I have a confession to make: Before the age of 10, I hated burgers and pizza.
I admit it, I was a strange kid, and one picky eater. There weren’t many foods that I liked, and I’m sure I made life rough for my mom for a long time. But eventually I came around and realized I was being an idot about this kind of stuff. I mean really, I must have been the only kid in the world that didn’t like pizza and a good cheeseburger.
Anywho, my tastes improved as I got older, and I now like a lot of stuff I didn’t back in the day. I’m no saying I eat everything, I’m still not a seafood guy, but I’m not as picky as before. Eventually, I even found places I loved to eat at whether by myself or with friends and family.
So why do I bring this up? Because if you follow my blog, then you know that for the last few weeks I’ve been telling you about important things in my life over the years. There’s only about a month until I turn 40, so let’s get to it, shall we? Here are My Top 10 Favorite Places to Eat:
10. Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Located within walking distance from the Kendall Square cinema in Cambridge MA, Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub & Restaurant was our go to place whenever we took in an indy or foreign movie. We loved that it was close to the movies, and that it was affordable. There was however one problem…
… other than the name, there wasn’t anything at Tommy Doyle’s that was Irish. They served chips and salsa, and some other Mexican dishes. The burgers had Canadian bacon on them, and once, when Laneit wans desperate for potato soup, they were all out. Because of this, my friends and I started calling Tommy Doyle’s “The not so Irish place.”
Don’t get me wrong though, the food at Tommy Doyle’s was damn good. The service was solid too. It just wasn’t what we were expecting from an “Irish Pub.”
9. El Sarape
Located in Braintree MA, El Sarape is a Mexican restaurant that’s been at the same location since the late 1980’s. El Sarape was my first taste of Mexican food, but it wasn’t the last. Although I tried several of their dishes early on, I soon settled on their chicken tostadas. That was my go to dish whenever I ate there.
One of the most memorable visits to El Sarape came on a busy Saturday night aroun 2001. The restaurant was packed, and I was waiting with friends by the bar. That night, El Sarape had a guy playing guitar and singing near where we were standing. I remember being in the middle of a conversation, when I suddenly realized this guy was singing Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” in spanish.
I burst out laughing like anyone would, because that just seemed like an odd choice to sing. But this guy must have been a fan, because he did another 3 or 4 Madonna tunes before the night was out.
8. Five Guys
Sometimes, simple food is the best.
As far as burgers go, there is no better place than Five Guys. From the free burger toppings, to the bag load of french fries they give you, you just can’t go wrong here. Heck, even their grilled cheese sandwich is worth trying!
7.Tomato & Cheese Co.
I can’t remember how we stumbled upon the Tomato & Cheese Co. in Randolph MA. It’s not located in an area of town my friends and I frequented often, but for as long as I can remember, this has been one of our favorite places for a quick bite
The pizza is great, the hot dogs are huge, and the steak tip dinner is to die for. And I haven’t even mentioned that on top of their regular items, they had a full Mexican menu to boot. Because of their extensive choices, Tomato & Cheese Co. is a great place to go when you can’t decide what you want to eat.
6. Marcello’s Sandwich & Pizza Shop
For my money, Marcello’s Sandwich & Pizza Shop always had the best french fries in the world. I don’t know what’s different about them, but I could eat them by themselves and be one happy little nerd.
Marcello’s also had one hell of a pizza. Whenever Laneit and I would go there, we’d always order a large pizza with pepperoni, beef, bacon, sausage, and ham. Sometime’s we’d regret our decision later, but the pizza itself was damn tasty. The subs were delicious too, but I could never choose a favorite between then meatball sub and the chicken salad sub.
5. Athens Pizza
Athens Pizza was my most frequented food place for the three years I worked at Video to Go. Both places were located in the same strip mall in Weymouth Ma, so it only took a few steps each day for me to get some delicious goodies.
A slice of pizza always hit the spot, but their cheeseburger plate was a nice treat too. Athens had plenty of other stuff to choose from, so you were never out of options. And who knows how many orders of french fries my co-workers and I split over the years.
4. Main Street Deli and Pizza
The pizza at Main Street Deli was good, and worth trying. The steak tips and cheeseburger subs were good too. But those were not the reason I went out of my way to eat there. My main reason for liking this place was their #16 sub.
Main Street’s #16, was a BBQ Chicken sub With bacon and cheese. This sub was pure heaven, and something I always got from this local restaurant.
3. Steak ‘n Shake
How much do I love Steak ‘n Shake?
I’ve been to Steak ‘n Shakes in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. As for my favorite dishes, it depends on what mood I’m in. But my top choices would be the Chili Mac, Frisco Melt, and Royale Steakburger ’n Fries.
Steak ‘n Shake has yummy food, they play good music, and more importantly, its cheap. If you’re lucky enough to have a location near you, I suggest checking them out soon.
2. Pizza City
Moving south ten years ago was a bit of a culture shock. Where I live now, most of the food places are national chains, which is fine some of the time. But living in Massachusetts for so long, I was used to mom & pop owned food places.
It took me years to find a place like that here, but I finally found what I wanted in Pizza City. Their New York style pizza is something I could eat every day. Pizza City’s Legendary Steak and Cheese Sub is also a tasty treat, and is their chicken fingers.
1. Zack’s Pizza & Subs
If you eat a place often enough, you don’t even have to give them your name when you place an order. That was the situation between me and Zack’s Pizza & Subs.
This pizza shop has been in Weymouth MA since before I moved there. It was the place where friends would go to after school to get a slice of pizza for under a buck (back then at least), and the only place that asked you if you wanted pizza sauce on your chicken sub.
During my last few years in Weymouth, Zack’s became like a second home to me. I know that sounds crazy, but when I was working overnights I always stopped here on my way to work. If I was in a pizza mood, I always ordered a small bacon and beef. If it was a sub kind of night, a bacon cheeseburger sub hit the spot. And once in a while, chicken fingers with fries was the way to go. But regardless of what I ordered, Zack’s Pizza & Subs was always a fun, and delicious stop.