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Best Ipswich area restaurant suggestions?

joiedevie Sep 22, 2009 03:49 PM

We will be in the Ipswich area for two days. Suggestions for best breakfast and best dinner?

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    jjbourgeois RE: joiedevie Sep 23, 2009 05:21 AM

    For dinner, definitely Ithaka (hopefully I didn't spell it wrong). Great Greek dining, little pricy, but always worth it.

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      Taralli RE: jjbourgeois Sep 23, 2009 06:06 AM

      Ithaki: http://ithakicuisine.com/

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      gaboinzo RE: joiedevie Sep 23, 2009 08:05 AM

      If you like really, really good Italian, try Zabaglione. It's small, and a bit expensive, but is certainly one of the best places for a special night out.

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        treb RE: gaboinzo Sep 23, 2009 08:45 AM

        2nd both Ithaki and Zabaglione's, you won't be disappoiinted.

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          jjbourgeois RE: gaboinzo Sep 23, 2009 09:40 AM

          How did I forget about Zagblione!!?!?! I'll third that one.

        2. mtm7654 RE: joiedevie Sep 23, 2009 09:49 AM

          For something a little more "downscale"-the Choate Bridge Pub. Good burgers, fried clams.

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            phyllisw RE: mtm7654 Sep 23, 2009 10:49 AM

            Agreed. The Choate Bridge Pub has fantastic steak tips. Also, Stone Soup has terrific breakfasts.

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              treb RE: phyllisw Sep 23, 2009 11:59 AM

              IMO, Stone Soup has fallen way off. At breakfast the waitstaff has, at times, real attitude and at dinner you never know when they're open. Can't be bothered, too many other places that are good.

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                srgoodman RE: treb Sep 23, 2009 09:20 PM

                For breakfast, I'd recommend Cathy's Country Kitchen on Route 1 in Rowley. It's about ten minutes away from Stone Soup, and I've always liked it better.

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                  phyllisw RE: srgoodman Sep 24, 2009 11:59 AM

                  Oh, I forgot about that place! And, come to think of it, Cathy's Country Kitchen is way better than Stone Soup for breakfasts.

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                NorthShoreFoodie RE: phyllisw Sep 23, 2009 12:02 PM

                I don't think the Choate Bridge takes credit cards so make sure you have cash on hand if you go there. I'll second Ithaki. I had the best lamb of my life there.

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                  voodoocheese RE: phyllisw Sep 23, 2009 02:18 PM

                  I'll second the steak tips!

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                  Small Plates RE: mtm7654 Sep 24, 2009 06:04 PM

                  Not to mention one of the best lobster rolls around (it is somewhat of an insider thing - not on the menu, so make sure to ask). The clams are great too. Even though my family grew up clamming and steamers and fried clams were a staple of my childhood, I never took to them until I had them at the Choate Bridge a few years ago. The experience was transcendent, and I am a huge fan!

                3. drewinmrblhd RE: joiedevie Sep 23, 2009 02:16 PM

                  Choate Bridge Pub has a terrific lobster roll. The club sandwiches are also very good. Eat where the locals eat!

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                    suslak615 RE: drewinmrblhd Sep 25, 2009 08:06 AM

                    And if you are in the mood for pizza there is only one place to go, and thats the Riverview on Estes St.

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                      joiedevie RE: suslak615 Sep 25, 2009 11:04 AM

                      Thanks for great suggestions. Had a lovely time there and actually ended up at Tom Shea's in Essex. Lovely dinner, great view (situated on the Essex river, fishing boats coming and going) , good service. Had to go for the Fried Clams, being from the West Coast. They were very fresh, moist and yummy. Hubby had swordfish, just 1 hour off the boat. Cooked to perfection...They had live bluegrass music last night also (Thursday). Heard great things about Zabaglione, Choate and Ithaca also. Have to wait till next trip. Thanks again all!

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