Monthly Archives: December 2016

Simply Smith’s New Deli & Restaurant Open in Cohasset MA

Simply Smith’s  is a new deli and restaurant  is getting ready to open in the former Green Light juice shop space on Pleasant Street in the center of Cohasset according to the wicked local newspaper Simply Smith's New Deli & Restaurant  Open in Cohasset MA

The  owners Greg Smith and Jean Sullivan are planning to make the new place  an upscale but affordable old-fashioned deli with sitdown service, and  menu choices will include – soups  salads,  giant sandwiches, imported Italian cold-cuts, Kobe beef burgers, cold-smoked cheeses, and deli cuts cured in-house – at a great price: $8 for a sandwich, and under $20 for everything else. They have posted their full menu on their facebook page.

Smith has had six restaurants in the Greater Boston Area, most recently in Mansfield, and before that in Canton. Simply Smith’s Catering has been in business since 1992.

Since 1992, Simply Smith’s Catering has provided excellence in catering and event planning. With our innovative designs and wide arrange of available styles, we can help you plan the event of your dreams and offer you a memorable experience.

We specialize in creative, custom catering menus and offer wait and bar service as an added option. Whatever your event, corporate or private, we can make it the most special – small or large, casual or elegant – whatever your dreams, we will make your occasion unforgettable.

We provide the highest level of service, freshly made cuisine, and delicious cakes and desserts. You tell us what you want and we’ll make it happen for you and your guests. No menu is too small or too big. Whatever your tastes, our chef and staff will design the menu you’re looking for.


Simply Smiths at 1 Pleasant opens in January and will accept all major credit cards.

The Brook Kitchen and Tap New Restaurant in Holbrook MA Giveaway

The Brook Kitchen and Tap is now  opened  in the former Lucky Lou Lou’s space at 200 S. Franklin St., in Holbrook MA.  



The new local  restaurant  offers a full range of hearty American  comfort food . Appetizers include chicken wings, clam chowder, and crispy Brussels sprouts, and there is a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, and  pizza. The Brook Kitchen and Tap also offers salads, a range of meat and seafood entrees, and some comfort food sides like mashed potatoes, slaw, and fries. Additionally, the restaurant has  local craft beers and ciders on tap, including Wormtown Brewery, Downeast Cider, Jack’s Abby, Mystic, and more.

The Brook Kitchen and Tap is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but there is a late-night menu that will be offered until 12 a.m.

New Years Day Brunch Restaurants 2017 South of Boston

New Year’s Day Brunch (aka “Hangover Brunch”) Where can you go for a New Year’s Day brunch on the South Shore on Sunday January 1st 2017  New Years Day Brunch Restaurants 2017 South of Boston

What South of Boston restaurants serve New Year’s Day brunch?

New Years Eve Recovery Brunch at Tinker’s Son Norwell

Grab a New Years Day brunch starting at 10:30am

Monponsett Inn Present  New Years Day Brunch Halifax

Sunday January 1, 2017 Our fabulous brunch will be available on  New Year’s Day from 10:00am until 3:00pm.  Reservations for larger parties are suggested.
15.95 for adults; children 10.95

Aquitaine Dedham New Years Eve brunch 

Brunch away any lingering effects of the NYE festivities at Aquitaine. The Dedham spot will be opening its doors with an a la carte brunch menu on January 1st.  10-3pm

Baypoint  Waterfront Restaurant Quincy 

Brunch away any lingering effects of the NYE festivities at Aquitaine. The Dedham spot will be opening its doors with an a la carte brunch menu on January 1st. 10-3pm

Fox and Hound Quincy 

Our Delicious Brunch is served from 10:00 AM to 1 PM

SkyZone Norwood Brunch

Our brunch is a bounty of breakfast and lunch favorites as well as many seasonal chef specialties. Brunch is served on Sundays from 10am-2pm

The Lobster Trap  Bourne  

New Years Day Sunday Brunch Make The Lobster Trap your destination for New Years Day Hangover brunch

Where to get Chinese Food on New Years Eve South Shore

it’s become a tradition that people order Chinese food on  New Years December 31st   They say it is a really only a Massachusetts or New England tradition.

