This small city, nestled in the heart of Massachusetts, brims with a variety of restaurants that cater to every palate, whether you fancy traditional American comfort food or are adventurous enough to try exotic international cuisines.
While this list showcases some remarkable restaurants, it's important to note there are many other exceptional dining establishments in Taunton that are not featured here. Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself.
Torched Kitchen & Bar
I can't begin to tell you how much I adore Torched Kitchen & Bar!
Their food and drinks have never failed to impress me.
I tend to order online via DoorDash, and each time the delivery was prompt, and the food was still warm, tasting as fantastic as if I were dining in.
The ambiance of this place is something that deserves a special mention as well.
A perfect balance of warmth and elegance that makes you want to stay a bit longer, just soaking in the atmosphere.
Mr G's Hot Dog Connection
I remember it like it was yesterday, my first visit to Mr G's Hot Dog Connection.
The place had this wonderful retro look and feel that took me down memory lane.
The food they serve is simply to die for.
I ordered a burger, which instantly became one of the best burgers I've ever tasted in Taunton.
The freshness of the meat and how juicy it was, my taste buds couldn't get enough.
I found myself making plans to revisit before I even left the place.
On another occasion, I decided to take my family along.
As expected, they were immediately welcomed with warm smiles.
We went for a feast, ordering hot dogs, chili cheese dogs, chicken tenders, fries, mozzarella sticks, and chorizo with peppers and onions.
Each bite was an explosion of flavors.
My little girl, who usually takes ages to decide whether she likes something or not, declared it her new favorite spot.
She couldn't stop raving about how perfect their honey mustard was with the chicken tenders.
Apart from the mouth-watering food, the place also offers a nice and quiet atmosphere to enjoy a good meal.
There's also a large collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia and tchotchkes, which adds a unique charm.
The fries and chips are made on-site and served piping hot, so a word of caution there.
Let me tell you about my favorite local BBQ joint – Kinfolks BBQ.
Tucked away inconspicuously in a strip mall, this little gem has been serving me heavenly plates of BBQ goodness for years.
I can never resist their mouth-watering ribs that simply fall off the bone and melt in your mouth.
Each bite of their succulent brisket, tenderly smoked to perfection, makes you yearn for another one.
The pulled pork is a flavor explosion that's hard to match.
And don't even get me started on their sides!
The potato salad, mac n cheese, and baked beans are simply divine.
Oh, and the cornbread, fresh from the oven, it's the cherry on top!
But it's not just the food that keeps me coming back but also the service.
Streamliner Hot Dogs and More
My love for Streamliner Hot Dogs and More is no secret among my circle of friends and family.
Nestled right here in Bristol County, this humble eatery continually impresses with its delectable menu and intimate atmosphere.
Now, who wouldn't want to share that bit of joy?
The food he serves is not just delicious but also affordable.
The hotdogs are possibly the best in the entire state if you'd ask me.
Meanwhile, the empanadas are meticulously handcrafted and so addictive I often find myself craving them in the middle of the night.
But that's not all.
The 'Chicken on Stick' is quite literally to die for.
Every bite sends a burst of flavors that seem to dance in your mouth.
It's always a treat to get such wonderful food from such wonderful people.
Grilla Greek Kouzina
In my little corner of the world, there's a place that I can't seem to get enough of - Grilla Greek Kouzina.
The moment you step into Grilla Greek Kouzina, you're greeted with an impeccably clean space and top-notch service that truly elevates your dining experience.
Every single time I visit this establishment, it feels like a treat.
The food always impresses, leaving a memorable mark on my palate.
Their "Chocolate Bomb" cake, for instance, is such a delight, and the grape leaves are my all-time favorite go-to for a quick, satisfying bite.
It's a Greek-style Chipotle, but in my opinion, it surpasses it by a long shot!
Although it's hard to pick, the dish I keep coming back for is the chicken over rice bowl loaded with fresh veggies, crumbled feta, and grilla sauce.
The combination of flavors is simply out of this world!
And to wash it all down, I usually go for their Greek latte, a unique blend that's simply delicious.
