Gloucester/Cape Ann ideas
My friends and I go to Cape Ann every year about this time, and we typically hit a few favorite spots: Roy Moore, Captain Carlos, Passports, Lee's, and sometimes Sugar Magnolia's. One place we always visit for a big dinner is Alchemy, which has gotten surprisingly excellent. Sadly, they're closed for renovations.
The Alchemy folks recommended Latitude 43 and called it their "sister restaurant", but their menu looks sort of generic and expensive, and the last reviews of the place were from 5 yrs ago and called it mediocre. Anyone been lately?
I know there's lots of love for Duckworth and Franklin, but we're a bit budget-conscious... any other thoughts?
Halibut Point on Main St. may be a good option. The Causeway on 133 offers casual seafood and some Italian entrees plus it's BYOB. The Lobster Pool, in Rockport, has wonderful views and solid seafood and BYOB. All are affordable. If you go to Essex, there's The Village and in Ispwich, Zablignones. IMO, Lat 43 is just OK but, pricey.
I'm a big fan of The Azorean Portugese restaurant.
For sandwiches, salads and some other things, check out The Willow Rest.
I agree with some of the ones mentioned:
Short and Main
The Causeway has big portions (easy to split a meal) and not just fried food and I generally think it’s pretty good. There is often a wait and they don't take res. The atmosphere is not so great but the plus is BYOB and value.
We hit the 3 mentioned above often but Causeway maybe once a year.
The best thing about Lat 43 for me is sitting at their outdoor patio overlooking the harbor on a beautiful day, so in those instances I will go there... usually for lunch.
The Studio in Rocky Neck has renovated and reopened under new ownership (I think the owners of The Rudder). Anyone been? There is one review in Yelp since the reopening and it is so glowing that I am not sure if it is planted or not.
I like The Rudder once in a while too, but that may be at a little higher price point than the others.