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?
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
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
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
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
256 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915
150 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915
43 Church St, Salem, MA 01970
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.
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. =)
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.
I would also suggest the Lyceum. It will be convenient to where you'll be and it tends to be the sort of place where you can linger over wine. If you head back post May 2010, I would suggest the PEM's own restaurant, which I found lovely and (when I went a few years back) the food was delicious. Red Rock Bistro has a great view and the food is terrific, but is out of the way, unless coming from Boston up Rt. 1A.
Re. Finz - I've gone there plenty for work and they are a bit expensive and the quality is up and down. Maybe it has to do with cook turnover... I would not recommend Captain's on the Waterfront. Re. the Hawthorne - I've had some good lunches at Nathaniel's - and then again, once I had a cream of broccoli soup there that was so salty that I could not eat it.
I was looking the other day and came across In A Pig's Eye, a bit less than a mile away on Derby ST. Didn't try it though because we had already eaten but try it next time.