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Non Asian In Quincy area -- updates, anyone?

I'm pretty sure we had the a thread discussing this a couple of years ago, but that was a couple of years ago :) My husband and I are stuck in that "We don't know where to go except for the usual players" -- i.e., the chain restaurants, Grumpy White's, Villa Rosa (mostly for the drinks) and Abby Park very very occasionally.

We have a weekly date nite. We're not rolling in money. We both like a pub/tavern atmosphere but it's not paramount. Good, basic, American food -- my husband isn't as adventurous as I am. What do my fellow South Shore chowhounds suggest? (it also doesn't have to be directly in Quincy, btw).

TIA!

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  1. Quincy is pretty desolate for good food. We often hit Scarlet Oak in Hingham for the bar menu.

    1. In lieu of Abby Park--try Ashmont Grill in Dorcester--similar price points and we have either really enjoyed or loved everything we've had there.

      I love Quincy and want to love our resto's--but I get a bit disapointed in our local food, too. I like Alba a lot and am a huge fan of Leo's--but it's just a bit more that I want to spend regularly. And the last couple of times we've been to Fat Cat the food has been more of a let down--what had been reliably good is now iffy. Remick's has disppointed me since day 1--menu has read well but the execution has never delivered. (If anyyone's been lately and can say differently, I'd love to hear it!). sigh.

      I konw you said non-Asian, but for other readers, we really like Pho Countryside for an every-day sort of place--when it's too lagte to cook after work, but you want something you know will be good.

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      1. re: SeaSide Tomato

        Where is Leo's somehow I missed that one. Did you mean Louie's? Also, I believe Remicks is closed.

          1. re: jjbourgeois

            This is for both Peg and JJJB--Peg, my reference to Leo was about the owner of Alba--I have great respect for him, but can't afford to dine there regualarly.

            JJB with regard to Remicks, not surprised they closed (surprised at my lack of observational skills, maybe)since they were so disappointing.

            1. re: SeaSide Tomato

              Too funny even today I was racking my brain trying to figure out what Leo's could be. I'm not a fan of Albas. It's a beautiful space but the last time I was there I ordered chicken parm and felt that the chicken was too thick and it seemed to be coated with panko bread crumbs which just were not to my taste. I reality enjoyed Albas at their old location though.

        1. The Ashmont Grill in Dorchester and Steel & Rye in Milton are both quite nice, and much better than the Quincy places that you listed.
          I've also had reasonably good Italian food at Basta Pasta in North Quincy.

          1. Fowler House on Hancock St. has good, basic American food.

            Steel and Rye in Milton is very good, but very expensive.

            If Italian is on the list, I like Gennaro's. I know some people might not, but I've never had a bad meal there and it's usually very crowded so I'm not the only one who enjoys it.

            1. I recently met friends at the Fowler House. I hadn't been there in more than 20 years and didn't have high expectations. I was even amused when I saw that the bow tie bake was still on the menu so I ordered it and it was good. It's an old school, neighborhood pub type place and it has me wondering if the pizza is good?

              Villa Rosa I haven't been to in over 30 years. Maybe I'll give that a try. Just kidding ;)

              Alfredo's does a good job with their prime rib and I'm a big fan of the veal parm. They also have keno as an added bonus.

              Cafe deParis (part of Common Market Group) seems to be off the radar and that's too bad because they have a varied menu. I generally go for the chopped salad with scallops but I also love their pizza.

              Coops is a comfortable sports bar with good pizza (shrimp scampi); steak and cheese bomb; turkey dinner; and garlic parmesean wings among other choices

              Port 305 at Marina Bay is a quiet spot off season and you still have nice water views.

              Inn at Bay Pointe is decent for drinks; apps and desert. Try their peanut butter ice cream pie. For lunch they have turkey dinner on the menu and they do a good fry job on seafood.

              That's all I can think of at the moment in Quincy. In Dorchester I like the Ledge, especially when the weather in warm and you can enjoy the patio. Plus there is a fabulous bakery (Sweet Life I think it's called) just a few doors down. Plus for take out there is Mrs Jones. I always get the ribs and sweet potato pie

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              1. re: Pegmeister

                Their pizza is classic Quincy Bar Pizza with that cracker crust. Personally, I hate the stuff, but if you like Bar Pizza, my friends who eat it really enjoy it.

                1. re: mwk

                  I like a good bar pizza just might have to give them a try

              2. Steel and Rye, as many have mentioned, is very good but can be pricey. We keep the check down by sitting at the bar and sharing a couple apps ("snacks") and always leave full.

                The bar menu at Scarlet Oak has nice options and I much prefer sitting the bar area than the dining room.

                Ashmont Grille is fun and the bartenders make great cocktails.