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Cronins Publick House, Quincy; Victoria's Diner, Roxbury

hiddenboston | Jan 7, 200806:12 AM

We hit two restaurants over the weekend. Nothing new here (for me, anyways), but it's definitely nice to go back to familiar places every now and then.

We headed over to Cronin's Publick House near the old shipyard on Saturday night. For those who haven't been, it looks very scary from the outside, but it's actually quite nice inside, with a bar full of mostly mellow regulars in the front and a pleasant dining area in the back. We started with those terrific Cajun chicken soups (moderately spicy, and loaded with flavor), then ordered turkey tips for one entree and the chicken fried steak special for the other. The turkey tips were outstanding, with a terrific marinade and no gristle at all. They were perhaps a small notch below the turkey tips at the New Bridge in Chelsea, which is saying a lot. The chicken fried steak was very good, though nothing like the ones I've had out west (I was definitely spoiled by this dish in Montana, but I digress). The breading was perfect and the steak was mostly juicy and flavorful, but a good chunk of the steak was gristly. Service was excellent once again--I swear that the folks who wait on me at Cronin's are some of the friendliest I've encountered anywhere in Boston. Just really good people there...

Sunday morning we were off to Victoria's Diner in Roxbury. I hadn't been there in awhile, and it seems that the place was fixed up a bit. The menu definitely seemed to have some new items on it, anyways. The place was jamming, but we were able to grab a table within a couple of minutes. I ordered the French toast with Nutella and dark chocolate shavings (so much for my New Year's resolution to eat healthy) and the potato cakes. The waitress brought over my French toast then ran off, so I assumed she was coming back to bring me the potato cakes. Well, we didn't see her again until I was just about done, and she left the check while mumbling something and started to run off again. I stopped her, telling her that my potato cakes never came. She looked at me and said, "Well, ya shoulda told me, honey." Needless to say, she'd never be able to wait on tables at Cronin's. The French toast was very good, however, and she did take the potato cakes off the check, of course. It wasn't the greatest dining experience, but I do want to head back to Victoria's for dinner one of these nights, as while I've been there a number of times, I've only been there for dinner once.

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