One thing that parents always agree upon is that teenagers seem to be constantly eating. In fact, on numerous occasions, I've personally been called a "bottomless pit". Recently, as I was out with a group of friends at a restaurant, the question came to my mind: just what are the top five choices for a teenage "bottomless pit" in Easton? What local outings combine prices and quality that appeal to my generation? So, let me give you my top five rankings and the reasons behind them
5) Avellino's Pizzeria -- 700 Depot St, North Easton, MA 02356
Located at Five Corners, Avellino's Pizzeria gives out big helpings for limited cash. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the pizza, but the subs and calzones are nothing short of amazing. Both fill you up when you're only halfway through, which is an amazing feat in and of itself.
4) McMenamy's Hamburger House -- 181 Washington St, North Easton, MA 02356
McMenamy's Hamburger House may be unknown to many Easton residents. However, once a person experiences the food and atmosphere, there's an unmistakable imprint left. If almost feels like you've time-traveled back to Andy Griffith's days in Mayberry. While very affordable, the only negative is the small parking lot and crowded lounge area.
3) Mario's Trattoria -- 260 Washington Street, North Easton, MA 02356
Running for the cross-country team, I know first-hand pasta dinners are a necessity before important races. Usually, the pasta, salad, meatballs, and bread are provided en masse by this wonderful little Italian place near Stonehill College. Not only is the food delightful, but you can also order delivery from one of many teenagers who work here. I have enjoyed Mario's many times, and it has yet to disappoint.
2) Bill's House of Pizza -- 97 North Main St, North Easton, MA 02356
Ah, one of my favorites. Located near the Rockery in historic North Easton, Bill's serves up some of the best pizza and breadsticks in the area. The pizzas aren't the size of Avellino's, but they taste a lot better. They also feel like they have some substance. The cheese is thicker, the sauce redder, and the crust crunchier. Because the pizzas are slightly smaller, you may have to reach down into your pocket for some extra change, but, as long as you're not buying for a large party, Bill's is the way to go.
1) Maguire's Bar and Grill -- 503 Foundry St, North Easton, MA 02356
I'll admit it. Since my cross-country coach acts as owner and chief chef of Maguire's, I'm biased towards this particular Irish pub. However, once you have the food at this place, you'll never want to go anywhere else. The variety is superior to any competition in Easton, ranging from pizza to steak entrées, yet the prices are still competitive. You receive giant servings while being entertained from the numerous television sets displaying sports as well as the friendly serving staff. Other restaurants may be more convenient due to their delivery option, but if you're a teenager enthralled by sports, this is definitively the place to sit down for a great meal.
So, there you have it; my rankings of the best restaurants in Easton from a teenage perspective. While all of us have different taste buds, the endless list of small, privately-owned restaurants available in town is sure to satisfy your individual cravings. Two other premier places are: Soups on Center (Panini's are awesome, and, in the summer, soft-served ice cream is a real hit) and El Mariachi (great Mexican place, especially like the homemade tortilla chips). All of these seven options are great choices, and you can't go wrong with any of them. This weekend, I strongly encourage you to test them out and see what you think. For additional information, check out http://easton-ma.patch.com/search/listings?cat=1998198528.