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Impromptu Gathering in Rte 93 north area

I am looking for a place to hold a somewhat impromptu gathering.

We are a group of about 15-20 women in our early 50's who all went to high school together and have not seen one another in quite some time. We are looking for a place to have a simple meal (burgers, salads, sandwiches, appetizers) and a few drinks but be able to mix and mingle and catch up. A place where we can hear ourselves talk to each other.

This is for next Tuesday night so it is an advantage, I think, that it is early in the week on a night when places are not too busy and more quiet than a Friday night.

The location should be somewhere along 93 north, 128 between Woburn and Lynnfield (maybe something in the new Market Street?). Or along Rte 28 Stoneham, Reading, North Reading.

We don't want to rent a room nor do we want to make reservations but suppose we could on Monday or Tuesday morning when we have a better idea of the number of people. Best if we could just descend upon a place Tuesday night and take over a large bar area with table seating as well, preferably so we can easily mingle.

Thoughts or recommendations?
Thank you!

Jun 06, 2014
dadschum in Greater Boston Area

Fried Clams between Falmouth and Hyannis

Can anyone suggest a place for fried clams somewhere between Falmouth and Hyannis (I will be in Mashpee this week). Specifically for bellies. I know the Clam Shack at Falmouth Harbor quite well. Any other recommendations? How is Cooke's - any good? View, ambiance etc are less relevant than the clams themselves.

Failing that, any recommendations for clams for the ride home towards Boston up Rte 3? We stop at Woods in Plymouth Harbor often. What else between the Sagamore Bridge and Boston? With or without a view. We will divert a ways off the highway for good fried clams.


Aug 11, 2013
dadschum in Southern New England

Restaurant with a private room to accomodate 25-50 on 93 north corridor


I am in the beginning stages of planning a high school reunion for classmates from a local girls' high school.

I am looking for a venue that would have a private room to accomodate probably a minimum of 20 women and max of 50 (it was a small graduating class).

The best location would be a venue in any of the communites along the 93 north corridor from Medford to where 93 intersects with Rte 495. We could go a bit west (Burlington area) or a bit east towards (Peabody/Danvers).

Last time we did Kowloon. The time before that we had something more formal at Spinellis'.

We are going for a low key, low maintenance somewhat casual ladies night out. As for cuisine, something that will appeal to all sorts of tastes. Italian is good, Chinese (though we did that last time) or a place with a varied menu. We would probably do buffet or family style.

But I am open to the great suggestions of the chowhounds.

Many thanks!

280 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

Oct 04, 2011
dadschum in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Seaport area restaurant for Sat night without reservations

Could anyone suggest a place to eat in the Seaport area this Saturday night? I have never been there before and am a native Bostonian - just have not gotten there yet. I don't want to make reservations as I am unsure of our plans. We may do a harbor cruise or a cruise to the harbor islands to beat the heat.

Any type of food is fine, probably lower end budget (pub - burgers fish and chips etc) but open to all suggestions. Was recently at Legal's in the Burlington Mall and though my swordfish was very good they have gotten quite pricy! ($28.95 for my piece of sword!).

And where exactly are these places located? Not familiar with the area. I know where the B of A pavillion is, the WTC and where Jimmy's was. Also know the courthouse. just don't know where all the new places are in this area.

Many thanks for your help.

Jul 22, 2011
dadschum in Greater Boston Area

looking for South shore restaurant with a fun bar

My two friends and I celebrated my birthday last night at Scarlet Oak Tavern. We were quite pleased with our choice.

We planned to meet at 5:30 at the bar to have a chance to have a drink at the bar and chat. We had reservations for 6:30pm.

We arrived at 5:45 and found a place to stand near the bar. Service was prompt and the drinks were good. We were immersed in conversation when I realized it was 6:30 and we should check in with the hostess.

We made our way to the hostess stand and introduced ourselves. We were told they were waiting for 3 tables to clear and it would be a few more minutes. It was a busy Saturday night and we had nowhere else to go so it wasn't a big deal. They gave us a buzzer and we went back to our perch at the bar and continued talking. At 6:55pm it dawned on me we were still waiting. I went back to the hostess stand and was told people were not leaving and they did not know how long it would be and that was it. Back to the bar.

