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Ten Center Street Newburyport

littlegreenfrog6 | Jan 12, 200808:12 AM

My hubby and I went to Ten Center Street in Newburyport on Wednesday night. It was the first time I had been back to the restaurant since the early 80's, so there were a lot of changes and some nice surprises. We ate upstairs, which is nicely decorated in old exposed brick and beams with copper tables, which I thought was a nice touch. The room we were in was big and airy with the tables not too close together. A bit dark though. I had to break out a mini flashlight for Bill to read the menu! Our waitress was thorough and very attentive. For starters, they brought crusty bread with pumpkin spice butter and curried lobster bisque "shooters", which were nice and hot and yummy. I got spicy mussels for appetizer with cheesy toast points, I think parmesan, and I have to say that it was very nicely done. There were more than enough mussels for 2 people to share and the broth was delicious. Not too spicy, just enough. They were about $10 I think. Bill got a lobster bisque, no curry, which came in a big bowl, so the appetizers were plentiful. My meal was a piece of halibut (possibly cooked on a wood plank, because it tasted wood smoked). It sat on a bed of roasted corn, potatoes, peas and chili sauce which blended together nicely. Bill had a ribeye steak. Steak was delicious but overpriced in my opinion. It came with broccolini and smashed potatos. We were too full for dessert, but I had a nice liquor and coffee which was called the hammock - banana liquor, kahlua and something else. Their wines were reasonable, about $7-10 a glass. Didn't check the bottle prices because hubby doesn't drink. One more note: We went over to a cute little irish pub later about 2 blocks away called Rosie O'Sheas. They have a great beer selection and great prices, with a 20 oz draft costing only $4.75. Lots of irish beers on draft too. The place got a little roudy around 9:30 but was a lot of fun. Lots of irish stews and shepherd pie type food on the menu. We will have to try it for dinner soon. All in all, I would visit both of these places again soon.

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