Food & Drink in Gloucester

$11 for $20 Worth of Gourmet Cakes, Cupcakes, and Desserts at Jenny-Cakes

Jenny-Cakes

Gloucester

$20 $11

Gourmet cakes, cupcakes, and desserts; Portuguese and Italian pastries including cannolis

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Taiwanese Fusion Food at Happy Dumplings ($20 Value)

Happy Dumplings

Gloucester

$10 $5.50

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Taiwanese street food and specialties include handmade dumplings, pork buns, noodle dishes, and a spectrum of dipping sauces

$21.99 for $40 Worth of Organic Food and Drinks at Organic Garden Cafe

Organic Garden Cafe

Beverly

$40 $21.99

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Harvest bowls, hot soups, rice, quinoa, and black bean dishes, and other gourmet raw and organic fare including smoothies and juices

$45 for Locally Sourced New American Cuisine for Two at The Wild Horse (Up to $84 Value)

The Wild Horse

Beverly

$84 $45

Grilled pot roast, wild sockeye salmon with lemon pesto, and slow-roasted pork shoulder with kale highlight menu of American eats

Italian Dinner Cuisine at Trattoria Bella Mia (Up to 58% Off). Two Options Available.

Trattoria Bella Mia

Beverly

$30 $16

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Authentic Italian fare and live music at bistro on historic Cabot Street

Entry for Four or Six to the Salem Spice Festival on September 13 or 14 (Up to 50% Off)

The Jonathan Corwin House / The Witch House

Pioneer Village

$20 $11

This weekend festival combines the tastes and smells of fall with a historical perspective on the local area and architecture

$25 for $50 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Ithaki Mediterranean Cuisine

Ithaki Mediterranean Cuisine

Ipswich

$50 $25

Baked-to-order moussaka, small-plate falafel, and steamed mussels share menu space with lamb burgers and a raw bar

$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Maki Sushi Bar

Maki Sushi Bar

Peabody Town Center

$30 $15

Rolls of tempura lobster, mango, and asparagus drizzled with white sauce and kabayaki glaze top tables along with seafood martinis

$15 for $30 Worth of Vietnamese Food at Nguyen's Vietnamese Cuisine & Sushi Bar

Nguyen's Vietnamese Cuisine & Sushi Bar

Swampscott

$30 $15

Barbecue pork with vermicelli noodles, pho soup, and wagyu beef burger made with Vietnamese spices

Mexican Food for Dinner at The Fat Cactus (Half Off). Three Options Available.

The Fat Cactus

Lynnfield

$40 $20

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Self-described Mexicali cantina dishes up classics including fajitas and tacos, as well as nontraditional Mexican cuisine such as steak tips

Italian Dinner at La Vita Mia (45% Off). Two Options Available.

La Vita Mia

Downtown Saugus

$30 $17.50

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Flat-bread pizza with spicy shrimp, prosciutto, and capes, create-your-own pastas, and sirloin steak in a balsamic sauce

Brazilian Barbecue Dinner for Two or Four Adults at Midwest Grill (50% Off). Two Locations Available.

Midwest Grill

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Waiters rotate around tables with unlimited servings of beef sirloin, brazilian sausage, and lamb at the churrascaria

American Pub Cuisine at Sports, Steaks & Spirits (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Sports, Steaks & Spirits

North Reading

$40 $21

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Refined sports bar with 60 plasma televisions, including small screens at every booth

Wine Tasting with Cheese, Wineglasses, and 25% off Wine for Two, Four, or Six at Sweet Baby Vineyard (Up to 56% Off)

Sweet Baby Vineyard

Sweet Baby Vineyard

$34 $12

Sip six samples of wine while snacking on cheese plates; take home souvenir wineglasses and wine purchased with a discount

Italian and Portuguese Cuisine at Porto Bello Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Porto Bello Restaurant

Wakefield

$50 $25

Sea scallops and shrimp with housemade pesto, hand-breaded veal parmesan, and Portuguese seafood stew with clams, calamari, and mussels

American Pub Food for Two or Four at Lakeside Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Lakeside Bar and Grill

Wakefield

$10 $5

Omelets and pancakes start the day before chefs craft barbecue chicken sandwiches and fish and chips for dinner

Thai Food at Maekha Thai (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Maekha Thai

West Revere

$20 $11

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Eatery dishes out authentic Thai cuisine such as tom yum soup, ginger chicken, basil fried rice, pad thai, and panang curry with scallops

