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Phantom Gourmet’s Picks for Your Dining and Shopping Needs

Head to these great eateries for a great meal, then shop 'til you drop.

The Vin Bin

A wine and cheese tasting at The Vin Bin.

(Photo: Vin Bin)

Grab a good meal and some groceries at these eight outstanding dining destinations.


324 Main St., Medford, Mass.

For more than 70 years, Bob’s has been a one-stop shop for incredible Italian eats served big, fast and affordable. It’s part sandwich shop, part deli, and part specialty store that sends customers back to the old country.

Bricco Salumeria

11 Board Alley, Boston

This Italian-style market is located in the heart of Boston’s North End, just down a narrow alleyway. It’s stocked with some of the best Italian imports, fresh meats, cheeses, pasta and produce in the city.


11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, Mass.

You’ll find part restaurant, part cafe and part market at Commonwealth’s massive space in Kendall Square. After your full-service meal, grab some housemade products – including excellent ice cream – to go.

The Flying Butcher

124 NH-101A, Amherst, N.H.

All of your dining needs are under one roof at The Flying Butcher, from sandwiches you can grab and go to all the ingredients you’ll need to make tonight’s meal. It’s the ultimate in eating and shopping.


90 William St., Springfield, Mass.

This Italian superstore is a neighborhood grocery, butcher shop, bakery, and deli all rolled into one. And while everything is tasty, Frigo’s is best known for its filling, affordable sandwiches served on crusty Vienna rolls.

Oliva’s Market

83 E. Main St., Milford, Mass.

Oliva’s is famous for the super-affordable B.O.G. Italian subs that are wrapped up and ready to eat. While you’re there, snap up some cheesy blooming garlic bread and outstanding porchetta.

The Vin Bin

Marlborough and Southborough, Mass.

The Vin Bin offers an enormous wine selection and some of the best sandwiches around. Top-selling sandwiches include the spicy BLT, meatball and marinara on ciabatta, and a classic falafel on fresh-baked pita bread.


Wegman’s Cheese and Mediterranean Bar.



Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Northborough, Westwood, Medford and Natick, Mass.

Wegmans is a supermarket chain with a huge cult following. Their stores are some of the biggest markets in New England, and they’re also some of the region’s biggest restaurants, with fully prepared food sections for fresh sushi, pizza, chicken wings and Chinese fare.

Have you eaten at any of these eateries? Tell us about your experience in the comments!


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