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8/19/11 TRYST in Beverly: Chef Lost His Muse?

opinionatedchef | Aug 19, 201110:44 PM     12

I'm confused. This chef/owner's menus used to be interesting. Mediterranean, Latin and Asian influences, interesting starches and vegetables and some innovative treatments. Along with 62 on Wharf and 5 Corners, this was the only Salem/Marblehead dinner spot that impressed us.What happened?

After a beautiful afternoon in Marblehead (btw, 5 Corners still closed from their fire)we stopped by tonight, a Friday in mid August. While most chefs are reveling in local produce and seafood, Tryst's menu reads like it could have come from November. Steak, pork milanese,roast chicken?(yes, there was a lobster roll and a swordfish special, but fish tacos of tilApia? in August? (and $21 at that, for, hrrrrumph, tilApia.) There were two loosely 'innovative' apps and everything else was standard/boring. What the hey? When we tried to go there last year, we encountered this kind of menu and, after some delving, found out that the chef was on vaca. But that was off-season. We returned tonight and this is high season, so I just don't get it, and we're bummed. Is he ill, or has he just changed his course altogether/been beaten by the economy/ lost his muse/ burned out?>> anyone know?

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Sixty2 on Wharf
62 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970

Tryst Restaurant
282A Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

five corners kitchen
2 School St, Marblehead, MA 01945

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