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Brick and Beam Restaurant to Open in Old Villa Rosa Quincy MA

Update July 2017  Brick and Beam  is  now opened from   4-10pm for dinner~ Enjoy  

A new restaurant  Brick and Beam  will be opening at the former   site of the long time Italian Restaurant  Villa Rosa in Quincy MA.    It is a expected to have June 2017 opening with 145 seats and expected to be a higher end restaurant  Brick and Beam Restaurant to Open in Old Villa Rosa Quincy MA

The  new eatery  will be run be run by by Ray Butler, who owns The Banshee in Dorchester, and Bret Kelly, who owns The North Star in Boston’s West End.

The Villa Rosa was open for almost 65 years and closed during the early summer 2016

Here is the buzz


We finally made it to Brick and Beam tonight. Loved everything about it. Had steak tips that melted in your mouth, really good chowder, shrimp cocktail and a burger!
Our waitress Nicole was just awesome!
We will be back. So happy we have a new favorite local restaurant.
When it first opened and then closed so many people’s comments we just plain mean! I for one are happy that they opened then closed to reinvent and opened again. Kudos to the owners for doing that. That was brilliant!
Wishing nothing but success for Brick and Beam.

Incredible meal at Brick & Beam last night! Delicious and great size lobster roll, my new favorite fries, brussel sprouts that were perfectly crispy, and the meatball appetizer that is fit for any meal. Amazing energy ripples through the restaurant and topped with stellar service. Well done to the Brick & Beam team! We’ll see you again next week.

Love this place. Great food and great place to socialize. The interior design is very modern and cool. You don’t have to go into Boston when you have a place like Brick & Beam in the neighborhood. The staff is very friendly and the portions don’t leave you wanting more (1 lb meatball, anyone?). Can’t wait to go back and try something different from the menu.

Wicked friendly staff, great drinks, and very tasty dishes make this a perfect replacement for the old Villa Rosa. The inside is well laid out with two separate bar areas and a variety of seating. Even when it was packed on a Friday evening I could hear my friend and could see lots of people enjoying themselves in conversation. The big meatball appetizer was awesome and the steak tips were perfectly cooked. Looking forward to going back! Welcome to the neighborhood!

We are some of the local folks who waited impatiently for the plywood to come down. Knew they would be busy right off the bat but underestimated the mob. First visit was derailed but management promised to improve and impress. Tonight they did (above and beyond) and yes we will be back. Lobster roll, salmon and sticky pudding were loved by all. Thank you Brick and Beam for giving my folks such a lovely dining experience.


705 Adams St
Quincy, Massachusetts



Casa Vallarta New Mexican Restaurant to Open in Brockton 2017

Update  Casa Vallarta Mexican Restaurant opened up mid December 2017 

The Enterprise Brockton announced that a new Mexican restaurant will be opening  on Oak St near the Westgate Mall   during the spring.   The location will be where  Chili’s was and has been closed for years. Casa Vallarta New Mexican Restaurant to Open in Brockton 2017

The restaurant will be named  Casa Vallarta because the 4 owners come from  near the popular resort town. Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.  The friends and owners already operate several locations already including a Casa Vallarta location in Saugus, one in Northborough, one in Falmouth, and one in Cumberland, Rhode Island.


Here is the buzz from their current restaurants

Sunday was my family’s first visit to Casa

Vallarta in Saugus and we cannot wait to go back. We went for my daughter’s birthday and the staff could not have been nicer. Our server was Julio and he truly treated us like family. The band was excellent, the restaurant was alive, just a great atmosphere. Oh did I mention the food was excellent as well. If you want a fun and delicious meal out Casa Vallarta is a great spot.

The food is delicious and everyone working there is nice + really seem to love their job! If waiting for something at Sprint, definitely go get a bite to eat! If not, is worth the trip to try the food. Alcohol & non-alcohol drinks; tv at the bar with the game on, or sit at the dining area! Service is fast & great!!

The drinks are very large and tasty, food was excellent and attentive service. We will definitely be back again! The beef taquitos were exceptionally good. I expected ground beef but instead was big pieces of beef inside. The fried red snapper was cooked perfectly. The salsa and chips with the bean dip are great too!

