Cioppino on the North Shore?
Lately, I've been craving cioppino. I live on the North Shore, but have no idea where to go for a good cioppino. Any recs?
Not exactly ciopinno, but we recently had a delicious Portuguese version at the Trackside Restaurant in Peabody.
Six of us went and we had a variety of entrees and all were quite excellent. I had the pork and clams (my first time... I thought it was great), the aforementioned seafood stew, a broiled seafood plate, two ribeye steaks (with a great mustard sauce and topped with a fried egg) and steak tips. the seafood was extremely fresh and the prices reasonable (portuguese beer was $2.50 a bottle!).
It's really a neighborhood place... looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, but nice inside (not fancy).
We hung out after our meal and had a drink at the bar and the owner came over and offered us a sample of the next day's special.... braised octopus... it was *fantastic*... tender and flavorful.
The Trackside is on Warren st..... not too far from the 128/Lowell st. exit.
The Brewery Exchange on Cabot Street in Lowell, between Tsongas Arena and Lalacheur Park, serves an excellent cioppino in both a half and full order. Even the half order was enough to take home a doggie bag.