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North Shore Fish and Chips Faves?

I think Land 'n Sea's portions have become skimpy over the past few years. Even their roast beef sandwiches are not as good as they once were.

Not a fan of fish and chips, but a family member is and he has been disappointed with them.

I eat very little fried food so I am certainly not an expert. Good luck in your search.

Jul 10, 2015
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Tomato sausage

MB in Danvers sold tomato sausages once upon a time, but I haven't seen them there in years. I love them and haven't heard of anyplace on the North Shore that sells them.

Apr 21, 2015
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Who makes the best tuna salad for sandwiches?

Not much of a mayo fan so I prefer to make tuna for sandwiches at home. I am also one of those that prefers their tuna sandwich on toast.

Apr 04, 2015
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Good lobster?

Love the Continental. I'm partial to their lobster pie. Very old school, but takes you back to another era. Great bartender and just love the way he makes a French Martini.

Oct 24, 2014
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Doing the North Shore drive with wife and kids tomorrow. Best clam shack !!!

Love, love, love Choate Bridge. Dining room is family friendly and have never seen any bad behavior in the bar area, but have only been there during lunch.

Oct 15, 2014
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What is it with Massachusetts and steak tips?

I agree. Champions are always good, but Brodie's can be tough. I won't get tips at Brodie's anymore.

Oct 09, 2014
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Market Basket, Thoughts

Well, I have been to MB twice since everything was "settled". Granted the first time certain items were scarce, but it has seemed to come back.

Now, what I am finding scarce (at least the time when I shop) and I have always shopped between 8-9am are customers. I can only speak for my experience with the Danvers store, but the past two weeks the cashiers were waiting for customers versus the customers waiting in line to check out.

Is it just Danvers or have others found that to be true in the MB stores they frequent?

I wonder if the public was actually a bit fed up with what went on and have chosen to stay with the stores that they shopped at during the walkout.

Sep 12, 2014
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Market Basket

I agree and I do miss many of the products I can only find at MB. We'll see if Artie T. offers any good deals to the customers who immediately come back to the stores. I agree that prices will rise, no doubt. But I also think there should be some incentives to go back.

Aug 28, 2014
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Pay by Check no more!

I, personally, don't care how someone decides to pay. But then suddenly you get behind that cash paying customer who has to dig through everything that they are wearing or carrying to find that extra penny so they have exact change. A check would be quicker. JMO.

Aug 21, 2014
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Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

Legal C Bar in Lynnfield was acceptable. Although, I, too am one of the Legal "haters". The Bang Bang Cauliflower was very good, but it's not seafood. I actually had a filet with shrimp. I didn't finish the filet (it was fine) and never tried the grilled shrimp. It had Bernaise sauce over the filet and shrimp. I do like Bernaise sauce, but I'm a on the side type of gal. I should have read the menu more carefully. The choice of Legal C was someone else's idea...not mine so I made the best of it.

Aug 17, 2014
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Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

My son-in-law works for S&S and is getting as much overtime as he can handle. Come in early, stay questions asked and they are feeding them meals also.

I have been shopping at a different S&S and hate every minute of it. Only buying what we truly need and moving on. My husband wanted a block of swiss cheese (I buy it at MB) every few weeks. Well, nine ounces of swiss cheese at S&S was $7.69 whereas I generally pay $3-4 at MB depending on the size I buy. Needless to say, no swiss cheese entered this house.

I don't know where this whole mess is going to land, but if MB is bought out by a big company I would guess we would see major prices increases. Fingers crossed that it's resolved soon for all affected.

Aug 08, 2014
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Del Frisco's Steakhouse

Thanks. My friend has a daughter that works there and raves about it so I thought I would give it a try. Never mind I guess we'll stick with Pellana in Peabody.

Jun 13, 2014
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Del Frisco's Steakhouse

What can you tell me about it? Is it your typical Boston steakhouse? Anything outstanding? Is it worth a trip from the suburbs for a special occasion to go there....a steak lover has a birthday coming up.


Jun 12, 2014
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Impromptu Gathering in Rte 93 north area

What about Venetian Moon in Reading? I haven't been, but from what I understand they owned Scosso at the No. Shore Mall (now closed) and they had great martini's and small plates. We always ate at the bar, but I understand their food in Reading is good, at least from the reviews.

