I have lived N & S and made some observations. 1stly, the South Shore has more to offer vis-a-vis 'workingclass' chow. Places like Pho Row in Dorchester, La Paloma in Quincy and all the great pubs, family-owned joints and the like make for a great chowhound-y place. I am never at a loss to find a great sub or lunch down that way. Yet, I never ate at a South Shore establishment that really approached chowhound greatness, although I had a few good meals at La Scala in Randolph. Hi-Fi Pizza on Dot Ave is still great too. On the other hand, I'd posit that the North Shore, hands down, has got the better dining, with a strong offering of seafoods, older and newer retauraunts, innovative chefs and menus and overall variety with quality. It would seem that from Newburyport to Gloucester to Salem there are far more and better dining establishments than on the whole of the S. Shore. Just my observations!!!