The Taster: Adventurous Appetites

by The Taster

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The Taster is back! After a terrific summer of venturous pilgrimages to find the best cuisine out there, this review will cover a broad spectrum of tantalizing tastes from across the South Shore that will surely suffice your hunger cravings.

Top of the mornin’ to ya! Every great day starts with a greater breakfast. Our first stop brings us to the Mad Hatter in Weymouth, across the street from the classic McDonald’s Playplace. Hidden and quaint, this establishment is a well oiled machine that serves out a delicious array of everyday breakfast items such as sewer-cover sized pancakes, but also serves up traditional Irish breakfast items. The Taster highly recommends going early on a Sunday morning, ordering The Hungry Man, and then going into a food coma until you regain your strength right before the Pats game. The Hungry Man includes two fresh eggs, any style, served with toast, home fries, Irish sausage, and two pancakes – a breakfast of champions.

For lunch, my new go-to spot for an out of the ordinary sandwich is called Circe’s Grotto. Located in Scituate, this shop offers some the best, freshest, and finest sandwiches around, as well as amazing homemade desserts. The Taster recommends the California BLT with jalapeño spiced bacon. Served on fresh bread, the combination between the crisp lettuce, tomato, and crunchy spicy bacon, with the creaminess of the avocado slices and herb aioli leave your mouth wondering if it can handle all those amazing flavors at once. The bacon is just spicy enough to add a well-rounded heat, while not overpowering the freshness of the tomato. If you’re lucky enough, the meal can be finished with piping hot chocolate cookies baked from scratch. This little shop, hidden away from the chaos of everyday life is a getaway that will have you returning again and again.

Our next stop on the road to Flavorville (not to be confused with its rival, Flavor Town) brings us to Tony’s in Quincy, right on the beautiful, clean shores of Wollaston Beach. Tony’s is a local favorite, supplying an exorbitant amount of fresh seafood and other fried deliciousness. The Taster’s pick here is the mountainous Lobster Roll, Maine-style. Maine-style means that the bun is buttered and grilled to golden brown and instead of the traditional mayo and celery, the lobster is treated with some salt and melted butter and perfectly placed inside the golden bun. This style of lobster roll lends itself to allow the true taste of the lobster shine, not to be burdened and masked by copious amounts of mayo. Paired with the wondrous smell of low tide and fried food, this is a destination you won’t want to miss.

To end the night, cool off with the curvaceous scoops of frozen delight from Cream in Abington. This crave-worthy creamery serves out a plethora of formidable frozen felicities. This can’t-miss establishment, is on the busy Route 18 and is adorned as a big red barn that has quick service and outside seating. The Taster HIGHLY recommends a special appropriately titled “Monkey Business.” Served in a cup, it is a hodgepodge of banana ice cream, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, and banana chunks, topped with whipped cream, hot fudge and peanut butter sauce. It becomes a cauldron of rich creamy goodness that is the perfect end to a perfect day. It’s also healthy because it has bananas in it…. (Editor’s note: bananas do not make things healthy).

If you don’t have time to go on excursions to the outer banks of the South Shore, other Taster-approved refreshments include housemade potato chips from EasyPie, and the pizza from Montilio’s. Montilio’s, usually known for their pastries, offers delicious woodstove-baked pizza with a light char and a subtle hint of garlic. The Taster felt it was the best pizza in town, and that’s a bold statement!

That’s all The Taster has for today, feel free to leave a comment below (or on and let me know what foods and eateries you would like me to sink my teeth into next.

The Taster is Braintree High News’s anonymous food critic.