Hungry? Pack light. You’ll pass great sandwich shops, locally owned and operated, en route to Gloucester’s magnificent beaches. Jeff’s Variety can set you up for a good lunch to go wherever you’re headed including Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, or the back shore. Jeff says that there are many repeat customers that come back each and every season–for years–on their way to Good Harbor Beach. IF you have a big group, you can order trays with finger sandwiches. Sandwich platters featuring Virgilio’s rolls need at least two days notice to prepare. They’re open Sundays. What else? “Yes!” the answer to my question if they have plenty of call ahead requests from cars caught in traffic. Passengers calling only, please!
Scroll down the post for a one-stop, sub-shopping Gloucester directory with phone numbers and links. I could add in our favorite choices from each place.
GLOUCESTER BEACHES SANDWICH DIRECTORY
*the great 2013 Good Morning Gloucester Italian sub winners
on the way to Gloucester’s GOOD HARBOR BEACH
on the way to Gloucester/ Rockport LONG BEACH
on the way downtown headed in any direction to Gloucester beaches: Pavilion, Cressy, Half Moon, Niles, Good Harbor
- Cafe Sicilia (978) 283-7345 sandwiches and pizza slices
- Cave (978) 283-0896 for baguette/cheese French picnic style fare
- Cupboard (978) 281-1908
- *Destino’s Subs
- Cape Ann Farmer’s Market (Thursdays) fresh produce & baguette/cheese French picnic style fare
- *Jeff’s Variety (978) 281-5800
- Leonardo’s (978) 281-7882
- Last Stop (978) 281-2616
- Mike’s (978) 282-0777
- Morning Glory (978) 281-1851
- Poseidons (978) 290-4313
- *Sclafanis (978) 283-6622
- *Virgilios (978) 283-5295
- Yellow Sub Shop (978) 281-2217
on the way to Gloucester’s NILES BEACH
- Last Stop (978) 281-2616
- Sailor Stan’s to go (978) 281-4470
on the way to Gloucester’s PLUM COVE BEACH / ANNISQUAM/ LANESVILLE
- Captain Hooks (978) 282-4665
- Plum Cove Grind (978) 281-3377
- Willow Rest sub and/or the farmer’s market fresh produce, cheese, specialty prepared meals picnic option (978)283-2417
on the way to Gloucester’s WINGAERSHEEK BEACH
- main concession stand at Gloucester’s Wingaersheek beach (978) 281-9785
- Annie’s Variety (978) 283-2887
- Marshall’s Farm Stand (picnic route rather than sandwich counter) (978) 283-2168 (pints of fruit, munchies, loaf artisan bread, mozzarella specialty cheeses)
I haven’t forgotten Magnolia–just missing Magnolia’s House of Pizza. ON Mondays there’s Cape Ann Farmer’s market for Magnolia. “M” for Mondays, “M” for Magnolia.
Hey Joey, I found these today, my Great Great Great Grandfather is Augusts Story Wonson, you know 24 Wonson Street Rocky neck first home built and the famous “Paint Factory” Enjoy and feel free to share… Best Regards. Wm Keniston
Now housing Sailor Stans!
A happy family enjoying breakfast at Sailor Stan’s from Syracuse New York
GloucesterCast 145 Taped 8/2/15 With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro
Topics Include: Planning For Beach Traffic, Sailor Stans, Foreign Affairs Sunday Brunch, Our Alicia DeWolfe Now Hostessing at Foreign Affairs, Dinner Dealer, Short and Main, End Of Season Sale Items, Palazolas Closing 50% off Sale, Toby’s Huge Pet Peeve With Signs At The Rotary, Kate’s Photoshoot With Vignette Of Pop Gallery At The Marine Railways, Props to Peggy Russell At Pop Gallery For Using Social Media To Promote Her Retail Shop. Check Out Pop Gallery Online Here
Some Shots From The Pop Gallery Shoot. You can get all of these looks at Pop Gallery
Kate started working out using the Beachbody Workout. She feels great, loves the products and the workouts and that’s why she became a Beachbody Coach. I can attest to her being totally motivated by the workout and the challenges and most importantly the results. I’m 100% convinced that it works big time. If you would like to talk to her about it here’s the link to find out more.
