A long, long time ago, when I lived in the city and didn't drive, a friend and I used to take the bus up to Fort Sewall in Marblehead to look at the ocean. When we'd had our fill of rocks and waves, we'd adjourn either to the Barnacle for drinks and dinner, or, if a bit earlier, to the King's Rook on State St. for hot chocolate and pastry. The King's Rook had this incredibly cozy little back room where you could sit around all afternoon if you wanted to, sipping your cocoa, chatting, reading, playing chess or whatever. But last time I was there, several years ago now, they were serving lunch only, and only in the front room. And now I find that their phone number has been disconnected.
What I'm wondering is this: Can anybody recommend a substitute anywhere on the North Shore? Where one (or two) can walk along a quiet stretch of oceanfront, then sit down in a relaxed atmosphere and partake of a (delicious, of course) light bite? Cafe or bar, sweet or savory, I don't care which. Must be open all afternoon, year round, and welcome lingerers.