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North Shore Birthday dinner help needed

tdmort May 7, 2009 08:56 PM

I'll be traveling from 4 nights in Boston to Rockport for 2 nights. The day we leave Boston also happens to be my birthday. Would like to get checked into our room and go out for a nice dinner. Any recs? Seafood, Asian, American, Italian. Thanks!

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    Janiekins May 12, 2009 12:07 PM

    Do NOT go to Woodmans! Go to the Clam Box.

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      resipsaloquitor May 13, 2009 09:13 AM

      Whenever I see that line in front of Woodman's in the summer, I feel like weeping.

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        tdmort May 14, 2009 07:48 PM

        Wow...I guess I won't be going to Woodmans! What about Farnhams?

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          sweetsgirl May 15, 2009 01:41 PM

          Hands down....The Clam Box! They're so worth waiting in that long line. Farnhams is really good too, though I prefer The Clam Box. My parents say that Essex Seafood is really good despite their appearance, but I've never been, so I can't say for sure. But, I would trust what they say.....they introduced me to The Clam Box. They also taught me to stay away from Woodmans. I've been a couple of times and will never waste my money going there again.

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            tdmort May 15, 2009 03:25 PM

            Is there a view of the water at The Clam Box?

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              ScubaSteve May 15, 2009 05:29 PM


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                tdmort May 16, 2009 01:39 PM

                Do any of the recs for fried seafood in that area have a view? Or do people take it to go and go to nearby location to view the water?

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                  ScubaSteve May 16, 2009 04:08 PM

                  views are to be had at The Lobster Pool, which are Very Nice and Farnham's which has a view of tidal areas but Ur essentially you're sitting on the edge of their (small) parking lot.

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                    tdmort May 16, 2009 04:59 PM

                    How is the chow at the Lobster pool?

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                      ScubaSteve May 16, 2009 06:03 PM

                      see here:

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                        tdmort May 16, 2009 06:44 PM

                        Thanks Steve. I'll be sure to report back where we ended up.

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                          adiosoven Jun 10, 2009 08:00 AM

                          Did you travel yet? Curious where you ended up as I'm looking at a few of the same places...fyi, I also vote for the Clam Box for fried seafood. Yeah, it's busy but we love it.

    2. resipsaloquitor May 8, 2009 04:18 PM

      No need to leave Cape Ann, tdmort. The Franklin in Gloucester is excellent. The Landing in Manchester is good and it's such a pretty little town. There are several decent restaurants in Essex. If you're more casual and like good solid American food, Halibut Point in Gloucester is where the locals dine. And happy birthday!

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        tdmort May 11, 2009 01:51 PM

        Thank you! The Franklin Cafe seems to get good reviews from everyone!

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          bgavin May 11, 2009 02:06 PM

          Duckworth is a bit more elegant, the cooking a bit more ambitious than Franklin. I live in Rockport and those are our two special occasion restaurant. We do Alchemy for weeknight dinners and Halibut Point for Saturday lunch.
          If you are looking for a place to stay, think about the Pleasant Street Inn in Rockport. Great, homemade breakfasts. She doesn't serve dinner.
          The Emerson Inn is also quite lovely, and they do serve an mediocre to adequate dinner -- but their location is not "walkable".

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            tdmort May 11, 2009 04:34 PM

            We have a room at Beach and King St. B&B for two nights. It looks lovely and right on the water. Thanks for the other suggestions (Halibut Point and Alchemy). Where would you go to get good fried seafood? I've read about Woodmans or Farnhams or the Clam Box - what's your favorite?

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              bgavin May 12, 2009 10:02 AM

              Clam Box -- without a doubt.

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                resipsaloquitor May 12, 2009 11:25 AM

                Not Woodman's.
                Not Woodman's.
                Not Woodman's.

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                  ScubaSteve May 12, 2009 11:25 AM

                  Calm Box fo' sho'.
                  and try to time your visit around 2-3pm which will ensure fresh oil and small(er) lines.

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                    treb May 12, 2009 11:44 AM

                    For clams, The Clam Box, not Woodman's. For other fried seafood delights, The Causeway in Gloucester on rte 133 next to the cinima's.

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              treb May 8, 2009 07:19 AM

              Check out Gloucester, lots of good places, Franklin Cafe on Main St, Duckworth on
              E. Main St., Look on the NE CH board.

              1. mcel215 May 8, 2009 03:13 AM

                Here's a link to a good blog for the North Shore.


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                1. re: mcel215
                  tdmort May 8, 2009 04:39 AM

                  Thanks - I'll check it out!

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