Category Archives: Eats

Narragansett Del’s Shandy Is My New Official Beer Of The Summer

Not too sweet, refreshing and tasty.  I’m all in on the Del’s Shandy.

Lobster Scissors from Daughter Liv

Mmmm–it just occurred to me–a not-so subtle hint for lobster dinners when she is home over Memorial Day weekend? Liv must be dreaming about summer’s freshest straight-off-the-boats tasty lobsters from Captain Joe and Sons!

BREAKING: TO CELEBRATE TODAY’S WARM WEATHER THE DECK AT THE STUDIO IS OPEN ~ WITH HALF PRICE MEXICAN MENU ALL DAY!

Join The Studio Restaurant today only for a half price Mexican menu all day. The best “deck on the Neck!”

Cally Flaherty Greg Halle Studio Restaurant ©Kim Smith 2015Our favorite waitress from the Seventh Wave in Rockport, Cally Flaherty, is now working at The Studio, with the very affable Studio’s Greg Halle.

Thanks for a fabulous dinner last night Greg, Cally, and Colleen! 

Studio Restaurnat Rocky Neck Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

Magnolia 525

New and exciting things are always happening at 525 Tavern on Lexington Avenue. Catherine Hull, GM of The Loiacano Companies, sent me the new spring/summer menu and invited me to try some of the meals before the restaurant opened on Thursday. The food was so good, the type of food you want to lick the plate clean. Below are some photos of the great food in this jewel of a restaurant in Magnolia. Remember to make some time and dine at this restaurant. It made my whole week. The restaurant also uses recyclable and reusable take out and left over containers.

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April 30, 2015 outdoor dining

 

Press Release
Magnolia 525 Tavern Introduces Fresh New Spring/Summer Menu
Gloucester, MA (May 1, 2015) – The 525 Tavern invites you to taste some fresh new additions to our Spring/Summer Menu. We kept your favorite authentic recipes and added some light and delicious new treats. Known for great music, great food & great friends … the 525 is your local tavern for made-from-scratch cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere. Everything from sauces to entrees, hand cut fries to hand dipped onion rings are all house made in in our 525 kitchen. And almost every single item on our menu can be gluten free. The new dinner menu now features a favorite pick of the neighborhood – the Seared Ginger Soy Salmon. The fresh caught salmon is seared to perfection with ginger and soy and accompanied with baby bok choy, sweet chili stir fry and our own udon noodles … an absolute must try.
Bruschetta was suggested by the 525 locals, so we baked a delicious loaf of focaccia, lightly grilled and topped it with tomatoes, capers and fresh mozzarella to create a light and healthy summer treat!

The bar menu now boasts a new selection of award winning wines and summer-time draught and bottled beers – all tasted and approved by our guests. New martinis and craft cocktails
highlight the history of infamous Magnolia from “The Hammond’s Hammer” to the “Oceanside Hotel.” The wide variety of new cocktails feature freshly muddled mint, strawberries, blueberries, lime, lemon and everything good about summer.
The new menu items, new cocktails and brunch specialties are available now at the 525 Tavern, located on Lexington Avenue in Magnolia. For more information please contact Magnolia 525
Tavern at 978.525.3230, or email us:info@525magnolia.com.orvisit525magnolia.com.
Take Out and Delivery are available.

Opened in 2014, Magnolia 525 Tavern brings passion for the freshest authentic food available in Magnolia. The 525 Tavern offers a wide variety of entrees including chicken, steak, pastas and burgers. Known for great music and a welcoming atmosphere, it is a favorite meeting place for locals. The 525 Tavern will have an expanded outdoor dining area that provides the perfect  space for casually sophisticated dining occasions, social gatherings and private dining events.

525 Tavern  serves Sunday Brunch starting at 10:00 and they also have take out and Delivery.
Logo Bruschetta Can not go wrong with these foods
Comfy Booths Margherita Pizza Mouth Watering
Seared Ginger Soy Salmon Steak with Mushroom and demi glaze Strawberry Cove Salad

MUST READ HYSTERICAL LISE BREEN @BroBrewCrew ENDORSEMENT!!!

