Finally made it to Bistro 5 in W. Medford which I'd meant to go to since the Torch people owned it. My friend says it's much bigger now and they have wine and beer. We had a really fun waiter who may have been too much for some people but we liked him. When I asked about the difference between two chardonnays, he brought a taste of each. Knew we wanted bread and kept it filled. The bread itself wasn't too exciting but the white bean dip with it was nice. I got salmon and switched side dishes which he said we could do, there was some confusion with that but we let it slide. My friend got softshell crab w/ a corn salad app. and this was great, first time I've liked softshell crab. She got a duck special, entrees were $18 and $24 I think. The space is pretty and filled up quickly around 7:30.
Grabbed some food at the Linwood and it was fine. Just got an oyster po boy sandwich and pulled chicken sandwich. Oysters were decent altho had decrisped a little in the roll. Decent fries and cole slaw. For $8.95 and $7.95 and sitting on the outside patio, you can't complain.
Was in Gloucester for the Fisherman's Festival which offered a lot more jewelry than food options. So I figured I'd hit Farnham's for the first time in 7-10 years. For those people doing the clam crawl, allow some major waiting time (and that place didn't seem as long as Woodman's or the Clam Box). They let you switch onion rings for fries on the clam roll ($10.50) and it was very tasty, the 30 min wait just made it easier to eat almost the whole plate, a ton of clams and rings. Plopped down outside on the picnic table and it was a good time. Kinda wanted a soft ice cream even tho I was full but had to change my mind when I passed the Agawam Diner and remembered I hadn't had a piece of their pie in an equally long time. Got chocolate angel food pie or something like that which was a custard layer in between two choc. layers and cream on top. The filling was okay but their crust makes it all worth, esp. at $2.25 a slice. Hardly anything except fish dishes is over $7 on their menu and the grilled cheese and bacon next to me for $2.85 looked quite fine.