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A comfy spot gets sophisticated

It's easy to miss Remick’s, the new restaurant in downtown Quincy at the site of the former Finian’s. The brick building is quietly handsome and the only sign is a flat spread of letters that simply spells Remick’s.   The interior design is similarly … [Read more...]

A dose of mystery at Quincy’s Kam Man

So many cuisines, so many foods unique to each, so many items labeled with words I can’t read! Few places are more packed with these mysteries than Quincy’s Kam Man – probably the most extensive Asian market in New England. “It’s the largest in Boston, and Boston’s the … [Read more...]

New Tokyo Japanese Steak House in Braintree

Before you even approach the hostess at Braintree’s new Tokyo Japanese Steak House, you have to make a choice: do you want to go left or right? Nod your head to the right, and you can sit in a booth at a granite table with an electric burner embedded in its center. Go left and … [Read more...]

Alfredo’s Italian Foods: God forbid you should be hungry!

Deep in the Italian psyche and embodied by many Italians of my acquaintance (some of whom are closer to me than my front door) is a strong imperative to tend to empty stomachs. The program seems to be that we must eat to keep up our strength, keep up our spirits, and generally … [Read more...]

Babycakes in Quincy: Great cake for little money

When I started this column 18 months ago, I figured I’d exhaust the South Shore food scene is a few months. But, every time I search the area for a particular type of food maker, baker, business, cook, or restaurant, I find someone doing it, and I become amazed by the depth in my … [Read more...]

70 years of tradition

Cozied into a booth over a plate of good honest mashed potatoes and turkey tips on a wintry day at Cronin’s Publick House makes life feel like a simpler and slower experience than it does in the wired world outside. Located just up a side street from the once mighty Fore River … [Read more...]

Ginger Betty rocks gingerbread 365 days a year

I’ve always liked hearing about people who loved something when they were kids and kept loving it year in and year out and ended up turning it into something big and beautiful as adults. That’s what Beth Veneto, aka Ginger Betty, did with a love of gingerbread she discovered … [Read more...]

South Shore restaurant news and notes

Restaurants everywhere come and go, and some just have facelifts. Cooks, too, do a lot of moving around as a way to move up the ladder and learn from other chefs in a business that sees more action than most. But even by industry standards, the South Shore restaurant scene is … [Read more...]

Indian fare that always hits the spot

It's a Thursday noon in mid-March – the last Thursday at Punjab Café before it moves into a new, larger space directly next door. Most of the parties seem to be regulars meeting up and greeting each other for lunch at a familiar haunt. The two waiters working the small restaurant … [Read more...]

Legals chain extends reach, casually

Finding Legal Sea Foods' new restaurant – Legal C Bar – in Dedham's Legacy Place couldn't be easier if you know Boston. It's just a few hundred yards from Exit 15A off Route 128. If, however, you don't know Boston, you won't know that Route 128 is variously labeled … [Read more...]