The 5 Best lunch spots in Quincy (you didn’t know about)
Our team loves Quincy, and since we spend every day here we’ve gotten quite familiar with the best places to grab a quick bite. With the ever-changing landscape of Quincy and the ongoing development there is an endless supply of places to check out. Here are some of our new favorites and must visit classics.
1. Lunita (26 School St. Quincy, 02169): A family owned business with a truly authentic selection of Mexican food, with rich flavors and textures to give you a real sabrosa experience! Are you a Chipotle lover? Well you’re in for a treat when you step into this newly opened Quincy Center gem. Way better than it’s corporate counterpart, Lunita is super fresh, friendly and delish. I love the quesadilla but the burrito is pretty memorable too. Quick, never a huge line, and an easy grab and go (or dine in), this is one of the best places to recently pop up in Q.
2. Cucina Mia (94 Washington St. Quincy, MA 02169): A Quincy Center Classic under new ownership, Cucina Mia is a family run neighborhood cafe that will make you into a regular before you know it. Amazing sandwiches, fresh meats, soups and vegetarian options make this place our go-to spot for a lunch meeting or solo sandwich. The owners make you feel like family and the food is so good, you’ll wake up in the AM wondering how early is ‘too early’ to order your lunch time Chicken Caesar wrap. Insider tip: their Chocolate chip muffins are THE BEST around (consumer verified by my 2 & 4 year olds who are Choc Chip Muffin experts). They do office catering too, so tell your boss to skip the Panera routine and order Cucina Mia next time!
3. Chili Square (666 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02170): This Wollaston spot is a literal ‘hole in the wall’ with 8 tables and a noodle selection that you won’t find anywhere else. Perfect on a cold day when you need a warm soup and a can of coke with a straw, Chili Square is my go-to noodle place. Since I don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese (I wish I did) I usually do the point at a picture ordering option and am never, ever, disappointed. Biang Biang noodles forever, and the name doesn’t lie, spicy to the point that you may leave sweating. This place fills up fast and bring your CASH (no cards accepted but also no proof later of how much you ate). A must visit!
4. The Clam Box (789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170): If you’re from Quincy you’re either a Clam Box person or Team Tony’s. Whelp, you guessed it - Clam Box forever over here. If you’re feeling sad and really in the mood to get down on some Calories, look no further than the 2 way combo platter with Scallops and Clams paired with Onion rings. An interior throw back to the 70’s sets the mood and they have an unlimited tarter sauce/ ketchup situation going on that speaks to my soul (don’t get between me and my condiments). I’m partial to the Clam Box because my dad and I have been going to opening day here since I was a kid, it’s better than Fenway! Catch them in Season for a fried feast.
5. Jersey Mikes (479 Washington St, Quincy, MA 02169): Ok, I HATE to put a corporate chain on my list because I am the Queen of Shop Small, but I would be lying if I didn’t note the frequency at which I go to Jersey Mikes. I don’t know if it’s the shredded lettuce or the thin sliced cheese to mustard ratio, but sometimes I just find myself in line and I have NO IDEA how I got there. My colleagues think I have a problem but that #7 Mini just gets me every time. I feel ok about adding them to my list because it’s a local owner of this location and the people that work there are super nice. Throw in a bag of chips and I am $14 broker and a whole lot happier.
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