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Great 8: Legendary Restaurants in Massachusetts

Some restaurants are more than just another place to dine. They’re institutions that have been around for decades.


80 West Broadway, Boston

Serving Southie since 1890, the menu here includes chicken pot pie, Boston baked scrod and a 24-ounce, bone-in prime rib-eye.

Aprile’s European

75 Princeton St., North Chelmsford, Mass.

It may be pretty far from the original restaurant, European, in the North End, but it sure tastes like it, right down to the 25-inch pizzas.

Cask ’n Flagon

62 Brookline Ave., Boston

From pizzas loaded with sausage, peppers and onion to real-deal Southern barbecue, it’s all available at this Fenway favorite.

Frank’s Steak House

2310 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass.

The oldest steakhouse in Greater Boston has served top-quality, affordable steaks since 1938. The 1-pound sirloin sizzler is brought smokin’ hot straight from the kitchen.

Kelly’s Roast Beef

Revere, Saugus, Natick, Danvers and Medford, Mass.

Kelly’s is a legend in Boston sandwich history. Since 1951, its workers have slow roasted and stuffed roast beef inside a toasted bun.

La Cantina Italiana

911 Waverly St., Framingham, Mass.

The 300-seat restaurant started as a small market more than 70 years ago. The same family still makes hand-rolled meatballs, jumbo fried ravioli and legendary chicken parm.

Virgilio’s Italian Bakery

29 Main St., Gloucester, Mass.

Since 1934, Virgilio’s has baked fresh bread hourly. Phantom’s favorite is the mudiga steak bomb of breaded steak cutlets, salami, sauteed peppers and onions and melted cheese.

Winthrop Arms

130 Grovers Ave., Winthrop, Mass.

This cozy spot serves classics like scallops and bacon, chicken pot pie and mac and cheese, plus its famous prime rib, served on Friday and Saturday nights only.

Catch “Phantom Gourmet” on TV every weekend. For listings and times, visit www.phantomgourmet.com.


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