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Sailor Stan’s is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:00 am until 12:00 or so. Stop in for some of Wayne’s happy blueberry pancakes, awesome omelettes, specials of the day, and new offerings of homemade muffins. Rocky Neck – 1 Wonson Street – the cool funky place filled with local characters, good food and fun.
Mom and I have had breakfast there twice since landing back in the land of miracles, and it is great! So glad to be back on Rocky Neck!
Hobbit House Studio
For your breakfast or early lunch enjoyment – they will also be open Memorial Day.
The Opening Reception for the Magnolia Historical Society Spring Art Show and Sale last evening was a great event with a tremendous turnout, amazing art, great food, in a wonderful space. If you didn’t get there last night or today, you can still make it over tomorrow from noon to 4:00 – 46 Magnolia Ave.
Another great opening was this morning’s opening of Sailor Stan’s Restaurant at 1 Wonson Street on Rocky Neck. Stan’s will be open weekend from 7:30 until noon, with more open days as weather and season dictates. Stop by for breakfast tomorrow – let Sue serve you with a smile after Karen and Wayne create something great for you – and then head over to Magnolia to see the Spring Art Show.
Come by Rocky Neck Saturday or Sunday morning for a great Sailor Stan’s breakfast. Now open weekends at 7:30am.
If you’re there later and see my open flag (I will not be open at 7:30!), stop up and see Hobbit House Studio (right behind Sailor Stan’s at 1 Wonson Street, through the purple door and up the stairs).
GloucesterCast Taped 12/1/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Amandacakes
Topics Include: Family Cookie Day, Turducken, ChromeCast, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, The Hive Gift Wrapping Service, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree, Rockland Maine’s Lobster Trap Spike, Favorite Gloucester Breakfasts, Sugar Mag’s, Lobster Land, Sailor Stans, Mamie’s Kitchen, Charlie’s Place, George’s Coffee Shop, Willow Rest, Best House Made Hash, West Indian Hash, Reader Subjects, Cruise Ships, Beauport Princess, Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey Pot Pie, Sista Felicia On Cover Of Cape Ann Magazine, Mariposa, Lowell Peabody Call-Out, New GMG Technical Jackets, Manchester Athletic Club Holiday Fair
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I awoke this morning before dawn to film sunrise and found a sweet gift of Virgilios sauce and amazingly fat rigatonis in the basket on my front porch. I am recovering from a leg operation and my friend Catherine Ryan called at the very moment that I was trying my personal recovery technique–on the floor doing a shoulder stand, with phone in hand–and she really got an earful. Thank you Catherine for listening to me complain about itchy leg braces and hospitals. I gave her the wrong impression though because I can walk and work–I just cannot sit or stand in one place for very long.
After putting the sauce and pasta in the cupboard I left to go film, and once again, the exquisite Great Blue Heron was there at Good Harbor Beach fishing amongst the reeds. For the third morning in a row I have observed a flock of cormorants leaving Salt Island en masse to fish with the gulls in the outgoing surf along the shoreline. I wonder, do they sleep there every night?
Next stop was to a friend’s home on Rocky Neck to drop off peaches from my garden. The light was hitting the Sailor’s Stan’s sunflowers perfectly and I just had to stop and take several snapshots.
By now it’s after 8:00 and I almost always go to yoga on Saturday mornings but because of the stitches, thought better of it and instead went to measure a new border at the Gloucester HarborWalk.
Blooming today at the HarborWalk are asters, goldenrod, annual rudbeckia, and salvia.
Next stop was the farm stand and then on to Pick Your Own at Long Hill in Beverly. In case any pollinators stop by, I prefer to leave my own zinnias growing in the garden and just love the array of colors in the Long Hill garden mix.
All this gorgeousness before 10:00 and I still have a work day if front of me, but it’s been a September Saturday morning I won’t soon forget! For all these gifts, of friendship and of the beauty that surrounds, I am counting my blessings.
5-8:00 Chowder House at Sailor Stan’s with music by Sunny Fishcakes Review. Chowder and Chili $5 cup/$7 bowl. Fortify yourself for a night of art and dancing.
