Best North Shore Eats
We are talking today about some of the best North Shore Eats. Salem seems to be one of the up and coming places to eat north of Boston. Quite a few restaurants have opened over the last year or so there to great acclaim.
The team that brought us The Blue Ox just opened Ledger, located in the historical former Salem Savings Bank building (circa 1818). The concept of the restaurant is stated as progressive New England with traditional 19th-century dishes, cocktails, and techniques elevated with 21st-century resources. Matt O’Neill has created a great place with a great menu. The décor is comfortable and hip with some of the original aspects of the old bank still evident.
Some of the highlights are the Popovers served with beef fat and molasses butter and the Steak Tartare with Creekstone Farms sirloin, potato chips, charred onion, horseradish cream, yolk, and capers. In addition, the family style Suppers (28oz Prime T-Bone or a Whole Fish) served with 2 sides are a nice touch. Both the charcuterie tray and the Surf Board are delicious and hard to pass up. Finally on the dessert menu, the Willows is a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse they cover in chocolate ganarche with homemade sweet corn ice cream and housemade caramel corn. Ledger applies a 3% kitchen administrative fee to each bill in their attempt to level out the income disparity between the front of house and kitchen employees. This fee benefits the kitchen team and is not a gratuity. Ledger is open Tuesday through Sunday from 4pm-10:30pm. 125 Washington St, Salem, MA www.ledgersalem.com
Mercy Tavern opened 2 months ago on Derby St. in Salem in the old Pig’s Eye location. The menu is essentially a gastropub style menu that emphasizes international and New England comfort food. Their mission is to serve high quality, locally sourced and sustainable food and drink. The decor and vibe are comfortable and friendly. Some favorites on the menu include Bob’s Famous fried chicken with sweet and sour slaw and Saw Mill gravy and classic spaghetti and meatballs, fresh tomato sauce, basil, butter and grated parmesean. Fontina Agnolotti with grilled broccoli rabe, mushroom puree and shaved pecorino, the Hummus Platter and the Ricotta stuffed squash blossoms are all awesome and in addition, vegetarian. Several local beer selections served on tap.
Parking can be a little difficult. Mercy’s business model is designed around giving to community and social justice organizations and a percentage of every customer’s tab is donated to organizations that help their community. They are open every day from 11:30am to 1:00am. 148 Derby St, Salem, MA www.mercysalem.com
ADEA’S MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN
Adea’s serves authentic Mediterranean food cooked fresh daily which opened in September 2016. The owners are from Israel and offer warm hospitality in addition to authentic fresh Mediterranean cuisine. The menu is vegetarian and also kosher. It is not a large menu, but what it does have is always fresh and flavorful. Dishes such as the hummus platter $8.50 (tahini, falafel, parsley, pita, pickles and olives), Israeli Salad with chopped veggies $7, and the Jerusalem Bean Soup with rice $6 are all very reasonably priced. Adea’s is open Sunday-Friday from 10am-4pm, although on Fridays they close at 3pm. 90 Lafayette St Salem, MA www.adeasmk.com
Sea Level Oyster Bar
Sea Level has a nice casual atmosphere that makes it great for groups, dates, and families. There are great views since it’s right on the waterfront and ample parking, not always easy in Salem. The menu is heavy on seafood and fish but also has burgers, pizza, steak tips, chicken and salads. A menu favorite is the PEEL AND EAT NAKED SHRIMP steamed in local beer and seasoned with Old Bay seasoning. The CUBANO HOT DOG with pulled pork, whole grain mustard mango sauce, spicy pickles, and Swiss cheese is unique and delicious. The SALEM SOUND CLAMBAKE mixes it up a bit with a 1 1/4lb lobster served with littleneck clams, mussels, chorizo, grilled red bliss potatoes, and grilled corn. Sea Level is open from 11:30am to midnight 7 days per week. 90 Wharf St., Salem, MA www.sealeveloysterbar.com
News Restaurant Openings/Closings
Café du Pays opens today in Kenmore Square, Cambridge by the former Hungry Mother team. The menu, inspired by French Canadian food and culture, will showcase the hearty cuisine, balanced with New England seafood and produce. Beers from “Quebec and New England breweries,” plus “French wine and spirits” and cocktails made with ingredients “from Canada down through Massachusetts.” make up the bar program. 233 Cardinal Medeiros, Cambridge, MA www.cafedupays.com
