No misses in meals out this weekend. Fri. we started at City Bar in the Lenox Hotel which was surprisingly quiet at 8PM. Bartender was very nice, hard to choose from their giant list of cocktails. Friend had some espresso and coconut combo then a raspberry mojito. I had a ginger pear martini and we split the tempura rock shrimp which were delicious (each about $10). Then to Stephanie's for our 8:30 reservation which wasn't on the books, I was surprised since I talked to the guy for a bit when I made the reservation two days previously. Whatever, it's a bigger place than I remember and we were seated right away. I'm still not sure why everyone here hates this place cuz this was my 3rd solid meal there. Some things seem a little overpriced but we were happy with our choices. We split an iceberg lettuce salad w/ goat cheese and bacon, not too big but thick and tasty crabcakes with a spicy remoulade sauce, and a good lobster roll w/ fries and cole slaw ($23) that comes close to the infamous B&G plate (and more food all around). My friend grew up in Hingham and somehow had gone all this time never eating a lobster roll so this was the time to try it. The toasted brioche roll was a little too bready, esp. after the good bread basket they serve, but very respectable all around. Service was decent (altho course 2 came without clearing course 1 from the table), with a glass of wine and another fancy cocktail, it came to about $68 pre tip.
Sat. I tried the Breakfast Club for the first time since they changed their name (Western Ave.). It was quiet as I guess many places were this weekend. Got a sausage/cheese/mushroom omelette which was perfectly well done as I requested, better than usual home fries and nicely buttered marble rye. Too bad the waitress never came back around to see how things were or refill water so I asked someone at the counter for more ice water but she didn't give me ice til I asked again. So that was a bit of a bummer but the breakfast itself for $5.75 was very good.
After a show Sat. nite and before the Red Sox got done, we stopped at Game On on Lansdowne St. and this time I could taste my meal (as opposed to my first time there when my senses had quit on me). We split a caramelized onion/mushroom/brie pizza that was a bargain for $10. Good size, no skimping on toppings at all, perfect amount for two to share. Friend also got a side of fries with cheese/sour cream/bacon that was pretty tasty ($4.95). People also ordered a decent salad and nacho plate, margarita was big but nothing special. Server had no personality altho the kids who actually brought the food and cleared plates were way nicer than the main waiter.
Sun. was ice cream at the Clam Box on Wollaston Beach where they serve Richardson's and had about 10 flavors to choose from for $2.50. It was tough being in Gloucester earlier that day then meeting my friend at Tony's before a bbq in Quincy and passing up all the fried seafoood (Clam Box prices were better than Tony's btw and someone who lives in the area says they're the better choice). Had no bbqs on the actual 4th so I did the American thing and shopped then hit Firefly's in Framingham which again, was quiet. But I guess there had been a huge takeout order so it seemed like I was waiting forever for my food and they ended up giving me the sandwich for free which was very nice. Got "Amy's BLT" which is apple smoked bacon w/ fried green tomatoes, lettuce and scallion mayo on a nice baguette. Good fries, excellent cole slaw and only $6.99 when you pay for it. The fry job on the tomatoes was great and makes me want to try the fried oysters or chicken sometime. The giant glass of sweetened iced tea hit the spot, bartender was nice, great meal for $5 and I've got lunch for today.