A Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays to All!
My husband (a Rockport native) and I have lived on Cape Ann since 2001. We're not particularly thrilled with the food/dining scene and are always bemoaning the sacrifices we make to live in such a beautiful, quiet area. Being house poor we don't have much of an opportunity to frequent The Franklin, Duckworth's, Passports, Alchemy, etc. But we spent a few days at home around the holidays and I wanted to report back:
Pleasant Street Tea Co. - WOW, what a great new(ish) addition to the area. The space is warm, inviting, nicely decorated, clean, etc. The coffee and cappucino drinks are excellent. The baked goods (especially the scones) are very good. Their brie, apple, walnut sandwich on cinnamon bread is perfect and comes with a nice little side of dressed greens. There's wireless internet, comfy couches and an involved, at-the-counter owner who couldn't be friendlier. PLEASE GO!
Two Sisters - An old school breakfast place with amazingly friendly waitstaff and great food. They make several breads on-site so be sure you get an omlett so you can get toast! Hubby liked the blueberry pancakes, which he always tries first at a new place as an indicator of how good they are. Huge, filling portions, but you don't leave feeling like you've eaten a lead brick (all too common at breakfast places....).
Ned's Groceria - When I saw that Ned's had a year round, storefront location I almost cried, literally. The cheese case, the fresh baked breads (foccia was to die for), the gourmet goodies and the few small gifts are a huge addition to city. We got a few goodies for Christmas and we'll be back for New Year's Eve.
I want to spread the word far and wide (for news and as a reminder) of these great places so that they can all survive and thrive over the long, cold Cape Ann winter. If you're local go, if you're not, come visit!
Happy New Year!