Thought I'd better start this thread before our group of hounds forgets:
BOB LOBSTER, Newbury Ma: on a beautiful, breezy day, we made it through the fast moving, line & joined other diners at picnic tables out back overlooking salt marshes. Cassis, Fredid and I ordered: lobster roll, fried full belly clams and ffbc & fried oysters combo (served w/coleslaw & fries). Roll was overflowing w/lobster meat w/light mayo & Cassis pronounced it delicious. Our orders of fried items were overflowing w/lightly battered clams & oysters – so good. Exuberant kids brought orders out piping hot & one returned w/a bottle of cider vinegar on my request. Tartar sauce was a little on the sweet side - Miracle Whip? We capped things off w/a stop at GRAM’S in Newburyport for ice cream – long line, huge servings of creamy goodness. http://www.boblobster.com/index.htm
CHILLI GARDEN, Medford MA: frogs legs, rabbit, duck & lamb, oh my. Stewed frog legs w/homemade pickles, stewed rabbit on bone w/chef spec’l sauce, stewed duck on bone ?w/green bean starch and lamb w/leeks in spec’l sauce. The spicy chili sauce rabbit & duck were served in seemed to obliterate the flavor of the meats. Frog legs were served in a clear, mild sauce w/veggies. I think some of us were hoping for a rendition sautéed in garlic, ginger & soy, to better taste them. The lamb w/leeks was the highlight – full favored and tender w/lots of braised leeks. I will let other lunchmates fill in details. Braved the deluge to dash over to Modern, around the corner, for cannolis, cappuccino, etc. Would go back for more lamb & to try other items. http://www.chilli-garden.com/
SHANGHAI GATE, Allston Ma: Chilled, cubed cucumber in soy, steamed pork buns w/vinegar & ginger, preordered braised pork shoulder divided up at tableside by waitperson, eel in brown sauce, a very spicy chix dish, a warm, comforting bok choy, tofu & ?wheat puff dish in a mild broth. My favorite was the pork – tender falling off the bone meat w/lots of sinful skin & fat. Don’t have menu w/me, so will let others fill in more details. Some trooped off to Mirin and Super 88 – I went home for a nap zzzzz.