Review on the Swampie page  on the Falmouth locationMy first review – casa Vallarta in Falmouth. We have a toddler so we haven’t actually eaten in, but their take out has been yummy twice.   We get a you pick 3 combo meal and a side of guacamole, just enough for two hungry parents! The chimichanga didn’t travel well and the shredded pork is spicy, so on our second try we had beef enchilada and burrito and a chicken taco.  We are Colorado folk so the lack of this sort of food, around here, is rough. We are happy this place opened and will for sure go back

An  early New Years Eve dinner at the Casa Vallarta Mexican Restaurant. Thanks so much Dana & Art for our Christmas Gift Certificate! We love it there! The staff is always so friendly! Our steak and chicken fajitas were so Delicious! Mark loves their Presidente Margaritas, and I love their Sangria! We even split a Yummy fried ice cream dessert! We are sooo full and have lots of leftovers for tomorrow night!

Everytime I walk in to Casa Vallarta, I feel like I’m back in Mexico. I love the atmosphere. The service is fantastic, food is as well and they’re very prompt in getting it out even when they are packed (which is most of the time). They make great drinks and I love the complimentary appetizers they offer. They’ve done a great job and it’s nice to have them in Falmouth!

Casa Vallarta
600 Oak St
Brockton MA


Joe’s American Bar & Grill at the South Shore Plaza Braintree Closing

Sad news to report regarding a popular South Shore Plaza Braintree restaurant.  Joe’s American Bar  & Grill shared the following their facebook page.   I know many  will miss this restaurant after shopping at the mall.  Joe's American Bar & Grill at the South Shore Plaza Braintree Closing

Joe’s American Bar & Grill at the South Shore Mall in Braintree will close permanently on February 19, 2017. We appreciate the years of patronage from the South Shore community. At this time, we are not renewing our lease.

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Joe’s American Bar & Grill is a neighborhood staple for traditional American cuisine. At Joe’s, we focus on using the freshest quality ingredients for all our dishes as well as providing a comfortable and fun atmosphere for all our guests.

Could only find one review of the South Shore location

We went to Joe’s American Bar & Grill, at the South Shore Mall today. First things ordered were spicy Bloody Marys. They hit the spot! Just had to ask for olives and our waiter delivered. No apps, though the Ahi tuna tartare and Baja fish tacos were tempting! First we had fresh baked bread and butter on the house. Then, a Chili-Lime Chicken Salad with Blackened Chicken, Southern Fried Chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries and, pasta with meatballs for the kid. If only the salad came with more of their charred jalapeños. Good stuff! Our last round of drinks were a delicious Ginger Bourbon Lemonade and Manhattan. Our waiter was great. Highly recommend!


Joe’s American Grill is  part of the  Back Bay Restaurant Group.  Joe’s still operates restaurants in several other Massachusetts locations in including  Newbury St, Boston, Dedham, Framingham and Woburn.  

Who knows what will replace it? Davios is coming to the Plaza in the coming months.  Wonder what will replace Joe’s



Avocados Mexican Taqueria Opening Second Location in Stoughton

Whitman’s  Avocados Mexican Taqueria will be opening up a second and larger location in downtown Stoughton MA.  Whitman is more of takeout place  Stoughton’s location will have  dinner service  with bar service  and a fairly large dining area.  Anticipated Opening date is Monday January 30th at 11amAvocados Mexican Taqueria Opening Second Location in Stoughton

For lunch, the restaurant will be a taqueria, which, in English, simply means a Mexican restaurant specializing in tacos and burritos. There are two burrito stations near the front counter where customers can watch their food being made.

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During dinner hours , unlike the Whitman location, the restaurant will have full sit down service, a dinner menu and a full bar. There are 32 seats in the dining area, with another three high-top tables and 12 seats in the bar area and 11 stools. The restaurant has four televisions at the bar and another near the counter.

Here are some reviews of their Whitman Location

Authentic Mexican Food, Tacos de Lengua and Tortas is the best in the South Shore, I highly recommend this place if you want to taste the real Mexican flavor, i feel the spirit of Mexico. Thanks Francisco, outstanding food & service.

