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rachelgarron Aug 17, 2006 03:34 PM

We'll be in Cape Ann/Gloucester area for Labor Day, where are the lunch/dinner must eats? Seafood, regional, any ethnic is fine by us. Casual. No fine dining, no tourist traps. Thanks.

Rachel Gee

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    itsparadise Aug 22, 2006 01:13 AM

    Blue Marlin in Essex...great food and great quality. Mostly seafood but there is a mixing of steak and poultry entrees.

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      4chowpups Aug 18, 2006 08:50 PM

      Ithaki is very good
      The Causeway for casual decent food (huge portions)
      Charlie's for casual food too
      Mad Fish Grille-on Rocky Neck, just had dinner there last night and thought it was very good, terrific atmosphere, right on the water, I had tuna which was cooked perfectly (med.rare), sides were not great but companions dishes looked great. They were out of lobster chili which I would have loved trying!!!
      Live bands in the other room where they have a deck and bar...
      dc likes the Rutter which is next door too.

      1. ipsofatso Aug 18, 2006 12:48 AM

        Ithaki in Ipswich - OK not Cape Ann but close enough
        The Causeway in Gloucester
        Calas in Manchester
        Periwinkles in Essex

        1. hiddenboston Aug 17, 2006 08:59 PM

          Has anyone heard if the Annisquam Market is still open? I'm dying to get there.

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            me71 Aug 22, 2006 09:12 PM

            I went there a couple of weeks ago. While the view was great, the food was not. It wasn't "bad", but not a Cape Ann "must-eat."

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            wisconsingal Aug 17, 2006 06:45 PM

            Captain Dusty's ice cream in Manchester is cute and they make tons of flavors and I had a super thick frappe there. Plus, a nice park across the street looks out on to the bay. Not to take over this thread, but are there any Cape Ann restaurants that give the authentic seafood experience and also offer at least one option for vegetarians? We have a mixed group of out of town hounds for labor day.

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              gourmaniac Aug 17, 2006 06:19 PM

              I went to the lobster Pool last year for my birthday and it was just OK. Nice view, OK lobster. The best thing i've had in a while on cape Ann are the fired clams at the Agawam Diner in Rowley. Same room for the cream pies.

              1. hiddenboston Aug 17, 2006 03:45 PM

                The Lobster Pool on the Gloucester/Rockport line (near Halibut Point) is an excellent seafood shack with a variety of dishes. You can sit at the picnic tables outside and look out at Ipswich Bay from there.

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                  gini Aug 17, 2006 05:06 PM

                  I second the Lobster Pool. Top Dog in Rockport is also great for fried clams & hot dogs (stay away from the cheese fries though, a mistake I will never make again).

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                    three of us Aug 17, 2006 07:45 PM

                    Ate at Top Dog, yesterday. Not so good. We got plain hot dogs and added onion, relish, ketchup. The dogs were wicked salty, just not that good of quaility.

                    Plain fries were good. Overall, not worth a stop. Head over to Roy Moore's Lobster Co. and order a lobster or whatever else they're selling that day. Take it out back and relax. Saw a couple bring some wine and they were given an old bucket and some ice to chill it in. Very informal and relaxing.

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