My friend Maureen was here this weekend, and we ate out a lot. A lot, A LOT! Usually Brian or I cook, but this weekend was a flurry of activity and we didn't get around to getting groceries. And everything we had was full of AWESOME!
Three places worth mentioning:
Friday night we went to Ronnie's in Auburn, MA. I'd been before and this place is worth raving about. It is the BEST fried seafood around. It doesn't taste greasy but honestly, like they change the oil in the fryer in between customers. Clean, delicious and exactly how it should taste. Brian and I had fried clams, she had clam fritters, and Kid 1 and Kid 2 had a burger and fish strips, respectively. Sean normally likes fish sticks at home, but he proclaimed these "too fishy." Ah well. After we finished our meals we went to the back of Ronnie's where they have the ice cream. The ice cream is certainly worth raving about! I had just enough room for a twisted soft serve cone, and I decided to share with Sean. That boy....if you get him his own kiddie cone he'll refuse to eat it. Offer to share your small cone and the child will devour it as if it's the last cone on Earth! The funny part of the evening was when Will asked us if he had ice cream on his face. Um.....not your whole face per se, buddy. But pretty close!
Saturday evening we found this place in Oxford called "Oxford Casual Dining." What a find!! It had lots of Italian specialties, plus a decent kids menu. An added bonus is that no one seemed to care around us when the kids weren't perfect angels. I got my ultimate favorite, chicken marsala. They did not disappoint! And there's leftovers for lunch tomorrow so that's great. :) And dessert....authentic key lime pie. Not the kind that makes your mouth pucker as soon as you taste it, just smooth and citrus-y. We will definitely go back to this place.
On Sunday, we went to Uncle Jay's Twisted Fork for breakfast, in Cherry Valley. This place was rated a "Hidden Gem" by the Phantom Gourmet. And they totally deserve it!!! Will's already asking if we can go again next weekend. What a treat. This place is certainly NOT a "greasy spoon." Everything is made to order, and to die for.
My lobster Benedict. I had it in Maine several years ago and have always wanted to have it again. English muffin, lobster meat, poached eggs and fresh hollandaise. Call it a "once in every six years" treat.
Will was super-impressed with his "Wicked Awesome Waffle." It was a waffle, sliced banana, chocolate sauce and fresh whipped cream. He ate as much as he could, stopping twice and coming back for more.