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Jul 30, 2011 06:59 AM

Newburyport lunch help

Headed to Newburyport for a day trip with the inlaws. Need some help finding a place for lunch. Part of the problem is we are going on a Monday and many restaurants seem to close on Mondays.

MIL has just started to eat seafood...not fried, and no shellfish.

No Mexican. Asian is okay if it's upscale.

Other than that, all cuisines are fine.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. i just put newbport lunch in the search box and:

    the G section just featured a whoopy pie business up there too.

    p.s. were it me, i would drive the 20-30 min to The Clam Box in Ipswich for the best fried clams in MA (MANY posts) As to your MIL, check their menu to see if there's anyth she might eat. At least 3 of you would be happy! the drive itself from N to Ipsw. is one of the prettiest in MA- rolling farmland, 18th and 19th c. houses, marshes.

    Clam Box
    789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170

    1. stripers grill on rte 1 north right over the merrimack river bridge has got something for everyone -

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      1. re: MABMAQ

        We like Stripers and go often - it's in Salibury on the opposite side of the Merrimack River from Newburyport.

        They have deck dining with a view of the boats in the river and the draw bridge opening.

      2. The Grog on Middle St. is open on Mondays and the food there is pretty decent. It is more of a pub atmosphere if that makes a difference. Michael's Harborside is right off Route 1 and does decent seafood..nice views of the harbor. The Purple Onion does make great sandwiches...but it is basically a sandwich shoppe.

        I like the idea of driving the 20 minutes to the Ipswich Clam box if you are in the mood for fried seafood...they have the best lobster rolls in that generally vicinity and one thing I really like about them is that you can sometimes get flounder there. They seem to sell out of if pretty quickly..but if you can get's a treat.

        Purple Onion
        44 Inn St, Newburyport, MA 01950

        1. Your inlaws aren't the type to substitute gelato for lunch, are they? I have to admit I have done that more than once. My favorite gelato place ever is Dolce Freddo in Methuen, which has an outpost in Newburyport. They don't have as many flavors there, but the chocolate, pistachio, caramel brownie, and black raspberry are all sensational.

          For real food, I have only tried Michael's (quieter at lunch, great views especially upstairs, ok food), The Grog (nothing special in 3 visits), and Stripers (can be jammed with tourists, good bar if that's important, food is good to meh).

          Really, is superior gelato for lunch so wrong?

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          1. re: Kunegunde

            you even have your own quotation:
            "Life is short;
            Eat dessert first"

            1. re: Kunegunde

              She would definitely skip lunch for gelato....she usually has coffee ice cream for breakfast. And I've been there...very good!

            2. Thanks all. I think she is interested The Grog. We've been to Michael's before and it's just okay. So we'll give the Grog a shot.