Used the excuse of picking up my daughter at UNH to take a minivacation. We were leaving some stuff at a friends home who happens to live in Hampton, NH. This was fortuitous as NoMo had started a thread about a great Lobster roll at Beach Plum. The weather was cold and rainy and there were no inside tables available (there aren't any on nice days either as there are not any inside tables at all). We split the foot long lobster roll which was just outstanding and could barely eat it- but we managed. Unfortunately no room for the ice cream.
Had dinner in Boston at Rocca in the South End. Very nice room although it reminded me a bit between tomorrowland at Disney and someplace the Jetsons might eat. Can't describe the menu as I didn't understand anything except the roasted chicken on the bottom. http://roccaboston.com/home/
Since we were still full from lunch just ordered what was supposed to be a salad. The Romaine lettuce was grilled and served on a platter with what I would call an anchovie paste or mustard and ground pepper. It was actually quite good. It is small dish but large price. My cousin had the Monkfish but it had a worm in it and she refused to pay extra for that so sent it back.
She is a foodie (this place wasn't my idea) and said this is a known issue with Monkfish, so I learned something new.
Next day went to the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln which is wonderful and would suggest to anyone who likes sculpture gardens which are a bit avente garde.
This was followed by lunch at a chinese restaurant Yangtze River in Lexington. Had the buffet which was pretty good. Truly miss Boston chinese food. Followed this with a trip to Walden Pond. My daughter and I intended to walk to Thoreau's hut but just before we got there she needed a potty and thoreau did not have one. So, we just saw the replica by the parking lot and then hung out near the pond for a while. Then we wandered around Concord which has great shops. Found blueberry ice cream, first of the season.
That night we saw the Sox beat the Twins at Fenway. My daughter's first trip and my first in a long time. Dinner- Fenway Franks, of course.
Next day traveled down to Chatham. We stayed with a friend who owns a great creaky 200 yr old house. We all went to dinner at the Chatham Bar Inn Tavern. Very civilized and certainly can be very expensive, but with Kendrick's tip (I think) about restaurant week had a 3 course meal for $32. Started with the clam chowder, followed by the cioppino and never got to dessert as I was still full from the Lobster Roll from 2 days before.
Hung out around Main St and walked down to the water on a lovely day.
pay attention here as everyone wants to know about those hidden gems. Marion's makes incredible pies - seafood and fruit.
Had the seafood for an appetizer with drinks and it was out of this world. Also bought a blueberry crumb cake which we were too stuffed to eat.
So, on Sunday, we got up and on the way out of town went to hidden gem #2- Sesuit Harbor Cafe. There we sat outside where we had great fish sandwiches, but they are known for lobster rolls and many other items. Very warm and friendly owners/staff who thanked every one for coming.
We brought the pie and some Brighams vanilla ice cream for dessert. Still could not make a dent so we gave it to the rest of the customers who agreed the pie was amazing.
Then we traveled the saddest road in NE- Rt 6 West- the road off the Cape. I realized that I always play Bruce Springsteen as I cross the bridge to arrive but never on the way off.
Anyway, can't wait to get back in August for another week on Old Cape Cod.
Now that I have scouted all this out, next time I will take my wife.Edited: 23 May 2010, 03:11