6-8:00 Opening Reception for Audi Souza’s Cape Ann Views and North Shore Gardens exhibit at Khan Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave.
6-10:00 Our annual, traditional, seasonal, communal, danceable, funfilled Beaux Arts Ball at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street…come and support your leading community arts organization as we expand our scope and programming for the year-round benefit of all! Meet at the Park at 5:30, party at the Center 6-10 pm, dance & groove to Le Prestige, and bid on many awesome silent auction items including a boat, yes a boat! Costume theme – if you choose to partake – is a VERY WIDELY interpreted ReCycle, RePurpose, ReVive…see you there!!
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and if your Mom loves scallops, take her to Sailor Stan’s on Rocky Neck for their special scallop breakfast specials. A fisherman friend just brought them a scad of succulent scallops that will go into scallop eggs benedict and other delights for your Mom’s scallop loving palate. She’ll love you for it. If Mom’s not a fan of scallops, there will be plenty of other non scallop focused breakfast choices available.
Mom not around? Bring yourself and a friend. 7:30 – 1:30
On Sunday, May 5th at 9:00am there will be a pre-season Cindo de Mayo New Digs Blessing Mug Up at my new Rocky Neck digs overlooking Smiths Cove, up the stairs at 1 Wonson Street (behind Sailor Stan’s – the peach house across from Side Street Gallery and sculpture garden). There will be coffee, tea and huevos rellenos (if I don’t mess them up) and whatever anyone cares to bring along to share (a batch of margaritas would be ok). Come by and bless my new place with your presence and energy.
Also, from 7:30-12:00 that morning, Sailor Stan’s will be offering muchos especiales for Cinco de Mayo including: Shrimp Vera Cruz Omelette, Mexican Omelette (with Chorizo cheese and chilis), Chili Cheese Omelette, Breakfast Burrito (scrambled, diced ham and salsa), Huevos Rancheros, Gold Rush (spicy Benedict on cornbread), and Avocado Bacon Omelette (plus their full Breakfast Menu). So if you like, come early and hungry, have breakfast at Sailor Stan’s and then come round back for Mug Up, or vice versa.
Let’s get spicy and kick off the season, and fill up my new place with the great energy of Rocky Neck and GMG.
Eric Kaplan of Rocky Neck and Chelmsford was the winner of the Sailor Stan’s For the Love of Soup Competition and $25 Sailor Stan’s gift certificate, with his scrumptous mushroom soup made with cashew paste, soy milk, curry and tons of mushrooms. Additional entries included Lisa van Sand’s gazpacho (my personal favorite which came in 2nd), Rick’s Gumbo Ya Ya which came in 3rd, Ian Crown’s famous mushroom soup, Karen’s Kovis (kale and linguisa), Wayne’s French onion, Sailor Stan’s fish chowder and my spicy shrimp and corn chowder. Participants got to enjoy a diverse selection of delicious soups, salad, fresh bread and assorted choice of beverages, and had a great time while being challenged to pick a favorite – all for the benefit of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.
On a separate culinary note, keep an eye out for Lisa van Sand’s amazingly decadent treats which will soon be carried at the Last Stop, including her Oh My God Cake. A number of us tried a piece of it yesterday, not knowing in advance what it was called, and all had the exact same response: “Oh My God!” It is to die for, as is her white chocolate and chai cake.
My mom, Jean Lefavour, came to visit for a couple of days and got to kick up her heels at the dance at the Rocky Neck Center last night, and have breakfast at Sailor Stan’s this morning. We had the McStan’s breakfast sandwiches, which were delicious.
Don’t forget, tomorrow from 3:00-5:00 be at Sailor Stan’s for the Love of Soup Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition, with proceeds to benefit the Center at Rocky Neck. There is still room for a few more soup entries, if you have a great soup you’d like to enter into the competition. If so, email EJ at email@example.com with your name and type of soup you’re entering. For soup lovers, this is going to be a special treat, and it is still chilly enough to really enjoy a great variety of soups made by the best local soup makers. Winner gets a $25 gift certificate to Sailor Stan’s.