Essex Seafood. (Essex)
--Lobster, cooked perfectly. Fresh enough so it wasn't 'tanked'.
--Steamers--a revelation. Never had clams like these: thin shelled, oblong, fat bodies and necks.
--Clam chowder: a paragon, as good as unthickenend chowder can be.
Clam Box (Ipswich)
--Fried big belly clams. damn good.
--Onion rings. Don't waste your calories. Mealy coating, If I didn't know they were made in house, I would put them down as frozen.
Essex Seafood is a real place, with a real kitchen, open year-round, and someone who knows their way around the kitchen. Clam box is a takeout stand with a single great product, fried clams. Although did not try, Essex' onion rings looked great--with wisps of fried edges threaded around the edges. By accident, entered Essex through the wrong door and wondered through the food prep area. Speaking as a former restauranteur who knows where dirt hides, this kitchen was immaculate! This in itself inspires confidence.
White Farms Ice Cream (Ipswich)
Pro's: Wonderful, rich ice cream, not too sweet, exc flavorings and add-ins.
Con's: TOO much of the additives (my wife's caramel) and my coconut jamocha.
Would return in a heartbeat while on next Cape Ann run, but next time will get the 'Doggie' portion (one small scoop with a dog biscuit) instead of the 'Kiddie' size (one humongous scoop).
Accomplished the above in a rainy three hour window after a mid-morning landing at Logan, before commencing a full weekend of family obligations out Natick way.
Many many thanks to Galleygirl and her fellow crawlers who enabled us. Viva clamcrawl 2005 (my wife wants to come too!)