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Aug 20, 2008 06:11 AM

Newburyport this weekend.

Yes, I've done the board search. And yes, I've been to 10 Center St. and Glenn's.

But I'm taking the GF (sorry, "Fiancee") for a weekend in Newburyport on Friday, and was just wondering if there was something new and exciting going on in that oddly restaurant-deprived town.

And please, please don't recommend the Black Cow.

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  1. There's an art walk on Sat. afternoon/evening that's fun. I think that Aquatini place is kind of cute.

    1. My girlfriend and I spent the day there last Saturday. We walked around everywhere and unfortunately no one location really made us really say "Wow, we need to try this place!" It seemed a shame as the whole downtown atmosphere is really nice overall. We decided instead to just be bad and settled for ice cream, candy at Winfrey's, and then cappuccino & ricotta pie at a quiet little cafe on a side street.

      1. I went to Michaels Harborside this past Monday after spending the day at Hampton Beach.
        There is plenty of outside seating and it was pretty good. I had cajun swordfish that was delicious and my husband had the steamed haddock which he loved. We had the kids with us (2) and each had 2 drinks along with a great medi salad and cup of chowder and the bill was only $70 which I thought was very reasonable. It is right on Tournament Wharf.
        It may not be new and exciting but you can have a great meal there at least.

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        1. re: lulatula

          I do like their deck. And the food is acceptable, sometimes even good.

          But on weekend nights, it turns into less of a seafood place than a meat market.

          (Which used to be fine, but with the GF and everything...)

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          1. Congratulations Bob -- That's great news! I won't recommend the Black Cow even though I actually like it. Have you been to the Grog? That seems like the type of place you guys would enjoy. I had some truly wonderful scallops there.

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            1. re: Pegmeister

              Thanks, Pegmeister!

              Been to The Grog may times. They actually do some really good food there. The mussels are excellent, as is the burger.

              BTW, is the the Black Cow in Newburyport any better than the one in Hamilton/Wenham? I was never very impressed by that one. Seemed like slightly upscale chain food to me.

              1. re: Bostonbob3

                I like the atmosphere at the Black Cow because even when you sit inside you get some nice views. Service was great and the seafood was good. We did a harbor cruise before dining and it was a great day. Again Congrats!!!!

                1. re: Bostonbob3

                  The chili at the Grog is about the best I've had anywhere in New England...

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    My eye keeps coming back to your comments here. Really, I've been to the Grog, literally and over the course of years, probably 20 times and it just wouldn't occur to me to order chili here. I'm thinking ground chuck and gringo hot, meaning not hot at all. Please elaborate?


                    1. re: Harp00n

                      Ground chuck, beans, jack cheese, not extremely hot (so yes, you're not far off on your guess!). Really tasty, though....

                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        Thanks Marc, I guess I'll resist looking down my nose, lol, and have it a go when next there.

                        BTW and totally off-topic, what are YOU hearing about the old Finnerty's in Wayland? See pollystyrene & edgewater's comments here;


                        1. re: Harp00n

                          Actually, not a thing! Damn, I've indeed been scooped...