I spent the weekend at a few places a bit off the beaten path, all of which were very good....
Started out by going to Taso's Euro-Cafe at the Norwood Airport on Saturday night. I hadn't been there in about a year, and was happy to see that the food (including chicken lemon soup, grape leaves, moussaka, and steak tips) was still decent there. The restaurant was packed when we arrived, and we actually had to wait for a table. It's nice to see that they are doing well, since the family that owns it is hard-working and very nice. The food is by no means the best Greek I've had in the Boston area (that would probably go to the Farm Grill in Newton), but it's freshly made and mostly good.
Stopped at McKay's Breakfast and Lunch in South Quincy Sunday morning. I'm guessing that very few folks on CH have been to this place (Pegmeister? I'm guessing you have been?), as it is as local as you can get and is completely unknown outside of the area. It's a good one, though, with tasty homemade corned beef hash (don't order it if you don't like onions!), pigs in a blanket, a hearty Irish breakfast, Irish oatmeal with blueberries and brown sugar, and very nice home fries that are tender and seasoned nicely, with a mix of red and russet potatoes. If you go, expect to hear lots of "honeys" and "sweeties" and expect to see a colorful mix of blue-collar folks, Irish immigrants, and elderly folks who seem to know everyone here.
We went to Fratelli's Pastry Shop on Broad Street in Quincy (near where the Southern Artery and Sea Street meet) a bit later on Sunday for a variety of treats, including red velvet cake, apricot shortbread, creme puffs, and chocolate dipped cannolis. The cake, shortbread, and creme puffs were excellent, but the cannoli I had wasn't anything special (and I'd much rather have a place make them on the spot for me). Prices are mostly reasonable (with a couple of exceptions), and the variety of cookies, muffins, and cupcakes is quite impressive. BTW, they just opened a second one in Weymouth.
So now I'm feeling fat again. Perhaps I'll take a bit of time off from dining out.......perhaps...
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