2012 Cape Ann Guide – Experience Cape Ann…serving Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
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capeannvacations.com 61 Dining on Cape Ann: More than Just Seafood! It is no surprise that when visitors come to Cape Ann they expect seafood! The opportunities are endless with a wide variety of seafood restaurants ranging from casual to fne dining, and always the freshest catch. Whether you are in the mood for a traditional boiled lobster, local fried clams or fresh caught local fsh, your taste buds will not be disappointed. In addition to seafood, Cape Ann has an abundance of different culinary choices. There's something for everyone with the variety of cuisines throughout the Cape Ann region! If you are staying at one of Cape Ann's many fne Inns and B&Bs, your day will be off to a hearty beginning with unique breakfast specialties, many featuring home-baked breads and muffns. Cape Ann is blessed with local bakeries and coffee shops, as well as numerous breakfast and lunch establishments, all offering fresh-brewed coffee and home- style muffns and pastries together with full breakfasts and fabulous lunches. Many will also prepare and pack picnic lunches for your day at the beach or wherever your travels take you on Cape Ann. There are also several tearooms and specialty coffee shops to jump start your morning or for an afternoon pick-me-up, with many serving sandwiches and pastries. If it's ice cream you crave, Cape Ann has the answer for that as well with locally and regionally produced fresh ice cream available spring, summer and fall at downtown shops or roadside creameries in all four communities. And for great pizza and family- style Italian dining, there are more than a dozen pizza and Italian restaurants open year-round, most offering a full array of eat- in, take-out and delivery options. If you crave more exotic fare, Cape Ann's dining scene includes a wide array of choices from sushi bars to authentic Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Azorean and Mexican restaurants. As a topper to that, live music is featured throughout the year at many of the dining establishments within the four Cape Ann communities. There's no better way to end a beautiful day on Cape Ann than with dinner in one of the unique Downtowns or with a view of the water. Whether you wind down your day in Gloucester, Essex, Rockport or Manchester-by-the- Sea, at least one dinner with a view is a must in any of the four communities. Rockport features several restaurants with incredible views right on Main Street; and Bearskin Neck, or "the Neck" as locals call it, offers a wide variety of options ranging from casual dining at picnic tables with a specialty hot dog or clam chowder to more fne dining on a rooftop deck overlooking the harbor. In Essex, both indoor and outdoor seating with panoramic views of the salt marsh and the river are available at multiple restaurants, all offering the freshest seafood and many also featuring fresh local fare from area farms. The choices in Gloucester and Manchester are too numerous too list and offer a wide array of casual and fne dining eating establishments both on the harbor and on their "main streets". ©Michelle Budrow