I went to several restaurants over the past three days, all of which would be considered old-school places. For the most part, the food was good.
Started out at O'Sullivan's in Somerville for a late-night three-cheese burger. It was a typically outstanding O'Sullivan's burger. My friend got a steak and cheese, which is pretty good there, too.
Lunchtime on Saturday we went to Beijing Duck in Braintree (in the shopping center where Applebee's is). The lunch specials were decent, b-grade Chinese food. But sometimes b-grade can be good comfort food, especially after my long hike in the Blue Hills that morning. Beijing Duck is an old Chinese restaurant that has seen its better days, but I'd take it over Applebee's anytime.
Saturday evening, we went to Cronin's Publick House in the shadows of the old Shipyard in Quincy. Cronin's looks a bit tough from the outside, but the place is really mellow, the food is excellent, and the people who own it are as nice as can be. The steak tips were amazing--almost as good as the New Bridge in Chelsea. The bar pizza was also good, though not the best I've had.
Sunday afternoon was a big family gathering at the Mount Vernon Restaurant, a very old family restaurant in East Somerville. Some of us had the brunch, which was just about perfect. Others got the scallops and the turkey dinner, both of which were very good, too.
Today? It's tums and water for me, I think. Once again, too much food, but I'm not complaining!