Nancy’s at Oak Bluff/Martha’s Vineyard

This place, and most other lunch/dinner joints, open at 11am. Just letting you know as many arrive on the island early and hungry. Their mass produced tartar sauce is horrible! What a crime for a seafood joint to serve store bought tartar sauce instead of home made. Other than that, food was good. Particularly good was their warm lobster roll.

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Muqueca Brazilian restaurant

The food turned out a lot better than I thought it would. They specialize in stew that appears to come out in a hot pot…except the pot is not hot.

There are too many varieties to list but the notables are dry meat mix and the seafood mix. The prices on the menu seem reasonable enough but beware. What felt like a $200 meal came out to $440!! It’s not just me being cheap either, everyone else in the party was shocked. It was nice to try once but I can’t see us coming back here as a large group again.

The food was tasty. Everything came with beans and then more beans on the side. I wonder if they gave us these involuntarily to stuff the bill, cause damn did we have a crap load of beans on the table. There was also fried plantain with greens and what appears to be a slices orange. I don’t remember us ordering it but they said it came with our orders (maybe this is why the bill was absurdly high).

For service, the staff were friendly, when they tended to you. We started with drinks but one friend of mine had to ask for a coke 4 times and it didn’t come till we were into our main meal. They claimed the fountain drink thing had to be replaced…but we waited a very long time and had to ask multiple times as it felt they forgot about it.

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I may have been too harsh on the place. These pictures are pretty much everything we got. The food is not bad. Everyone raves about the desserts, actually. The dollar to value is just severely lacking. At least that’s the consensus by everyone when we finished the meal.

Minado sushi buffet – Natick, MA

We come here a few times a year and the food is consistently good. The decor is nice and everything is clean. Expect delicious food along with excellent service.

There is more than enough sushi to satisfy your cravings here. If you have some that prefer hot or cooked foods, the hot foods selection will also impress them.

Plenty of parking and easily accessible off route 9 or the mass pike. They have added two new noodle options at the soup end of the hot foods section. The one thing that disappointed me was that there was no fried shrimp in the tempura platter. I waited for a fresh refilling but was disappointed to see all veggies. It’s dinner and a weekend so I’m surprised the fried shrimp was missing… They usually do this during lunch hours when they charge less. We paid $33 for each adult. Depending on height, kids pay a portion of the adult fee. It’s not cheap for a family or large group to eat here. However, the food seems fresh and clean…It’s like that every time we’ve come here over the years. To some that’s more important than saving a few bucks.

This place is directly across from the Natick mall. Other notable food joints in this same plaza are Minerva and smash burger. The former is an Indian buffet and the latter is a burger joint.

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Humongous Asian scallops

I’m not sure what this is. My mom came back from Chinatown with a bunch of these enormous things on a huge shell. It’s some combination of scallops and oyster. The orange sack is the oyster like part. It looks like a sac of something, but it’s actually solid when bitten into. The big white part is the scallop part. There is also a spirally thingy on the side. Not sure if you can see it from the picture. That part is more chewy than anything else.

Bottom line is that you’d enjoy this mutated “scallop-ster” if you’re a fan of raw seafood. Mine was cooked with stuff on it though. That stuff is to flavor the dish and to ensure it doesn’t tastes too fishy. Whatever, I prefer my seafood battered and deep fried.

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Ponzu Chinese food

We had a Groupon for Ponzu in Waltham, MA expiring soon so we went and checked this place out. It’s very hard to find parking on Moody street during dinner hours!

As for Ponzu, the place was wreaking of gas smell…like if you left the gas on from your stove. Once you get past that, the ambiance is nothing special. Seating arrangements were pretty good – plenty of room and lots tables. There is also a bar.

The food was just meh. We had general gau chicken, seafood noodles for the kiddo, and some eel plate for the wifey. Again, food was a little bland. Nothing about the food was memorable. That means we are not going back.

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