Make sure you order earlier call when the restaurant opens so you can get your meal when needed

Here is what Swampies said that their Go to Restaurants are for Chinese Food South of Boston on New Year Eve

Cathay Center Restaurant Weymouth 
211 Bridge St   North Weymouth, Massachusetts
(781) 337-1856

Golden Roll 
470 Liberty St
Hanson, Massachusetts 02341
Phone (781) 293-3522
Waikiki House
682 Bedford St, Whitman, MA 02382
Phone: (781) 447-3680
Quan’s Kitchen
652 E Washington St,
North Attleborough, MA 02760

Quann’s Kitchen
871 Washington St
Hanover, Massachusetts
Mee King Garden
33 Main St, Bridgewater, MA 02324
(508) 279-1228
China Sails
3 E Grove St, Middleborough, MA 02346
(508) 946-8888

Tiki Buddha
10 Merchant’s Way # 1,
Middleborough, MA 02346
Phone: (508) 947-3828

Jade Leaf Restaurant
1050 Pearl St, Brockton, MA 02301
(508) 584-6366

China town Brockton
51 Oak St Ext, Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: (508) 580-2885

Bamboo Cafe
1285 Belmont St
Brockton, Massachusetts
508) 588-9188

Atina Asian Bistro
115 S Main St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379
Phone: (774) 223-5800

Deng’s Garden Restaurant
225 Bedford St # 10, East Bridgewater, MA 02333
Phone: (508) 378-3155

KKatie’s Burger Bar Now Opened in Quincy’s Hancock District

KKatie’s Burger Bar Quincy has opened in Quincy December 2016.  You may  have been to one of its sister locations  in either Plymouth , Marshfield on the South  Shore and their Cape restaurant in Hyannis which opened earlier in 2016.    KKatie’s Burgers are made fresh daily. Pressed by hand. Always fresh. Never frozen.   They  use only the freshest ingredients, sourced locally when possible The Quincy location   will have the classic lineup of burgers, including the Big KKMac, which comes topped with cheddar jack cheese, select burger fixings, and their own  special sauce. There are also sandwiches, appetizers, and sides, plus beer, wine, and liquor. KKatie’s will have outdoor seating during the warmer  months.

KKatie's Burger Bar Now Opened in Quincy's Hancock District

It is a part of the new Hancock district which includes some new restaurant and a number of established ones

Here is some of the Swampie buzz on its other locations

Finally made it to Kkatie’s Burger Bar in Plymouth, and was pleased to find that it lived up to the hype. I was surprised to find the place packed at 7:45 on a Tuesday in the “off season”. Burgers took about 40 minutes, but it was well worth the wait. Hubby and I both ordered the peppercorn, horseradish burger with caramelized onions – delicious! I asked for medium rare, but my burger was cooked medium, it didn’t matter it was so juicy anyway. The waitstaff are very friendly and welcoming, feels like being at Cheers. We will definitely go back to try some of the other burgers.

I spent the weekend in Hyannis. On Saturday, I tried Kkatie’s Burger Bar for the first time. It is on Main Street in Hyannis. It is a casual and small place. It is a cool atmosphere. I had the turkey burger with lettuce and tomato. It was very good. The side option was the sweet potato fries. The fries were not good. The menu consisted of appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. They offer a variety of burger creations. I will definitely be back to try some more. The other locations are Plymouth, Marshfield, and Quincy. The bartender was friendly. We were talking with him. He use to bartend at a few restaurants in Plymouth. Overall it was a good experience.

Marshfield  location  :Me and my wife went to a restaurant with great reviews. I had the Double Decker Burger with Tater Tots, instead of hamburger buns it was with 2 grilled cheese sandwiches…so good, and my wife had the Blue Burger with Truffle Fries blue cheese stuffed inside and caramelized onions, and blue cheese dressing…yum, the food was good, our waitress was great. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of her burger. We will definitely be going back there soon. There also opening one in Quincy too, I can’t wait for it to open.

Marshfield location : I broke a long burger fast at KKatie’s Burger Bar in Marshfield last Friday for lunch and was very pleasantly surprised. We started with a basket of deep fried pickles and banana peppers, both with a light crunchy coating. They worked dipped in either the provided ranch dressing or ketchup. The french fries that came with the burgers later appeared handcut. Everything from the fryer was superhot and fresh from the kitchen.

I’m pretty sure the patty was fried on a flattop, not broiled or grilled, but I didn’t confirm. I feel this is the best way to go when you order well done, because the patty was piping hot and moist. Reminded me of the great burgers at Mr. Bartley’s in Cambridge. It was also huge: 8 ounces is stated on the menu and, honestly, I started to slow down after 6. The “Hell” burger had fresh jalapenos, NOT pickled, which makes a huge difference. I also noticed that the menu is careful to note when a burger has blue cheese vs. blue cheese DRESSING, which makes all the difference — I’m going to give that a try next time. One of the “extras” you can put on your order is a fried egg. Service was quick. Decor and ambience is “friendly tavern.” Much of the seating is bar stools. The beer was served in a Mason jar.  I had a great meal and will be returning. I like this place a lot because they are paying great attention to doing one or two things very well.

