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Cioppino on the North Shore?

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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?

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  1. Howdy,

    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.

    Cheers...

    Gusman

    1. 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.