Once again, I ate way too much over the weekend, so I;m relegated to Campbell Chunky Soups for the rest of the week.
Started out Friday at Cafe Azteca in Lawrence with a group of people. This is a real find, as other CH folks have previously mentioned. I had the sauteed chicken with mushrooms and cactus in a hot brown sauce, and a couple of sangrias. The entree was nothing short of spectacular, with the brown sauce adding some heat to the cactus strips that really brought out their flavor. I love the back room there (the one with the colorful Mexican-themed murals), and the service was great.
Much later on Friday night (after a stint at the Red Hat in the old Scollay Square), a few of us went to New Jumbo Seafood for a disgustingly huge meal for that time of night. We ordered calamari (perfect), Singapore rice stick (mostly shrimp, pork, and noodles--almost no veggies--but outstanding flavor from the curry sauce), chicken with cashews (also good), and a couple of late-night apps (crab rangoon and chicken fingers) just to make us even more bloated. New Jumbo seemed little different from the old Jumbo, which is a good thing, since I've always liked the food there. It definitely impressed us all on Friday night.
Saturday we went to the New Bridge Cafe in Chelsea. The steak tips were tremendous as usual, but I actually liked the turkey tips even better, as they were blackened perfectly and had absolutely no gristle on them. The place is a classic; if you haven't been and are a big meat eater, you definitely need to get there.
On Sunday morning, we headed over to Mannion's Restaurant in West Quincy for an Irish breakfast. I like Mannion's a lot, since it has the feel of a real Irish dining spot (treacle and soda bread for sale at the counter, good Irish music on the sound system, lots of Irish immigrants, both young and old, frequenting the place), but the dish I got this time was, well, a bit on the disgusting side. It is called "Mannion's Skillet", and it consists of 3 eggs, diced ham, and home fries all mixed together in a casserole dish and topped with, oh, about 1/2 pound of cheese sauce. My S.O. took one look at it and she said, "Good luck to ya." I took most of the cheese off, but still felt a bit weighted down for the rest of the day.
I'd say that Cafe Azteca was probably the highlight of the weekend, which is saying a lot, considering I also went to perhaps the best steak tip joint in the Boston area and one of the best Chinese restaurants in Chinatown.