Jun 07, 2014
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Impromptu Gathering in Rte 93 north area

I like the Yard House, but as far as talking and hearing each other.....ah no.

Every time I've been in that place it's been so loud we just about have to yell across the table.

Of course, I generally go on a Thursday so maybe it would be quieter at the beginning of the week, but with the tv's blaring in there, I just don't know.

Jun 06, 2014
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Norwood area lunch

Legacy Place might be the way to go. Thanks. Since we really don't know the area, that never would have occurred to us.

It seems the distance would be about the same for both of us.

Thanks to everyone for their other suggestions. Ethic places might be tricky since we would have to agree on what we would be willing to eat/try.

Jun 02, 2014
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Norwood area lunch

My sister in law lives on the south shore (think Plymouth area). I live on the north shore (Danvers area). We would like to meet for lunch. We thought Norwood might be about 45 minutes for both of us.

Any suggestions for a decent lunch place that will let us sit and not be rushed?

May 30, 2014
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Best / Favorite 5 North Shore Clam Shacks?

We went to Bob Lobster today. Very crowded, but the clams were good, as usual.

May 26, 2014
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Buffet Brunch for Father's Day

We're going to the Taj. Good, bad or indifferent that's it. He seems happy enough so that's all that matters. After all, it will be Father's Day!!

May 19, 2014
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Buffet Brunch for Father's Day

It was set up very differently and it just seemed to not have the selection that it had in the past. We hadn't been there in quite a while either.

Some of it was the same, i.e. pasta station and omelet station. The roast been was good, tender, flavorful but they somehow managed to cut it as thin as a piece of paper. Even though beef is never my first choice even I could have eaten more than one sliver.

I, truthfully, had a difficult time finding food to eat. The shrimp was plentiful along with other seafood options.

I just don't know I just didn't get the same vibe as in the past.

For the price, we won't be going back.

May 18, 2014
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Buffet Brunch for Father's Day

We went to the Langham for Mother's Day and we were not as pleased as we had been in the past with their brunch.

May 18, 2014
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Buffet Brunch for Father's Day

My dh loves buffet brunches (me, not at all). But it will be Father's Day and we would like to accommodate his wish. I am at a loss as to where to take him and two adult children. It can be either Boston or the North Shore. Price not so much a concern as where to go at this point.

Any suggestions?

May 18, 2014
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polar seltzer seasonal sorcery continues

So far, raspberry mojito was too minty and not fruity enough for my taste. Blueberry lemonade was ok but needed more lemon and not good enough for me for a second purchase. The pomegranate sangria didn't taste like cough drops to me, it might be a do again.

Haven't tried the cucumber melon (up in the air about that flavor). Don't like mango flavor so will probably skip that one.

Will probably stick to the basics I prefer, although I am willing to try the seasonal flavors at least once (or some of them anyway).

May 13, 2014
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Chicken salad

Would prefer to make my own. Usually too much mayo for my taste in already prepared chicken salad.

Are any of the ones mentioned light on the mayo?

Apr 28, 2014
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Wedding venue

Tupper Manor in Beverly Farms is a lovely setting. I don't know what day of the week your daughter is thinking about, but it might be late for wedding venues unless you just go with a restaurant with the type of setting they are looking towards.

My daughter is getting married this year and she booked a year ago.

Good luck in your search.

Apr 21, 2014
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Someone recently mentioned to me that they would be opening a new place at the Lynnfield Marketplace.

We were at the plaza last night and the parking lefts much to be desired although we do go to eat there once in a while.

I assume everyone will think it's a welcome addition.

Feb 21, 2014
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Dinner near Seaport on Saturday 2/15

Not going to make a suggestion other than what others have mentioned, make a reservation. Friday is Valentine's Day and I would think some people would go out to dinner on Saturday night instead so it might be crazy busy in some of these restaurants.

Feb 11, 2014
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Purchasing Frozen Lobster Pie, Methuen/Andover area?

If you call and order the Century House will make it anyway you would like it.

Dec 19, 2013
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Need Brunch help for last hurrah!

I have no thoughts about where you should dine, but good thoughts going out to you during your surgery and recovery.

Wilson Farms' Cheese English Muffins

They sound wonderful. Wish I lived closer to Wilson Farms.

Nov 16, 2013
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