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Jun 9, 2011 05:24 AM

Great after dark walk on beach and good food

I am looking for a place to have some good take out food or even a casual sit down meal that I can follow with a quiet walk on the beach. Many beaches in the area restrict access after dusk or are far from quiet (Revere Beach). Any ideas?


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  1. Nantasket Beach has a lot of take out options in the Summer, and several very good sit down offerings. The beach is long and quiet at night. That would be my first choice for a beach walk. A search on this board will give you a lot to choose from.

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    1. re: CocoDan

      I also thought of Nantasket. It will get noisy when it's really summer and school's out, but now it should be quiet especially on a week night. Nahant is also a possibility but I don't know if there is any access restriction after dusk.

      1. re: Madrid

        Maybe go to Mezzo Mare for a good Italian meal, then cross the street to Nantasket? Or if you're looking for something a bit less expensive, Barefoot Bob's is right there as well.

        Mezzo Mare
        265 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

        1. re: Madrid

          Would recommend Nahant Beach except for two things: first, you can't park on Nahant Beach after sunset. But even if you could - the trash is a big distraction. This always, always gets me - such a beautiful area is ruined by trash. UGH. Oh, and the smell... oh well. So much potential... go up further to the Swampscott end & it's really nice - lovely boardwalk, lots of people walking on nice evenings. I miss that part of Lynn/Swampscott!!

          But if you drive further up in the other direction, almost to the end of Nahant, (and do a google search for directions, lol) you'll find the Nahant Dory Club. This is the best secret - I *think* you can park there without getting a ticket. *If* the Dory Club is closed on the night you intend to visit (I'd do a search for their website to make sure no functions, pot lucks, etc. are planned), no one is around to notice. Amazing, gorgeous tiny little spot to sit & relax right on the ocean. Would have to bring food, though - but, IMHO, it's worth it.

          Brought some family there once right after they had vacationed in Europe for awhile, and they commented that it rivaled the spots they stayed at in Europe.

          Edited to add: Want to mention that the Dory Club sits on a public area that anyone can visit. I imagine when the functions are going on, though, it would lose that special, quiet magic...

      2. Charlie's in Gloucester is good, local seafood, and you can head down the street to Good Harbor Beach afterward.

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          1. re: treb


            One thing I like about them is you can routinely get cheeks there!

            Charlie's Place
            83 Bass Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930

            1. re: Science Chick

              Cod Cheeks???, had them several times, at Farnhams, they're excellent.

              1. re: treb

                Yes, I believe so! They also use fresh, local squid, which tend to be larger than the previously frozen stuff most places use. Don't much care for their cole slaw, though, which dampens the overall enjoyment for me (what can I say, I'm a slaw *freak*)

        1. I like the stroll on Wollaston Beach and then grabbing some fried clams from Tony (or The Clam Box if you prefer), though not necessarily in that order. More often it's gobbling way too many fried clams and then having to walk it off on the beach.

          Clam Box
          789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

          1. Marblehead is about an hour north of B Downtown. Excellent farm to table bistro- Five Corners Kitchen; then walk on Devereux Beach, off Ocean Avenue at the beginning of the Causeway to Marblehead Neck.

            five corners kitchen
            2 School St, Marblehead, MA 01945