Driving from Boston to the Manchester NH airport, w/ detours to Ipswich and Boxford and Bradford/Haverhill MA.
a jelly donut at Marty's Donut Land on the main drag (Rte 133) in Ipswich--mentioned on the Roadfood website--one of the best donuts I've eaten--memorable pastry w/ serious depth and texture and the right ratio of dough to filling.
driving through too early for the Clam Box, also on Rte 133 (great fried clams w/ bellies). and also not quite ready for lunch when I hit the Agawam Diner (Rowley)--(one of the great diners of the world)
and even more sadly, Benson's ice cream in West Boxford was closed on Monday (spring hours)--had really been hankering for a Grapenuts Ice Cream cone.
But I did make a stop at Nason's, just down the road from Benson's, where I didn't get a pie (hard to travel with), but did pick up great brown bread (small loaves for very cheap--one plain, one w/ raisins).
Dry scrod and tapioca pudding w/ a chemical (a mix?) taste for lunch at Roma's in Bradford. Should have circled back to the Agawan.
But on Brown Ave, right before Manchester airport, I stopped at a BofA cash machine in a strip mall and happened upon a hole in the wall spot, Simon's Roast Beef, and got the most delicious roast beef sandwich to take on the plane (order it w/ barbecue sauce, mayo, and provolone--perfection re tenderness and taste of meat, and general assembly w/ the other ingredients)
With a lot of time to kill, after dropping off the rental car at Avis, wandered into the Milltown Grille in the airport, right before security, and ordered a "prize-winning" clam chowder (B+--too salty) and codfish cakes (also OK--didn't have a home-made loose-ness about them) and a very good dark beer, brewed in Portsmouth, Smuttynose Ale.
Back in CA, already home-sick for New England.