The Market Restaurant in Annisquam

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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Lobster Dinner at the Cod End in Tenants Harbor

Tenants Harbor, Maine.

We spent the weekend up in Maine eating lobsters, paddleboarding and hanging out at the beach. Our first night we had lobster dinner at the Cod End in Tenants Harbor. The view from the deck can’t get any better; looking out at a scenic harbor dotted with working lobster boats and a pine tree horizon in the distance. At the Cod End all the fish, lobster and clams are local. Greg ordered the Shore Dinner (a mix of lobster, clams and mussels) and I got a lobster roll. A fog bank rolled into the harbor while we were eating filling the air with a cold, dewy, salty mist.

Inside the Cod End market.

Lobsters arranged by size in the market.

You should always boil your lobsters in sea water or use sea salt.


Greg enjoying clams. Check out the biscuit that came with dinner, delicious!

View of Cod End from the dock.

Beautiful boats tied up at the docks.

Lobster traps.

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