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Hugh DeMann Aug 20, 2010 03:05 PM

We're off to Cape Ann for a week in Sept and know all the best clam places. We're also aware of the "fancy" spots - Duckworth's etc. Anything outside of those two categories and relatively inexpensive that's worth trying?

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    treb Aug 20, 2010 03:38 PM

    For breakfast Sugar Magnolia's is very good, Halibut Point for lunch, Franklin Cafe for dinner, all are on Main St. in Gloucester.

    Sugar Magnolias
    112 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

    Halibut Point
    289 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

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    1. re: treb
      Hugh DeMann Aug 26, 2010 07:03 AM

      Halibut Point on Main St? Is that a new place?

      Halibut Point
      289 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

      1. re: Hugh DeMann
        treb Aug 26, 2010 09:54 AM

        Nope, it's been on Main St. for a long time, great locals place.

    2. StriperGuy Aug 26, 2010 07:24 AM

      Franklin Cafe

      Lobstaland, on the way ooff Cape Ann, just over the bridge on the right (stick with the basics don't go fancy) Best fried fish sandwich I have ever had. I eat it often.

      Captain Carlo's

      Captain Carlo's Restaurant
      27 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930

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      1. re: StriperGuy
        justbeingpolite Aug 26, 2010 07:58 AM

        Do you know about The Market in Annisquam?

        1. re: justbeingpolite
          StriperGuy Aug 26, 2010 08:13 AM

          Don't know it...

          1. re: StriperGuy
            justbeingpolite Aug 26, 2010 08:38 AM

            It's in the building that used to be the little diner above the marine gas station at the Annisquam dock. It's run by two alum from Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA.
            Here's a couple of threads that reference it:


          2. re: justbeingpolite
            treb Aug 26, 2010 09:58 AM

            I went about 3 weeks ago, the menu is small and covered the basic food groups. The food was OK but, nothing memorable, portions were very small and it's quite pricey. It's also BYOB with a $10 corkage fee. I think they chef/owners still have that Boston customers on expense account mentality. That won't fly in Gloucesta, hope they improve or they'll never survive.

            1. re: treb
              ipsofatso Aug 26, 2010 05:55 PM

              Agreed. went 2x, food was just OK, I make better at home. They need to be a little proletarian. Was hungry 2 hrs later after a $40/head dinner.

        2. capeanne Aug 27, 2010 06:38 AM

          you can get excellent sandwiches and soup to go or eat in at WillowRest on rte 127 past Add Gilb Hosp heading toward Annisquam ( also good local produce and some gourmet type kitchen staples like EVOO) Havent had breakfast there but they get alot of traffic. Also can get good sandwiches and some prepared foods appropriate for picnic or lunch at Duckworth Gourmet Bistro ( in the old Neds space on Washington Street) We did Market once and agree it is meh but I would go back for a change of pace...and we really enjoyed Franklin this week ...just seemed like the chef was really on. I like Passports for lunch ( likely because of the popovers)

          EVOO Restaurant
          350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

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