Pammy’s is a New American restaurant inspired by the feel of an Italian neighborhood trattoria. Located between Cambridge’s Central and Harvard Squares, Pammy’s is the brainchild of husband and wife team Chris and Pam Willis. The decor is warm and has a chic vibe to it. Dishes lean heavily on Italian flavors but are also touched with American innovation. The wine list contains New and Old World wines from small vineyards in both countries. Some interesting menu selections include Braised Octopus with crispy polenta and red pepper pesto and Ricotta Agnolotti with wild mushrooms and sage. Pammy’s is open Monday through Saturday for dinner only. 928 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA www.pammyscambridge.com
Is there a New Cigar Bar headed for downtown Boston? Maybe, according to the Boston Herald. A full-service restaurant, a connected cigar bar, and a private members club is now in the early stages of planning and permitting. The restaurant will join the family of restaurants under the Coje Management group (Yvonne’s, Ruka, and Lolita Cocina). The venue will span nearly 4,000 square feet in a basement of the Post Office Square building. We will continue to keep you apprised of new information regarding this project as it is available.
BASTILLE DAY STREET PARTY, BOSTON, FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017— FROM 6:00 PM TO 11:00 PM
The street party returns to Marlborough Street (between Berkeley and Clarendon) in the Back Bay for a celebration of the French cultures. Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, commemorates the birth of French democracy. This event sold out the last 3 years. The street party will fill the entire block with a stellar concert, dancing, festive food and drinks. Delicious French food from some of Boston’s best French restaurants is included and drinks, including beer & wine, will be available for sale. There will also be activities for children from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM so the whole family can enjoy the party. More information is on the webpage. Tickets sold in advance cost $33, tickets sold day of (if available) cost $40. Children under 10 enter for free. www.frenchculturalcenter.org/events/bastille-day-party-2017
50TH ANNIVERSARY PUERTO RICAN FESTIVAL, BOSTON CITY HALL PLAZA, JULY 28-30
The 50th anniversary festival will take place at City Hall Plaza with carnival rides, food kiosks, vendors selling Puerto Rican merchandise, and artisans from Puerto Rico showing and selling their works of art. In addition, the plaza stage will showcase the best local and distinguished artists from around the country with live music and entertainment. On Sunday, enjoy one of Boston’s best parades full of marching twirlers, bands, musical floats and entertainment for all. The parade starts at the Hynes convention Center 900 Boylston St. and ends at 1 City Hall Plaza in Boston. The parade watchers join the tens of thousands at City Hall Plaza to celebrate the closing of the three days of festivities. The event is free. See the festival website for more information. www.puertoricanfestivalofma.org
2017 WGBH CRAFT BEER FEST, SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017, 7-10PM
Each summer, craft beer aficionados attend the Craft Beer Festival and sample dozens of brews from twenty of the best breweries in the region while live bands perform on the main stage. Furthermore, guests enjoy some of Boston’s best eats from local food truck vendors and learn more about the brewing process. Some of the breweries attending are Bantam Cider, Idle Hands, Switchback, True West, Allagash, Beerworks, Bad Martha, Magic Hat and many more. Tickets are $40 Members/$50 Non-Members and available on WGBH website.
WGBH FUNFEST — A DAY OF ICE CREAM AND MUSIC, SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 10AM-4PM
WGBH Funfest is a fun-filled community event with all-you-can-eat ice cream from some of your favorite scoop shops. Some of the ice cream shops attending are FoMu, Sub Zero, JP Licks, Hood, Friendly’s and more. Also featured on the main stage is kid-friendly musical entertainment and interactive games. Stick around for lots of fun activities, including face painting, inflatable rides and the opportunity to interact with many all-time favorite PBS characters. Tickets are $10 Single Ticket/$35 Family Four-Pack and are available on WGBH Studios website. WGBH Studios, One Guest St., Boston www.wgbh.org/events