a day. But sure, not every place the show mentions is the kind of hog trough you can only imagine Da Dumb Brudders stuffing their faces in. With the RABA lobby as a symbiotic sideline, they've taken the grafting game to a whole new level.


                                          1. re: MC Slim JB
                                            Gordough Aug 29, 2013 03:01 PM

                                            " Ya know, even a broken clock is right twice a day."

                                            Your hyperbole aside, I did just list almost a dozen places that have appeared on the show recently that are far from craphole, hog troughs. Many listed have received excellent accolades on these boards including from yourself (I think I remember you saying how much you enjoyed Steel & Rye but I could be mistaken).

                                            Make no mistake, the Andelmans are a business that put the bottom line ahead of all else like many other businesses. Everyone seems to give Boston Magazine a pass but I have seen plenty of ads for restaurants that are subsequently reviewed in the magazine and/or on line.

                                            1. re: Gordough
                                              MC Slim JB Aug 29, 2013 03:15 PM

                                              Yeah, I exaggerate, a little. And I've long expressed admiration for the boys' ability to make a tidy living out of the food media business. But graft is still the heart of their business model. Their food truck jihad is one obvious recent example.

                                              I wrote for BoMag some years ago, and my own experience was one of absolute insulation from any sales pressure on my reviews and features, including the Best-of Awards they let me pick and write up. Small sample, admittedly.


                                        3. re: MC Slim JB
                                          mwk Aug 29, 2013 10:54 AM

                                          I've been to a few of the DDD recommended places in other parts of the country where I wasn't familiar with the local dining scene. All of the suggestions were right on the money and I was very happy in all the cases.

                                          I do agree that he's insanely kitschy, but does anyone think he would have won Next Food Network Star, or become so popular on the network, if he wasn't a walking caricature of himself?

                                          I have only eaten at one local establishment that has been on his show: Sam LaGrassas. I think he made a good choice there as well.

                                        4. re: Blumie
                                          cambridgedoctpr Aug 29, 2013 09:14 AM

                                          i go to nyc and eat meaty, fatty. carboy food at Xian's, but i am not planning to hit Guy's American Kitchen and Bar. These are really two different animals.

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                                          twisty cup Aug 29, 2013 11:54 AM

                                          The best Boston place I've seen on DD&D is Cutty's in Brookline

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                                            AaronInBoston Aug 29, 2013 12:42 PM

                                            2 great places to add..one is Rino's in East Boston, great lobster ravioli, killer sauce on it.

                                            Other is greek corner in north cambridge, great greek food and great bang for your buck.

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                                              Small Plates Aug 29, 2013 12:58 PM

                                              I love Greek Corner. It is my go-to for delivery - but then a few weeks ago, our friends who live nearby suggested we dine in. I LOVED IT! The stuff I love delivered is so much better delivered hot to the table. Super nice service and cheap but good wines BTB and BTG. Big fan! The fried zucchini are hard to stay away from! :)

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                                                Parsnipity Aug 30, 2013 09:08 AM

                                                I caught part of the DDD episode on Greek Corner and was impressed to see them making their own gyros. We've increased our traffic there since seeing that episode.

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