Oh, how I love my weekly visit to Los Jefes!
The charm and warmth of the place perfectly match the rich and flavorful dishes they serve.
The Cuban sandwich holds a special place in my heart, it's quite simply the best I've ever had.
I also have a soft spot for anything with their mojo pork, but when it comes sandwiched in a quesadilla, it's pure heaven.
Their BBQ brisket is another highlight, especially when it's loaded onto crunchy, cheesy nachos.
And let's not forget the fried chicken and churro waffles - sweet, savory, and comforting in every bite.
Every dish is a testament to the care and passion that goes into each item, everything is house-made and absolutely delicious.
The coffee brewed here is another must-try - rich, robust, and the perfect pick-me-up.
The place is somewhat of a hidden gem in our community, but once discovered, it's hard to stay away.
Los Jefes is more than just a restaurant, it's an experience.
The authentic Mexican-inspired food with a twist is a gastronomic delight.
Everything is made from scratch, and it shows in exemplary taste and quality.
The drinks are fantastic, and the service is friendly and professional, making every visit a pleasure.
The ambiance of the restaurant is warm and inviting.
You can relax surrounded by houseplants and local art, which you can even purchase if it catches your fancy.
Smitty's Pub & Pizza
Let me tell you about my favorite haunt in the city, Smitty's Pub & Pizza.
It's become a tradition of mine to stop by after work, whether for a quick beer or to satisfy my pizza cravings.
The moment you walk in, you're greeted by the familiar hum of friendly chatter and an inviting atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.
Their pizza, oh boy, it's a work of art.
I remember the first time I ordered "The Ultimate" pizza, it was love at first bite.
Not too cheesy, perfectly balanced toppings, every bite is a taste sensation.
Over time, I've seen countless people rush in to grab their take-out pizzas, a testament to the quality they serve up every single day.
But let's not forget their chicken wings, especially those sweet teriyaki ones.
They're so good I'd willingly admit to having a slight addiction.
Each wing is cooked to perfection, making it a delicious treat that I find hard to resist.
I remember the first time I stumbled upon Weir Dogs.
I had just come out of the barbershop next door, my stomach was grumbling, and there it was, tucked away to the left of New Weir Pizza.
A little hidden, perhaps, with Google Maps pointing me towards the back entrance, but sure enough, it was there.
The moment you walk in, you're met with the unmistakable aroma of hot dogs on the grill.
But these aren't your average grocery store or ballpark hot dogs.
The variety of hot dogs on offer is astounding, each one with its own distinct flavor.
I remember how my taste buds exploded when I first bit into the rodeo dog.
The sauces, trust me, are out of this world.
In my multiple visits since that day, I've feasted on their fries that are just the perfect amount of crisp.
Double Down Cafe'
I have been frequenting Double Down Cafe for quite a while now, and every visit is a delightful experience.
The first time my daughter and I stepped into this charming little diner, we were immediately drawn in by the friendly atmosphere and the inviting aromas wafting from the kitchen.
The food has always been consistently excellent.
It's that perfect blend of homey comfort food and delicious culinary creativity.
Plus, the prices are so reasonable, you don't feel the pinch even after ordering a full-course meal.
My daughter and I adore their breakfast menu.
It's always a treat to start the day with their scrumptious dishes!
Donna and Pam are simply wonderful.
They never fail to greet us with a warm smile and provide stellar service.
It's always fun to chat with Dave and Donna.
Their jovial nature and passion for their business are clearly infectious.
Now, I can't end without praising Donna's muffins.
They're absolutely to die for!
It's not every day that a new establishment comes to the city and is able to hit the ground running, but Maria’s Place has done just that.
Over the past few weeks, I've visited this charming spot on several occasions and have been impressed time and time again.
I would be remiss not to mention the breakfast here.
I've tucked into their eggs benny, and it was nothing short of scrumptious.
The lunches, too, are worth every penny.
If you are planning to drop by for lunch, don’t miss out on their pizza muffins.
It's a delight that perfectly orbits the line between snack and meal.
Maria’s Place also serves some rather unique and flavorful iced coffees.
