ALLIE’S BEACH STREET CAFE – FABULOUS IN EVERY WAY!

My husband Tom and I had the most unexpectedly wonderful and fantastic dining experience last Saturday night. We have our very favorite Cape Ann restaurants (that we adore), but were wanting to try something new. The menu posted online at Allie’s Beach Street Cafe, located in Manchester, looked very French and very inviting, so we gave it a try. It’s not everyday you discover a restaurant that hits all the right notes and we were beyond delighted. So much so, we are returning tomorrow!

Allie and Glenn Varga

Readers may recognize Allie. She has owned and operated Pleasant Street Tea company for over a decade. Husband Glenn has been a sommelier and server at the Four Seasons for more than nineteen years. Both are wonderfully welcoming towards guests, and the waitstaff are just as friendly.

Manchester’s former Beach Street Cafe has been transformed, with chic, Provencal-inspired decor. Sunlight pours through big picture windows warming the white-washed walls and wide-planked wooden floors. The dining room feels relaxed, fun, and elegant, all at the same time. Primarily a classic French bistro, the menu also features dishes from around the world where French cooking has been highly influential, including Louisiana Creole, French Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and North Africa.

The most amazing thing is, Allie’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch, all day! And, too, you can stop in casually for specialty drinks, coffee, pastries, or order from their online menu.

We happened in on a ‘Three Course Tasting,’ night, which takes place every Friday and Saturday evening. You can either order from the menu or partake in the tasting. Tom had the Weiner Schnitzel from the menu and Loved it. I tried the ‘Tasting’ offering and it was simply fabulous.

The first course was a sublime mixture of duxelles and goat cheese served in a puff pastry shell. In between courses, Glenn brought out a zippy sizzling hot pan of Shishito peppers. What a treat! Next course served was the fresh and warm baby spinach salad, dressed with a super tasty bacon balsamic vinaigrette. The final course was a perfectly cooked and tender medium rare steak, served with yummy truffle fries and a lovely arugula salad. We were waaaaay toooo filled to try dessert, but I did catch a photo of a gorgeous blackberry ombre layer cake, topped with blueberry compote, and it looked WOW!

I wasn’t expecting to take any photos and plan to return during the day with my real camera, but here are some cell phone snaps to give you an idea.

Allie’s Beach Street Cafe is located at 35 Beach Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea

For reservations, call 978-704-9571

Allie’s Beach Street Cafe Hours

Monday 6:30am to 3pm

Tuesday 6:30am to 3pm

Wednesday 6:30 to 9pm

Thursday 6:30 to 9pm

Friday 6:30 to 9pm

Saturday 8am to 9pm

Sunday 8am to 3pm

The menu changes seasonally and the following are the current postings.

Breakfast Menu

House Specialties

Croque Madame*: Grilled ham and swiss topped with a fried egg and bechamel $7

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich*: on an english muffin or bulkie  $5.5

Quiche Du Jour*:  made fresh daily $8

Ful Mudammas*: chickpeas fritters,  marrakesh harissa, eggs  in a wrap $7.5

Breakfast Burrito*: eggs, black beans, salsa,  and rice in a wheat wrap $6.5

Pancakes or Waffles: with nutella & whip cream or maple syrup $8

Smoked Salmon* on a  bagel with herb cream cheese $10

Monte Cristo: Fried Belgian Waffle stuffed with ham, cheese, turkey  and  jalapeno jam $9

Stuffed French Toast* : Banana & Nutella   or  Sweet Cream & Berries $8

Eggs Benedict*: two poached eggs served on english muffin with fresh hollandaise and herb potato

                              choices:  ham $12, florentine $12, avocado $13, smoked salmon $14,

Avocado Toast: Texas Toast w/ Avocado, pickled onions, pico de gallo, chimichurri $8

Omelettes or Scrambles*   $12

 Served w/ toast and herb roasted potatoes,  or beans & greens

Jardin: “garden”:  shallots, herbs,  veggies and swiss cheese

Petit Cochon: “little pig” bacon, ham and sausage peppers onions and cheddar

Champignon: “mushroom”  truffled mushrooms, herbs, and goat cheese

Fumee du Mer: “Sea Smoke” smoked salmon, capers, chives, and boursin cheese

Grecque: “Greek” spinach, peppers,onion, olives, feta and, oregano

Le Duc:  “John Wayne”  ham, peppers,onions, and of course American cheese

 A La Carte

Cinnamon Roll  $3.75

Scone w/ clotted cream  $3.5

Plain Croissant $3

Chocolate Croissant  $3.5

Two Eggs any style $5

 Side bacon, ham, or sausage    $3

 ½ Avocado    $3

Oatmeal your way $7

Side Toast $2: Brioche, white, wheat,  marble rye, english Muffin / Gluten free toast $3

