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Jun 17, 2010 05:08 AM

1st Anniversary Road-trip: Boston and through CT

My wife and I are doing a road-trip for our 1st anniversary in August and the tail end of it has us spending one night in Boston and then driving through CT on our way back home to MD. I've posted about the other parts of the trip in their respective boards so I thought I would post here for the last leg of our journey.

Friday: Breakfast in Portland, ME (158 Pickett Street Cafe) then drive to Boston, MA.
Food options: Clam Box in Ipswich, MA. J.T. Farnham's in Essex, MA. en route to Boston. Dinner at Craigie On Main. Possibly ice cream at Toscanini's afterwards if we have the stomach space. Suggestions welcome for fried clams.

Saturday: Breakfast in Boston, MA then drive home to Abingdon, MD.
Food options: Breakfast at Mike & Patty's or Flour Bakery (sticky buns!!) in Boston. Pizza for lunch in CT. Sliders at White Manna in Hackensack, NJ.

There are a few certainties we've already decided upon. We would like a decent dinner in all four cities including one very nice dinner which will be our anniversary dinner and the best possible lobster dinner along our projected route of travel. Also, Craigie on Main and White Manna are definite stops, as well as a stop for fried whole-belly clams (not sure where yet, suggestions welcome here! I think Clam Box is in the lead) and New Haven pizza.

My biggest concerns are where to stop for whole-belly clams that is along our route and which place is road-trip friendly (meaing we don't have to wait in line for 3 hours) to try New Haven pizza. Keep in mind it will be a Saturday when we drive through CT and it will be during the day so we can't do places that are only open for dinner (No Sally's... )

I'm interested in trying a Fresh White Clam Pie, but I know my wife won't be into that so I need a place that offers a great clam pie, but also great traiditional pie as well.


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  1. Here's a thread from last year about a road trip for fried clams that should keep you out of trouble for a while!

    Don't forget, you're on the Southern New England board, so you'll want to request Maine and Boston recs on those probably already did...

    From your itinerary, I can't see room for a dinner recommendation in CT, but here is a strong suggestion from this kat: Sharpe Hill Vineyard in Pomfret. Make your reservation well in advance...highly anniversary-worthy and one of my favorite special places in the Land of Steady Habits.

    Have a great trip! And if you do a search of this board for your white clam pie, you'll find more discussion than I linked for you above re clams. ;) No kiddin'--it's a hot topic.

    Sharpe Hill Vineyard
    108 Wade Rd, Pomfret, CT

    1. Quickest route from Boston is mass pike to 84, which would take you through Manchester which means you can go to Pepe's pizza there. You likely know Pepe's is one of the big pizza legends with original ancient location is in New Haven. I've not been to the Manchester outpost but many hounds here are saying it's the real deal. And you won't have to wait like you would in New Haven.

      Sounds like if you're leaving Boston in the AM then CT is your lunch stop, and Pepe's would be a great choice. But if you're looking for dinner recos just let us know.

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      1. re: Uncledave

        Yes Pepe's outposts are far more road friendly and very very close to original. If Manchester too early from Boston you can catch Pepe's Fairfield right off Exit 24 on 95, about half hour southwest of NY. Easy off easy on.

      2. Can't do better than Frank Pepe's in New Haven for white clam pizza, but DO prepare to wait at least 45 minutes if you're there on a Saturday. It's worth it, though.