After a surprise visit to Annisquam by artist group friends Alice Gardner (organizer), Carol McKenna and Alma McLaughlin, we all went to lunch at my favorite spot on this side of Gloucester, Willow Rest. Melissa Donati has beautifully re-invigorated the Willow Rest, and provides locals and visitors alike a wonderfully expanded selection of foods and services:
- Home Style Breakfast & Lunch
- Fresh Baked Goods
- Artisanal Cheese and Meats
- Fresh Produce – Local when in Season
- Hot and Iced Coffee
- Prepared Foods
- Hot from the Brick Oven Focaccia
- Local Artisan’s Gifts & Crafts
I had the Dogtown sandwich – lemon herbed chicken with baby arugula, roasted peppers, goat cheese, tomato brushetta and extra virgin olive oil. It was so fresh and delish.
Melissa is also great about carrying local artists’ creations, including my 2012 Dogtown and Babson Boulder Calendar – not as edible as her Dogtown sandwich, but it will last alot longer. If you’re traveling along Washington Street, say on the art studio open house tour this weekend, stop in at Willow Rest at 1 Holly Street for a great breakfast or lunch, and check out the wonderful selection of locally crafted gift offerings. She also has Godiva chocolates and many other delectible treats for special stocking stuffers, or to take over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house. For more info, visit http://www.willowrest.com/index.php.