Terry Weber Reports- Dining at Duckworth Bistro

Enjoyed my first dinner at Duckworth’s Bistro this week, and it lived up to its reputation. In fact, after tasting one bite of the food, I completely forgot to take pictures of the appetizers before I completely devoured them (see picture of the remains of the mushroom soup). Believe me, I would have licked the plates if I didn’t think my dinner partner would be appalled :).

The service was sweet–Colleen our waitress was genuinely friendly, gracious and made our meal even better. About our meal, we shared a couple of appetizers: Creamy Mushroom Soup, Caesar Salad and Zucchini Fritters. The mushroom soup was a deep grey which I was not accustomed to, but it was the best mushroom soup I’ve ever had with a rich, earthy flavor. Jackie said her steak was perfectly cooked and delicious. The leg of lamb I had for an entree was tender, cooked exactly as I requested, and came with the freshest tasting mix of Lima and green beans.

Speaking of the beans, Colleen explained their great taste by telling us the beans came from a local Gloucester farm. Duckworth’s buys many of their ingredients at local farms including the Beacon Street Farm in Gloucester; Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton, and of course their lobsters are from Captain Joe & Sons. It was a great first time dining experience! We would have had dessert but we were too stuffed!

chef ken duckworthChef Rich Mandelbaumlamb and local beansmushroom soupsirloin

Joey adds-
It should be noted that Terry took these photos in the very low light conditions of the kitchen at Duckworth’s with the camera I recommended- The Canon Powershot s95. No flash and very natural looking photos! Excellent Terry!

4 comments

  • Great pics and write-up! Can’t believe I haven’t been here yet, will have to go soon.
    Jenn

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  • Thanks Joey and Jenn. Jenn, if you go, be sure to call ahead to make a reservation, even a few days before. And if you need company, let me know…you could twist my arm, and I might eat there again! :)

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  • You should try their banana layer cake- it is absolute heaven!

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  • Many of the tourists that come to visit and tour Gloucester’s distillery, Ryan & Wood, have said they tried our spirits at Duckworth’s. Their “Zagat” critic numbers are crazy high. We are very lucky to have them and all the restaurantuers that we have here on Cape Ann. (try the Lobster risoto) I got engaged in that building 30 years ago.

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