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beach & vegetarian (yes, I know it's November)

antimony Nov 11, 2013 11:48 AM

We have an out of town guest coming who loves the ocean, and would be thrilled to go out somewhere for dinner on/near the beach, even if it's no longer beachy season. 2/4 of the folks dining (including out of town guest) are ovo-lacto vegetarian, 1 vegan, so seafood isn't really what we're looking for. Everyone is adventurous/chowish.

We will have a car, so T-access not an issue.

(The most likely option will be that we'll separate the beach-going and the eating our way around Boston parts of the day, but I thought I'd see if anyone had any recs I hadn't thought of.)

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  1. C. Hamster RE: antimony Nov 11, 2013 04:20 PM

    I'm hard pressed to think of any Boston restaurant that is actually on a beach....

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      Madrid RE: antimony Nov 11, 2013 04:35 PM

      Red Rock Bistro just across the Lynn line in Swampscott isn't known for excellent food, but the location on the beach is lovely.

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        drewinmrblhd RE: Madrid Nov 13, 2013 04:56 PM

        I haven't been to Red Rock since the former owner, Paul Petersiel, passed away recently. It does have a great view.

      2. Science Chick RE: antimony Nov 12, 2013 08:08 AM

        Something down in the Seaport area? Rosa Mexican? Aura? Probably not the best choices of food quality down there, but close to waterfront and veg options. Alternatively, maybe an adventure down to Hingham to Tosca by the Hingham Harbor?

        1. C. Hamster RE: antimony Nov 12, 2013 08:10 AM

          Clarify whether you literally want a beach or just a water view ...

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            antimony RE: C. Hamster Nov 12, 2013 01:04 PM

            I am not 100% sure what guest's heart is set on -- I think we'll end up going for a walk on a beach and a completely separate food excursion, but we'll see. I just figured I'd ask and see if there was something perfect I just didn't know about, first.

          2. rlh RE: antimony Nov 12, 2013 12:56 PM

            The upscale Greek place (Ithaki?) in downtown Ipswich probably has good veg options and is close to Crane's Beach.

            Kelly's in Revere is right across the street from the beach. They have a number of casual, non-seafood options but probably not veg-friendly.

            The Lobster Pool in Rockport is right on the water but not a sandy beach, though there are many en route there (Wingaersheek, Good Harbor, Halibut Point, etc) - also probably tough for veg options, however..

            1. drewinmrblhd RE: antimony Nov 13, 2013 11:41 AM

              The Tides in Nahant has decent pizza and is located right on the beach. The walking/biking trail is right there and it is a flat 3 mile walk along the beach to Swampscott.

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                Madrid RE: drewinmrblhd Nov 13, 2013 11:51 AM

                my son loves the Tides. It's typical pub food but okay and it is right on the beach. Views are great. It's right before you get to Red Rock bistro. Great for a walk on the beach before or after.

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                phatchris RE: antimony Nov 13, 2013 01:40 PM

                You could do the Landing or Barnacle in Marblehead and check out Fort Sewall.

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                  chompie RE: phatchris Nov 13, 2013 04:01 PM

                  I love Singing Beach in Manchester, small but beautiful and also the park downtown overlooking the boats and bay and the sunsets over the water from that view. Theres a fairly new Mexican place downtown next to Dunkins which says they are authentic, I think Oaxacan with veggie options but I haven't been yet. Lobster Pool is beautiful but don't know if theres much food choice... Rockport might be a great choice on Bearskin Neck. Years ago we ate at My Place by the Sea, which was pricey but excellent and right on the water.

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                    chompie RE: chompie Nov 13, 2013 04:15 PM

                    just googled and the Manchester place is La Casa de Luis with def veggie options like cactus, portabello burgers or fajitas etc And My Place by the Sea on tip of Bearskin def veggie choices like veggie chili, curried noodles etc

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                    Madrid RE: phatchris Nov 13, 2013 04:15 PM

                    Fort Sewall is incredibly beautiful. The food at both those places is not exactly great, but it passes and so they are worth it, I think. You can walk easily to Fort Sewall.

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                      phatchris RE: Madrid Nov 13, 2013 05:40 PM

                      There is also 5 Corners Kitchen which is very good just not on the water. Also Soall Bistro has decent Vietnamese. Or Life Alive in Salem then a stroll around Pickering Wharf.

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                        antimony RE: phatchris Nov 14, 2013 06:44 AM

                        Soall Bistro looks like a great option, thanks! Or we may just go for less driving and go over to Revere Beach and then hit Habesha on the way home.

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                          phatchris RE: antimony Nov 14, 2013 08:51 AM

                          It's toned down a bit for the Suburban clientele but still tasty and a short drive to either Fort Sewall or Devereaux beach.

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