Went to St. Peter's festival in Gloucester where it was just all overpriced carnival food again, so hit Farnham's which surprisingly had no line. Clam roll w/ onion rings (instead of fries) was $11. They do a great fry job, crisp rings, lots of clams, good tartar sauce, grilled roll not quite as good as usual but overall, a very good experience. The lines at Woodman's and the Clam Box were ridiculous (esp. the latter). Still want to try Lewis' which I've heard is good plus there's a place across from that tiny Shaw's on Rt. 133 that looks promising. Got ice cream at the driving range and mini-golf place on Rt. 1 in Rowley where they serve Richardson's. A kiddie cone for $1.95 was the size of a triple at Toscanini's. Got a very rich grapenut cone, had to put half of it in a cup and asked the man who was buying his kids stuff if he wanted it. He didn't even thank me! Also got ice cream from the Creamery truck at the Brookline farmer's market who have more flavors than you'd expect for being portable. Got a refreshing mango and ginger cone for $2.25 on that disgustingly hot Thurs. There were still lots of empty spaces at the market but all the bakery types were there.
Ate at the infamous Peach Farm for my first time and got a huge plate of jumbo shrimp w/ vegetables on chow foon for $5.95 (plus .50 after 3:00). They said they could make it spicy but it wasn't very. But the noodles, Chinese broccoli (I think) and carrots were great. Shrimp didn't look particularly jumbo but I'll get at least one if not two more meals out of it. I assumed he knew I was the ugly American when he put a fork on the table but an Asian woman who was talking to him in Chinese ate with a fork too, so I didn't feel so bad.
Green St. Grill in Central Sq. seems to have become my regular restaurant, as much as I have one. Had a skirt steak w/ frites and grilled asparagus and ate it all amazingly enough. That cut of steak isn't the best in the world, but it was tender and actually done medium. Asparagus was very good too and while the frites weren't the best in town, I did eat practically every one. My friend had a huge half a jerk chicken w/ corn on the cob ($20 and $16). Split a tasty scallop in hoisin appetizer with a slaw type thing for $9. Lots of people lament the old funky Green St. but I like the way it looks now and you can eat pretty interesting food for a decent price.
Went to a party at George where the apps. and buffet were pretty good. Altho the pork loin was a little dry. The owner seems to really be trying to get the place off the ground. The dinner menu prices are about $16-23 (lunch about $8-13) and I'd be curious to eat there for real since the chef was at Beacon Hill Bistro which I enjoyed. I've got a feeling people just go for the roofdeck tho.