I live only a few short blocks from this great restaurant and am ashamed I had only once grabbed a burger take-out from here last year! Kkatie’s Burger Bar, Plymouth, MA, was my destination for dinner this evening with my dear friend Jourdyn. This very popular downtown Plymouth eatery, 38 Main Street, was jam packed to capacity. Even with the crowd we were seated in less than 10 minutes. We had ordered drinks at the bar, and our waiter Luke (excellent waitperson with the best ever Irish brogue) brought our drinks to our table. I opted for a light and refreshing Stella Artois beer, which I ordered 2 more of during my meal, while my friend had a Long Island Iced Tea. Luke suggested my beer and it was perfect. We started with probably the biggest platter of nachos I’ve ever seen, topped with a scrumptious chili add-on, lots of cheese and other typical nacho toppings, accompanied by plenty of salsa, sour cream and guacamole. We barely made a dent in it, and asked our waiter to split it for us and box it in separate boxes. My burger of choice was their famous Black & Blue burger, which was cooked to perfection. It’s an Angus burger seared in Cajun spices with cheddar Jack cheeses melted inside, topped with creamy blue cheese dressing, lettuce, tomatoes and apple smoked bacon. I chose their curly fries. They were superb. Of course I boxed half of this meal. Jourdyn opted for a traditional bacon cheeseburger, with the usual toppings, which was huge, and their awesome house fries. Even their pickles were perfection! We chose to pay extra for the chili on our nachos, an extremely generous portion at a $3.99 up charge. The curly fries were $1.29 extra over regular fries, but well worth their awesomeness. Our check was only $56.71. Service was wonderful and we gave our waiter Luke $20. All in all a perfect night out. Walking the few blocks back to my home we gazed out over Brewster Gardens and caught a lovely glimpse of our beautiful Plymouth harbor! I highly recommend this restaurant!!!

KKatie’s Burger Bar

1440 Hancock Street
Quincy, Massachusetts

Charlie Horse Restaurant West Bridgewater location to reopen under Barrett’s Name

Update 6/16/17 THEY ARE NOW OPEN  dinner, drinks, arcade games, and a great time.

Update  4/17   they are currently looking for restaurant managers   OPENING SOON: Barrett’s Alehouse West Bridgewater is seeking a qualified, passionate and hands on Management team. This NEW State of the Art 23,000 sq ft dining and entertainment destination is looking for the best of the best. Candidates must be well versed in all aspects of the restaurant business. We strive to create an amazing atmosphere that is paired with exceptional food and guest service!  Plus they have  now have  NEW SIGNS   Opening soon Barrett’s Alehouse.

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The Charlie Horse location will soon be filled again in West Bridgewater. There will be an additional parking lot, a bigger game room — and more.    No dates for reopening but  I am sure that many will be excited. 

The Charlie Horse closed suddenly in August 2016 but according to the Enterprise will be opening up with new owner Mike Barrett.

Mike Barrett, who is no longer part of the family business, is moving in. He owns Barrett’s Alehouse in Bridgewater, North Attleboro and Fall River; Fireside Grille in Middleboro; and Castaways Bar and Grille in Bridgewater.

“The standard for granting a liquor license is showing a public need – west of 24, one liquor establishment in the town of West Bridgewater,” attorney Mark Gildea said. “I think that’s some indication of the need for an alcohol establishment in that area.”

The restaurant will undergo major renovations before it opens. There will be a second entrance added on the Pleasant Street side of the building to accommodate a new parking lot, for which the plan is still being developed.

Barrret’s Ale houe 674 W Center St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379


With more than 50 arcade games to choose from, our Game Room’s got something for everyone. Revisit retro favorites or try your hand at a new challenge—we’ve got the latest arcade offerings as well as classic fixtures like Skee-Ball and air hockey.


Adria Restaurant in East Bridgewater MA

ADRIA, formerly Cameron’s on the Green, is owned by your   Bledar and Mikaela Hoxhalli, of Albanian Heritage.  in East Bridgewater MA has become a Swampie Favorite  They  obtained ownership of the restaurant in May of 2015. The name ADRIA refers to the Adriatic Sea, which kisses the shores of Albania, which borders Greece and shares the sea with Italy.

