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Kipos Roast Beef
117 Water Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
Phone: (781) 246-1161

Kipos roast beef, Wakefield Mass. The roast beef is delicious--so juicy--and the steak and cheese. Visit them and you remember forever.
Submitted on 2/16/11 by Anna, Wakefield, MA

Beefmaster Roast Beef and Seafood
308 Boston Road
Billerica, MA 01862
Phone: (978) 663-6568

BeefMaster Roast Beef and Seafood, North Billerica MA.
Submitted on 2/5/11 by SH, Malden, MA

Main Street Grille
1400 Main Street
Weymouth, MA 02190
Phone: (781) 337-0801

Main Street Grille in South Weymouth...great comfort food...chili, beef stew. Best Buffalo wings around.
Submitted on 2/4/11 by John, Weymouth, MA

Giacomo's Ristorante
431 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 536-5723

Giacomo's, Boston, MA. South End location. Best fra diavolo sauce I have had, ever. Let me state for the record that I have lived for six weeks in Italy and still craved Giacomo's Penne with shrimp and scallops with fra diavolo sauce the second I landed back in Boston. Plus, Robert and the rest of the staff are amazing.
Submitted on 2/2/11 by Jess, Boston, MA

Colonial House
33 Savin Avenue
Norwood, MA 02062
Phone: (781) 762-3000

The Colonial House on Savin Ave in Norwood. Great place to unwind on a Friday night with several cold Harpoon IPA's and very good food, including bar pizza, fish & chips, chicken parm and fantastic onion rings.
Submitted on 2/1/11 by JJ, Norwood, MA

Fish Market
170 Brighton Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
Phone: (617) 783-1268

First, I need to preface this by saying my wife and I have been looking for a quality sushi restaurant in the Boston area for some time. The criteria for me include: 1) an extensive small plate list with a large offering of traditional and often hard to find Japanese items; 2) presentation and service; and 3) quality preparation. So many people find it necessary to talk about the freshness of the fish- to those, if this issue needs to be discussed in any way- that speaks of the otherwise low quality in the Boston area. I assume that the restaurants use the same wholesalers- so the source, at least at the start, is the same. If the fish at any restaurant somehow manages to serve fish that is not fresh- that should not even warrant a review other than an emphatic "stay away."
That said, Fish Market is very good to outstanding when it comes to points 2) and 3). On my first visit, my wife and I ordered small plates, sashimi, nigiri and makimono at the same time. The courses were delivered as they should be- appetizers and sashimi out first... with the rice orders to end the meal. I have found that it is extremely rare and always pleasantly surprising when a restaurant serves the meal in a traditional order- leaving the filling rice pieces for the end. Fish Market is the the first sushi restaurant I have been to in Boston that has done this since the now departed Tatsukichi on State Street. The chef, Kin, did this without our prompting and he instantly earned our attention for this. I also noticed, with an almost audible appreciation, that there are no sushi boats at Fish Market.
The sashimi was excellent and expertly cut and presented. The pieces were clean, uniform, and a good size. They were out of uni on my first visit, but another good sign was that on a subsequent visit, I was able to have an extended conversation about the qualities of uni from Maine versus Southern California (ok- I might obsess a little... but the difference I note in taste and texture were also known to Kin, further convincing me he really knows what he is doing).
Although I would like to find just a straightforward Japanese sushi restaurant without the O ya/Nobu/Masa types of what I will refer to as "interpretive sushi", I understand that this probably will not happen in Boston. That said, where Kin does deviate from the traditional, especially his use of truffles with white tuna, it is outstanding. The foie gras is excellent (I tried it as "sashimi" and as "nigiri"- prefer the nigiri style, as the foie oils are captured by the rice). I am not opposed to interpretive sushi in any way, but, unless the place devoted exclusively to the new age, ala O Ya, the appearance of a few interpretive pieces would preferably only occur after a solid fundamental base has been established (this is where Oishii seem to slightly disappoint every time I am there). Fish Market seems to have struck an excellent balance.
Overall, Fish Market has delivered the best sushi I have had in this area in terms of preparation and presentation (Oga's in Newton had been the previous best- having edged out what I find to be a dwindling appreciation for Oishii- which never really rated high in any of the three categories above). I would like to see Kin delve into some of the more esoteric Japanese items that are hard to find in ordinary sushi restaurants, but are available at the more traditional sushi restaurants (where in Boston does one find sake steamed uni?). The size of the current space will probably not allow for Kin to expand the menu dramatically, as it is very small (also of note- there is no alcohol). I certainly hope this place is extremely successful, as I would very much look forward to seeing what this place is capable of if allowed to expand.
Submitted on 2/1/11 by Michael and Evelyn, Somerville, MA

The Toll House
Whitman, MA 02382

My mom was raised in Mass. She took me to the old Toll House in Whitman. I remember the desserts and the clam chowder. I was saddened to hear that it burned down and was not rebuilt.
Submitted on 2/1/11 by Bob, Benicia, CA

Always Something Good
333 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone: (978) 345-3663

My favorite restaurant is Always Something Good in Fitchburg MA. It just opened a couple of months ago and wow - the food is amazing, the prices are incredible, and its all homestyled, simple comfy food that was fantastic. Service was done with a smile. Real food for real people - FINALLY!!!
Submitted on 12/15/10 by John C, Fitchburg, MA

Michael's Place
110 Lowell Street
Wilmington, MA 01887
Phone: (978) 657-8700

My all time favorite restaurant is Michaels Place in Wilmington, Ma.
Michaels is a home style place. The portions are huge and the food is to die for. They also serve beer and wine. The menu ranges from pizza to seafood to steak tips to you name it. Oh and did I mention The owner Mike and his wife are there in the kitchen with everyone, else working and making magic. Please, do yourself a favor visit them. They are right off 93.
Submitted on 12/2/10 by Kim, Arlington, MA

3 Mechanic Street
Boston, MA 02113
Phone: (617) 523-0015

Ida's in the North End. Rolled Veal is the best in the world.
Submitted on 12/2/10 by Mike S, Hudson, MA

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