Katy Elliott

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The Market Restaurant in Annisquam

Posted on | September 13, 2011 | 6 Comments

Last Friday we had dinner at The Market Restaurant. It was so good, I cried. Dinner was perfect—simple, uncomplicated, and fresh. The restaurant run by Nico Monday and Amelia O’Reilly; two former Chez Panise (snapshots from our visit in 2007, yum!) alums. The vibe is an updated summer seafood shack overlooking a Lobster Cove in Annisquam; a small resort community within the town of Gloucester.

We we sat at the bar before dinner for a glass of wine; bread from local bakery A&J King and butter was served. Oh Yoko! from The Rushmore soundtrack was playing—I knew I was going to like this place.

For dinner Greg had Local Line-Caught Tuna A La Nicoise with Tomato Confit Aioli and I had Chicken Breast Paillard with Onion Rings, Sweet Peppers and Roasted Tomatillos. I’m the kinda girl who doesn’t like a lot of drama at dinner or really anywhere. To me if your using the best ingredients you shouldn’t have fuss it with too much. This dinner was exactly that. Beautiful flavors that mixed together to heighten and compliment not overpower.

On Sunday we headed back up for the last Brunch of the season—the restaurant is seasonal and only open till October. We sat on the deck sipping coffee overlooking the Cove watching sailboats and paddleboarders float by. For breakfast, I had Croque Madame with this really yummy cucumber, tomato, fennel, green salad and Greg had Huevos Rancheros, both delicious. We talked how bummed we were to discover such a great restaurant at the end of their season. What will I do till next Spring? Below snapshots from our two visits.

The Market Restaurant
33 River Road
Gloucester, MA

Dinner at The Market Restaurant

Menu for September 9th, 2011

Dinner at The Market RestaurantLocal Line-Caught Tuna A La Nicoise with Tomato Confit Aioli

Dinner at The Market Restaurant

Chicken Breast Paillard with Onion Rings, Sweet Peppers and Roasted Tomatillos

Russell Orchard Peach Tart with Creme Fraiche. I had a Apple/Peach version at Chez Panisse in Berkely.

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6 Responses to “The Market Restaurant in Annisquam”

  1. chelsea
    September 13th, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    this looks amazing!


  2. julieann/creategirl
    September 13th, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    WOW I am so glad you posted on Market! We are thinking of going there on Saturday and now I know we will be….it looks delicious!


  3. Mary
    September 13th, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

    Damn that looks fabulous. I only live in Metrowest Boston, and yet I feel so far away from the coast. If only to be able to venture to the seaside for dinner!


  4. meesch
    September 13th, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    oh my gosh that food looks amazing! and those photos obviously show you had an amazing time = ) Love the views you get to see! {a coastal town is such a foreign, and gorgeous concept for a midwesterner!}



  5. Patsy
    September 14th, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    I’ve been wanting to try this place!

    We’ll have to tie up on our next trip to Lobster Cove.


  6. johanna
    September 17th, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    i love this restaurant. we had a birthday party for my dad here last summer. amelia and nico are so nice! and their food is amazing.


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