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last nice clam crawl

Joanie | Sep 22, 2003 10:27 AM

Maybe there'll be other chances, but Sun. seemed like a good day to hit the north shore and eat outside. Altho the south shore seemed like a possibility after a recent blurb on clams in the food section that had us thinking the other direction might work. In any case, we had the added joy of riding in a '65 Dodge Coronet convertible, a big ole turquoise boat good for the scenic route along 127. No one besides me had been to Farnham's before and that seemed like the good choice because of the outdoor seating. Unfortunately, there was so much spilled coke and ketchup and whatever else, the bees had taken over and forced everyone inside. 6 of us split a clam plate, scallop plate, clam strip box and small haddock bits. The consensus was good job on the fish, onion rings weren't so great, good tartar sauce. With six drinks, it was $50.

We then checked out the Red Parrot pub just past Essex Seafood on the right. I would have left if the others suggested it cuz no one was there, the smell of oil was too strong and it was so dark on a gorgeous sunny day. One person thought his beer was flat and skunky, to which his girlfriend replied that Heineken is always flat and skunky. But a person at the bar sent back their draft saying something was wrong so not sure what the drink situation is there (my ginger ale was fine). Since we were fairly full and it seemed sketchy, we just ordered one clam plate to test things then a couple people got stuffed clams. After a LONG time, the plate came and we all thought it looked and smelled right. Maybe cuz our expectations were so low, but it actually was very good with the right amount of salt, good dill tartar sauce and okay homemade slaw (a little on the sweet side tho). Stuffed clams were all stuffing. Took a long time to get a bill too (after all, there were FOUR other people there now) but it turned out kind of okay.

Hit White Farms where most of us felt like pigs for eating kiddie cones. One little girl almost immediately lost her scoop, they're just too big. We adults barely can handle it but I managed to eat every last bite of cocojamocha chip. The bugs sure weren't cooperating there either as the mosquitos were attacking even tho it was still fairly light out. Then it was too cold for the convertible but our driver refused to put the top up so we looked very uncool all hunched over trying to keep warm. A fun trip tho.

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