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Aug 20, 2007 02:55 PM

Gloucester, MA Restaurants

Have not been to GLO. since 1989. Can't find old faves like Maria's and Down East Oyster House. What's good there now, and also, is there any hope for a vegan meal there? Any help appreciated. Thanx.
P.S......No more Virgilio's or Bertolino's???

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  1. Virgilios is still there

    What are you looking for ...there is a broad range of places. Marias is still there and still good. I like Delaneys pizza and I like The Franklin. Halibut Pt is a good pub. For vegan go to Alchemy where Glass Sailboat used to be.

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    1. re: ipsofatso

      I love the Franklin Cafe. The food is wonderful! It is more of an upscale restaurant.

      1. re: Janiekins

        I'll second the Franklin and also suggest Duckworth's Bistro for upscale and excellent. And for eat-in-your-car BBQ, there's Smokin' Jim's.

        1. re: bachslunch

          Is Smokin Jim's the guy in the parking lot? If so, he was out today. I've enjoyed his bbq in the past; didn't get any this trip.

          We had a pretty decent meal at Madfish Grill last night..nice table in the bar area..great halibut dish.

          Got a rave reco from someone about time.

          1. re: 9lives

            Yes, that's him -- Smokin' Jim is on the front porch at a building sitting on a big parking lot on East Main Street. You either eat in your car or at a picnic table out back surrounded by hungry seagulls. Good BBQ, though.

            1. re: 9lives

              We've had some nice meals at Madfish Grill, too (one special occasion and one casual, Sunday drive-type meal in the bar). The menu is obviously seafood-heavy, but they are VERY accomodating and friendly folks who run the place. They might be able to turn one of the veggie items into a vegan one. Plus, it's in a funky, off-the-beaten track part of town (at least it feels like that). As 9lives mentioned already, Duckworth is close by and is supposed to be lovely. Just took a gander at the menu - they have a small "don't eat meat" section.


              Madfish Grille
              77 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930

      2. I also like Halibut Point. Casual atmosphere and top notch job with char-grilled fish/fish kebobs.

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        1. re: Science Chick

          Jalapeno's has great mexican food... I especially like their vegetarian options...

          Passport's is great for a more upscale meal, the popovers are a great alternative to the traditional bread basket.

        2. Has anyone been to the renovated White Rainbow?

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          1. re: resipsaloquitor

            When did they reopen? Last I saw, they were closed and had been since about New Years Eve for renovation under new ownership.

            1. re: bachslunch

              A new restaurant called Dog Bar was supposed to open there July 25, according to the White Rainbow web site. Has anyone been yet?

              1. re: resipsaloquitor

                The dining room part is still not open but they opened the bar on the bottom level and the patio behind it for a bar and limited menu. Not too much selection on the limited menu. We did not order any food but the people running it seemed nice and enthsiastic.

          2. Alchemy's and not sure if Ocean View Inn has lunch but a very nice view.

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            1. re: taxi

              I was not impressed with Alchemy's. The pizza was as soggy as a paper towel, and the salad was flavorless.

              The restaurant is comfortable and good-looking but the food is underwhelming.

              1. re: resipsaloquitor

                You should have said something to the manager. They are most accommodating. I never had a bad meal there and the pizza is pretty crispy.

                1. re: ipsofatso

                  Good point, I should have said something.

            2. Definitely not for a vegan, but if you're looking for fried seafood in a down and dirty atmosphere (outside) or a more sedate environment (inside), Captain Carlo's on Harbor Loop isn't a bad option. Their fried sea scallops are terrific--very meaty, and lightly battered.

              We were actually there on Saturday night, and while Boston was 96 degrees, it was 72 degrees when we pulled up to Captain Carlo's. Boy, did that feel good!

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              1. re: hiddenboston

                At the risk of sounding like Oscar the Grouch, I had a really terrible meal there a few weeks ago with out-of-town family. The lobster pie was inedibly overcooked, the shrimp cocktail was rubbery and warm, the orders were all messed up, and the kids didn't get their drinks despite repeated pleas.

                Bring back Whoopie Goldberg and the picnic tables!!

                1. re: resipsaloquitor

                  It seems like people either love or hate Captain Carlo' long ago did Whoopi stop tending bar there?

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    I find the food at Captain Carlo's to be incredibly mediocre, but who goes there for the food? It's all about the incredibly friendly community atmosphere and the dancing!

                    Usually we get some kind of non-fried seafood (wherein the fish is nice and fresh but the more involved the preparation, the worse the dish), with a garden salad and veggie of the day. Last night we diverged from tradition and had the prime rib which was on the same level with the rest of the food we've had there. The tiramisu was a small step up. Not a very strong coffee or booze flavor, but light and unsoggy. But I'll gladly put up with the food for the sake of the live music, the unbeatable crowd, and a dance floor.