Italian-American Dinner of Salads and Entrees for Two or Four at Sebastian's on Broadway (Up to 46% Off)

Sebastian's on Broadway

Revere

$60 $35

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Pastas, seafood, and steak made with local ingredients and set to live cabaret performers every Thursday night

Italian Food for Two or Four at Volare Revere (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Volare Revere

Downtown Revere

$30 $15

Fig and pancetta pizza and seafood pasta prepared by a native Sicilian chef at a restaurant with complimentary valet parking on weekends

Fresh, House-Made Diner Food for Two or Four During Breakfast or Lunch at Revere Center Café (50% Off)

Revere Center Café

Bell Circle Plaza at Revere

$20 $10

Diner serves made-to-order comfort food, such as grilled cheese with bacon and Irish eggs benedict with corn beef hash

Beer- or Wine-Making Class with Equipment, or Bartending Class at The Wine Shop of Reading (Up to 61% Off)

The Wine Shop of Reading

Reading

$200 $99

The best student-made wine and beer will be sold at local stores

Authentic Swiss Style Baked Goods at swissbäkers (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

swissbäkers

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Swiss-style baked goods include Berliners, the original pretzel rolls, authentic croissants, Choco Weggli and more.

$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale Italian Dinner Fare for Two or More at Ristorante Pavarotti in Reading

Ristorante Pavarotti

Reading

$40 $20

Veal and seafood simmered in delicate wine sauces served in Italian eatery with large wine list

Dinner for Two or Four at Essex Street Grille (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Essex Street Grille

Haverhill

$69 $36

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Appetizers such as lobster rangoons and coconut shrimp precede entrees of sesame-crusted tuna, eggplant manicotti, or mango chicken

$20 for $40 Worth of Seafood at Blue Finn Grille

Blue Finn Grille

Haverhill

$40 $20

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Asian- and Latin American–inflected dishes of swordfish, salmon, and ribs, all made with seafood, meat, and produce purchased fresh daily

Peruvian and Latin American Food at Nazca Cafe (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Nazca Cafe

Boadway

$38 $19

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Vibrant preparations and hearty portions of cebiche, seafood medleys, roasted pork, and grilled steak

Pizza for Takeout or Delivery, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday from John's Pizza (40% Off)

John's Pizza

Across from the ELC

$20 $12

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Hand-tossed pies topped with freshly shredded cheese, a family-recipe sauce, and toppings such as buffalo chicken, shrimp, or eggplant

$12 for Drinks and Treats at Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream ($20 Value)

Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream

Maplewood

$5 $3

Ice cream parlor and bakery serves up a variety of pasties, muffins, freshly brewed cofffee, and sandwiches

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream at I Love Milkshakes ($30 Total Value)

I Love Milkshakes

West Everett

$10 $5

Custom milkshakes and desserts blend frozen yogurt or ice cream with a variety of fruits or candy; smoothies, coffee, and self-serve waffles

$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One Cupcake and Iced Coffee at Pink Tree Sweets ($17.97 Value)

Pink Tree Sweets

Andover

$5.99 $3.33

More than 30 sweet and savory cupcakes make for perfect pairings with fresh iced coffee

$15 for $30 Worth of Hibachi Food at Thyme Japanese Cuisine

Thyme Japanese Cuisine

North Andover

$30 $15

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Authentic Japanese dishes such as hibachi-grilled steak and seafood, vegetable tempura, udon soup with chicken, and fresh octopus sushi

Italian Dinner Cuisine for Two or Four at Buono Bistro (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Buono Bistro

North Andover

$40 $20

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Chefs handcraft lobster ravioli, wild-mushroom risotto, scallops scampi, and herb-roasted New Zealand lamb with a port-wine reduction

Pizzas, Sodas, and Mini Golf for Four or Six at Jimmy's Famous Pizza and Golfland USA (Up to 51% Off)

Jimmy's Famous Pizza

Golfland USA

$46.73 $23

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Same windmill, barn, and loop-the-loop from 1969 challenge today's putters on mini golf course; cheese pizzas and soda fuel players

Italian Cuisine at Pastalina's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Pastalina's Restaurant

Medford

$50 $25

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Flavorful dishes from southern Italy's Avellino region include pasta, chicken cacciatore, and veal saltimbocca

Italian Food for Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner at Cafe Piazza Dolce (44% Off)

Cafe Piazza Dolce

Winchester Town Center

$40 $25

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Chef presses fresh pastas, hand tosses wood-fired pizza & grills salmon for dinner & serves brunch dishes such as gourmet paninis

