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Worst Dining in Massachusetts, 2001
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The Daily Catch, Brookline and the North End of Boston. Legal
Seafoods may get all the accolades, but we think the Daily Catch
offers fresher fish and better preparations. It is a "hole
in the wall," but who cares when the seafood is top-notch?
Michael's, Newburyport. Pretty waterfront location, pretty bad
seafood with too much breading, small portions and unimaginative
Ken's Steak House, Framingham. Certainly not a trendy choice,
as this steak house has been around seemingly back to the days
of Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker. Ken's, however, seems to keep on
delivering, and at a better value than the highly touted Morton's
and Capital Grille.
The Stockyard, Brighton. The New Balance shoe factory is next
to the Stockyard. It might be hard to tell the difference between
the taste of a sneaker and a steak.
restaurant: The Newbridge Cafe, Chelsea. Rude waitresses, down
and out atmosphere and some of the best steak tips in the world.
restaurant: Applebees. Even the chicken tenders stink.
Spruce Pond Creamery, Franklin. Don't let the soccer mom/minivan
environs of Franklin discourage you: Spruce Pond Creamery serves
up the freshest, most innovative organic pizzas that we've sampled,
to date. Goat cheese, herb blends, non-nitrate pepperoni and
bacon, it's all delicious.
Fenway Park, Boston. Needs to be placed on waivers.
restaurant: Luciano's, Wrentham. We've always had great meals
here, and place this long-time favorite above anything in the
famed Boston North End. Great atmosphere and service to match.
restaurant: Papa Ginos, various locations. Chef Boyardee with
food: Jade Garden, Arlington. The great Chang An in Concord might
be the popular choice, but this year we take Jade Garden because
of its tasty "no MSG" selections, a terrific nightly
buffet and an extremely friendly waitstaff.
food: Chopsticks, Leominster. We bow our heads to the plastic
tiki Gods, as we would have preferred food to go along with our
food: Thai World, Medfield. Sometimes Thai food can weigh you
down with heavy sauces, too much salt and poorly balanced meals.
Thai World, on the other hand, offers extremly fresh dishes,
wonderful vegetable selections and a perfect Pad Thai.
food: Any mall food court establishment.
Shawmut Diner, New Bedford. Great home cooking along with wonderful
hosts, Phil and Celeste Paleologis.
None. You don't pay for the atmosphere, so the food better be
good. And it is, no matter what diner you frequent.
Lake Pearl Luciano's, Wrentham. Great selection, high quality.
From the basics like bacon and eggs to the delicious pasta, fish
and chicken dishes, we recommend not eating a few days before
to get ready for this grand experience. Atmosphere is nice, too,
situated on beautiful Lake Pearl.
Justin's Hearthside, Hanover. As we walked alongside the brunch
tables, we kept waiting for something good to eat. It didn't
food: Kelly's Roast Beef, Revere Beach and suburban locations
(Natick, Danvers and Saugus). The roast beef is delivcious and
the clam plate is a glutton's dream -- plenty of clams along
with a mountain of onion rings and french fries. There's nothing
like sitting on a wall overlooking Revere Beach, eating at Kelley's
and watching the hilarity of muscle heads and beach babes walk
food: Buzzy's, Boston. The darling target of local comedians.
location: The Old Mill, Westminster. Beautiful pond and waterfall
next to an old gristmill setting. Food is above average, with
the best bet being the Sunday brunch.
location: Sbarro's on the Mass Turnpike.
cream: Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar, Sharon, Mass. The cows are just
a short distance from the ice cream stand. Ice cream couldn't
be any fresher.
cream: Friendly's. Tastes like some of the stuff you'd buy at
the market. Come to think of it, you can buy Friendly's ice cream
at the market.
chowder: Legal Seafoods, various locations: Thick and full of
clams, the way it should be.
chowder: Mildred's Chowder House, Hyannis. Ironic, isn't it?
salad: Rossi's, Millis. Full of healthy greens and a "just
salad: Cafe Escadrille, Burlington. Well-known for its caesar
salad, we found it to be rather bland.
Dalimpio's, Hyannis, Mass. Everything you'd want for breakfast
is here at great prices, high quality and huge quantities.
Barbara's Kitchen, Arlington (CLOSED). Once asked for toast at
breakfast and was told they were out of it.
A&A Deli, Arlington. A master cook lurks somewhere in this
convenience store. Great subs, terrific home-cooked meals.
The pre-packaged selection at Mobil gas stations.
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