We sent Lise home with the donuts after Sunday’s HarborWalk garden cleanup. Here’s what she had to say about Brother’s Brew!

“I have to say those cinnamon donuts were the best ever. I briefly considered taking them to the neighbor’s house—but then had to try just a tiny piece of the puffy jellies, but didn’t get to reach the jelly (was I thinking this was some sort of exotic preserve that I would never get a chance to sample again?)  so had to cut an entire half of the jelly donut to try it for the total essence of jelly donut.  You would think I would have stopped, but then had to just try the chocolate. As I sliced off an inch, it occurred to me that you can’t present a donut to someone who isn’t your blood with a piece snuck out of it like you can a sliver of cake.  Well, the damage was done, so might as well take another slice. You know how that goes. The sugar and fat ratio imbued was saying MORE. And then I remember you saying the cinnamon were to die for and… Well it turns out I thought so too.  So now the donuts were entirely, absolutely gone. We scarfed those—how many? six? eight?— down in two hours tops. You know when I said I could just eat one at a sitting? I proved myself very, very wrong.  I guess it helped that the backs of my thighs were screaming “feed me!”  Something about lactic acid buildup needed to be counteracted with butter, white flour and sugar. Talk about weekend warrior aches! It looks like my 45 min on the elliptical machine with the ten minutes of pedaling backwards is not doing it.

Bill said I could never bring them into the house again.  Ok. But now I know where I can get them outside of the house.
You be sure now to send the photos of our 25-odd bags to our Mayor’s office/comptroller’s office and get reimbursed…

Anyway, I hope to see you Sunday for a repeat/repast.  No! Leave the doh at the Bros!”

When I asked Lise if we could post her funny note, she added:

“To make it worse, there were BOYS in full skateboard regalia visiting the neighbors and you just know they would loved the treat. Clearly there is not much in the way of impulse control over here, but might possibly justify the crime by the fact we had skipped lunch and it was mid afternoon.”

Thanks Lise for sharing!!!

Brother's Brew Rockport Donuts! ©Kim Smith 2015Brother’s Brew Latest Creation ~ Strawberry Shortcake Donuts

Sunday Funday at The Studio

It you follow Good Morning Gloucester even just a little bit, you know by now that The Studio is officially open.  You probably also know that their menu (with the exception of all sushi) is 1/2 off for the rest of April! So, back from Virginia and with no food in the fridge, how could we not head over to Rocky Neck for an early dinner last night!?

The best laid plans… (don’t get the wrong idea…it was phenomenal so please read on).

What you may not know about me is that my children clearly think they are Rockefellers.  They typically snub their noses at the kids’ menus found at the restaurants where we like to dine and, of course, they were only interested in eating sushi last night.  Don’t get me wrong, normally I am thrilled with their willingness to try new foods and their fondness for a wide variety of cuisine. Last night, however, it would have been just ducky if they would have been happier with chicken fingers or something equivalent.

So, with a tuna maki roll in front of Finn and some yellow tail nagiri in front of Thatcher, my husband and I happily ordered off the half-priced menu.  We got the Asian Style Calamari, St. Louis Ribs, Fried Pickles, and the Rudder Style Mussels…because also, when dining with Finn, you’d better order mussels.

Everything was absolutely delicious.  A fantastic first meal of the season….and, even with the kids’ menu fish and chips that we ordered for good measure (secretly hoping for left overs for today’s lunch boxes) and two beers…the entire bill came to just over $50.

Unbelievable.  I strongly recommend getting yourself over there soon.

A small update!  I am so happy that a reader mentioned that you should always tip the servers on the actual bill.  That goes without saying.  Just because the management has decided to reduce prices…it does not mean that the staff is working any less.  You should absolutely tip on what the bill should have been.  I know you all know that, but I feel better having added it to the post.

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Springtime Harborside Dining at the Rudder!

