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Friday, May 6, 2005

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Restaurant Review Schooner's Restaurant 50 Rogers Street Gloucester, MA 01930

1-978-281-1962

On Saturday late in the afternoon, we wound our way north to Rockport and Gloucester to relax. Watching the breaking surf on the rocks along the coast is always an ideal way for me to calm down. I am particularly stressed-out as of late as an abutter to the contemplated extremely large condo complex off Concord Street and getting out of town seemed like a good idea.

A drive in the area of coast known as Bass Rocks is not only beautiful, but watching seagulls and breaking waves is transporting. Additionally there is always a place to find fresh seafood, reasonably priced. This time we chose a little gem of a restaurant on Rogers Street that is right next to the harbor in Gloucester. This area is a little north of the well-known statue of the fisherman, and dedicated to the men lost at sea, in the center of Gloucester.

Schooner's is unpretentious, but has won many awards over the years for their excellent food. As usual we each had an excellent meal. From the sea are scallops, shrimp, salmon, haddock and lobster. They have an extensive menu ranging from a Schoonerburger at $5.95 through sandwiches and a variety of pasta dishes, steaks, and chicken choices such as Marsala, Breast of Chicken Florentine,Piccata or Lemoni. Although these other items are available, I only think of fish when dining in this region.

With that in mind I ordered a Bombay Gin martini, well made and generously proportioned and priced at $5.95, before dinner, then looked over the choices. Entrees from the sea fill the last page of the menu. Many are broiled or baked but there is a large selection of fried dishes, as well as four lobster choices starting with twin lobsters: two one-pound lobsters with potatoes and corn on the cob for $26.99. Though other places serve twin lobsters, rarely are they as big as these.

I decided the Boston baked scrod with seasoned breadcrumbs, baked in a delicate wine sauce and served with a salad, fresh vegetable and potato or rice at $13.95, was just right. Alex ordered the fresh grilled salmon with grilled artichokes, roasted leeks and, of course, accompanied by the salad, fresh carrots and potatos for $15.95

If you decide to visit the North Shore to get away and relax, I definitely would recommend Schooner's.

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday through Saturday
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinner:
Monday throughThursday
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday
Dinner all day

Reservations: Accepted


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