“Olivia’s by the Sea”, formerly “Amelia’s” (near Good Harbor Beach), is under new management! It has been taken over by the same people who run the new Cape Ann Diner in Brown’s Mall. It has been renovated, and work will continue until the summer. The new layout includes an informal, tray-serving-style dining area, designed to be comfortable for beach-goers:
and a smaller, more formal area where there will be waiter service and a more comprehensive menu.
Outside, the plan is to have an ice cream window on one side of the outdoor eating area. In short, something for everyone!
On Wednesday, the restaurant opened for a breakfast test run “on the house” so that a small number of people could try the food and meet the staff. I was invited, so I showed up for a late breakfast. The menu has a wide selection of scrumptious sounding breakfast food, with reasonable prices (although not as inexpensive as the Cape Ann Diner, which is to be expected for the location and style). I opted for a scrambled egg with bacon, home fries, and beans, with a mug of decaf coffee.
It was delicious! And the owner, Ron, and the greeters and servers were friendly and cheerful.
They will be opening fully for business sometime next month. I look forward to it!
– Fr. Matthew Green
Practically since I arrived in Gloucester, people have been telling me I have to try breakfast at George’s (178 Washington Street). For one reason or another, I had not made it until this past Sunday when I had breakfast there after Mass with some parishioners. From among the many appetizing things on the menu, I chose “breakfast boats”:
That’s three potato halves, hollowed out and filled in with scrambled eggs and bacon, topped with shredded cheese and served with salsa and sour cream. Wow. It tasted as good as it looks! However, it was twice what I could eat, so I ended up with leftovers for later. Definitely worth ordering! We were all satisfied with our meals. I had tried a bite of someone’s plate-sized pineapple coconut pancake, and it was delicious too…
While we ate, I saw this unusual sight:
I’ve never seen a sign like that on a car before. The owner must have real problems with people trying to get friendly with those beautiful hounds. It reminds me of this scene from “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” (which I just watched again):
– Fr. Matthew Green
Rick and I went to Maime’s Kitchen, across from St. Ann’s, on Sunday morning. Breakfast was so so good. Rick had the scramble special with Linguica and I had an Omelet with Spinach, Tomato, mushroom with bacon.
Special scramble with Linquica
Omelet with Spinach, mushrooms, tomato with bacon
Doesn’t this quiche look good? You see why I had to take a bite before I got out my phone. It tastes as good as it looks and is one reason why I’m very happy that Atlantis opened their Cafe today!
Peter had the Fish Cakes Benedict.
Wow! Some of the best fish cakes we’ve ever had. Too bad they don’t serve dinner. These would make a super appetizer. Jessica the chef uses a secret ingredient. She wouldn’t let me say what it is, but you could always try to guess. The Atlantis Oceanfront Cafe is now open to the public (you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel) 7 days a week from 7:30-11:00am. I’d recommend going before the season gets crazy busy.
You can work up a good breakfast appetite by dancing tonight and there are plenty of opportunities for that. Peter and I will be at Minglewood to see our friend Brad Byrd with his “A” Band (but we’ll do our best to stay out of the video shoot). Now if you’d prefer to be on camera (see the folks from last time), put on something you want to be photographed in and come on down. Music starts at 9.
But if you’d rather not take the chance on ending up in a video directed by Hollywood’s Brandon Rose, check out the other more anonymous opportunities for dancing in the full music lineup here.
Tomorrow we’ve got a major announcement and a very special Artist of the week (actually 2 in 1). Stay tuned . . .
As I’ve stated ad nauseum there is no where I’ve ever been that has as many incredible breakfast joints as we have here. So to be in business in Gloucester serving breakfast you have to be special.
…and the Fort square Café is just that- very special. With Rusty making EVERYONE feel welcome the way only he can work a room to Heidi’s incredibly creative menu (yesterday she was making peppermint cheesecake) the food is always outstanding.
If you want to get a real feel for the people of this town just belly on up to the breakfast counter and let the master of ceremonies Rusty entertain you while Heidi works her magic at the helm of the kitchen.
Crispy Potato Cups filled with egg, cheese and bacon, served with salsa and sour cream.
It’s like tailgating for breakfast!
Looove the well done homefries and thick cut bacon.
Checking through the hard drive leftovers and forgot to post our Saint Patrick’s Breakfast at Lee’s.
This Leprechaun may as well be saying, “You’re not from around these parts now are you?” Yes it is true it is the first time we had breakfast at Lee’s. I know, hard to fathom. Can you see the Steve Connelly sign in the background? I have been there.
A look at the menu:
Ordered the Nathalie with Hollandaise and hash. Wicked pissah.
Then it was back home to plant the peas which is something that has to be done on Saint Patrick’s Day. They already need thinning.
Fried Dough Breakfast
Saturday, February 5, 2011
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(Snow date Feb. 12)
at Pigeon Cove Circle, Six Breakwater Avenue,
(take right after former Tool Company).
Admission $4. for adults; $2. for children.
Grabbing my second breakfast of the day late this morning almost 10AM thought the Red Skiff right in Rockport would be the ticket on a Saturday morning. Busy but my daughter and I grabbed a table and she ordered the coconut pancakes and I ordered the top special which is Eggs Benedict with Corned Beef Hash.
I love coconut in most situations but a pancake? Hmm. But the pancakes hit the table two seconds before my dish so I tried a bite and amazing fluffy coconut goodness. Then I got to mine and chewed off a good piece before I thought to take a photo.
I am never as controlled as Joey that I can take a photo of my food before I mess it up. But you can see the hash below that Benedict. The home fries were normal Red Skiff Spectacular but the part I had forgotten, the english buried in there was obviously toasted on the grill. This gave a nice crispiness on top which withstood the Benedict sauce flowing down. Slightly offscreen was a side of bacon and coffee which kept me going the rest of the day. No lunch for me on Saturday.
Did I mention I like the hash at Red Skiff? The pancakes were huge and I am trying to break a habit of licking my plate in public so a doggy bag of pancake and some hash made its way home. That lasted all of 30 seconds as everyone else had arrived and acted like wild animals.
Passports Now Serving Breakfast–Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Weekend Mondays
Thanks For Watching
Anne Springer Writes-
Would you mind running this “save the date” PSA for us on your site?
Save the Date: SeniorCare, Inc. will hold its Annual Fundraiser Breakfast, sponsored by Lobsta Land , on Thursday, October 21.
Tickets $8 per person. For more information, call SeniorCar at (978) 281-1750.