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Going Back in Time at Bob's Family Restaurant in Millis Mass.
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"Hey gang, let's assemble into our phony, wood-paneled station wagon, turn on some Partridge Family cassettes, and cruise on over to Bob's Family Restaurant!"
"Wow, that's sounds keen. Neat!"

Dining at Bob's Family Restaurant in Millis, Mass., is indeed like being in a restaurant time capsule.

Here, you can tell a book by its cover. The sign outside announces "Frappes and Ice Cream" and "Breakfast Served Anytime." The latter reminds me of that Stephen Wright line: "I went to a restaurant that serves 'breakfast at any time.' So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance."

But I digress. Walking in a parking lot way too big for this small restaurant, glancing at the blue awning with "Bob's" written on it, and up the imperfect steps to the aging white house, Bob's is definitely authentic retro.  At Bob's Family Restaurant, the counter, booths, friendly but occasionally brusque service, sloppily handwritten menu specials on the wall, homemade muffins on display, photos of delicious food plastered near the entrance, gumball machines, out-of-date tile floor and somewhat unfinished side dining rooms that look more like an afterthought collectively lend Bob's Family Restaurant a one-of-a-kind look. Ironic, given this type of old-fashioned, unpretentious restaurant atmosphere was the norm a few generations ago.

With plates clanging loudly, local chatter in full swing, the chef/owner constantly and silently walking out of the kitchen and into the dining room making sure everything is running efficiently, and the smell of coffee permeating the premises, one hopes that Bob's food delivers on its cheerful, heartwarming atmosphere. It does!

Everything we've had here through the years has been done as well as, if not better than any other dining place we've been -- and, most often, at lower prices. Pancakes, burgers, New England clam chowder, baked lamb, turkey pot pie, fried fish, gyros plates, pasta dishes and “Bob’s Big Breakfast” -- (two eggs done any style, home fries, toast, bacon and sausage, as well as either pancakes or french toast) -- make Bob's a place that everyone should like. The breakfast and sandwiches are cheap and most dinners come in at under $10.00. We've never tried the frappes and ice cream, but do they ever look good! 

One could argue that Bob's needs a giant makeover, but that would take the personality out of the place. I could imagine finding a dining spot like this on vacation, and making it a "must-go-to" staple upon ensuing vacations -- one of those restaurants that, for one reason or another, holds a special place in your heart. The fact that Bob's is located in a southwestern Boston suburban location makes it an excellent, unique dining choice, convenient to those living in Millis, Medway, Franklin, Norfolk, Medfield, Walpole and other pleasant, small towns in this nice suburban pocket of eastern Massachusetts.

For breakfast, lunch or dinner (Bob's opens up for the evening on Friday nights), it's really a great place to take the kids.

Neat! In the words of the Partridge Family's big hit single, I say to Bob's Family Restaurant, "I think I love you!"

Bob's Family Restaurant
1115 Main St
Millis, MA
Tel. (508) 376-8615

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