Smoothie $6

Lunch Menu

Soups   &   Salads

French Onion Soup:  Steaming hot sweet onions in a rich broth loaded with cheese    $7

Poisson Rouge: (Redfish Soup) local haddock &  vegetables in a lightly spiced tomato broth  $8

Seasonal Greens: Fresh greens, roasted root veg, and pumpkin seeds Winter citrus vinaigrette $8

Arugula:  Peppery rocket greens, shaved Parmesan, and lemon zest   $9

Butter Lettuce Wedge: Great Hill Blue, Applewood Bacon, egg, sunflower seeds, Fig glaze $14

Ancient Grains: Quinoa, Heirloom rices and grains(gluten free) with greens and harissa dressing  $9

Caesar: Kale tossed in Chef’s caesar dressing with garlic croutons  $10

Add on to any Salad:    Falafel  $4, Chicken Salad  $4,  2 Eggs* $4 Sirloin Tips $7  Beach Street Lobster Salad $15

 Sandwiches & Wraps

Croque Madame*:Grilled Ham and Swiss Topped with a fried egg and Bechamel $9

Crispy Fish: Tempura battered fish with wasabi mayo and coleslaw $12

Veggie Quinoa  Wrap: Hummus, veggies, and whole grains, in a wheat wrap          $8

Vegetarian Sweet Potato BBQ : Vegetarian BBQ Sweet Potato on a Bulkie          $7.5

Smoked Salmon Plate :Toasted Bagel w/ Avocado, Hard Boiled Egg, Onions, Cucumbers, Capers  $13

Beach Street Smashburger*:  60z ground chuck on a bulkie with secret sauce#5 & pickled veg  $8.5

Chicken Banh Mi: Cilantro Veggie slaw on a baguette  with chicken   $9.5  or Lobster $22

Ham & Swiss: Black Forest Ham piled high on rye w/ horseradish Dijon         $7.5

Beach Street Club: Turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on thick sliced Brioche   $12

Falafel Shawarma: Falafel with Tzatziki, mix greens, and harissa in a grilled wrap  $9.5

Burrito all the Way: Chicken with beans, rice, cheddar, pico de gallo.   Do you like it hot or mild ?   $9

Philly Cheese Steak*:  Shaved Sirloin, Mushrooms, Onions, & yes, cheese wiz 🙂   $12.50

Turkey & Pesto: w/ prosciutto, arugula, pickled onions & provolone served on Italian Bread   $9

Add on to any Sandwich: Mixed Veggies $4 , Falafel $4, Chicken $4, 2 Hard Boiled Eggs $4, Smoked Salmon $4

All sandwiches & wraps served with Chips or Cilantro Veg Slaw.  Add fries $4  Soup du Jour $3   Salad $4  Cilantro Veg Slaw $3

Dinner Menu

SOUPS & SALADS

French Onion Soup:  Steaming hot sweet onions in a rich broth loaded with cheese   $7

Poisson Rouge: (Red Fish Soup) local haddock &  vegetables in a lightly spiced tomato broth  $8

Seasonal Greens:  Fresh greens, seasonal veggies, pumpkin seeds, w/ citrus vinaigrette $9

Arugula:  Peppery rocket greens, shaved  Parmesan, and lemon zest   $7

Butter Lettuce Wedge: Blue Cheese, Applewood Bacon, egg, sunflower seeds, Fig glaze    $14

Ancient Grains: Quinoa, Heirloom rices and grains(gluten free) with greens and harissa dressing   $10

Caesar:* Kale tossed in Chef’s caesar dressing with garlic croutons   $10

APPETIZERS

Fried Camembert: Balsamic Glazed Strawberries, Prosciutto Crisps, & Crostini        $12

Falafel Plate: Falafel, Tzatziki, Red Pepper Coulis      $ 9

Crispy Brussel Sprouts:  Hot Sauce and blue cheese dip     $9

Lobster Cocktail : Sweet local Lobster, Cilantro-Lime Mayo, Avocado $16

Stuffed Avocado:  feta, spinach and tomato stuffing baked with crispy herb crostini  $12

CAFE FAVORITES

Croque Madame*:  Grilled Ham and Swiss Topped with a fried egg and Bechamel $11

Beach Street Smashburger*: 60z ground chuck on a bulkie with secret sauce#5 & pickled veg  $12

Beach Street Club: Turkey, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato on thick sliced Brioche $14

Lobster Shells & Cheese: Lobster, Spring Peas &  Shells Baked to Gooey Perfection $ 18

ENTREES

Caribbean Bouillabaisse: Scallops, Local Catch& Clams, Creole Broth, Plantains, & Avocado Toast $26

Wiener Schnitzel:* Thin & Crisp veal paillard topped with a sunny side egg & skinny fries   $19

