I will be arriving in Boston this coming Friday, May 3rd. So my first request is for a good restaurant somewhere between the airport and Salem where my friends live that we can hit after I land for dinner. Thai, Italian, Sushi, New England, Seafood, anything would be fine. I would prefer it to be on the casual side with really good food.
Second: Pastries and Bread! So where are the best bakeries in Boston? I don't like cupcakes/cakes. I am wild about well made chocolate croissants, crostada's, galettes, pies, cookies and really good bread. I guess to be more specific, French, Italian or New England bakeries.
Third: Would love a recommendation for a good Italian restaurant in Boston (or between Boston and Salem) with local, seasonal ingredients, housemade pasta/Napolitano style pizza? Something like Pizzaiolo in Oakland, CA.
Third: Dare I ask? The best clam chowder?
Fourth: Is there food that Boston is famous for other than Lobster rolls and claim chowder that I should try? I have read some of the other discussions and definitely plan to go to Neptune Oyster for the lobster roll, Island Creek Oyster Bar and West Bridge (I like the lunch menu better at WB so will most likely do lunch there).
Fifth: A delicious deli, bakery or restaurant between Salem and the airport that makes really special sandwiches with local, organic ingredients and awesome bread. I want to pick up something to take on the plane for my flight home.
Sixth: I love visiting Farmers Markets while traveling. Where is there a really quality Farmers Market worth visiting in Boston or between Boston and Salem? FYI, I will only be available to go to a FM Sat-Wed.
Last, I think: exceptional gelato or ice cream in Boston or between Boston and Salem.
thanks in advance for your ideas!