Good places between Boston and the N. Shore?
In-laws live in Rockport and don't like to drive into the city. We live in Somerville and don't always like to make the trek up to Rockport.
Is there anything approximately mid-way that is worth going to? Though we are looking for a place specifically to celebrate a birthday this weekend, this is a constant issue, so any suggestions are VERY appreciated.
Rte 1 seems to be a total wasteland, but plese feel free to correct me if I have overlooked a hidden gem (or even someplace passable)!
Thanks so much!
If you are looking for something kind of upscale I would suggest Gavin's on Rte 114 in Middleton, MA. It is about 5 miles off Rte128 so it is easy to get to. It is a high-end steak house but they do have a selction of seafoos and other choices. I have always enjoyed the meals I have had there but is is upscale so it is not cheap.
Never been to Thai Moon- I like the duck- not sure which preparatin it is- but it is mildly spicy. Their pad thai is good, too. WE usually go once a year for my moms birthday dinner ( she loves it!). Last year, I'll bet we got at least one of each appetizer. I remember the shrimp was great. There is also some kind of spicy vegatable dish with peanuts ( I know, not much of a clue) that is really good.
I am going for our annual dinner next week. There are 20 of us in the party- picky eaters and hounds. We all like it. I will pay attention to what everyone orders, and report back.
I struggle with this too...my parents live on the south shore and i live in Rockport! It's a bit easier for us as we're willing to take the train into N Station and we meet for dinner in the N End. On the few occasions we have met "in between" we've gone to:
Polcarri's (good Regina's pizza, decent/good American-Italian)
Border Cafe (ok food, but convenient and chips and salsa good)
Naked Fish (wouldn't go again)
My SO says that Prince's pizza is good, old-school atmosphere pizza place. We're going to try that next. There's a Legal Seafood in the N Shore mall if you're willing to come up that far.
My parents are basic food people so these places work for us. Not sure about your in-laws, but there's no way Wakefield or Melrose would work for us, too far out of the way, but might work for you.