Love this place. Wish my waistline would allow me to eat here more often than once in awhile. Atmosphere is like sitting in Grandma’s kitchen, watching her cook up a meal.

If you love Mexican food, go here! The large burrito is a meal in a tortilla. Very fresh ingredients. My husband wasn’t sure if he wanted Verde sauce on his  enchiladas, so the owner said try it; if you don’t like it, have something else, no extra charge! Great guy, great customer service.

Love Avocados! Everything is so fresh and good. Great options for vegetarians, you can get anything without the meat.

Quality food. Good Service. Decent prices. Taco salads and burritos are delicious.

Great service, great authentic food. I have not found a place even close to this good and authentic on the south shore. The owner is very nice and helpful when ordering. The burritos are huge and the tacos amazing. Please go and check it out i want this place around for long time! I promise you will be happy you went.

Absolutely fantastic! If you order chicken, a fresh boneless, skinless chicken breast is cooked to order! Everything is fresh and full of flavor. I’m not a fan of cilantro but there are plenty of non-cilantro options including fresh sliced avocado in lieu of guacamole. Thank you!

I’d rate Avocadoes a 10 out of 5 if I could. It’s the best food ever!! We’ve ordered multiple times and its always amazing. One time my order was messed up a little (had something on it I didn’t want) and it was still the best taco salad I’ve ever eaten. If you love Mexican food you need to try this place.

Avocados Mexican Taqueria, at 809 Washington St. Stoughton MA


Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza Open in Kingston January 2017

Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza  is  a  new pizza and Italian Restaurant that has just  opened in  January 2017  Kingston MA. They have a full bar, 5 large screen tv’s, delicious & unique pizza, and many other amazing menu option.   They have a sister location in Quincy MA that opened back in 2014 Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza Open in Kingston January 2017

Manager Brian Leonard, who will operate the Kingston  restaurant, said that  there and rave reviews, including a People’s Choice Award.

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Coal Oven pizza is cooked different than your typical pizza  t that makes it unique. In coal ovens the temperature is uneven, affecting the texture of the pizza and requiring that the pizzas be rotated constantly, he said, explaining that it’s the texture that makes every slice different.

Here are some reviews of their Quincy center location

Awesome pizza! Can’t wait to get back here….had the good fella and my only complaint is that the garlic is in clumps and not spread out more…..otherwise perfection!

Waitstaff was again attentive but not overbearing. Again food was delicious … first thing me for Caesar salad and it was fantastic. Pizza as always was great. Looking forward to the next thing me all ready !

The best pizza we’ve had in a long time and the house special Sangria was delicious! Can’t wait to go back!!

Unbelievable had the meat lovers pizza  and WINGS and great service can’t wait to go back.

Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza at Summerhill Plaza, 160 Summer St, Kingston, MA


Freda’s Restaurant West Bridgewater Celebrating 30th Anniversary

Freda’s in West Bridgewater has just celebrated major milestone  their 30th anniversary! Congratulations that is such great news and when you see many restaurants closing  after a few years. Foodies- Restaurant Survey Earn Amazon gift card and more

Freda’s, a family owned and operated full service restaurant opened on Thursday, January 22, 1987, in the midst of a major snowstorm.  Opening day was a success despite the raging storm outside, Freda’s out of the way location and the building’s storied past.

Going on 30 years of business, we’ve seen the best of times and the worst of times, and have managed to persevere with the help of our wonderful employees.

Our continued success can also be attributed to our many faithful and loyal customers who consider Freda’s their home away from home.

Set back off the road in a residential neighborhood, Freda’s is the kind of place where you can catch up with old friends and make some new.

The ambience of our restaurant is captured in the essence of its namesake, Freda (Owner Steve Stathis’ mother) known for her outgoing personality and welcoming nature.

Steve’s goal is to offer quality, casual gourmet at affordable prices served by our friendly staff.

Freda’s offers a wide variety of Appetizers, Entrees, Homemade Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Pizzas and Desserts. Our Daily Specials often include selections such as Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Salsa, Swordfish with Garlic Herb Butter, Dry Rub Sirloin with Port Wine Sauce, Greek Style Baked Lamb & Chicken Bangkok.

