This is, basically, your average Stop and Shop. It's clean, well laid-out, and (usually) has enough cashiers on hand to make check out pretty quick. However, despite the introduction of their organic line of foods (Nature's Promise), it's still sometimes hard to find organic or natural foods -- even the one they list in their weekly circulars -- especially in comparison to other local Stop and Shops (like, the one in Swampscott with its large section of organic and natural foods). But, if you're not looking for those particular foods, you're in good hands.
This has got to be one of the best liquor stores in the area. I'm not a wine expert, by any means, but their domestic and imported wine selection is truly impressive. Nearly every wine has a little tag telling you what it is, where it came from, and what it tastes like. They have a lot of different beers, including an extensive array of microbrews from around the world. The liquor selection is no slouch either, including a lot of nicely packaged gift sets.
I really love stopping in at Los Amigos Supermarket because I know I'm going to find stuff I won't find anywhere else in the area. It's a little dim in there and sometimes a little grubby, but don't let that put you off. They have almost the entire line of Goya products including the various sodas (the tamarind is my personal favorite) and most of the harder to find Carribean specialties (like the tins of guava paste). They also have the widest selection of veladoras (religious candles) I've ever seen. It's really worth a look.
I took my husband's Doc Martens boots to be resoled here recently. The guy who works there repaired my husband's boots perfectly. He explained everything he did and what it was and how much it cost (which was considerably less than what I thought it would be). But the store owner himself was just such a nice, funny guy. He's Russian and he plays (and sells copies of!) his CD of him singing Russian songs (I kid you not). He was such a cool guy, I recommend anyone take their shoes there to be fixed.
I really enjoy his laundromat. I know, most laundromats are the same, but this one has a couple of perks that make it a little better. For starters, a soda machine AND a snack machine. Who doesn't like to eat candy while doing laundry? Second, there's just enough music playing that you can either sit and listen or tune it out. Lastly, instead of quarters, they use a card system you put money on. For every $10 or $20 dollars you put on, you get a bonus of an extra couple dollars credit. Plus, I like not having to tote around a sack of change. So, free money AND candy? What's not to like?
My husband and I both went to the optometrists in LensCrafters when we needed new glasses. Although we each saw different optometrists, we each had a great experience. I made our appointments over the phone and had no problem getting an appointment relatively soon. We were seen promptly when we got there and both doctors were kind and friendly. I'd recommend this office for anyone who needs an eye exam.
I have to admit, I was a little skepical when I saw this place, located in the same building as a dry cleaners, and I was more t han pleasantly surprised. I ordered the "Beverly Beef" kind of as a joke, but it was great -- just spicy enough, not too gingery. The sate was great. The Bangkok wings were amazing. The staff is always friendly both over the phone and in person. The tab is often a bit more than I expect it to be but it's always worth it.
Michelle's Place has got to be the best breakfast in town. The service is friendly (any place that offers my toddler crayons right off the bat always has a place in my heart). The food, while being your standard diner breakfast fare (eggs, pancakes, et cetera), is always good. Your coffee gets refilled just enough to keep your cup hot without being annoying about it. They are crowded on the weekends, so I don't go there as often as I might otherwise, but I'm always glad when I tough it out and get in.
I went to Harry's 240 with a friend not long ago. It was crowded and pretty loud. I sat down, opened the menu and almost snarfed water out my nose. I couldn't believe how overpriced this little hole in the wall was. My friend and I put in an order for an antipasto appetizer and the waiter promptly vanished. He returned long enough to set down the food and vanished again. The whole experience was just pretty awful. I will admit, the food was good, but the noise, the service..? I don't think I'll be back there again.
Kame's sushi is... well, like I just said, good but not great. Their selection is a little limited and they don't seem to offer some of the usual non-fish sushi, like, say, umeboshi plum or shiitake mushroom. Everything is good, though, and fresh, of course. Their standard Japanese dishes (teryaki, shabu shabu, tempura, et cetera) are all very good, but again, nothing really spectacular about any of them. Basically, Kame is good for satisfying your Japanese food craving but not much else.