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Nov 8, 2009 06:28 AM

lunch near Peabody Essex Museum

HI, planning a girls day out this week to the museum to see the fashion exhibition. want to top it off with a nice lunch. Deos not have to be super gourmet, just delish with nice ambiance, and it would be nice if they would let us linger over wine. Any suggestions?

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  1. the lyceum has just re-opened with a renovation and new menu. can't speak for the quality since it's all brand new, but it's a nice space. finz on the waterfront is decent too.

    season is over up there, so i doubt anybody will be booting you out the door to turn the table

    1. The Old Spot near the Hawthorne Hotel has way above average pub food. And nice atmosphere.

      The Old Spot
      121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

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      1. re: BBHound

        Definitely give the Old Spot a thumbs up, but avoid the Tavern at the Hawthorne at all costs, the place is filthy and service horrid. A little further away but within walking distance, the Witches Brew does a good job. Nice friendly crowd at the Brew. Don't forget to stop at AJ King bakery, it's amazing.

        Witches Brew Cafe
        156 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970

      2. Last visit to PEM, we had a good lunch at Red Rock Bistro in Swampscott, with a nice view of the water. I am not from that area, but as I recall it was a short drive.

        Red Rock Bistro and Bar
        141 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907

        1. The newly re-opened Lyceum looks to be terrific, but haven't yet been. Finz is a solid choice, though some of their lunch items can be over priced. And I definitely agree that if you don't mind casual pub fare, The Old Spot has great food and they certainly will not mind you lingering. If you don't mind getting back in the car for a few minutes, Cabot St. in Beverly has some great options, too. Soma has a fun atmosphere and cocktails, Siam delight has wonderful Thai and Cielito Lindo great Mexican and margaritas.

          The Old Spot
          121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

          910 Washington St., Dedham, MA 02026

          Soma Restaurant
          256 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

          Cielito Lindo
          150 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

          Lyceum Restaurant
          43 Church St, Salem, MA 01970

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          1. re: NSDishGal

            Finz was disgusting and overpriced the last time I went there and the service was terrible. I enjoy the bar there but on the NorthShore there are so many good independent places for seafood I don't know why I even went there. Next time I'll just take the drive to Tom Shea's.

            1. re: Matterhorn2979

              I have to agree. The food at Finz is okay, but it is really overpriced. The new menu at Lyceum is heavy on seafood, and we were there for dinner a couple of weeks ago and had a very good experience (review is on our site). I'd say Lyceum or Old Spot are the places to go for lunch in Downtown Salem.


              1. re: Northshoregirl

                Love the Old Spot, but I'm quite curious about the Lyceum. I haven't been there in over a year but thought it had gone downhill. An upward trend sounds like it would be worth another visit. As for Finz. I still love their buffalo calamari!

                1. re: Pegmeister

                  The Lyceum just did a complete renovation inside and revamped its menu (new chef). Worth checking out. We had dinner, but the lunch and brunch menus looked interesting.

          2. This might not be what you're looking for, but I thought I would contribute a few extra options:

            First, the "cafe" in the atrium of the PEM is actually surprisingly good. I've had some interesting sandwiches there, including a nice roast beef one and a curried tuna salad. I think they might even have minature bottles of wine.

            Second, I seem to remember a very authentic Polish deli within walking distance. I think it's called Polonus? I think this is more of a take-out deli, but I think there were a couple tables. It's been a long time since I stopped in. Again, probably not a place to linger over a glass of wine, but another option.

            Finally, if you are coming from Boston, you'll be passing through Lynn. If so, you'll probably be passing right by the Mittapheap Cambodian restaurant on Route 107. Also not a place to linger over wine, but a really excellent Cambodian restaurant with varied menu that is been written about by myself and many others on this board before. Good bubble tea too. =)

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            1. re: lipoff

              I have to throw a caution out on the Polish deli. It is takeout, and I don't recall see any tables. Also, the few things I picked up, mostly danish, bread and cheese were positively dreadful. The woman behind the counter was quite unpleasant as well. I do like the idea of dining at the PEM cafe though.