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Best beach town for chow within 1 hr of Boston?

Have an out-of-town guest coming in this weekend and would like to take her to a nice beach town...friends have recommended Scituate and Manchester-by-the-Sea, but I obviously rely on you guys though for where the best food is. We've been to Newburyport and Ipswich already so would like to try something new. Please let me know your thoughts for towns along with where to eat. Many thanks as always...

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  1. Cape Ann!
    Gloucester - Alchemy or The Franklin
    Essex, The Village - Tried and True, standard menu but very good
    MBTS - Calas - See other reviews, a personal fave of late.

    1. For food I would highly recommend Hull, My first choice would be Bridgemans; other recs would be Saporitos, Mezze Mare, and Tosca (nearby in Hingham).

      1. Scituate is a pretty fun town, and it has some nice beaches nearby; Manchester has nice beaches, but it's more a residential town than a beach town.

        I'd say that Gloucester and Rockport are both good options, since each town has a number of beaches and there are plenty of decent restaurants in the area (The Causeway, Lobster Pool, Alchemy, Top Dog, My Place By The Sea, etc.). Essex is nearby, too, and although it is not really a beach town, there are some great seafood shacks there.

        1. Yankee Homecoming starts this weekend in Newburyport and there should be a lot of activity going on unless your trying to aviod that. There will be a lot of outside food vendors, music, and sightseeing.

          http://www.yankeehomecoming.com/

          1. Near the one hour mark will get you to the Ogunquit, Maine area and there's dining options from lobster pounds to Oarweeds to MC Perkins Cove on up to Arrows - assuming you don't mind the ~60 degree ocean water....

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            1. re: steve999

              We have summer house in Ogunquit and I must say it has never taken us less than 1.5 hours to get there even speeding (dont tell). However, it is worth the extra 1/2 hour for the places mentioned as well as Barnicle Billy's in Perkins Cove. MC Perkins Cove is wonderful- with beautiful view of the ocean. It has always been good but now that Clarke, one of the chef owners of Arrows is pretty much in charge in the kitchen, the food has taken on a very high quality.