Had dinner at North St Grille for the first time on Friday. A big thank you to the hounds who brought it to my attention. It's a secluded joint with inexpensive, satisfying food. They serve this amazing spread with the bread plate: it's got onions and herbs in it but I think the base might be some kind of animal fat (duck?) rather than butter. Whatever it is, it's really savoury. We had the tuna tartar and mac and cheese to start, then shared the walnut-crusted cod for our main. I thought the mac and cheese was great, even though I'm not usually a fan - very rich and cheesy, broken up a little flavor and texture-wise by the lamb. The tuna was good too: a little too mayonnaise-y but helped by the bed of seaweed. Both portions were huge - enough to be a small main course. The cod was cooked to perfection, its sautéed pears a refreshing accompaniment. And I just might be addicted to their old fashioned lemonade, with is Southern Comfort, limoncello and lemonade. Very smooth.
Saturday's lunch was at Agawam Diner - another first for me. Someone had mentioned their apricot cream pie a while back, so of course I had to try a slice. Really, really yummy. I'll bet all the pies are - they look so gorgeous lining the shelves behind the counter! Next time: lemon meringue! Also tried their hash and eggs, which was tasty, though I'm certainly no hash connaisseur. Our waitress was perfect - the most serene and accommodating server in recent memory. Who can believe the prices? There were sandwiches on the menu for $2 and change. As it was, with coffee and OJ we were out of there for $12. Sweet.