Join us when celebrating that special occasion with a bottle of wine and one of our creative sauteed specialties, or meet up with friends for drinks and appetizers.

If Dad wants Prime Rib, Mom wants Caesar Salad, and the Kids want Pizza, then head on in to Freda’s!

Freda’s has been a Swampie favorite for many years

Went to a WONDERFUL restaurant last night in West Bridgewater called Freda’s. It was new to me, beautiful inside the waitress was amazing! The deals were great for a Wednesday night! Just thought I’d share this Intel with everyone who is looking to try somewhere new! I will now be a regular at Freda’s it was that perfect!

We are seated promptly and our waitress was right there to take our drink order. Quickly returns, delivers and off she goes.1 sip and somethings wrong. It’s just tonic water & lime, but it ain’t right. We ask our waitress & she assures us it’s is tonic water. We insist it isn’t right & she dutifully goes and checks. She reports the machine is malfunctioning. AND the owner is running out to get some right now to replace your drink. WOW! Steve Stathis, the owner, knows how to take care of his customers.
I ordered the fried chicken breast & the wife ordered chicken marsala.
The fried chicken was fantastic. Perfectly cooked, lightly battered. Moist and tender and the taste is so good. And the sauce they put on it was very good, not relying on salt for flavor.
The chicken Marsala was flavorful & tender. Delicious. The sauce was delightful.
The servings were sufficient to stuff us both & each have take home bags for future eats.
No bad or ugly here.
I have read mixed reviews of Freda’s here. I can say without hesitation this was a very good experience. They have a sign that says something like ‘we don’t serve fast food. We serve good, home cooked foods as fast as we can’. They lived up to it last night!

I told them all about Fredas because of their $10 buck Tuesday deals.
What this consists of is a soup or salad, and a wonderful entree and for $2 dollars more, you can get a scrumptious and decadent dessert!
Our Waitress was Robin who remembered me from my last visit when we were celebrating my parents new purchase of a vehicle. Talk about a memory!
She is friendly, accurate and quick! She cleared away our dirty plates which is a huge plus for me when I dine out. Our drinks were refilled and extra napkins were given without asking and our meals came very quick considering it was busy in there.
Oh yeah and she brought us out some fantastic HOT FRESH FROM THE OVEN ROLLS!
I ordered the chicken and broccoli Aioli over ziti.
My two friends order the identical dishes and that was haddock Nantucket and that was a piece of haddock topped with cheese and then a breadcrumb stuffing on top of that. They both got the same sides which were homemade mashed potatoes and zucchini.
My friends hadn’t been there in a very very long time and as we were eating our salads, one of my friends looked at me and said, “I cannot wait to come back here!!” To which I replied, “you haven’t even got your meal yet! Wait until you try the seafood here!”
The salad dressing is one that I cannot describe because it’s something you have to taste for yourself! So fresh and everything is homemade! The salad is out of this world!
Anyway, we got our meals and my friends absolutely LOVED their food! Everything was hot, fresh and tasty.
We ordered 2 desserts: Oreo mousse cheesecake and a chocolate chip cookie brownie with vanilla ice cream.
The Oreo cheesecake was HEAVEN!!!!!!!! Light, fluffy and delicious!
If you are looking for some down home, real good food that’s completely homemade, head over to Fredas.

My mom remembered that Fredas
has deal called “$10 buck Tuesday”. What this essentially is, are five or six at meals with soup or salad and if you want dessert, it’s an extra $2. again, the desserts are also fixed and not on the regular dessert menu.  I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try something different. They had a dish called chicken pesto with sun-dried tomatoes and cheese tortellini. I am not a fan of pesto at all so I asked the waitress if I could substitute for another sauce. She couldn’t have been more accommodating!! She offered me an alternative of either Alfredo or a red sauce. I opted for the red marinara sauce. I got the salad with the house Italian dressing which is a creamy Italian and is out of this world!  My mom got the dish I believe is called haddock Nantucket but consisted of was a piece of haddock, cheese on top of that and then seafood stuffing on top of that along with a side of carrots and mashed potatoes. She also got a cup of soup with her meal which tonight was, green pepper soup, that she said was incredible and she ate the whole entire cup which she hardly ever does!  My dad loves macaroni and cheese so he decided on that. He also got a tossed salad with thousand island dressing.  By the way, our waitress’ name was Robin. She was PHENOMENAL!!! She was friendly but not overbearing, she was informative but not pushy and she attended to our every need.  Our food was hot, fresh, and a great deal for 12 bucks! Yes, we did get dessert 🙂  I got a chocolate cupcake covered in ganache with a raspberry sauce, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and apparently the chef makes his own whipped topping which was magic to my tastebuds! I’ve never eaten anything like that in my life!   My dad opted for the tapioca putting forth with cream, and my mom got the chocolate mousse at my persuasion.  All desserts were two thumbs up


Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday-Saturday: 4:00pm-10:00pm

Freda’s Restaurant

105 Copeland St
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Mia Regazza to Open 2nd Local Restaurant in Marshfield MA 2017

Update!! Mia Regazza is now open in  Marshfield as a June 1st 2017 

Local Abington  Italian favorite Mia Regazza will be opening a second location at the Marshfield Tavern. in late Winter Early Spring 2017. Mia Regazza to Open 2nd Local Restaurant in Marshfield MA 2017

From  the Marshfield Wicked Local

The couple is hoping to close on the Marshfield property in late February and do about four to six weeks of cosmetic work on the interior of the building, including changing out the flooring, repainting some rooms, lighting changes and replacing the kitchen equipment, among other changes.

Once open, the restaurant will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and will employ about 50 people.

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Here is the Swampie Buzz

Dinner at Mia Regazza. Started off with the antipasto for one which was large enough for two! Delicious! Hubby had eggplant parm. I had the Chicken and sausage Mediterranean. Great service from our waitress Kristen. Always a great meal at Mia Regazza.

Some I took the advice of some fellow swampies and tried Mia Regazza…all I can say is excellent service (by Chelsea) and excellent food and presentation???? we sat outside in the gazebo area and it was very relaxing…cant wait to go back!!!! Restaurants lately have been subpar so this was very refreshing. It was my brothers birthday and he had a free birthday tirimisu!!! Yummmo!! Excellent food excellent value!!

It was 5:30 got right in, the waitress was good got our drinks, bread and oil right away. My wife got a special shrimp, lobster, haddock, clams, thin pasta and cream sauce. It was delicious the sauce was a little thin so we got messy. I had the Mia medley 2 steak tips, 2 scallops wrapped in bacon, stuffed lobster tail, roasted potatoes and asparagus. It was all good but the lobster tail the meat was so stuck to the shell I couldn’t get a bite. It was very loud and the bus girl tried to grab our plates twice while we were eating. No place is perfect over all it was very good and the bill was under $60.

Went to Mia Regazza Sunday with my wife, son and father-in-law. Really good food. First pic is the chicken eggplant combo,next is the sausage chicken bolognaise, next the seafood fra diavlo and next was the eggplant parm. Mmmm good. The desert was lemon berry pie. Delicious! I want to add that the service was excellent, from the bus boy to the water attendant to our server. I would recommend this place to everyone

Service per usual was outstanding from start to finish. We started out with the special martini of the day. Along the lines of a creamsicle I had back in the childhood days…yummy. Fresh bread with olive oil and shaved Parmesan was delish. Our dinners included pan seared scallops with risotto and asparagus, chicken Parmesan (not pictured), chicken and sausage Alforno, and chicken and sausage Mediterranean. We all thoroughly enjoyed our dishes. I never leave disappointed!


Marshfield Tavern

1 Proprietors Dr, Marshfield, MA 02050



Phillip’s Old Colony House in Dorchester Closing 2017

Phillips Old Colony House in Dorchester is closing down on January 15 according to a facebook page.   Phillips has been around for over 25 years.   Freeport Tavern which is also in the same building is closing as well.

The Phillips Old Colony House has  been a host for many family functions including weddings, baby showers, bridal shower, retirement parties plus much more.   I know alot of people will in Quincy,Dorchester, Milton area will be sad as many have memories of happy events being held there.

The Phillips Family Properties also includes Boston Bowl, Phillips Candy House, Ramada Inn and Comfort Inn among its Dorchester holdings. None of those popular businesses will be impacted.


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.