When last we left you, oh so long ago we had a few balls jugging in the air.
All of the food venues were visited, items were procured, eaten, and then as is the custom of consumers everywhere opinions were shared. Here they are business by business.
E. W. HOBBS – Perhaps the classic Willows food stand. They offer everything from world famous popcorn up to hot dogs and hamburgers.
Jacquie, the Queen of the SFD rated her hot dog highly. “Flavorful, on a grilled roll with spicy mustard.” In the opinion of SFD, spicy brown mustard is required for hot dogs.
Mrs. Clamdigger was generous in her praise of the popcorn. She went so far as to invent a number with many a trailing zero to express her admiration. The ice cream was described succinctly as, “the best in Salem”. Interestingly enough the Bridge StreetNeckers wee not so enthused on the ice cream front, “good, not spectacular” was the call.
Young Saltonstall Clamdigger chose a cheeseburger. Somewhere between putting it to his mouth and swallowing it whole he managed to figure out that his “generic burger with just cheese was so good” that it required no additional toppings.
SALEM LOEW - SnarkyPants found that her assignment to try a combo plate was more challenging than expected. The options are many and she had to wrestle with them for a while. She decided on a #20, lobster sauce, egg foo young, and chicken wings.
She did not find the presentation photogenic. “The lobster sauce took up most of the plate.” The meal itself scored well with “crispy on the outside and moist on the inside” wings. The flavor was good despite her suspicions that they were fried in the same oil as everything else.
The egg foo yung was a “bit of a surprise”. She did expect it to involve pork, but it ‘was good, nice and crispy”. She found that lobster sauce has somehow lost its appeal to her more developed palate.
Overall her evaluation was, “while it’s not the best in town, it’s also not the worst.”
PEPPY’S - Olivia was quite taken with her slice of pizza, “tangy, crispy, with pungent cheese” she said..
She also tried the nachos. We have decided for the sake of the reader to just say that she will not be getting those particular nachos again.
GHENGI’S – The Bridge Street Neckers were sent to explore the “Salem Wings”. This was the only food item we found with a Salem theme. The honey-garlic teriyaki sauce was found to be “sticky and just the right level of sweet”. The wing itself was, ”meaty, delicious, tender” and they will be back to try them again. The youngest Necker wants Mom Necker to make them at home.
The onion steak in Dad Neckers words was “messy but tasty but the white bread made the sandwich boring”. To Mom Necker the onions were “soft and flavorful”.
CAPPY’S – It was appropriate for the Clamdiggers to try a clam plate. Mrs. C. was “very impressed by the flavor” while Mr. C. noted the “lack of greasiness. The clams were “not the plumpest, but were of good quality”. It came with a side of cole slaw that was not to the liking of Mr. C., too much vinegar/
The fried dough, while buttery did not impress.
CINDY’S PLANET - Our international team forayed to Cindy’s. Paisley and Marc-Antoine who is know in France as “L’Homme avec une Jambes des Creux”. Tried the piazza and the sausage sandwich.
“The crust was almost pastry like, delicate. “The cheese perfectly wetted”. The sauce however was “nothing to write home about.”
Not faring as well was the sausage sandwich. The best that could be said was, “more bacon, less sausage”. There you go, there’s bacon in it. Enjoy.
THE CLAM SHACK – There were a few of us who dared the newest eatery at the Willows. You know the one we mean, it’s located in the old men’s rest room building.
The service was a little slow, but it was the last day of the Salem Jazz Festival. They may have a bit worn down.
A clam plate was split among TheBaldOne, The Bridge StreetNeckers, and SnarkyPants. It impressed all around. We also shared a plate of haddock bits. The bits were found to be “fresh and tasty and with a great texture”.
The youngest Necker, in between chasing seagulls around the park seemed to enjoy his hot dog.
We suggest you try the lobster roll, but stay away from special brioche bun. It is just too darn big and overwhelms the lobster meat.
YOU HAVE GOT TO TRY – The Potato Tornado at Cindy’s Planet. A spiral cut whole potato, it is deep fried and served on a stick. There is also a selection of spices to add flavor.
“Amazing taste, like a fresh cut french fry, crispy, crunchy, soft in the middle, and easy to eat. A hidden Gem”, according to the lovely Olivia.
We ended the day with a four game Skee-Ball Tournament won by Mr. Bridge StreetNecker with a total score of 830.