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  • mm530 May 28, 2011 10:26 AM
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I would like to know if anyone has any suggestions for good eats in the general North Shore area ??

No specific criteria ... ( I'm easy ) ...

I usually don't like places with white table clothes... just places with good food that are worth a visit .

Any suggestions ??

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  1. Here's a start. The Clam Box, in Ipswich, the best fried clams around. Choate Bridge Cafe, in Ipswich as well, great burger, Riverview, in Ipswich, pizza, Causeway, in Gloucester, fresh seafood, American BBQ, in Rowley, Halibut Point, in Gloucester, good local place, also Sugar Magnolias, great breakfast and lunch. All of the above are good food, low key casual and very reasonable.

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    Choate Bridge Pub
    3 S Main St, Ipswich, MA

    Halibut Point
    289 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

    1. Agree w/ Clam Box (epiphany potential!) and Amer BBQ. For innovative dinner in bistro place:

      Tryst in Beverly (but only in season when chef is there). For excellent artisanal Italian, 62 Wharf in Salem, and International influenced bistro food; Five Corners Kitchen in Marblehead. Pull up their websites for menu and atmosphere. 62 Wharf is the most 'romantic/elegant' but full of people in jeans, and v. casual and friendly.Of all these spots, 62 has the most welcoming vibe( and service.)

      IMO of course. Cielito Lindo and SOMA are near Tryst, but after liking them once or twice; we've decided they're not for us. Many yrs ago we used to like The Grapevine in Salem, and the outdoor patio is a treat, but i think the long time owner/chef has become bored.

      Also, there are 2 food blogs about no. shore dining; both bloggers post on CH. Here's one of them:

      www.northshoredish.com/

      5 corners kitchen:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/743831

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      Clam Box
      789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

      American BBQ
      950 Cummings Ctr Ste 96X, Beverly, MA 01915

      Sixty2 on Wharf
      62 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970

      American Barbecue
      5 Railroad Ave, Rowley, MA 01969

      Tryst Restaurant
      282A Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

      Cielito Lindo
      150 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

      five corners kitchen
      2 School St, Marblehead, MA 01945

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        Completely agree about the Tryst, no chef, no go.

        1. re: treb

          treb, we were so surprised to learn about this. But I am glad the talented guy gives himself a vacation; i mean, too many chef/owners just work toooo hard.... Anyway,no matter where we dine, i always pull up/ print out menus before reserving/going. Last winter i did this w/Tryst and this VERY un-Tryst like menu was looking at me. So I called and ask if the place had changed hands. No, chef/owner on winter vacation, or some version of that. Your experience too?

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            I have no issue with a hard working individual taking time to re-charge, no matter what profession. However, in the restaurant industry, mentoring a sous to take the lead is a smarter thing to do. They need to do this type of development. You were very savy to check the menu and make the call.

            1. re: treb

              treb, excellent point about a qualified sous. I read your recs above and we seem to have similar taste>>plse tell me: is Causeway really good/worth choosing over Tryst or 62 Wharf, and for what? and what do you think of Duckworth, and The Market in Annisquam? And lastly, if you were picking up sandwiches or other provisions for a picnic at Fort Seawall in Marblehead, where would you go to get them? Other CHs, plse chirp in! Thanks for your help.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                Causeway is a seafood shack, with a side of Italian, very low key, quick and BYOB. No where near Tryst or 62. Causeway specializes in the standard fried and broiled seafood offerings but, they also offer a good mussels maranara. I like it for what it is, I can get about a pound of fresh baked haddock, with 2 sides, for lunch at $10. Went to Market 2 times last summer, I thought the limited menu and prep on their entree's were just average, nothing memorable, for a very high price point. Everything was said to be locally sourced, not too sure about that. That said, I'll give them another attempt this summer. I believe the 2 chef/owners, from BOS, still had the mentality that they were still serving guests on corporate expense accounts, that doesn't fly in Gloucesta! Did not go to Duckworth last year, too many other places to try out. I do need to get back there as well. Don't forget the white anchovies for your picnic. Depending on the direction you're coming from, for sammy ingredients, in Methuen, Borelli's or in N. Andover, Butcher Boy Market, or may fav, Salumeria in the NE.,

                1. re: treb

                  treb, thanks for info. As to Fort Seawall picnic, I'm asking for LOCAL mrblehead/salem place for sandwich or other take out! thnx again.

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    OC, for sandwiches to, try Shubie's on Atlantic Avenue, right on the way to Fort Sewall. Not cheap, but high quality made to order. They also usually have excellent, excellent Asian dumpling soups, and lots of other take out options.

                    Second choice would be Atomic Cafe, on School Street. Have fun, Ft Sewall is a great place to visit.

                    1. re: mhead

                      My fav oceanside spot in all of new england. I dare anyone to top it- harbor, peninsula, great architecture(yacht clubs across harbor and houses next to Fort) sailboats, islands, bays., trees, and dogs.......... It seems everybody in Mbhd walks their dogs there!

                      It's a 45 min hike for us, but we go frequently(the last 40 yrs) and always tell people about it. Gotta share the paradise! Thanks much for the tips; well noted.

        2. re: opinionatedchef

          I just want to second Five Corners Kitchen. Great food - AMAZING brunch! Love it! Small dining room, though.

        3. second 62 on the Wharf and will add the Blue Ox in Lynn

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          Blue Ox
          191 Oxford Street, Lynn, MA 01901

          1. Three of my favorites all happen to be in Wakefield.

            Freds Franks- for fantastic grilled dogs, kielbasa and sausages.

            Sushi Island- for world class sushi.

            Slice- for sensational pizza and sandwiches.