A family-owned-and-run restaurant with traditional values guarantees you a special occasion all year round. ADRIA has a light, easy-going atmosphere where you can relax with friends and family. A hands-on approach to ownership is built into the philosophy of this premier South Shore restaurant.

Continued success is based on the concept of ensuring outstanding service, offering quality, consistency, and affordability, with our menus and prices designed to appeal to all who desire a memorable dining experience.

We are excited to have as our Executive Chef, Shannon Woodward, who is proud of his years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, from Fine Dining, to Award-Winning banquet facilities. Our Sous Chef, Bime Cruz, was a Master Chef participant in 2013.

Chef Shannon is revamping all new creative classic restaurant and banquet menus. Whether it is a dinner for two or a function of two hundred, Chef Shannon will bring your dining experience to a whole new level. We specialize in Fresh Seafood, Italian Specialties, and Albanian and Greek-influenced cuisine.

Here is the Swampie Buzz on ADRIA

Finally tried Adria in East  Bridgewater last night. We were greeted from across the room by a gentleman who may have been the owner and seated immediately. Decided on the calamari italiano app, penne chicken and bacon alfredo, a stuffed pepper and reese’s pie for dessert. Food was yummy as expected. They could definitely benefit from a beer list (although I got a big laugh after asking what they had for beer and was initially told “coors light and an IPA”)
Dining room wasn’t busy yet our server left the busser to handle all aspects of the experience other than taking our order and dropping the check. Older gentleman checked in more than a few times (a bit too much, in my opinion, by the end of the meal it was 4-5 times) but he stood at least a table away and would lift his voice to make sure we knew it was us he was checking on
All in all a good experience, very obvious they are trying to be a success! Everyone was accommodating and polite yet missed the mark ever so slightly. Again, perhaps just my own personal preference.

My husband and I dined at Adria for the second time tonight.. Once again they didn’t disappoint. Service, food, ambiance.. Nailed it!!
FYI: we have been referred to as “food snobs”.

Well, Adria proved to be everything everyone here is saying!
The East Bridgewater restaurant served a delightful salad of chicken, spinach and pecans with bread and a dipping pesto sooo good my friend and I had seconds. We passed on dessert, opting for coffee and tea to finish our reunion.
Our server was top notch and patient since my dining companion and I had much to catch up on. A gentleman, believed to be the owner, came by a couple of times and described the ingredients in that delicious pesto.
After a bad experience when the new owner first took over, I returned 18 months later to find the former Cameron’s on the Green has become a gem known as Adria. Surely, a good place to enjoy good food.

The food is great, atmosphere is nice and the staff very friendly.
We had the Tuscan chicken, steak Tips, hamburger, and boneless buffalo chicken.
Nice and close to home too!

I posted a review of our first trip to Adria’s in East Bridgewater last Friday and I try not to be repetitive, but since we couldn’t wait to go back we took advantage of my husband having tonight off.
We had a nice conversation with Bledar the owner and were lucky to have Arlete as our server again. We’d go back just for the service, but the food also makes it worthy of a return trip.
Tonight my husband had the chicken parm and I had the moussaka. We also had dessert which we usually don’t, but the chocolate molten cake and apple crisp were excellent. If you haven’t been we highly recommended it.

Went to Adria again for lunch with 2 girlfriends. Today we had the coconut shrimp app. IT WAS DELICIOUS.. 4 Huge shrimp and a really nice sauce to go with it . There were 3 of us and 4 shrimp , I’ll never tell who got the extra one …. On to the lobster special ($ 9.99) for a lobster , no sides. THey got cole slaw and I got butternut squash. Everything was delicious. Today we didn’t get desert .
Next time I go I am going to get the fried shrimp app and a nice bowl of clam chowder. Our server was TJ ? She was lovely and very sweet. This place is so well run …. I enjoy going ….

For those who have not been as of yet, please try to make it a point to go soon Adria  This was my second visit here with the same 4 awesome folks. Today we decided on a very late lunch. Perfect timing for my tummy and I think everyone else’s. Our food was superb and the VIP treatment given us Swampies by the owner was beyond wonderful!

The food is great, atmosphere is nice and the staff very friendly.
We had the Tuscan chicken, steak Tips, hamburger, and boneless buffalo chicken.
Nice and close to home too!

Adria Restaurant & Banquet Facility

436 Oak Street
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts