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Centre St., Essex Seafood, Beacon St. Tav.

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Centre St., Essex Seafood, Beacon St. Tav.

Joanie | Jul 6, 2006 11:44 AM

Got dinner at Centre St. Cafe in JP last week for the first time in about 10 years. Prices went up, no more bluefish cakes w/ 2 sides for $8.95. Instead I had 3 med. sized crabcakes w/ rice and a nice salad for $15.95. Came with a tasty sauce that had some corn in it, decently crabby cakes, good all around. Friend had a stir fry dish which is $9.95 before adding in tofu, chicken or shrimp. Good sized plate of food. I was surprised to see a pasta dish for >$20 and a few other higher priced items, a casual place like that cries out for bargain entrees (IMHO). Service got a little harried and she gave us an extra $10 for change then said she owed us $10 and brought another but we explained to her that no, $9 and change was what we should get. BTW, Alchemist Lounge in the former Triple D's has the sign hanging, looks close to opening.

Saved room for Essex Seafood after a party in Gloucester on Sat. Next to no line which was nice, didn't travel further down the road to see what Farhnam's and others looked like. Clams are pretty high right now, >$15 for a roll, $18.95 for a plate. I got a scallop boat w/ quite good onion rings for about $13. Scallops were decent but not sweet enough and a little over fried. Almost everyone else had a lobster at their table, next time.

Tried Beacon St. Tavern last nite and unfortunately, all outdoor seats were taken. But that was okay cuz my boy Ethan was working the bar, permanent move from the Wash. St. location. I was surprised how much they set up this space to look like the other (except bigger). They don't have a drink menu yet, but he put together a couple peach "martinis" for us that hit the spot, hopefully he'll add it to the drink list they're working on. Pretty straight forward menu and we went very simple with burgers, one with cheddar and one with blue cheese ($13). Real blue cheese which I double checked on after my Miracle of Science debacle. (It was amusing cuz the other bartender worked at MoS and insisted that what I'd gotten was blue cheese mixed w/ a little sour cream. It still seemed like bottled blue cheese dressing to me.) But back to Beacon St., this was real blue cheese on a very tasty burger, a little less done than medium but that was fine. Friend had mashed potatos and I had fries that weren't quite crisp enough. Sweet potato fries next to us looked good. Almost full when we left at 7:15, I think the curse is off that space.

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