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Oct 2, 2013 07:20 AM

Newburyport area?

I'm not sure if Newburyport still qualifies as the "Greater Boston Area". That said, my boyfriend and I will be staying there this weekend, and would love ideas for places to eat. I'm guessing at least some of the restaurants in town are tourist traps or should be avoided.

What's good? Restaurants in Newburyport itself is best, but we'd drive for something great.

I've been to Brine before and liked it enough, but don't necessarily want to go back.

Also, we've been affected by the furlough, so the cheaper the better!

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  1. Sit at the bar and grab a few apps at Enzo. Don't forget a bagel at Abraham's- yum!

    1. Sorry to hear about the furlough - my husband is furloughed as well. :( That said, you deserve a good meal, and I would say - try Ceia - I love everything on the menu - they have the "farm to table" claim - and everything is always fresh. For something a bit more rustic, head out to Plum Island and along the Turnpike - just before the bridge - is Bob Lobster - a clam shack, which serves the most delicious fried clams and scallops. Their lobster roll is good, too and is a good value. I have not been there since our Plum Island vacation a few months back, but the lobsters were pretty cheap - call ahead and order - chicks for $5.99 lb plus $.50 for steaming. You can't beat that. Back to Newbuyport - Agave is pretty good Mexican. Glen's Restaurant and Cool Bar is really good. The tourist traps are The Grog, Michael's Harborside, and I would throw in The Port Tavern, even though we are faithful there because my dad likes it. I would have a drink at either of those touristy places, however because you can't beat the view at Michael's and the Port and The Grog have entertainment and a lively atmosphere. OH - just forgot - even though this place is considered by some part of a local chain - I think the food is excellent - 10 Center. Mission Oak Grill - same thing.



      Ten Center The fried chicken with the pistachio sage waffles were the best chix/waffles dish I've had! The tacos were great too.

      Mission Oak Grill I always order off the apps menu

      Bob Lobster

      1. Not a big fan of Enzo but YMMV. Take a drive down Scenic 1A (just be mindful for the locals who want to go the speed limit plus 5) and go to Gloucester, check out 'Short and Main' for oysters, pizza beer or The Franklin. If you stay in the Port, I do like 10 Center and Glens, but they can be $$$. Avoid The Black Cow unless you just want a burger but then...why? For Fried clams if that is your thing try The Clam Box in Ipswich or Farnhams in Essex.

        1. I don't know if this is a local greasy spoon or a hidden find: The Park Lunch on Merrimac St, Newburyport. I heard a couple of locals talking (after a bird walk with Mass Audubon) last year and they said it's the only place they go.

          The menu looks pedestrian, but you never know- their seafood might be very good. There's a place in Gloucester, Charlie's Place that has the same vibe, but the seafood and homestyle cooking are good.

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          1. re: gracenote

            Park Lunch is definitely a place the locals go to. Not a greasy spoon, but not a place worth seeking out unless you want some good fresh fried clams, scallops, or haddock. Good prices and a local vibe.

            Annarosa's Bakery on Rte. 110 in Salisbury is well worth visiting for fantastic bread and pastries which you could pair up with some nice cheeses and cured meats from Joppa Fine Foods or Grand Trunk both in downtown Newburyport and then find a nice spot with a view to enjoy for a lunch or snack.

            Sunday morning there is a Farmer's Market in the Tannery parking lot to explore.

            Mad Martha's on Plum Island, and Angie's Coffee Shop downtown Newburyport, are both popular places for breakfast.

            I would agree about avoiding Black Cow, Michael's Harborside, The Grog, and The Port Tavern.

            I like Ten Center Street, Bob Lobster, and Ceia that have already been mentioned.

            You are not very far from Agawam Diner in Rowley which has excellent fried seafood, and other daily specials at great prices.

            I hope you have a nice weekend!

          2. Thanks for the ideas, all! I'll report back next week.

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            1. re: nyc_to_ma

              man, you're coming from the best food city on the East Coast, so i will answer very cautiously. Newbport is one of the most handsome towns in all of New England; exquisite. but the food has always been lacking. Really did not like Ceia; faux chef, faux food.Agave very substandard Mex. Have heard exc things about new neighboring town bakery:

              Glen's can be good for dinner, but hands down, i'd send you 1/2 hour north to Black Trumpet in Portsmouth.Great romantic historic warehouse space, innovative artisinal cuisine and bar; farm and sea to table. For casual Portsmouth lunch, 360 Street for Intntl street food, or Clam Box in Ipswich.Portsmouth is also historic beautiful; great for walking and window shopping. Very popular craft beers and lunch at Portsmouth Brewery too.

              You may want to do some Searches on the Northern New Eng board. Have a beautiful stay!

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                I'm not sure when you last visited Ceia however; they replaced the faux chef you are referring about a year ago, and the kitchen has improved greatly with this new guy.

                As for the new neighboring town bakery you mention, if you are referring to Annarosa's Bakery, they have been in the Newburyport/Salisbury area for over 15 years so they wouldn't be that new unless you are just hearing about them.

                While I like the Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, it's not a place I would rec. for someone effected by the furlough, and requesting the cheaper the better.

                1. re: Infomaniac

                  man, so glad you told me that. so plse, what's the new chef like- talent-wise? and what do you think of annarosa's? maybe i mixed them up w/ a french bakery in Newburyport that i heard about starting a few yrs ago?

                  as far as furlough, it's possible OP will be wowed by Bl Trumpet enough to eat there, and decide to save elsewhere.....i just wanted them to know about it.thx again.