We chatted a few more minutes, by now it was 7:05 and we were all starving. I said we could eat at the bar. But my friends said it was my night, my choice. I really wanted a table so I said we would hang on. If we had known we would be waiting more than 30 minutes past our time, we would have ordered appetizers and more drinks. But we kept thinking we would be seated at any moment.

Finally at about 7:10 a hostess came over and apologized for the long wait and said since we had to keep waiting we could order a couple of appetizers on the house to tide us over and they would bring them right out.

We ordered onion rings and the bleu cheese crap dip, and another round of drinks. They brought them out less then 5 minutes later and within 5 minutes after that we were seated at a table, and they brought the appetizers with us.

That was the only glitch.

Once seated, our server was prompt. Food was delicious, I had the NY sirloin medium with a baked potato and side of squash, and bearnaise sauce. Cooked perfectly and very tasty.

Friends had chicken pot pie and shrmp tagliatelle. Both were delicious and they finished off their meals. We had coffee and shared a chocolate torte for dessert. The Torte was very tasty but quite small.

We had lots to chat about and spent nearly 4 hours at the table. We were the last to leave. So on the upside they did not rush us out, but on the down side, they clearly don't rush people out or we would have been seated closer to on time, since it seems the earlier tables were also occupied by people who lingered.

The bar was fun, food was good, serviice was good, once we got seated. All in all a wonderful evening. The appetizers on the house was the right thing to do and made a less than desirable situation much easier to accept.

Botton line, we will go back.

Scarlet Oak Tavern
1217 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043

Scarlet Oak Tavern
1217 Main St, Hingham, MA 02043

Feb 27, 2011
dadschum in Greater Boston Area

looking for South shore restaurant with a fun bar

Thanks to all for your help. We decided on Scarlet Oak Tavern. Looking forwrd to it. Will post my thoughts when I return.

Thanks again all - this is a great community.

Scarlet Oak Tavern
1217 Main St, Hingham, MA 02043

Feb 24, 2011
dadschum in Greater Boston Area

looking for South shore restaurant with a fun bar

Hi Folks,
Long time lurker first time poster, I am looking for a south shore restaurant with a fun bar for my birthday dinner with two girlfriends next Saturday night. Looking primarily for a place in Quincy, Brantree, Hingham, Weymouth, area. Two of us are coming from the North shore (our passports are ready!:) and the other lives in Quincy and works in Scituate (which is where she will be coming from Saturday evening). So she is coming from south to north, relatively speaking so we don't want to go further south than Hingham.

We like steak, seafood, Mexican, Italian. Good Martinis too but other cockals are fine. We want a place where we can hang out at a fun bar for a drink first, have dinner at a table and then maybe go back to the bar afterwards. Dining out is a big part of what we enjoy on a regular basis so we like "good" food.

I've been reading this board for quite awhile and culled my list from some of your more frequent recommendations, but don't know if any have a "fun bar".

My list includes:
El Serape Braintree
Spazio Braintree
Sintra Braintree
Tosca Hingham
Stars Hingham
Rustic Kitchen Hingham
Burton’s Grill Hingham
Scarlet Oak Tavern Hingham
Alma Nove Hingham
Abby Park Milton
Trattoria San Pietro Norwell
Orta Pembroke
Gennaro Quincy
Fat Cat Quincy
Tavern at Quarry Hills Quincy (Granite Links Golf Course)
Ecco Trattoria - Weymouth
Peppercornz Weymouth

Any input on the food and or bar area on these or any other suggestions in our preferred locations or thereabouts would be a great help.

Thanks so much!

Fat Cat
24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

906 Washington St, Braintree, MA 02184

Trattoria San Pietro
376 Washington St., Norwell, MA 02061

Ecco Trattoria
1169 Main St, Weymouth, MA 02190

Rustic Kitchen
94 Derby St, Hingham, MA 02043

Scarlet Oak Tavern
1217 Main St, Hingham, MA 02043

200 Quincy Ave, Braintree, MA 02184

1037 Main St, Weymouth, MA 02190

Abby Park
550 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186

Orta Restaurant
75 Washington St, Pembroke, MA 02359

Feb 20, 2011
dadschum in Greater Boston Area