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Finian's (CLOSED)

1657 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169
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Photo of Finian's, Quincy, MA With each passing year, it seems that there are fewer and fewer independent family restaurants in the Greater Boston area, especially the classic old-fashioned restaurants that seem to exist only in Boston and other East Coast cities. The ones that do remain, such as the Mount Vernon Restaurant on Broadway in East Somerville, often appear as holdouts from an earlier time, with food, ambiance, service, and comfort that chain restaurants often seem to be lacking.

Much like the Mount Vernon, Finian's restaurant and pub in Quincy Center caters to diners who understand the importance of a neighborhood restaurant where families, retirees, and young couples can feel equally welcome. Sure, Finian's is not a place to go for a power lunch or trendy drinks with umbrellas in them. And Finian's is probably not on the radar of diners who are looking for the latest hot spot that everyone is talking about. But perhaps that is what makes this friendly dining spot so appealing; the oft-used cliche, "It is what it is" surely applies to Finian's, from the kindly waitresses to the extensive menu, the quality food, and the reasonable prices.

The menu at Finian's is a bit like what the menu at the old Amrheins in South Boston used to be like before the restaurant went a bit more upscale. There are plenty of steak, poultry, and seafood entrees that one can choose from at Finian's, including a delicious chicken cordon bleu, a hearty turkey dinner, and a satisfying shrimp louise. Specials can be excellent at finian's, with the chicken gorgonzola having a tremndously rich and nutty taste that makes this a must when it is available. The French onion soup is nearly as good as the classic French onion from the old Amrheins, and the appetizers are decent enough. If you like mixed drinks, you may be shocked at the prices here, as rum and cokes, margaritas, and martinis cost one quarter to one half of what they usually cost at similar restaurants in Boston. And all this is served by friendly waitresses who seem to know many of the locals at this Quincy restaurant.

Finian's might not be for everyone, but if you like "old-timey" Boston restaurants where diners can eat in a mellow, laid-back environment, this comfy old restaurant should certainly be on your list.