Boston Hounds Moving North
My DC and I are moving to Newburyport after 10+ years in the Boston area. Some of our current area favorites are Myers & Chang, Craigie, The Abbey, Oleana, Puritan & Co and all the standards frequented by our fellow Hounds.
So as much as I like to think we'll come back to Boston for dinner on the weekend (or drive to Portland!), I'd love to hear what some of Newburyport's all-stars are. We need a place with a strong beverage program, maybe a go-to burger, something for a lazy Sunday night dinner, a good breakfast spot, and of course a reliable fish market.
Any local Hounds have suggestions of how to wean oneself off city dining? :)
Newbport- what a beautiful town. For historic architecture and streetscapes, I think it's MA's best. And boy is it a culturally active community as well. Congrats!
I'm sure you've done a Search and seen the more recent CH threads, so I'll mention a few places that we've enjoyed enough to be destinations from the Boston area. (We are big fans of M+Chang and Oleana,Ribelle, Sarma...)
The Deck at the Marina:
Glenn's Galley has been in Nbport for a very long time now but we haven't been there in maybe 8 yrs. Last time it was as delicious and diverse and great music- as ever- but it seemed expensive to us.
I'm sure that a number of local CHs will give you lots more N advice.
Portsmouth, just a 20-30 min. drive, is a great town as well , w/ a very active young chef scene. Black Trumpet Bistro is in a terrific historic warehouse and imo the chef/owner is P's best; Evan is the essence of farm and sea to table commitment, and is always introducing unusual new discoveries, from spices to fruit to seafood.
360 degrees is a tres casual funky bar resto w/ a v good bibimbap and a devoted local following.
The Press Room- we ate there for the first time a few months ago during an Anais Mitchell gig and the food was really excellent- (I had no idea! what a surprise
)Mexican and Cajun dishes were very authentic.
The Friendly Toast- funky retro space and menu for bkfast, brunch, lu,etc.
just FYI, the Music Theater in P is a fantastic building and venue for films and a very full schedule of performances. We often will drive up there for dinner and a show like Lyle Lovett or Rufus Wainwright; much more intimate space than many venus in Boston.
Nbport has a small funky film venue, The Screening Room, that shows consistently good Kendall Sq.-like films.
Our entire family has migrated to Newburyport, Plum Island, and Amesbury - we love the area, and there are some really nice options. The obvious (relative) newbies are Brine and Ceia - which are both delicious. We like to sit at the bar at 10 Center for the tacos. Another little gem on State Street is Loretta's - we had a delightful lunch one day a few weeks ago - the service was a tad slow, but the food was fresh and very good. While others complain about the price/value at the Plum Island Grille, we love it - the fish is always very fresh and cooked perfectly. You also cannot beat the location for a perfect cocktail on the deck as the sun goes down over the flats. My father and brother like a locals place - Park Lunch, where I have not been yet - good burgers, steamers, pizza, sandwiches. For breakfast I love the Riverside Cafe - just a good breakfast all around. If you want to trek out to the island, Mad Martha's is excellent. It abuts our summer house so we are regs. MM's also has a Thursday wine tasting, which is lovely. You can get takeout at MMs and head over to the beach across the street for your morning coffee. For the best fried seafood and lobster roll (arguably) around - Bob Lobster on the PI Turnpike is pure summer (or winter for that matter as they are open year round). I don't love the food at the Grog, but it is a lively pub - you can bring the kids - standard pub fare - fun atmosphere and there is music. We also love the Mission Oak Tavern - the menu is huge - you can get all manner of seafood and steaks - nothing earth moving - but good for what it is. Michael's food is OK - best bet there is a drink at the outside bar while listening to the cover band. There's probably more - I will add on as I think of it. Hope this helps. You are spoiled for choices in anything you want to do in Newburyport - the location and the community are about the best on earth. We love it here.
re: Small Plates
+2 on each of Ceia for more upscale, urbane cuisine with a good bar program, and the Park Lunch for the complete opposite. I'm chiming in mainly to add that Park Lunch has the best fried clams I'm aware of; while I haven't braved the line at the Clam Box, Park Lunch blows Farnham's and Woodman's out of the water. Note, however, that there are no reservations, and lines can be long for a table at prime time (which being the north shore means 6pm). The Grog has a good beer list and excellent thin broth clam chowder, though other than that I'd stick to the grilled shrimp caesar and call it a day. The Newburyport Farmers' Market is a good Sunday morning destination, with live music and usually a vendor or two selling good pastries and coffee; hopefully the produce will improve as we get later into the season, as it's been a bit disappointing so far.
In Amesbury try Restaurant Molise for Italian, Ale House, Flat Bread Co, Hodgies Ice Cream, Bob Seafood on Plum Island for seafood and Mad Martha's for breakfast. I'd avoid Glenn's Galley, pricey and barely average.