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We're going to the Bobs Concert in Newburyport a week from today, and I'd like to find out if there's any restaurants/diners/what have yous that we should make a point of visiting.

I've done a search and found a few recs, so I'll definitely be stopping at Joppa Fine Foods. Since we're doing arancini for the holiday feast, I'm hoping to get some great cured meats for it there. As well as some lovely cheeses.

We'll be eating dinner before the concert, but it doesn't have to be really fancy, in fact I'd prefer it if it weren't really expensive. :) But good would be nice. :)

Otherwise we'll be going to Wendy's. ;D

Happy to hear your thoughts!

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    1. The Grog would be a good option, nice menu and it's a short walk from where the concert is going to be.
      Enjoy the show.

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      1. re: Infomaniac

        Was doing some poking around, and I found The Grog and there was uhm, Agave Bistro. Is Agave Bistro any good? We'd likely just be eating appetizers, big plates are too big for us.

        1. re: Morganna

          I'd give the Agave Bistro a pass, really nothing special overall.

          The Grog is a town institution (a nautical pub like atmosphere) where the service is local kids and the food is decent. I'd definitely prefer the Grog over Agave anyday.

          1. re: bewley

            I'm not necessarily looking for special. Is Agave Bistro at all good, or more bleah? I liked the menu there over the menu at The Grog, is all.

          2. re: Morganna

            I've never eaten at Agave but have had some good cocktails there.

            For just apps. you might want to look into David's Tavern or 10 Center Restaurant & Pub. At David's, they sell half portions on the pasta dishes, and have an nice app. menu.

            1. re: Infomaniac

              Both of these are interesting options. We'd just eat off the app menu, I'm thinking, still the prices are a little on the high end. I'll bounce these menus off my husband and see if he likes anything on them. :) Thanks for the suggestions, folks! :)

              1. re: Morganna

                If you do go to Agave, please report back . . .

                have a nice time!

                1. re: bewley

                  Oh I always try to report back. :)

                  Another thing I'm considering is just buying up some more stuff at Joppa Fine Foods and noshing on THOSE nummies. :) Do they sell crusty Italian bread there? :)

                  1. re: Morganna

                    A nice parlay would be Annarosa's Bakery and Joppa Fine Foods.
                    Annarosa's is open till 6:00pm during the week, and is in the same mall complex as Joppa Fine Foods. Excellent breads and baked goods. Joppa is open till 7:00 during the week.

                    1. re: Morganna

                      Sorry to constantly fawn over them ....but Annarosa's is exceptional quality bread. I would recommend exactly that...noshing over goods at joppa and Annarosa's...don't be tempted to get the bread at joppa, it's not terrible, it's just a par-baked product they bake off.