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina

Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Sauce-smothered burritos and enchiladas add to a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine whose recipes hail from Guadalajara

Italian Dinner or Takeout at Arcenia Cucina Rustica (Up to 42% Off)

Arcenia Cucina Rustica

Downtown Woburn

$50 $29

The menu includes chicken marsala, veal parmigiana, and homemade fettuccine pasta tossed with bolognese sauce, as well as wood-fired pizzas

All-You-Can-Eat Dinner for Two or Four at Brazilian Steak House (37% Off)

Brazilian Steak House

North Woburn

$61.97 $39

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All-you-can-eat steakhouse features tender cuts of Brazilian sausage, lamb, beef sirloin, and an extensive salad bar

$33 for the Boston Beerathon for Two on Saturday, September 6 ($65.28 Value)

Boston Beerathon

Multiple Locations

$65.28 $33

Beerathon event with 26 featured stops includes live entertainment

Frozen Yogurt or Smoothies at FroyoWorld (Up to 47% Off)

FroyoWorld

Allston

$6 $3.25

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Rotating menu of 16 frozen yogurts infused with live and active cultures; smoothies made to order with fresh fruit, ice & signature fro-yo

"Bye Bye Liver" for Two at Hennessy's on August 1–September 26 (Up to Half Off)

"Bye Bye Liver"

Hennessy's

$40 $20

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A troupe performs an interactive comedy show inspired by drinking, barhopping, and male-female relations

2-Hour Dinner Cruise Sunday–Wednesday, or 3-Hour Dinner Cruise Thursday-Saturday from Odyssey Cruises (40% Off)

Odyssey Cruises

Boston

$112.53 $68

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The Odyssey I glides across Boston Harbor during elegant evening cruises, complete with a three-course meal and live music

Upscale American Dinner for Two on a Weekday or Weekend at Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar (Up to 40% Off)

Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar

East Boston

$81.50 $49

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Plates of goat cheese and beet salad or grilled-eggplant caprese paired with pan-seared salmon or braised short rib

Standup Show for Two at Nick's Comedy Stop Through December 6 (Up to 52% Off)

Nick's Comedy Stop

Nick's Comedy Stop

$45.70 $22

The intimate 30-year-old venue hosts both emerging and established comedians

Standup Comedy at Dick Doherty's Comedy Den (Up to 52% Off)

Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape

Dick Doherty's Comedy Den

$46 $22

Top national and local standup comedians stir up big laughs

$40 for One-Hour Chocolate-Tasting Course for Two at Gourmet Boutique ($80 Value)

Gourmet Boutique

Back Bay

$80 $40

Held on Sundays and Mondays, tastings include nibbles and knowledge about where chocolate is sourced, how it's made, and how to read labels

Southern Cuisine at Savvor Restaurant & Lounge (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Savvor Restaurant & Lounge

Downtown - Leather District

$25 $15

Eatery dishes out southern and Caribbean small plates such as shrimp & grits, fried catfish, cornish hen & waffles, and macaroni and cheese

Four-Course Dessert-Tasting Menu for Two or Four at Finale Desserterie (Up to 52% Off)

Finale Desserterie

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Chocolate-dipped strawberries start off a sojourn through such desserts as apple a la mode and a chocolate plate

Turkish Cuisine at Saray Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Saray Restaurant

Coolidge Corner

$30 $15

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Lamb, seafood, and vegetarian entrees come together in Turkish menu of kebabs, salads, and soups; full menu is valid for lunch option

Pizza and Italian Food for Dine-in, Carryout, or Delivery at Rock City Pizza (Up to 50% Off)

Rock City Pizza

Allston/Brighton

$30 $15

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Innovative thin-crust pizzas topped with steak, pesto, or chicken and buffalo sauce; entree options include subs, burgers, and pasta

Pub Food at The Red Hat (40% Off). Two Options Available.