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            1. re: hhookk

              h,while i definitely do not consider wakefield to be North Shore; I am big sushi island fan. I have never heard of Slice; what is their pizza like and what other pizza do you love (or not)? thanks.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                Well the OP did say "general North Shore Area" :-)

                The pizza at Slice is delicious. The tomato sauce is what really makes it for me. I'm not as good as some others on this board at describing taste. It's just really, really good to great pizza. The pies are all one size, 16". A plain cheese is $10 and worth every penny. A single slice is $2.50 and is 1/4 of a pizza. It's my new favorite now since I discovered it a couple months ago. Other things that are a must try are the eggplant rolatini and the pressed grilled chicken sandwich. Definitely worth the trip from wherever you are coming from.

                Also tried Renzo on Revere Beach for the first time Saturday night. Had the Margarita pizza. Wood fired oven + thin, thin crust= very good pizza there too. Saw a delicious looking shrimp scampi pizza there too that I want to try next time.

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                Slice Pizza
                587 Lowell St, Wakefield, MA 01880

                1. re: hhookk

                  o.k. capt.; i'll be sure to try all those dishes at Slice and report back. Thnx for the tip!

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    Still waiting for your report :-) (I can't get enough of that rollatini)

                    1. re: hhookk

                      hook, sorry but i had a real bad experience with a CH pizza bad steer recently (Nicola's in Arlington)and for the time being, i'm not trusting anyone on pizza. I'm staying w/ Stone Hearth Belmont and Oscar's for a while yet. but thanks for reminding me.

                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                        Understandable. But don't forget about it. It's good stuff.

                        Slice is to pizza (and eggplant rollatini) what Sushi Island is to sushi. A bold statement? Yes. But one I strongly believe in.

                        Slice will not end up in the bad steer thread :-)

                        1. re: hhookk

                          I agree...I drive from Haverhill to go to Slice. I can't get enough of their meatballs.

                          1. re: Infomaniac

                            I just wished they sliced their meatballs, instead of crumbling them.....

            2. I had one extraordinarily disappointing meal at Market in Annisquam which may still be linked somewhere but it is also on That Other website. IMNHO, Market is over-hyped and under-performing

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736593 aha found it.

              These is still room for a good seafood place on the N. Shore.

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              1. re: ipsofatso

                I agree!

              2. John's Roast Beef on Western Avenue in Lynn has some of the best roast beef on the North Shore, IMO. And it's almost bordering on upscale with a very nice interior and a professional staff.

                For bar pizza, Monte's on Eastern Avenue in Lynn is excellent.

                Alia on Shirley Street in Winthrop has excellent Mediterranean fare (mostly Moroccan and Italian) and the people who run it are truly nice people.

                So many other good spots in the area, but others have already posted a number of them here, so it looks like you have a good list to go by at this point.

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                John's Roast Beef
                111 Western Ave, Lynn, MA 01904

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                1. re: hiddenboston

                  Monte's and John's are both great calls. Two superior places about 2-3 miles from each other. I can remember my parents taking me to Monte's as a kid (some 40 years or so ago) and eating an entire large cheese pizza by myself at age 6.

                  Mino's and Fauci's are favorites here too. Lot's of good stuff in Lynn if you know where to look.

                2. Is Rt 1 Danvers general NS area? Pho Triple 888 is darn good Vietnamese. And of course there's the new Santarpio's up there. I don't think it's quite the same as the East Boston one, but it's close, and the location is probably more convenient for you.

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                  Pho Triple 888 Restaurant
                  136 Newbury St Ste 2, Peabody, MA 01960

                  1. The Lobster Pool at Halibut Point (the place, not the restaurant) for in the rough. OC I'll take your challenge for top oceanside spot with this one!
                    Does anyone know if Capt Hooks on 127 is making lobster rolls this year? Had one a couple of years back that was the best I'd ever had. The woman working there said she boiled and steamed her own lobster meat, nothing frozen, heaping piles on a toasted roll, not too much mayo or anything else. Maybe just in my memory, but gotta try it again.

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                    Lobster Pool
                    329 Granite St, Rockport, MA 01966

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                    1. re: justbeingpolite

                      never knew about this spot; dummy me. ( and Yay for google satellite!)
                      How is the food there? and is it usually buggy at dusk? Thnx much.

                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                        Which one? The Lobster Pool (Google satellite should show you how spectacular the site is) is usually buggy, but not unusually buggy, by which I mean there are definitely flies, and certainly some dusk 'skeeters, but it's coastal spot keeps it breezy enough that it's not a deterrent to a nice lobster feed.

                        1. re: justbeingpolite

                          yes, google satellite did indeed! how's the food at Lobster Pool?

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                          Lobster Pool
                          329 Granite St, Rockport, MA 01966

                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                            Do a search on CH, but IMO its as good a lobster shack as any. When they're on (fresh oil in the fryolaters, good turnover) they're clams'll compete with anyone, including the Clam Box (but not in consistency, perhaps). They fry everything seafood and make a nice fried fish sandwich. They boil a fine lobster, and make a pretty decent lobster roll out of it. Got a grilled chicken sandwich or burger for your non fishatarian. What's not to like?
                            http://www.lobsterpoolrestaurant.com/...

                            not cheap, of course.

                            1. re: opinionatedchef

                              Food is fresh and good. I like their clams and scallops. There's plenty of picnic tables in the back, you can BOYB if you choose, bring supplemental chow items to enhance their offerings, and the view is spectacular. Makes for a nice afternoon.

                              1. re: opinionatedchef

                                We go there often, for the food, the view and the service. Their lazy lobster casserole is terrific -- it doesn't look like a big portion but it actually is. A very simple breadcrumb-and-butter dressing that lets the taste of the lobster come through. Also, the lobster rolls are very good, not filled with a lot of junk.