Steak Frites: Marinated Black Angus  skirt steak, truffle fries, arugula salad         $ 26

Veggie Quinoa Bowl: Fresh Veg of the day with Kale and Quinoa, Warm Dressing   $13

Roast Chicken Provencal: Organic fingerling potato, Market Veggies, Pan Sauce      $16

Bretonne Haddock: Wine Poached Haddock w/ Mushrooms and veggies, Bretonne cream  $16DESSERT

DESSERTS

Cinnamon Blueberry Cobbler: Ginger Beer blueberry compote, cinnamon bun & ice cream     $8

Brownie Banana Split:  topped with the works  $8

Baked Alaskan” Smores”: Flourless chocolate cake,toasted marshmallow, graham, ice cream   $8

Caramel Apple Turnover: Served hot with Vanilla ice cream       $8

Allie’s is located at 35 Beach Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea

For reservations, call 978-704-9571

7 Central restaurant & pub Manchester by the Sea 2018 Menu

7 Central , 7 Central St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 978.526.7494

Entertainment and Special events information — like kids under 10 (1 per adult) eat free every day and SUNDAY BRUNCH from 11am to 2pm.  “On the 1st and 3rdSundays of the month, the popular CELTIC SESSION delivers Cape Ann’s finest Irish Music upstairs in the 7UP Room. 5 to 8pm. This is always a popular evening, so reservations are suggested.”

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Top o the mornin’ from Farm Bar and Grille! Irish breakfast & Mike O’Leary & Friends LIVE celtic music felt like a pub in Dublin, and home 🍀🍀

Saturday Saint patties day @FarmBarGrille in Essex started extra early this year (officially 9:30 AM to 11 AM) with a superb Irish Breakfast,  LIVE Irish music from Mike O’Leary & friends, festive beverages, amazing coffee & famous Irish soda bread. They’re serving a great menu ALL day. Get over there while it lasts! (And mark your calendars next year!)

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shamrock shakes, irish coffees and other specialty festive drinks

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Farm Bar and Grille, 233 Western Avenue, Essex, (978)768-0000 Facebook – @FarmEssex

MENU and scenes from early this morning

Mike O’Leary played with David de La Barre (Irish whistle and voice) and Linda Swicker (voice). Fiona Warner lilting voice accompanied the trio, and with Maeve, too.

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Irish Breakfast LIVE music Michael O’Leary and friends at Farm Bar and Grille St Patrick’s Day 2018 (L-E) David de La Barre, Linda Swicker,  Fiona Warner, Michael O’Leary

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bonus (one of Michael O’Leary’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day tunes) do you know it?

Their restaurant En Fuego will feature some creative St Patrick’s Day specials, too.

Calling All Chefs!

I don’t know much about the restaurant business, but I’m guessing that it isn’t common practice to “copy” items from other restaurants’ menus.  That having been said, could someone PLEASE add this to their menu on Cape Ann?

We had an early dinner at the Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant on Nantucket and I could have eaten 10 of these!  So unbelievably delicious!

Creamy Ricotta Cheese, Asparagus, Honeycomb, Almonds, and Quinoa
Creamy Ricotta Cheese, Asparagus, Honeycomb, Almonds, and Quinoa

The White Elephant, Nantucket

 

Victoria Gamage Forwards Bass Rocks Hotel Menu From 1888

Vicki writes-

Found this on the old postcard site also.  Menu from the Bass Rock Hotel in Gloucester, MA.  Dated July 17, 1888 !!!!!

Cool!

Vicki Gamage

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Note how it’s referred to as “The Bass Rock” down at the bottom.

Blue Lobster Grille To Open In Dock Square Rockport MA In Space Of The Former Greenery- Labor Day Weekend

You See the Menu Here on Good Morning Gloucester First- Natch, It’s What We Do Smile

Look for a comprehensive interview and story on Blue Lobster Grille from my buddy Heather Atwood soon.

Appetizer Menu- Click Pictures For Full Size

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Breakfast Menu

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Lunch menu

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Kids Menu

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Dinner Menu

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Thanks Ryan Pinkham for the tip

GMG Exclusive- Sugar Mag’s Dinner Menu

Although this is subject to change we have the preliminary menu from Sugar Mag’s which will be officially opening for dinner Thursday and Friday nights beginning May 26th and 27th.

There will be no reservations so get there early!

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Some pictures from Sugar Magnolia’s when they served outside on Main St for the Block Party-

Lobster Risotto

Sugarcane Skewered Diver Scallops

Tom Shea’s Half A Wrap With Soup $12

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Tom Shea’s Lunch Menu

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Tom Shea’s Starters Menu

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Jackie’s Place Pancakes

Jackie’s Place is located across the street from St Ann’s Church.

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