The 10 Best Mom & Pop Restaurants in Massachusetts!

When you’re looking for a hearty, delicious home-cooked meal, there’s nothing quite like a mom and pop-style restaurant. They’ll grace your table with some of the best food ever. Check out one or more of these Massachusetts mom and pop restaurants for a trip back in time to Grandma’s kitchen! 

1. Theo’s Cozy Corner Restaurant, Boston, MA

Serving both breakfast and lunch, Theo’s Cozy Corner Restaurant features an abundance of American and Italian dishes, as well as some classic Brazilian fare, too. The comfortable, no frills atmosphere will make you feel right at home no matter which kind of food you prefer.

2. Down Home Delivery & Catering, Dorchester, MA

Don’t let the name fool you. You can sit and eat at Down Home Delivery & Catering. Serving breakfast and dinner, you’ll enjoy delicious home cooked fare with a distinct Southern spin. Their bakery items are sublime. Be sure to take something home if you’re too full to enjoy dessert on site.

3. Joe’s Diner, Lee, MA

Customers claim that while the food at Joe’s Diner is excellent, it’s the service and feeling that you’re dining with family that makes the place so great. Some have described eating here as something straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. You’ll only get breakfast food here, but it’s served until well into the afternoon.

4. Oxford Creamery, Mattapoisett, MA

Open April through November, Oxford Creamery is known for their ice cream, their fresh seafood and their camaraderie with their guests. The “Mom and Pop” owners bought it from “Mom and Pop” owners in 2003. Inside seating is limited, but there’s plenty of outside seating. The line out the door is well worth navigating. You’ll be treated like a local even if you only visit once a year.

5. Duguay’s Chicken & Seafood, Gardner, MA

Founded in 1968, Duguay’s Chicken & Seafood is still the Mom and Pop place it was back then. Famous for their pressure-cooked chicken, fried seafood and Jo Jo potatoes (fried in the same fat with chicken), you’ll feel right at home when dining here.

6. The Angler Fish Market & Chowder Co., Westminster, MA

The owner of the Angler Fish Market & Chowder Co. grew up in Massachusetts, and often went fishing and clamming with his parents. For years now, Jason Kimball has run his own restaurant—and he features the mom and pop values and traditions he grew up with. The seafood at the Angler is fresh daily from local fishermen. The chowder is the very best around. The atmosphere is homey—with many of the local fishermen eating here, too. The full bar and daily specials simply add to the warmth and fun.

7. Agostino’s, Natick, MA

Family run for more than 30 years, Agostino’s serves up Italian comfort food at its best. If you need a different kind of comfort, they also feature steaks, burgers and pizza. You’ll love the family feel when dining here. The full bar and extensive wine list mean lively conversations are always taking place—just like at home in an authentic Italian kitchen.

8. The Daily Catch, Boston, MA

With just 20 seats, the Daily Catch often makes diners feel like they’re eating with their own mom and pop. Serving up fresh seafood and Italian dishes, the weekly specials are always a treat. In business since the early 1970s, you’ll love the homey atmosphere and home cooked food.

9. Martin’s Coffee Shop, Brookline, MA

Serving breakfast and lunch in a cozy atmosphere, Martin’s Coffee Shop uses fresh local ingredients to prepare classic dishes and fun, trendy offerings. Their Rice Bowls are healthy and delicious. The service and atmosphere are fun and comforting. You’ll feel like you’ve gone home when you meet friends at Martin’s.

10. Yokohama Japanese Restaurant, Brookline, MA

The Yokohama Japanese Restaurant has been dubbed a “Mom and Pop Japanese” place by reviewers. Known for traditional Japanese fare served in a warm atmosphere, locals and those visiting from Japan have raved about both the food and the service. Their sushi is said to be divine.

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