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Bagels in Boston

I wouldn't agree that there are no bagels worth eating around here. Too many people make it sound like everything is a waste of time. Nonsense. In addition to some of the ones others have mentioned, If you're near the south shore try Gunther Tooties. There are several with one right in Quincy Center near the T, and I find them perfectly satisfactory.

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Gunther Tooties
2053 Washington St, Hanover, MA 02339

Apr 18, 2011
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Hot Dogs: the Definitive List.

Was up in Maine yesterday and made the stop at Flo's. You know, I think the fact that a lot of these comments of hot dog love for some of these places are preceded with "when I was a kid I loved...." for a reason. It's got to be the fond childhood memories that provoke such love for some of these places, because it sure ain't the dogs. I'm an admitted hot dog freak, and have annoyed the crap out of friends by always insisting on seeking out the best hot dog places wherever we go around the country. First and foremost I've never had a hot dog that compared to Speed's. The fact that it's in my backyard is irrelevant. I've eaten he dogs at pretty much every place mentioned in this thread and others and some are good, some are okay, some are completely unremarkable. As far as Flo's goes, seriously....what is the big deal? First I sat for 40 minutes through the most inefficient ordering system I've ever seen in my life (and I don't say that as hyperbole), which seemed to be what people think is part of the charm. Personally after 15 minutes I found it maddening. Here's an idea, one person do the thing with asking how many and then setting up the boxes and taking the money, then a second person make the damn dogs. Why did I have to wait for an entire room of people to order and pay before my I could get my two dogs. Secondly, the dogs themselves.....so what? They were completely unremarkable. The famous hot relish didn't taste like anything to me and the dogs were just basic steamed blandness. I'm glad the place evokes such great memories to so many, but this was easily the most overrated of the "must do" hot dog places in New England I've ever tried.

Apr 17, 2011
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gargoyle's ....why so irritating?

Gotta say it sounds like you're indeed a bit of a whiner. There's plenty of horrible restaurant experiences out there, and it sounds like you had a pretty nice meal. Frankly not listing drink prices is a bit of a pet peeve of mine, but it only becomes a pet peeve if it's common. Maybe you should just get over relatively minor things (I mean, you were seated as soon as you joined your "SO" right?) and not let them ruin what, again, sounds like a pretty nice meal. Life's too short.

Mar 27, 2011
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Wild Willy's Coming to Quincy

REALLY dissapointed to see the end of Bad Abbots. Hopefully someone else will pick up the slack for a good soccer bar in the area. Even less thrilled to see it being replaced by a faux Western theme complete with scantily clad staff. Not what the area needs. Also don't quite get why anyone would think there's still a marketable niche for Remick's nostalgia. How many folks are left that really fondly remember shopping there? I'm 42 and grew up in Quincy and barely remember it.

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Bad Abbots
1546 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

Nov 01, 2010
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Best Wine Shop

Not sure where you are but if you happen to be South of Boston (or Dot/Southie) Gypsy Kitchen in Quincy Center is excellent. Lisa, the owner (who used to own the hot sauce kiosk in Faneuil Hall for years) is very, very knowledgable. She is also very good at remembering her customers tastes and recommending appropriate wines for them.

Oct 31, 2010
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Recs for dorchester tonight????

You really can't go wrong with any of the three and I'd personally pick all of them over D-bar. If you want Italian or really good pizza go with Tavolo. But considering what a beautiful day it is out, I'd concur with Peg and say hit up the patio at the Ledge.

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Tavolo
1918 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

Oct 17, 2010
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What is up with Mrs. Jones in Dorchester

Hopefully everything is alright. I know that the owner has had some serious health issues in the last year. They were closed for about a week earlier in the year due to her having surgery, as I recall.

Oct 16, 2010
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Hippy the Dog: Delish

Gotta be honest, never saw anything great about this place. Hot dog seemed really bland (the owner, who seemed like a nice guy, told me he was getting them somewhere in California) and the toppings and sauces were nothing really special to me. Thought the giant New England style roll was kind of neat though. In the end, if I was going to go over to Cleveland Circle for a hot dog, I'd just assume cross the street and get a grilled Pearl from Eagle Deli.

Sep 26, 2010
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Philly Cheesesteaks in Boston?

In a side by side taste test my three sons and I voted 3-1 preferring Pat's to Geno's. However we all unanimously agreed that Tony Luke's was easily superior to either one!

Sep 17, 2010
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Where to get Pearl Hot Dogs?

Ok, don't chill.......wow.

Sep 08, 2010
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Where to get Pearl Hot Dogs?

dude, chill out. seriously.

Sep 07, 2010
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Where to get Pearl Hot Dogs?

Calm down Sparky, sorry to hurt your feelings.

Okey doke. Try any Stop & Shop, every Star Market/Shaw's I've ever been in, Roxie's in Quincy, The Hilltop Butchershops. I've also seen them in Market Baskets and Hannafords. If you want one prepared for you there's rougly a billion places that use them. Some of my favorites are the aforementioned Half Way Cafe and Fred's Franks as well as Eagle Deli in Cleveland Circle.

I suppose you could also just call Pearl and ask them too.

Good luck!

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Fred's Franks
390 Quannapowitt Pkwy, Wakefield, MA 01880

Sep 06, 2010
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Where to get Pearl Hot Dogs?

I always marvel when three year old threads suddenly get randomly resonded to. BTW Pearls aren't even the least bit difficult to find these days. They're at most major supermarkets for starters.

Sep 06, 2010
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Villa Rosa?

Can only echo what other have said. The pizza isn't totally hideous, unlike everything else. Grab a pizza and some drinks.

Jun 16, 2010
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Something like Dairy Queen?

Not to be a wise guy.....but seriously, doesn't every ice cream place that has soft serve, do some version of a blizzard? I know in Quincy alone Dairy Freeze, Brighams, Frozen Freddie's, Friendly's, and yes, even McDonald's all do them. I'm surprised anyone would have a hard time finding one.

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Dairy Freeze
635 Adams St, Quincy, MA 02169

Frozen Freddies
435 Washington St, Quincy, MA 02169

May 08, 2010
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Speed's open tomorrow

Just a note on Saturdays. The website does indeed say 9-4, but I found out the hardway yesterday it's actually 10. Of course you've got to be pretty hardup (which I generally am) to want one at 9!

Mar 21, 2010
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Diabetic candy in Cambridge/Somerville?

Honestly, most candy stores nowadays have sugar free selections. However, as a diabetic I can tell you that honestly the carbs in most sugar free candy make it not much better for diabetics than normal candy. Unless of course you're not buying it for diabetic reasons.

Mar 20, 2010
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Costco Waltham Hot Dog

Hey all you granola crunchers! Take it somewhere else! If folks wanted to be told how unhealthy things were, this site wouldn't exist. Let us enjoy our fat and calories in peace, I think folks already have a pretty good idea a Speed Dog may not be particularly heart healthy. But it tastes great so :p.

Mar 20, 2010
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