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Willow Rest-Gloucester


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Willow Rest-Gloucester

capeanne | | Jul 18, 2009 11:43 AM

Willow Rest is open and I stopped very briefly today to check it out. Lots of fresh produce which I assume will become more local as the season progresses. They did have native corn and English peas. Not sure what else was truly local but all looked fresh and good . Dairy case with usual suspects along with local mozzarella. Some ( packaged) but interesting cheeses. Refrigerator case with portions of olives, marinated peppers and the like. Some cryovac'd meats notably steak tips and marinated chicken. Have quite a few " Ned -like" items for sale incl nuts, jams and jellies, Italian jarred tuna, crackers,pasta and spices. Organic choices for eggs, milk. Some frozen pasta ensembles and the longed for locally made stuffed clams. There is a counter that serves breakfast and lunch which is mostly salads and sandwiches but it sure smelled good in there. Didn't check out the bread and pastry offerings but this is a great addition for anything from cocktail nibble fare to the " oh I need" heavy cream, eggs , a tomato etc . Not to mention 1/2 gall containers of Richardsons ice cream. Great addition and I hope they do well, open 7 days , 7am to 7pm. Didn't buy anything as I had just come from Connolly's and Virgilios. The Virgillio St Joseph sub that I split with my Husband for lunch was excellent . I had my first " lobster tail" and while I liked the cream interior, I thought the pastry was way tough or is this how it is supposed to be...not flaky at all but rather hard...???