Receding now- 3 hours after high tide
Receding now- 3 hours after high tide
Wicked Bites TV visited Essex and Ipswich in a big way this month to review “Clam Alley”. Visitors often ask what is the best place for a lobster roll? and fried clams? “Clam Alley” extends throughout Cape Ann. In Gloucester there’s Charlie’s, Gloucester House, Lobsta Land (another gorgeous marsh vista), Captain Carlo’s, the Cupboard and Lobster Pool in Rockport to name a quick few…what else?
Wicked Bites is scheduled on Saturdays at 9:30am on NESN. From their sites:
“Hey, you better be ready for the next ALL NEW Wicked Bites TV. On today’s show we visit CLAM ALLEY for the very best fried clams in the world. And, we have some special guest: Kim Gilder Carrigan and VB from the WRKOmorning show.”
On Monday afternoon behind Lobsta Land spotted these beautiful Egrets. Due to high tide and the trees the photo do not do these birds justice. Another sign of spring.
It’s March! What’s so awesome about March Rubber Duck? It’s followed by April! And April is when we start making “Seasonal Openings 2015!” From Top Dog usually the last day of March to The Rudder right around Tax Day with Lobsta Land, Capt Carlos, Dairy Train, sprinkled in between. What tastes like spring more than a Fish and Cheese sandwich at The Cupboard? And the snow will melt soon! Look at WeatherSpark for next week:
So here is my lineup starting today for things to do to get you in the mood.
Friday March 6: Stones Pub for a Blue Duck Spring Burger. (Blue Cheese Portabella mushrooms, bacon, hold the sprouts between your knees.
Saturday March 7: Wash the car at Maplewood Carwash. It’s not for the car, it’s for you. You will feel better! Drive home slowly. Do not splash.
Saturday March 7: There is something else big today, what is it?
Sunday March 8: Spring Forward! That’s right, drive home from work and the sun is still shining!
Monday March 9: Big Apple announcement. Buy a watch? A retina MacBook Air?
Tuesday March 10: If you are going to grow tomatoes from seeds, sow them now!
Wed March 11: Run around in shorts! It’s 44 degrees out! After this winter that will feel like 85!
Thurs March 12: Have you ever seen Uranus? I have never seen Uranus! But you can this week. As Mars and Venus set in the evening if you scope them out with binoculars they will be very easy to find. Venus is wicked bright. Very close by will be an unblinking tiny blue dot. That is Uranus! Now you can say Rubber Duck showed you Uranus!
Saturday March 14: Pi Day! Biggest Pi Day ever because it is 2015 which means 3/14/15 9:26AM and 53 seconds all nerds head’s will explode with nerdiness!
Sunday March 15: Ides of March: Greg Bover posts an awesome quote from Caesar or Brutus et tu?
Tuesday March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day! Plant your peas! Still two feet of snow in your garden? Start digging. You have to plant them on Saint Patty’s Day or the world will end.
Wednesday March 18: EJ and Brenda Malloy and Jeff Amero and everyone else who has been rubbing it in on Facebook that they are in Florida will be dragging their sun tanned butts back to Cape Ann!
Tuesday March 31: Get your boat in the water by today and you win a prize!
Friday, March 20: at 6:45 PM EDT First Day of Spring, Equinox, equal day, equal night!
Wednesday April 1: Seasonal Openings really get underway. You can make it. Meet me at the Rudder or The Studio, who is going to open first?
Topics include: Cape Ann Restaurant Week, Franklin Cape Ann,1 Out of 5 Of Us Knew, Lobsta Land, Ohana, Seaport Grille, The Sea Glass Restaurant, Lat 43, The Grand Café At Emerson Inn By The Sea, Mark Lodge Wedding, Destinos, Derek Kaloust, Giuseppe’s Closing Poll Results, Indian Food Misconceptions, David Calvo, Anmol, Memory Lane, Who Are The 1%ers That Say We Need Another Pizza Joint?, Lobster Pool Sold, Kim Smith’s Apple Crisp, Gloucester Gas Price Website and How I Can’t Understand Why Electricity Prices Are Going Up 35% With Lowest Oil Prices In Years, Home Heating and Open Floor Plans, Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth, Curcuru Ciaramitaro Wedding 1938, Captain Joe A Schooner Fisherman, Posture and Fatigue, Elizabeth Bish, Walk Like A Pompous Jerk For Less Back Pain, Treating Back Pain vs Preventing Back Pain, Sista Felicia Cannot Do Yoga Because She Gets Dizzy From Holding In Her Farts, Craig’s Obsession With The Alcohol Content In Every Beer He Drinks, A Glass of Wine vs A Glass of Beer, Bill O’Connor Asks- “Is It Up The Line or Down The Line?”, Carpooling Today, Tanya Frost Reynolds North Shore Walk For ALS, Joe Borge Sr From Lone Gull Finishes The Ironman In Kona Hawaii, 98th Podcast, Reunion 100th Podcast, Kenny MacCarthy, Manchester Athletic Club New Alliance With Tennis Academy In France, Going Back To Analog Appliances, Today’s “Industrial Grade Appliances” Are Made More Poorly Than Yesterday’s Consumer Grade Appliances,Thanksgiving Traditions.
Topics Include: Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Kim’s Eyewear,Studio Monday Night Football Promo, We Review The Gloucester Trip Advisor Top Ten Restaurants, Little Known Tip About Duckworth’s, Passports, Virgilio’s, George’s Coffee Shop, The Causeway, The Azorean, Café Bishco, Brighams, Beef and Bun, Sugar Mag’s, Topside Grille and Pub, Lobsta Land, Write In A Nice Review For Your Favorite Local Restaurants That You Feel deserve A Good Trip Advisor Rating, Willow Rest BLT, The Bottle Bill Discussion, Toby Really Wants Everyone To Know That He Recycles, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Rape Culture, Cold Brewed Coffee, Bonavita Porcelain Pour Over Coffee Filter, New Method For Handling Press Releases, Christopher Anderson, Hye Tyde, John Hintlian, Saying Goodbye To Summer, Heated Mattress Pad May Be The Greatest Invention Ever.
