Where would you go?????
This Saturday me and the SO have decided to rent a car and do sort of a two person chowdown at several different places in Massachusetts before heading to Providence to go to Dave and Buster's. The thing is we have NO CLUE where to go...lol. We like all different types of food and we are always seeking a unique and different experience. Some places I thought about were:
All Asia in Saugus
Great Wall in Bedford
Minado in Natick
Woodman's or The Clam Box
Kelly's Roast Beef in Medford
Okay I got brain freeze......
We would like some type of roadside ice cream place to head to as well.
We want to got to at least 4 or 5 different places...all uniquely different.
Where would u go??????????????????????????????
Do not....I repeat do not go to Minado in Natick as a choice for such an interesting culinary walk-about. The experience will indeed be "different" but not in the way you were hoping. I'm still trying to get the fish smell from clothes from the last (and I mean last) time I was there. The only thing worse than really bad sushi...is all you can eat really bad sushi.
Here's my suggested itinerary -
Start at Newmarket Square with a Speed's dog (maybe split one?)
Then hop on Rt. 1A to Floating Rock or Kelly's on Revere Beach
Continue to drive north at an easy pace, stopping at any other places that strike your fancy, as appetites permit, making sure to stop at the Clam Box in Ipswich.
Until you get to Newburyport, where you stop in to Gram's ice cream for a scoop of hazelnut cappuccino. (I think BostonBob3 may be stopping there and can hopefully back me up on what I thought was the best scoop of ice cream I've had in a long while.)
On your drive back, you come back down Rt. 1 (not A) most of the way, again stopping along the way if you have room, until you can detour back to Eastie, for some Santarpio's.
Here's a map of your itinerary - enjoy! ;)
re: MC Slim JB
I like the Floating Rock idea. I did this a few weekends ago, hit Betty Ann's for donuts and watched the planes take off from Constitution Beach in Eastie. Then up to Revere Beach to see the sand sculptures and a great lunch at Floating Rock. Then up to Ipswich for blueberry picking and a stop at the Clam Box. Oh, and then take-out from Santarpio's on the way home. Oof, getting heartburn just thinking about it. But anyway, that was my eating tour of the north shore.
You could get donuts at Kane's in Saugus and/or breakfast at the Agawam Diner in Rowley. Not far from there is a mini golf and driving range with Richardson's ice cream, altho I guess your ice cream choice has been made. Or go into Gloucester proper for breakfast at Sugar Magnolia and donuts at Donut Jim's (great bagels too). Swing up further for dogs at Top Dog in Rockport. You could also go to the Lobster Pool or of course add some of the other Rt. 133 clam places on the agenda.
I agree w/ Harp on the quality of Kelly's. The beach scene is fun but the food I think is better at the indoor locations.
Where are you starting out and what route are you taking to Providence? That could help us to organize a logical agenda for you.
Few random thoughts. I would go to Stoughton House of Pizza and have linguica pizza. Also, Joan and Ed's Deli in Natick for apple streudel cheesecake, and George's Coney Island in Worcester for a couple of chili dogs.
Since you're up for serious mileage, I'd go to Benson's Ice Cream on 133 in West Boxford, and take a cooler with some ice-packs. They make their ice cream on-site with ripe local fruit. This time of year it will likely be peach and/or blueberry. The fruit ice creams cost a little more than their other homemade flavors, but this is the best that fruit ice cream can be. Although it's on 133, it's almost in North Andover, so not very near The Clam Box (I prefer CB and Farnham's to Woodman's). But if you're going to Ipswich/Essex, do try Benson's. BTW, a Kelly's-fan friend of mine insists that the original Revere location has better food than the satellites.
"Revere location has better food than the satellites"
With all do respect to your friend, etc. I hear that oft' repeated saw over and over again and just don't see it. I grew-up with the original but the Natick and RT.1 Saugus locations' fare tastes just as good, IMO, and I hit them all fairly regularly. Maybe that perception comes from imbibing too much BBQ sauce or that they just really, really like seagulls. :)
Wow what u have listed is a true geographic challenge especially before a trek south to PVD. and have u seen the price of gas lately ??? maybe focus on 4 or 5 spots on the way to PVD.. There is a great ice cream place in Easton ( near the 5 corners in Stoughton ) name escapes me , but since I am a City and North Shore girl I am sure other hounds can suggest other spots in that geography ( Sharon Stoughton Canton Norwood Easton) that might fill the bill. And save u a tank o gas