Salem Restaurant Week Fall 2009

Posted: August 29th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Event, Salem | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Salem Chamber of Commerce has announced the list of restaurants participating in their upcoming Restaurant Week. From Sunday, September 13th to Thursday, September 17th participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $25 per person. (The price does not include drinks, taxes or tip.)

Salem is rapidly becoming well known throughout the north shore for it’s a vibrant and varied dining scene and this is a terrific opportunity to experience great food at bargain prices. It’s well worth taking advantage of Restaurant Week to try that place you’ve been meaning to, or to stray outside your comfort zone and explore new foods.

Here is the list (so far) of restaurants that are offering the special:

Capt’s Waterfront Grill & Club
94 Wharf Street, 978-741-0555
www.capts.com

Cilantro
282 Derby Street, 978-745-9436
www.cilantrocilantro.com

Finz Seafood Restaurant
76 Wharf Street, 978-744-0000
www.hipfinz.com

Grapevine Restaurant
26 Congress Street, 978-745-9335
www.grapevinesalem.com

The Lobster Shanty
25 Front Street, 978-745-5449
lobstershantysalem.com

Lyceum Bar & Grill (Pending Construction)
43 Church Street, 978-745-7665
www.lyceumsalem.com

Nathaniel’s at the Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square West, 978-825-4311
www.hawthornehotel.com/dining/index.htm

Passage to India
157 Washington Street, 978-832-2200
www.passageindia.com

Regatta Pub at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites
225 Derby Street, 978-740-8788
www.salemwaterfronthotel.com/dining.html

Rockafellas
231 Essex Street, 978-745-2411
www.rockafellasofsalem.com

Sixty2 on Wharf
62 Wharf Street, 978-744-0062
www.62onwharf.com

Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square West, 978-825-4342
www.hawthornehotel.com/dining/index.htm

Tavern in the Square
189 Washington Street, 978-740-2337
www.taverninthesquare.com/salemmain.html

Thai Place
Museum Place Mall, 978-741-8008
http://www.thaiplace.net/

Victoria Station
86 Wharf Street, 978-745-3400
www.victoriastationinc.com

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Summer Lovin’: Outdoor Dining Season Begins

Posted: May 27th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: American, Bistro, Cafe, Casual/Pub Food, Seafood | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

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The weather may not be cooperating just yet, but we’ve pulled out our tank tops and beach cover-ups and officially declared the start of the no-socks season.

To that end, we’ve got a round-up of the best al fresco dining we’ve found on the North Shore, followed by a list of several more we’re hoping to get to before Labor Day.

We’ve just begun compiling this list, so feel free to vote for your favorites from below or add any we might have overlooked. Please note that we’ve purposely left out clam shacks and beach-food places like Lime Rickey’s in Marblehead (we’ll have more coverage of lobster rolls, fried clams, and ice cream as the temperature rises) and a few places that have outdoor seating but may not meet our criteria for good food.

The Barnacle, Marblehead
It’s lunchtime on a sunny day, you’re sipping a bloody mary on the deck of the Barnacle and waiting for your fried clams—you’ve officially hit the seaside dining jackpot. The food at this unassuming pub is good, not great (stick with the chowder, the fried seafood, and the bloodys), but you’d be hard pressed to find a nicer view than Marblehead harbor in the summer, and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.

Jack-Tar, Marblehead
The patio outside one of our favorite pubs is small but charming, and the food is both comforting and reasonably priced. We’re fond of the generous drinks, the $3 to $5 tapas, and the pizza with pancetta and blue cheese (a selection of pizzas is $5 from 5:00 to 7:00 every night).

The Landing at 7 Central, Manchester
The pubby front rooms at the Landing are great for cozying up in cold weather, but make your way all the way to the back, and you’ll be seated on the comfortable second-story porch. The menu is large and varied, featuring everything from burgers and caesar salad with salmon or steak tips to pepper encrusted duck. We recommend the lobster omelet for brunch.

The Landing, Marblehead
This Marblehead institution is right in the thick of the summer action at the town landing on Front Street. Sitting out on the deck overlooking the harbor you’re likely to see anything from lobster boats unloading their catch to campers returning on the ferry from Children’s Island. As you’d expect the menu offers many summer seafood favorites; ours are the lobster roll and the baked scrod.

Rockafellas, Salem
The place to see and be seen in Salem in the summer, Rockafellas’ entrees are reasonable (honey glazed salmon is $16, bourbon turkey tips are $15), and there are plenty of tapas for those just needing a little something with their cocktails, including quesadillas and catfish fingers. If the wait at Rockafellas is long, there are several options for outdoor dining nearby, including Gulu Gulu Café, Fresh Taste of Asia (best dumplings on the North Shore), and the Lobster Shanty.

The Farm, Essex
Whether you are heading back from the beach hungry or just looking to savor a cold brew on a summer night, a brand new patio with live music and weekly specials like their 35-cent wing night make this new addition to the Essex restaurant scene fun central.

Grapevine, Salem
Sumptuous food is the attraction at this Italian gem, starting with tuna carpaccio over crispy flatbread and proceeding to rigatoni with braised veal or perhaps oven roasted swordfish with lemon-caper sauce. With only eight tables in the outside garden, the atmosphere is romantic and the service is top-notch.

Can’t Wait to Try:

The Lobster Pool, Rockport
This seems to the favorite among foodies for casual outside dining in Rockport. The straightforward menu of seafood (and homemade pie) implies a no-fuss-no-muss attitude, and we’re looking forward to trying the lobster roll this summer.

My Place By the Sea, Rockport
We’ve been hearing good things about the food at this upscale restaurant for years. From the pictures we’ve seen of the outside deck, this is the place to be on a summer night with your sweetheart.

Madfish Grille, Gloucester
Rocky Neck is one of those places that always makes us feel happy, and the Madfish Grille looks like just what we’re in the mood for when eating outside in the summer. Margarita shrimp, crab BLT, panzanella salad, grilled lamb, scampi pizza—need we say more? (Ed. Our review 9/3/09)

Plum Island Grille, Newbury
Creative cuisine and a fabulous sunset: sign us up. This island retreat is at the top of our list to try—if anyone has been recently, please leave your menu recommendations in the comments. (Ed. Our review 11/13/09)

Michael’s Harborside, Newburyport
The Newburyport waterfront is always hopping in the summer, and Michael’s is right in the thick of things. The menu says their lobster roll is famous, we hear good things about their burgers, and the balsamic brown sugar short ribs sound intriguing.

Danversport Grille and Bistro, Danvers
Quite a few North Shore residents have pointed us toward this restaurant, part of the Danversport Yacht Club but open to the public. The menu tends to classic dishes like chicken oscar and prime rib, and the view overlooking the inlet’s docked boats looks spectacular.

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