Frank's - the all time champ in Cambridge - home of the Sizzler and Preacher Jack
Greg's - Watertown/Cambridge line. Ultimate old-line Italian.
Jimmy's - Arlington. Great food. Redid the interior, and that sucks, but the food didn't change.
Porthole - Lynn. Great seafood, great karaoke???
Newbury Steak House -
Good Luck Farms (the place in Lynnfield) The site of the famous picture of Allen, Leo Jarvis and JF.
Seaside - Revere Beach. Fish, fish and more fish. New owners changed the décor to yellow, which doesn't look right on a fish place. Lots of creative fish dishes, but don't order fried seafood here. Batter has a sweet taste.
Chateau - 2 locations, like the Arlington one better
Riverside - Great sports bar type in my old Cambridge neighborhood, fried scallops, pizza, ambiance
Sacco's - Memories. Steak kabobs with little hot cherry peppers.
Lanno's - maybe the best chicken Picatta I ever had
Danvers Yacht Club
Cotton's - On Orange Beach, across from the Best Western. Of course, great seafood.
Harvard Gardens - Customized pizzas and Johnny Rivers.
Fontaine's (Dedham) A blinking neon chicken and heaping platters of passable chicken.
Rosemary - Downstairs from Nightstage. A bit pricey, but you could get some tasty meals there at a reasonable price if you were careful.
Amrhein's - South Boston. Another old place, been there over a hundred years. Sometimes it seems there are too many things on the menu to decide, but they're all great. And the ambience is sooo good, especially at Christmas time.
Hu-Ke-Lau - Huge old Chinese restaurant in Salem, NH, where they used to have the Hawaiian band and dancers.
The Fishery - Central Square. Great popcorn shrimp, ambience.
Dini's Sea Grille - Don't remember too much about this place except that it was practically a landmark on Tremont Street
Half Shell - Talk about atmosphere!!! This fish restaurant on Boylston Street looked like a boat and had shells all over the outside. Fish was good, too.
J. C. Hillary's - Boylston Street and Dedham. Sauteed spinach in garlic.
Wursthaus - On the corner in Harvard Square, looked like an old German place. Great burgers.
Jonathan Swift's - My all time favorite nightclub also did lunch, and their chicken salad was too good to be true.
Duck Farm - A house on Lake Winnepesaukee, dining family style. Don't recall much about the duck, but I've never forgotten the dessert - a plate of strawberries, with small containers of sour cream and brown sugar. So simple, so delicious.
Place in York Beach - Some place Pat Bronstein took us. First place I ever had those tiny shrimp, and they were just succulent. I still dream of them.
Santoro's- The classic, ultimate sub chain.
Jeannie's - Upstairs on Stuart Street.
Bulkie - It was the ultimate deli on Boylston Street, downstairs from street level, open all night. Ooh, those roast beef sandwiches.
Dartmouth Street downstairs
corner Newbury/Mass Ave before Tower
place on Hampton Beach
Genoa - Inventive food in old time style restaurant, fried artichoke appetizers with lemon!!
Del Frate's - Old Italian place near the bus station in Pittsburgh. Eat your chicken and spinach pasta while you watch the snow fall and all the city buses and people just getting off work pass that corner.
Mary & Harold's
M&H predecessor (Athletic club?)
pancake place in Nashville with kabobs
waffle place in Nashville
Olde Towne Drive In
Buffet place in Dresden
fish place by the bridge in Salem
downtown deli from 1969 - you can see it in the Boston Strangler movie
mysterious Italian restaurant by the side of the old road near Newark
Mary and Harold's