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O'Fado is Dead, Long Live Trackside Bar and Grill

Had a meeting in Burlington yesterday and decided to check out Peabody afterward in the hope that O'Fado's successor was decent. It was almost empty and noone was eating, did not have a food vibe so I beat it.

On the way down Walnut street I stopped in a little bakery and picked up some pasteis de nata, sweetbread, and other stuff. Said to the lady I was sad that O'Fado had closed.

She told be about a "better" place that had some of the O'Fado Staff.

Trackside Bar and Grill
30 Warren Street
Peabody, MA 978-531-1047

The bartender was the guy from O'Fado, and by the taste so was the chef. Though I was warned by a guy at the bar that the chef had left and come back and that when he was gone the food suffered badly. So you might call first to make sure he is there.

On to the food. The menu was basically the same as O'fado. Free soup or salad with entree, I got a very tasty white kale soup with chorizo. For a main I got an excellent Carne (pork) O'Alentajana and a 1/2 bottle of wine.

Every bit as good as O'Fado was. Clams were fresh. Excellent hearty flavor to the sauce, lots of pork. Nicely fried potatoes. The bartender/waiter asked if I wanted a 1/2 order (nice option, but I was hungry).

The whole thing including wine was $23... amazing. Can't wait to get back and try the Caldeirada de peixe or the octopus.

O'Fado is Dead, Long Live Trackside Bar and Grill

In all fairness, props to Chowrottie who posted briefly about Trackside a few weeks ago. That post also had the address which was not googleable.

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  1. oh boy!! thanks for the good reporting; we'll be going soon.

    1. This is welcome news!!! You should have stopped at Central Bakery while you were on the street as well for some of their delicious Portugese corn bread...it is fantastic!

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      1. re: 4chowpups

        i think that bakery is the best portuguese bakery i've ever been to. the corn bread there is totally amazing, i agree wholeheartedly.

        1. re: 4chowpups

          Aaaah, but I did stop at Central Bakery.

          That is the lady who gave me directions, I just forgot the name.

        2. I am so psyched! I thihnk my mom had mentioned that place, but we hadn't checked it out yet....

          1. Ahh, okay I thought perhaps you went to the Brazilian Bakery that used to be the hardware store (down past O Fado). Okay, their stuff is very good too!

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            1. re: 4chowpups

              I've been to that bakery too; I agree, also very good. Wish I had got the corn bread (which looked so good) rather then the sweet bread, which was just the usual.

            2. The hardware store bakery has poa de quejo, but they've always run out by the time I get there...I favor the corn bread from the Central Bakery..Is there one in Cambridge, too, or is thgis where CourtHouse Seafood gets theirs?