My personal favorites are the peanut butter cup and the cinnamon toast iced coffee.
They are the perfect treat to beat the summer heat, and they go well with any meal.
Some might try to knock this local business, wanting things for free - but I see Maria’s Place for what it truly is.
A phenomenal breakfast and lunch spot that adds tremendous value to our city.
DeAvila's Restaurant & Catering
Who would have thought that one of my favorite places to eat would be a modest restaurant nestled in my very own neighborhood?
DeAvila's Restaurant & Catering is a place where dining feels like a special occasion, even though it's just a short drive from my house.
The moment you step into DeAvila's, you're welcomed by a warm and cozy environment.
The food and coffee are simply delicious.
If there's one thing that leaves a lasting impression, it's the satisfaction of a happy belly after a meal here.
Aesthetically, DeAvila's may seem a little dated but don't let that fool you.
It's always clean, and the quality of the food is consistently high.
One of the standout dishes for me is the skillet; it's well worth the wait.
A particular favorite of mine is the bifana skillet — it's generously portioned and incredibly tasty.
It's always such a joy for me to see a line of eager customers waiting to get a table at DeAvila's.
It's a testament to the quality of their food and service.
Despite the queue, I've never minded the wait because I know that the meal will be worth it.
And the best part?
The food is not only delicious but also reasonably priced.
This delightful eatery is a gem that I'm proud to have in my neighborhood.
I must confess, I've always had an inkling for Caribbean food.
It's something about the fusion of flavors, the rich spices, and the soul of the islands that it brings.
My latest venture led me to this hidden gem, Just Caribbean, a burst of Caribbean sunshine right in the heart of our city.
When I first visited Just Caribbean, it was as if I had been transported straight to the islands.
The flavors were an explosion in my mouth, every bite was a new discovery.
I tried the Roasted Beef and Yellow Rice and was not disappointed.
It was tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned.
The yellow rice was fluffy and full of flavors, and the tostones (fried plantains) on the side were a delightful touch.
Being a local, I have been to quite a number of places around, but the service at Just Caribbean was exceptional.
The lady who took my order was sweet and made me feel at ease, something that is rare to find these days.
But it was not just the food and service that left an impression.
What stood out even more was the unique presentation of the dishes.
Each plate was a visual treat, with beautiful plating that added an extra touch of appeal to the already delicious food.
Though I've tried their delivery service through an app several times before, making the physical trip to Just Caribbean was an experience in itself.
I got to discover their Stewed Beef and Stewed Chicken, two dishes that I highly recommend, especially for newcomers.
And the Crazy Fries with Mango BBQ sauce was unlike anything I've ever tasted elsewhere.
Grove Street Tavern
Just another night at the Grove Street Tavern, and let me tell you, it was one for the books!
Despite its unassuming exterior, once you're inside, it's all welcoming smiles and friendly chit-chat.
Started the evening with their gold fever tenders, lightly breaded, absolutely fresh, and the sauce, oh the sauce, just delectable!
Then came the main dish - a BBQ chicken pizza, crispy crust just the way I like it, layered with shredded BBQ chicken tucked under the cheese.
The genius lies in the distribution of the chicken, ensuring every bite is flavorful.
Topped off with a good amount of crumbled bacon and red onion, it's a taste sensation that every BBQ chicken fan should try.
My partner, being a bit more adventurous, ordered a pepperoni, jalapeño, and chorizo pizza, crispy with burnt edges.
Talk about an unforgettable experience, Tazz's BBQ was a true highlight when I was planning my wedding.
On the day of the wedding, they arrived on time, set up quickly, and were ready to serve our guests with warm smiles.
The food, though, was the real showstopper.
The BBQ was flavorful, tender, and made with a level of love and passion that's hard to find.
Our guests couldn't stop raving about it, with many saying it was the best BBQ they'd ever had.
Now, it might be a little confusing if you're trying to visit the place physically.
Tazz's BBQ doesn't have a traditional restaurant setup; it operates out of a residential neighborhood.
Every now and then, nothing hits the spot like a hearty breakfast at an old-school diner.
