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Birthday weekend in Ipswich -- dining advice needed!

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I'm having a birthday party in Ipswich over the 4th of July weekend and need restaurant advice! We're going to go to the new and great-looking/seeming Market Table in Gloucester one night but can't figure out where to go for the other two. One is going to be a lobster/fried seafood extravaganza at Woodman's or Farnham's (which is better?) Where should we go for the third night? I'm looking for someplace that is not too stodgy but definitely nice, ideally with a local-produce/fish kind of chez panisse-esque vibe...kind of like Market Table I guess!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Choate Bridge pub has a fantastic lobster roll. Atmosphere is an array of local characters. Stone soup is good but the waitresses are the rudest I have ever encountered.

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    Choate Bridge Pub
    3 S Main St, Ipswich, MA

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    1. re: drewinmrblhd

      Sounds like Stone Soup hasn't changed much at all, that's why I stopped going there. I like Choate but it's cash only.

      1. re: drewinmrblhd

        Choate Bridge, imo, has the best lobster roll AND fried clams on the North Shore. The lobster roll is not on the menu but is rather a permanent special. The clams are appetizer size, butthe portion is HUGE!

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        Choate Bridge Pub
        3 S Main St, Ipswich, MA

      2. Skip Woodman's and Farnham's and go to Clam Box in Ipswich. Franklin Cafe in Gloucester would be nice for your third night, you'll need reservations. If you need a breakfast/lunch spot try Sugar Magnolia's, also in Gloucester.

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        Clam Box
        789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

        Sugar Magnolias
        112 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

        1. St. Virgilio's bakery and deli on Main street in Gloucester has the best chicken salad sandwich I have ever had. I also highly regard Jalapeno's on Main street for authentic Mexican cuisine. If you are seeking a fun spot with good food and music, Capt Carlos is on the water with outdoor dining. Yum!

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          1. re: drewinmrblhd

            2nd Virgilio's, Jalapeno's is just mex-american a far cry from authentic.