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

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

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    1. re: Boston_Otter

      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

        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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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. 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

            places hes been to or a diner you would recommend

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

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            1. re: Veggo

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

              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                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

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

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Their soft serve ice cream was good too!

                    1. re: Veggo

                      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

                        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"

                        1. re: FriedClamFanatic

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

                        2. re: devilham

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

                          1. re: devilham

                            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.

                            1. re: hyde

                              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.

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

                  1. How about the Wheelhouse Diner in Quincy?

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                    1. re: kobuta

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

                      1. re: C. Hamster

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

                          1. re: mwk

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

                          1. re: Infomaniac

                            I have driven by that place eight zillion times.

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

                            1. re: pinehurst

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

                              1. re: Infomaniac

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

                                1. re: Infomaniac

                                  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.

                            2. 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

                              1. 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

                                  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

                                    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

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

                                      1. re: mwk

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

                                        1. re: mwk

                                          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

                                            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

                                          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

                                            " 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

                                              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

                                          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

                                          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.

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

                                          1. 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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                                            1. re: AaronInBoston

                                              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! :)

                                              1. re: Small Plates

                                                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.