5 Places That Will Make You Love (to Eat on) the South Shore
Don't just drive through. Our born-and-bred South Shore correspondent gives you her list of places worth stopping between Boston and Cape Cod this summer.
The battle of North Shore vs. South Shore rages on here in Massachusetts. A recent Boston Magazine article comparing the two regions concludes, "You’re either one or the other. And once you make your choice, there’s a good chance you’ll never cross over to the other side."
This ongoing land squabble goes all the way back to colonial times, according to the article. The Pilgrims went to Plymouth; the Puritans went to Salem. Two separate colonies were formed, setting the stage for our current preferences. We still haven’t gotten over it.
When it comes to food, there really should be no contest though — especially historically speaking. Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most famous meals of all time, and it continues to this day. Yeah, South Shore!
I grew up in Bridgewater and have lived in Quincy for years, so I definitely consider myself a South Shore person. While I might be biased, sometimes it feels like the North Shore gets more attention. So I’m doing my part to share a few South Shore eateries that just might lure you in.
Lobster lures many of us in during the summer months. If you’re looking forward to your first lobster roll of the season, you could visit Quincy, the City of Presidents, and try Fox & Hound Wood Grille and Tavern, a favorite restaurant of Leave it to Lindsay's Lindsay Joy Higgins.
Higgins, a self-described "South Shore girl," born and raised in Braintree, now lives in Hingham. She remarks, "To me, the South Shore and North Shore are two different worlds. If you’re from the South Shore, you usually don’t cross over the Zakim to go to a North Shore restaurant."
She says Fox & Hound has a "very nice atmosphere and food is absolutely delicious." Their Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese is her "all-time favorite."
Tea is the beverage of choice for many and reminds us of this country’s colonial roots and revolt. But instead of throwing it overboard, why don't you drink it at Plymouth’s Mirbeau Inn & Spa, where every second Tuesday brings teatime in The Bistro. Menu offerings described on the website include "mini scones, biscotti, assorted shortbreads, macarons, and flourless madelines." Stacy Wilbur, Senior Vice President of Regan Communications Group, says that the Tuesday tradition has taken place every month since May 2015.
Is tea not your beverage of choice? The Green Light in Duxbury has you covered with their juices. Founded by David O’Brien, The Green Light also has locations in Cohasset, Hingham and Pembroke. Marianne MacLeod, the Duxbury location manager, says that the signature Green Light Juice is their number one selling product. Plus, the Green Light Cleanse is changing lives, she says. But they sell more than juices. You can also get smoothies, soups, salads, wraps, granola, and other snacks, such as these "To Live For" truffles.
If you’re hungry for more than a snack or small meal, two sister restaurants in Milton might become your new favorites. Executive Chef Tony DeRienzo presides over both. Abby Park offers modern American cuisine and Novara features modern Italian.
Recently, I visited Abby Park and was wowed by their extensive menu. It’s not that large, but the innovative combinations make it hard to choose just one entree — and left me thinking about my next visit. Novara has an outdoor patio and is perfect for al fresco dining. It also brings the air of celebrity with it; Jordan Knight of New Kids On The Block is an investor.
So who knows who you might see while eating lunch or dinner on the South Shore? No matter what, these dining adventures just might convert you into a South Shore person after all (if you're not one already).
The Fox & Hound – 123 Sea St., Quincy, 617.471.4030, foxandhoundquincy.com
The Bistro at Mirbeau Inn & Spa – 35 Landmark Dr., Plymouth, 508.209.2393, mirbeau.com/pinehills-plymouth/dining/
The Green Light – 285 St. George St., Duxbury, 781.452.7397, thegreenlightduxbury.com
Abby Park – 550 Adams St., Milton, 617.696.8700, abbypark.com
Novara – 556 Adams St., Milton, 617-696-8400, novararestaurant.com