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Sullivan's; In a Pig's Eye; Tony's Clam Shop

hiddenboston | Apr 13, 200805:16 PM

Had some good food this weekend, and probably set a record for least amount of money spent for three decent meals (about $25 total).

Started out by meeting some folks at Sullivan's on Castle Island in Southie on Saturday for lunch. Did the trifecta (one hot dog, one cheeseburger, and one chicken sammich with cheese), plus an order of chips, all for $6.00. The hot dog was very fine, the burger was decent enough, and the chicken was pretty tasty, and the views, of course, were spectacular, especially since there wasn't a cloud in the sky (so much for the forecast of heavy rain!).

We drove up to Salem Saturday night to go to In A Pig's Eye, a thoroughly offbeat, kooky watering hole/restaurant in a residential part of Salem between downtown and the power plant. This wasn't my first time at the place, but my GF had never been there, and she was very impressed. Her steak tips were tender and delicious, with nice teriyaki marinade, while my beef stroganoff was excellent, with lean sirloin pieces, tasty bowtie noodles, and a moderately heavy mushroom gravy mixed in. I also had a cup of chili, and while it wasn't the best I've had (that would probably go to The Grog in Newburyport), it was very hearty, with lots of ground beef mixed with beans and pepper slices. We had some good beers to wash it all down, including Ipswich Ale, Fisherman's Brew, and Magic Hat. By the way, the beef stroganoff was only $7.95, which was a raging bargain; the steak tips were $12.95, which is about average, I suppose. Back to the kooky aspect for a moment; the owner as well as the workers have a helluva lot of personality, giving this cozy little place a lot of atmosphere beyond the old wooden floors and ancient tin ceiling. I love oddball places like this, and just wish there were more of them out there.

Finished up the weekend by heading over to Tony's Clam Shop at Wally Beach in Quincy for a late lunch today. Tony's has some good seafood, but I tend to go for their Middle Eastern cuisine more often than not, as was the case today. I tried the falafel rollup (excellent, though not as good as the Reef Cafe in Allston, which may have the best falafel rollup I've had anywhere), and we also shared a hummus plate with pita bread. The hummus was quite good, but wow, was there ever a lot of garlic in it. And the good amount of paprika just added to my late-afternoon stomach issues, but enough of that (gotta run in a minute, by the way). The meal was very good overall, and the people who work at Tony's are great. I'm glad it is open for the season once again, and can't wait to get back there once the weather gets a little better so I can sit outside.

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