It was a case of good, better, best this weekend as far as dining out was concerned, though the last two places may have been equally excellent, though in much different ways.
Started out heading back to Paddy's in West Newton for lunch on Saturday. Three of us grabbed a table at this little-known Irish pub and had some very nice meals there. My charbroiled burger was just about perfect, and the homemade chips were also great. The chicken parm and the chicken salad sandwich were also good, and the chili was once again outstanding. It was pretty empty when we got there, perhaps because there was a road race going on at about the time we arrived. Service was a bit shaky at times because they were training a new person to wait on tables, but she was very nice and did an overall decent job.
Saturday night we drove down to Brant Rock (Marshfield) to get some seafood. I had read some good things about Haddad's Ocean Cafe before we went down to Brant Rock, but we toyed with the idea of checking out the Fairview Inn and the Lobster Tale (which we had been to before), finally settling on my initial choice of Haddad's. And what a place that was--the bar was full of loud, boisterous folks, many with big beards and hearty laughs. While we were having a drink there, I half-expected the place to erupt into "99 Bottles of Beer" at any time, but it didn't, fortunately. The dining room was much more sedate, with many older couples and a couple of groups of friends sitting at the tables. We ordered the seafood casserole (haddock, lobster, scallops, and shrimp) and the fried half-and-half (in this case, haddock and scallops). I loved my dish (the haddock and scallops), and my GF, who particularly loves a good seafood place, said it was one of the best seafood dishes she has had in the Boston area. Service was friendly and prices were ok. I'll definitely be going back here, hopefully on a warmer day so we can enjoy walking the area afterwards.
On Sunday we took a drive over to Angela's Cafe in East Boston. And yes, it was once again a mind-blowing experience. The tortilla soup was excellent, with a terrific tomato-based broth, and the chicken enchiladas with mole was almost transcendent. I tried to eat it as slowly as possible to try to figure out as many ingredients in the mole as I could, but it was a losing game. The only downside to the meal was that I asked for water--twice--but to no avail, but no real biggie I guess. The place was packed when we arrived, which was nice to see--perhaps the word is continuing to spread about Angela's.