Thanks To The Earl Foote Band For The Intro Music. Download Gloucester Til the End Free Here At Gimme Sound
GloucesterCast With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/14
Topics Include: Gloucester MA, 01930, What up Homie?, Jim Casey, Lighten Up Francis, Toby Pett, Chamber License Plate, Bringing GMG Back Old School, Passports Wine Dinner, Killer Cheeses, Sidewalk Sweeping Day, Carry In/ Carry Out, Patti Amaral, 40 Barrels?, Masspirg, Effort To Get 5 Cent Deposit On Water and Juice Bottles, Big Mike’s Bikes, Getting Around Gloucester Via Bike and Water Taxi, Toby’s List of the Best Bartenders In Gloucester, Stoli O Tonic, Lime Shortage, Gene Silviera, Erika Baert, Ellen Tasker, Molly Marks, Halibut Point, Jack Muniz, Jamie Verga, Lobsta Land
Today, the first day of spring, the water is a brisk 39 F but Summer is just around the corner and with it the seasonal openings of restaurants on Cape Ann.
Saturday, March 30, Top Dog of Rockport opens. A clam roll at a picnic table outside. That is Rubber Duck’s official start of the season. Ward off the chill with a Hot Chihuahua Dog with Chili Cheese Fries.
Thursday, April 11, Lobsta Land Restaurant opens. Just say “Lobsta Land!” out loud three times. Quack quack quack, Rubber Duck feels better already. RD had to check their Twitter to find the date. Their website still just says “closed for winter.” Bad Lobsta Land. Engage in all social media.
Thursday, April 11, Captain Carlo’s opens.
Friday April 12th, Dairy Train in Rockport opens.
Thursday, April 18 The Rudder opens.
Note to Restaurateurs of Cape Ann: Do you want patrons when you open your doors this season? Then update your web page!! Update your facebook page!! Rubber Duck should not have to turn over every facebook, web or twitter rock and still have a hard time finding your opening date! Too many places still had, “We’re closing this week for the winter, come back in the spring.” Not good. Update and make a comment on this post and Rubber Duck will add your restaurant to Seasonal Openings Part II.
This is another big weekend coming up. But first, who has already opened up in the past few weeks? Nate’s of Front Beach Rockport, The Lobster Pool at Halibut Point, Topside Grill in Gloucester, The Top Dog of Rockport, and last but not least just this past weekend the Dairy Train Ice Cream Shop next to the Railroad Station in Rockport.
This weekend is a real biggy. If you have not had your first 2011 summer hot dog, ice cream, oyster, or fried clam you should check your pulse if you make it through this weekend without a taste of summer.
A real spring kick off: get those veggies planted. Get down on your knees and get dirty because Goose Cove Gardens opens this Saturday April 16th. Well rooted flats of beets, to broccoli, kale to kohlrabi, leeks to lettuces and don’t forget swiss chard, onions aspargus and brussel sprouts. You say you don’t like brussel sprouts? Try growing your own and throwing them on the barbecue grill along with some baby beets. Find them on Facebook.
Thursday, April 14 @ 5:00PM The Rudder opens. They will be open for 3 days only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until June 19th when they open for 7 days a week. “Tax Relief” specials the first weekend and some great new items on the menu this year. Even if it is still cold and snowy on tax weekend the fireplace inside and the heated deck overlooking Smith Cove is the place to be.
Thursday, April 14, Lobsta Land Restaurant opens. Just say “Lobsta Land!” out loud three times. I feel better already. Check out their website. Countdown to Lobsta and it can be used for countdown to taxes also.
Seasonal establishments, add a comment and I will add you. Update your website, your Facebook page, and start tweeting. The early bird gets the fried clam sold.
Salmon with Seafood Risotto! I have yet to have anything that isn’t wonderful here and so family friendly!
Better late than never…
View from the Lobsta Land window over the marsh. Pretty impressively gorgeous at sunset.
But Cape Ann is a tourist draw so if you don’t go with the flow you are missing out on some great fried clams, onion rings, and all sorts of other stuff to clog your arteries but what the hay it’s almost summer and winter is a long way away.
With that long intro, I want to know what seasonal restaurant is open. I love walking into a place that has been closed up all winter and the formica is all shined up and hopefully the fryolators are lubricated. Ice cream too, is there a better feeling than ordering that first mint chocolate chip from the Dairy Train in Rockport? (side note, my daughter was asking to go and I pretended to be deaf, not a real hard task, and I said “Scary Train?” and she repeated and I said “Scary Brain?” and we went on and on until she had to hit me over the head, anyway, Dairy Train is Scary Brain in our house.)
So what am I missing? I know some places are open and nobody told me. Stop that. I hate that.
So I want anyone who knows of a seasonal place that has opened or has posted the date at which they will open, send the info to me or post a reply and I will make a list and check it twice.
From my own personal ramblings I know that:
Top Dog: open
The Rudder : open Thursday-Saturday
Lobster Pool: open
Lobster Land (I mean Lobsta Land!): open
Top Siders: open (Oyster night is Tuesday night)
I’ve heard mention of this Cupboard at the end of the Boulevard and I will admit I have never eaten there. I’ve never played 18 holes of golf so sue me. But does anyone know when they might open?
Mail me or reply here, I will check it twice: firstname.lastname@example.org