Cape Ann must-eats?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ithaki in Ipswich - OK not Cape Ann but close enough
The Causeway in Gloucester
Calas in Manchester
Periwinkles in Essex
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.
Blue Marlin in Essex...great food and great quality. Mostly seafood but there is a mixing of steak and poultry entrees.