In the city, we're lucky to have a real gem in that category - Joe's Diner.
It's the kind of place that makes you feel like you've stepped into a time capsule, providing a real nostalgic experience.
Believe me when I say the food at Joe's Diner is absolutely mouth-watering.
It's a place where I can get a full breakfast meal for under $10 - coffee, two eggs, toast, home fries, and a side of sausage.
It's not just the price that's impressive, but the taste too.
The bacon cheese and veggie omelet I ordered recently, coupled with home fries and a chocolate banana pancake, was divine.
It was all fresh, and the pancake was one of the best I've tasted.
For me, what sets Joe's Diner apart from others isn't just the food but also the welcoming atmosphere.
Despite being busy, I've never had to wait long for a table.
There is a certain charm that El Mariachi El Mariachi holds, one that has seen me become a regular at the place.
The moment you step in, you are immediately greeted by a warm, friendly vibe that sets your mood right.
Their service is quick yet never rushed - it's just perfect.
One thing that sets this place apart is the food.
They serve up the most authentic Mexican dishes that are not only delicious but also fresh.
The combination plates are to die for, and the portions are just right.
My personal favorite is the sweet chimichangas, which are a delight with each bite.
Another thing I love about El Mariachi is the music.
There's always a lively tune playing in the background that perfectly complements the ambiance.
It's the kind of place you go to for an amazing dining experience, not just a quick bite.
Real Brazil restaurant and market
A delightful culinary gem like the Real Brazil restaurant and market is nothing short of a blessing.
The waves of aromatic French bread that fill the air are a constant reminder of the bakery's fresh and high-quality offerings.
But it's not just their bread that keeps me coming back; it's the entire array of Brazilian goodies.
Their food is excellent!
The menu showcases a range of Brazilian classics, but they're not afraid to experiment and add their own twists.
Whether it's the main course or just the desserts, everything is mouthwateringly delicious and surprisingly affordable.
It's a place where customer satisfaction is clearly the top priority.
It's comforting to see familiar faces who remember your usual orders and preferences.
The extraordinary service only amplifies the overall dining experience.
When I first stepped into La Familia, a charming restaurant with a bar in the heart of the city, I knew I'd found my new favorite spot.
It wasn't long before I was settling into one of their quaint digs, charmed by the warm, homely atmosphere.
I've had the pleasure of frequenting La Familia without reservations and have always been seated promptly.
But keep in mind the place does fill up quickly, especially during meal rushes.
So, ringing ahead to reserve could be a good idea.
One of the things that sets La Familia apart is their attentive service.
I've had the pleasure of learning about the specials, ingredients, and even the preparation methods from them, which adds an extra touch to the dining experience.
Of course, I can't fail to mention the food.
They serve a blend of Italian and American comfort foods, and let me tell you, their portions are generous!
Their Carbonara is worth a try, especially with added grilled chicken, it's delicious.
My partner, on the other hand, is a fan of their lamb special.
They have a fair variety of drinks on offer, including Pepsi products and a wide selection of alcoholic beverages.
Their Fettuccine Bolognese was a delightful surprise, and my partner loved the seafood casserole.
We rounded off the evening with their Sangria and Tiramisu, both of which were a hit.
Frates Drive In
I've been a regular at Frates Drive In for quite some time now.
I can't resist their delectable fried food and some of the best ice cream I've ever tasted.
Their menu is extensive, which is a delight for a foodie like me.
On one occasion, I was about to take a picture of a vintage Chevy that was on display, and a man kindly offered to take the picture for me.
Their lobster rolls are the best I've had, and their burgers were cooked to perfection.
Taunton has an impressive array of dining options to satisfy any food lover.
From savory hot dogs at Mr G's Hot Dog Connection or Streamliner Hot Dogs and More to the mouthwatering barbeque at Kinfolks BBQ or Tazz's BBQ, and not forgetting the delicious Greek offerings at Grilla Greek Kouzina - there is something for everyone.
So, whether you're a local or just passing through, don't miss out on the chance to taste the flavors that this city has to offer.