Cape Ann in August
Posted 16 June 2002 - 05:11 PM
Posted 16 June 2002 - 08:30 PM
If you'd care to sample the very best of local seafood, you must try the fried clams at The Clam Box in Ipswich and Farnham's in Essex. If you're a real trouper -- a Fat-Guy in training -- you'll compare those two places in the same day, as well as Essex Seafood and even Woodman's of Essex, which to me is more a local scene than a destination for the finest meal. Essex Seafood and Woodman's do lobsters as well as fried food.
These are all informal, self-service shacks, perfect for a seaside vacation. The White Cap in Ipswich, which also used to be such a shack, went slightly upscale a few years ago but should still be good. Those relatively fancier restaurants in Gloucester always struck me as being simply tourist traps, so I've never tried them; I could be wrong. Descriptions of some of these places should be available at Jane and Michael Stern's Roadfood site.
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Posted 17 June 2002 - 08:10 AM
I'm not a huge fan of Woodman's, I think it's touristy, greasy and generally overrated, but heartily endorse Farnhams in Essex.
For a real treat (call now for reservations as it's small, popular and they only do 2 seatings/nite), try Stone Soup in Ipswich.
Also in Ipswich, excellent Greek-inspired cuisine at Ithaki.
Have a great trip!
Posted 17 June 2002 - 12:52 PM
Posted 17 July 2002 - 01:14 PM
My choice in Rockport is a little family restaurant called Ellen's. The fried clams are nice. The fish is nothing special and the steak is great. If you have children, it's your best bet. Remember, Rockport is a dry town so you have to BYOWine. For lunch, try the Greenery restaurant at the bottom of Bearskin Neck.
Posted 19 July 2002 - 12:40 PM
Also, not food related, but go to "Halibut State Park" and take a nice long walk while you are in the area. It is quite beautiful. Also, go to the "Paper House" , that's right...a house made entirely of newspaper. It's really wild. Also, Hammond Castle Museum is fun.
Have a great time!
Posted 21 August 2002 - 11:29 AM
Essex Seafood (twice)
Boulevard Oceanview (for Portuguese food)
Mad Fish Grille (my husband ate there last year and loved it; I found the food to be way too busy, with too much going on in each dish; also, the service was teenage-anorexic-clueless, as in "What is that beer like?" "Oh, I have no idea." "Well, would you mind finding out?" "What? Oh, I guess so.")
Woodman's (I had to see if it was as awful as people say. It wasn't, but it couldn't hold a candle to Essex Seafood)
Stone Soup, but for lunch -- we didn't realize that dinner was totally different. Lunch was okay, but not the orgasmic experience dinner is supposed to be.
Posted 21 August 2002 - 01:33 PM
Hope the smiley means you liked Ithaki!
Posted 22 August 2002 - 05:12 PM