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Aug 2, 2014 07:21 AM

Best of, the South Shore Living edition

Here are some of the winners. Thoughts?

Lunch: Square Cafe-Hingham
Coffee Shop: Marylou's-chain
Gourmet Food: Bloomy Rind-Hingham
Candy Store: Puopolo Candies-Hingham
Cupcakes: Cupcake Charlie's-chain
Cocktail Bar: Ember Restaurant-Marshfield
Tapas: Hola Flatbreads and Tapas in Marshfield
Breakfast: Stars On Hingham Harbor
Italian: Mama Mia's
Thai: Wild Ginger Thai Cuisine-Norwell
Outdoor Dining: East Bay Grille-Plymouth
Late Night: Cask 'n Flagon
Mexican and Margaritas: El Sarape-Weymouth
Ambiance and Chef: Orta Restaurant and The Grotto-Pembroke
Lobster Roll: The Hingham Lobster Pound
Fish N' Chips: Haddads Ocean Cafe-Brant Rock
Doughnuts: The Coffee Shack in Marshfield
Fried Clams: Wood's Seafood-Plymouth
Irish Pub: The Tinker's Son-Norwell

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    1. No way Arthur and Pat's should not win best breakfast!!!

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      1. re: Trumpetguy

        Don't know about Arthur and Pats being the best but I have not darkened the doors at Stars in a looong time. The place really needs a face lift. Bathrooms are disgusting and everything has a grimy look and feel and that was at least 5 years ago.

        I would have voted for either Strawberry Fair or Easters.

        1. re: foodieX2

          So this is not your list? Color me confused. :)
          I have previously said that my last two lunches at Square Cafe were not good at all and gave me the impression that no one there cares anymore. And my only meal at Stars was actively vile and I will never go back. So inclusion of those two make me suspicious of that list.
          I would nominate Jakes' in Nantasket for best seasonal fish shack. And I agree that Arthur and Pat's deserves a nod.

          1. re: GretchenS

            You guys are certainly down on Stars :) Not a huge fan, but good craft beer program brings me in occasionally. Have had decent fish tacos and a salmon dish there, but the food does seem to be more Sysco like than it used to be.

            1. re: Trumpetguy

              Have you been in recently? The place was so run down and dirty looking we left and like I said that was over 5 years ago. I think I might have stopped for breakfast before school with our son but I don't remember.

              Has Eat Well put any money into the place recently? I heard a lot of their long time bartenders jumped ship in the last couple of years too because they couldn't make the same money due to lack of traffic.

              Have you heard the guys from Tosca/Eat Well have started their own brewing venture?

              1. re: foodieX2

                I have been in the last month or 2 and did not see dirty bathrooms(mens). I did try their Entitled IPA and was not impressed. Seemed crowded on Fridays still...

            2. re: GretchenS

              LOL, It's not up on their website yet otherwise I would linked it! And I complete missed the voting this year…..

              The list in not that different from than 2013 though…


              1. re: foodieX2

                see, you learn something new every day -- i never knew about that site so your thread title didn't mean anything to me, my bad

                1. re: GretchenS

                  You are not missing much, from a magazine perspective. For some reason I get it free every month. However I do try to make a point of voting every year. There is a lot of really good food around here but the same places seem to get all the attention. (and I love my hair salon so I push them too)

        2. If Marylou's is the best coffee shop on the South Shore I feel truly sorry for folks in that area.

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          1. re: Allstonian

            Does Marylou's even serve coffee? All I recall are hot cups of artificially-flavored high fructose corn syrup, some of which have been placed in the shadow of a decades-old campfire percolator.

            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

              Isn't Marylou's the Hooters of the coffee world? Then it would be in the shadow of fitted pink tank tops and short shorts.

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          2. Agreed, the list is pretty generic. Hola's is more of a mex/tapas/pizza sort of menu. Square Cafe, will never, ever go there again. Cask N' Flagon, ok in a bind. Haven't been to El Sarape in years. Ember, I've driven by and never seen more than 5 or 6 cars in the lot, maybe it's my timing. Tinker's Son, I am fond of their Shepherds Pie.

            1. I can't say I agree with this list. Red Eye Roasters in Hingham has far superior coffee to Marylou's and if you're focusing on chains only, I would still opt for Coffee Break Café first. I haven't tried the Lobster Pound but I think the lobster roll from Grumpy White's in Quincy is pretty awesome. Cask n Flagon really isn't good for anything except desperation.