The Rudder’s porch is open and is wonderfully cozy and fully heated. It’s lovely to be dining al fresco on the harbor again, despite the unseasonably chilly temperatures.

Twentieth century pricing in the twenty-first century! For the month of April, all food at the Rudder is half off! The plate of sweet puffy sea scallops and tender shrimp in the last clip is $12.50!!!!!!!!!! GO! Reservations Recommended.

The heated porch at the Rudder is warm and cozy- the closest thing to al fresco dining in 40 degree temps!

A photo posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on

 

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Tuesday is Passports Community Dinner Night!

Join us Tuesday nights for Passports Restaurant’s Community Dinner Nights!

  • 4 – 9 pm
  • 3 Course Dinner
  • $15.00
  • 10% of Proceeds Go To Your Organization
  • Reservations Requested

Celebrating 20 years in business we are giving back to the community every Tuesday night. Full menu also available.

If you would like to inquire about support for your organization, please email us at passportsrestaurant@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you!

Passports Restaurant 110 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

Please call for Reservations: 978.281.3680

For questions please call:

Eric Lorden

978 304-7723

Heath’s Tea Room … Re-opening Friday April 24th, 2015. Now accepting Mother’s Day Reservations for our 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm seatings.

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Here’s a slide show of one of my visits. I highly recommend the cottage pie, quiche and the Roast Turkey with Stuffing  is to die for. https://www.flickr.com/photos/joey_grl/sets/72157626793853325/

visit their website> http://www.heathstearoom.com/Home.html 

Passports Community Dinner Night to Support the Cape Ann YMCA!

Join us Tuesday nights for Passports Restaurant’s Community Dinner Nights!

 

  • 4 – 9 pm
  • 3 Course Dinner
  • $15.00
  • 10% of Proceeds Go To Your Organization
  • Reservations Requested

Celebrating 20 years in business we are giving back to the community every Tuesday night. Full menu also available.

If you would like to inquire about support for your organization, please email us at passportsrestaurant@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you!

Passports Restaurant 110 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

Please call for Reservations: 978.281.3680

For questions please call:

Eric Lorden

978 304-7723

A HUGE SUCCESS!!! COMMUNITY NIGHT IS A HIT AT PASSPORTS!

I am speechless, without words, and really full from the first Community Night at Passports held for the League of Women Voters! The portions were over-the-top, the flavors were fantastic, and the vibe was amazing. Every participant could not help but smile and toast to the folks around them that were having an equally great time. And above all, money was raised for local scholarships! Thank you again to Lyla, Eric, and the entire PASSPORTS staff for making this a wonderful night that bares repeating!! I look forward to the next big Community Night, and the good times and funds it will raise. See you there! ($15 for 3 courses?..Yep, it’s true)THE BOUILLABAISSE THE HAPPY FOLKS THE STEAK

 

Passports Restaurant Celebrates Twenty Years By Giving Back to the Community!

Last night, Passports held their first “community dinner night.” Ten percent of the evening’s total receipts will be donated to the League of Women Voters scholarship fund. Judging by the fun had by patrons as well as from the staff’s enthusiasm, Passports’s community dinner event was surely the first of many more to come!

Each Tuesday night, Passports is available for an event to raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause. The worthy cause need not be a non-profit organization. Eric Lorden, Passports’s owner and chef, explains that this is one way in which he can give back to the community that has supported his business for over two decades. February 12th of this year marked Passports Restaurant’s twentieth year in business!

What makes Passports’s community dinners unique is that in addition to having the option to order from the regular menu, guests are invited to order from the very specially priced fifteen dollar three course dinner. For the League of Women Voters event, the prix fixe menu included choice of soup or salad, steak or bouillabaisse, and the option to choose from any one of Passports’s regular menu dessert items. It is worth repeating that diners can order from either the regular menu or the prix fixe menu.

If you are looking for an inviting and welcoming venue (with exceptionally delicious fare) for your worthy cause, contact Eric at passportsrestaurant@gmail.com.

 

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