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Last night we had dinner at the fabulous Franklin and were delighted at how beautiful (and lively) was Main Street. The restaurants were bustling, the roads relatively easy to travel, and parking was without problem. Don’t be reluctant to venture out and dine at any one of your favorite Main Street Gloucester restaurants on these bitterly cold nights, you won’t be disappointed!

Main Street looks beautiful at night in the snow, straight out of a scene from a Charles Dickens novel.

Tom and I love having diner at the bar at the Franklin. Grace, all the crew, and the waitstaff are always so welcoming, and Stefano D’Amico is one of our very favorite bartenders around town.


Stefano not only works at the Franklin Cape Ann, he also does commercial and residential duct and vent cleaning. You can reach him at 978-281-3398 or 978-479-4231.

Usually I have the Franklin’s wonderfully flavorful marinated and grilled calamari for dinner–but panko crusted sea scallops were one of the specials last night–I tried it and you must, too. I don’t think I’ve ever had scallops cooked as perfectly!
When you go to the Franklin you MUST try their desserts–I can’t go there without having the orange crème caramel. You will love it, I promise. ❤

The Franklin Cape Ann is located at 118 Main Street and opens daily at 5:00pm. Sunday through Thursday dinner is served until 10:30; on Friday and Saturday evenings until 11:30.

In the kitchen with Anthony Caturano and Rob Picardi At Prezza

Anthony will be bringing his culinary skills to soon to be opened “Tonno” in #GloucesterMA.  Currently completely renovating the space in the Blackburn Tavern  building on the corner of Washington and Main St.
Check them out them on Facebook here and get all the updates

In this video,  Rob Picardi demonstrates preparing the type cuisine we can expect at Tonno and we talk to owner/chef Anthony Caturano in the kitchen.

Here’s the wood grilled squid and octopus with braised white beans and toasted parsley –


Risotto and almond raviolini with braised veal, tomato, onion, red wine and pecorino cheese –

Bone in ribeye, sautéed escarole, Roasted potatoes, red wine sauce-

What a treat we are in for when Tonno opens up in Gloucester!

Minglewood Tavern Again Open For Lunch Everyday

If you were like me and jonesing for one of Gloucester’s best burgers at lunch for the past couple of months and gone by Minglewood only to have found tehm closed for lunch fear not my friends!

They are now re-opened and serving up one of Gloucester’s best burgers and killer hand cut steak fries.


Not only that but they have a different deal going on 7 nights a week.


Alchemy Cafe and Bistro

Alchemy Cafe and Bistro boasts a new Spring menu full of goodies and a redesigned interior with more big chairs and comfy corners. A beautiful and funky new metal sign on the corner should attract some attention. The menu offers yummy sharing tapas as well as pizza and delicious entrees. I love that they really try to source everything locally and care where their meat comes from and what it has eaten. I had to go here after Joey’s food map. There was a serious shortage of Alchemy photos – I had to be sure it got on that food map – and I did my duty. It was tough, boy, I tell you! I managed though…

Rob ordered the grass-fed burger and fries, which were heavily wife-taxed, and my sea bass managed to be eaten almost entirely by me as well. (Poor Rob.) Asparagus with poached egg tapas and a lavender creme caramel dessert made for a fine, rare date night indeed!

10-Picture slide show

Alchemy Cafe and Bistro – click photo for slide show

Are you hungry?

Grilled Asparagus
poached egg, truffle oil, shaved Grana Padano, 
and smoked sea salt – 6

Pan Seared Striped Bass
marinated squash and salsa verde – 16

Grass Fed Beef Burger
bacon onion jam, herb cheese, lettuce, tomato, 
homemade pickles and a black pepper bun – 13

Spring Peas with Butter & Parsley – 5

Lavender Scented Crème Caramel
organic honey custard, fresh berries, caramel sauce – 6

New Business Opening! To Go Common Crow

Walking on Main Street, a sign in the window of the slim, vacant storefront between Green Life and Common Crow Natural Market announces some action. A new business! To Go Common Crow, a lunch and drink spot will be opening this summer. Thank you to Lynne for my exclusive, after-hours interview and menu sneak-peak!

Video length: 00:01:51

Thanks for watching

Gloucester Classic- The Cupboard Counter

The counter at the Cupboard is made from a classic formica.  All those years, all those patrons served and that old formica countertop is still holding up.  Sure it’s well worn in certain spots, but polished up over the years it’s certainly timeless.  I’d go as far to say that there is something  comforting about and old worn formica countertop.  You know if the establishment that you’re eating at has one like it that they serve the kind of grub that will leave you satisfied.

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