Harboring a wish to get out of town this summer? Road trip to the shore for seaside dining, old and new

Patrons drink harborside at Cape Ann Brewery / credit: Erin Baldassari
Patrons drink harborside at Cape Ann Brewery / credit: Erin Baldassari

Bostonians are so blessed, location-wise. Two iconic harbors, Gloucester and Plymouth, are but a short summer day trip away. In Gloucester, on Sunday afternoons at the Cape Ann Brewery (a South Shore mainstay that celebrates its tenth anniversary next year), a jazz duo swings inside but it’s the outdoor real estate that offers the real lure. A seat on the covered harborside deck provides choice views of boats large and small, gleaming or charmingly rusting, and purposed for industry or hobby. The nautical scenery is feast enough for your eyes but add a cold beer and some plump, sweet fried clams or the larger fish platter (piled with golden battered haddock, clams, calamari, and shrimp) and you’ve captured summer in New England.

Set beside Plymouth Harbor, Nix’s Plymouth is a relatively new waterfront spot. This sister restaurant to Nix’s Mate in the FiDi Hilton opened in April and boast prime seaview real estate on Plymouth’s Town Wharf. Patio space will be completed soon (hopefully before the summer is out!) but, for now, the restaurant’s wall-to-wall windows grant suitably beautiful vistas of the harbor. The Italian-leaning menu includes fresh pastas alongside out-of-state dishes like a smoked Texas beef brisket. Most patrons, howver come for the seafood. From quahog lollipops (clam filled cornbread skewered dumplings) to buttery shrimp scampi topped flatbread and a succulent lobster platter, it’s all about the oceanic fare at Nix’s.

Nix’s sleek grey décor makes for cool, smart ambience but — like Cape Ann Brewery — it offers also offers casual dining options, with burgers and bar bite standbys. On weekend nights, Nix’s also has live entertainment, with local bands and DJs performing on site. Dessert is often a missable aferthought in casual restaurants, but Cape Ann Brewery’s lemon tart is superbly sweet and sharp, while Nix’s bitter and sweet stout shake is damn quaffable.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

3 things we learned about the Giants in…

The Giants claimed the Snoopy trophy in a battle of MetLife Stadium tenants Friday night. But more importantly, the offense finally showed some life in…

NFL

3 things we learned about the Jets in…

The Jets lost the Snoopy Bowl, 35-24, to the Giants, losing the trophy and local bragging rights.

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

Wellbeing

Asics is giving away free gear around NYC…

Asics wants to see you on the court - and in the stands for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday - by giving away free…

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…