The Red Hat

West End

$50 $30

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Wings, fish 'n' chips, and burgers in a century-old establishment with a colorful history

Ethiopian Dinner for Two or Four at Addis Red Sea (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Addis Red Sea

South End

$31.90 $17

Ethiopian eatery populates colorful wicker tables with spicy lamb, fish, chicken, and vegan dishes

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Bukhara Indian Bistro (Up to 53% Off)

Bukhara Indian Bistro

Jamaica Hills - Pond

$57 $28

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Menu of northern and southern Indian cuisine with tandoori chicken, lamb-stuffed dosas, and curries

Indian Meal with Appetizers and Naan for Two or Four at Mela (Up to 56% Off)

Mela

South End

$71 $32

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Enlisting a traditional tandoor oven, housemade cheese, and Indian spices, chefs whip up classic Indian staples with varying spice levels

Tapas for Two or Four at Mojitos (Up to 51% Off)

Mojitos

Downtown

$40 $20

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Dine on small plates of chorizo-stufffed potatoes, baked avocados, and slow-roasted pork sliders

Cider House Tour for Two or Four at Downeast Cider House (Up to 50% Off)

Downeast Cider House

Boston

$14 $7

Guests sip refreshing, freshly brewed, farm style ciders during tours, and leave with 64oz souvenir growler

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Pizza, Paninis, and Roll-Ups at Angora Café ($30 Value)

Angora Café

Coolidge Corner

$10 $5

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Cooks at European-style café focus on Mediterranean and Italian flavors in dishes such as hummus-filled roll-ups and meatball-topped pizzas

Distillery Tour for Two or Four of Bully Boy Distillers (Up to 56% Off)

Bully Boy Distillery

Boston

$40 $20

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Tours travel past mash tanks & copper stills to see how the distillery produces rum, vodka & whiskey

$17 for $30 Toward Baked Goods — So Sweet Confections

So Sweet Confections

On Location

$30 $17

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Indian Food for Dinner at Ghazal Indian Cuisine (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ghazal Indian Cuisine

Jamaica Hills - Pond

$25 $14

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Authentic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist

$15 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Café Food at Oakleaf Cakes ($30 Total Value)

Oakleaf Cakes

Boston

$6 $3

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Bakery stocks the shelves of its attached café with scrumptious pastries and cupcakes alongside familiar coffee classics

Italian Cuisine at Filippo Ristorante (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Filippo Ristorante

North End

$35 $20

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Owners who spend part of the year in Sulmona, Italy, treat taste buds to the region's cuisine, including pasta, seafood, and veal dishes

$16 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $7.50 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Cafe Hemshin ($30 Value)

Cafe Hemshin

Downtown

$7.50 $4

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Sample Turkish and Mediterranean favorites such as lamb kebabs, hummus, tabouleh, and Greek salads

Frozen Yogurt at Fresh Mango (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Fresh Mango

Fresh Mango

$58.50 $29

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Customize a frozen-yogurt concoction using homemade, all-natural yogurt and any of more than 50 toppings, including fresh fruit

$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Pub Cuisine at SideBar Food and Spirits ($30 Total Value)

SideBar Food and Spirits

Downtown

$15 $7.50

(158)

Downtown pub with TVs, arcade games, and a jukebox dishes out food such as burgers, wings, sandwiches, and brick-oven pizza

ComedySportz Boston at Davis Square Theatre, August 8-November 29 (Up to 50% Off)

ComedySportz Boston

Davis Square Theatre

$30 $15

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Two comedy teams compete against each other with improvised games called by a referee during family-friendly shows

American Cuisine for Two or Four at East End Grille (47% Off)

East End Grille

Somerville

$30 $16

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This joint offers locally sourced ingredients to create food like sweet chili shrimp flatbread, barbecue pulled pork, and steak tips

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Diva Indian Bistro (Up to 63% Off)

Diva Indian Bistro

Davis Square

$67 $27

Samosas packed with minced lamb and spices precede lamb curry, chicken dosas, dishes baked in clay tandoor oven, and vegetarian entrees

Casual Cuisine for Two or More at 15 Walnut (50% Off)

15 Walnut

Hamilton

$30 $15

Menu full of items made using seasonal ingredients includes wood-fired items, burgers, sushi, and more; suitable for family dinners & dates

Dinner with Appetizers, Soup, and Sushi at Takemura Japanese Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Takemura Japanese Restaurant

Harvard Square

$42.85 $21

(144)

Sushi chefs craft everything fresh; original rolls include the deep-fried pumpkin roll and the grilled-salmon roll

Tacos, Enchiladas, and Margaritas at José's Mexican Restaurant (Up to 51% Off)

José's Mexican Restaurant

Cambridge

$35 $17

(327)

Classic Mexican dishes include a kaleidoscope of tacos, tamales made by the chef's mother, and specialty margaritas

$15 for $25 Worth of Japanese Food at Shabu & Mein

Shabu & Mein

Cambridge

$25 $15

Tabletop stoves let diners cook their own shabu shabu hot pot meals and ramen or let cooks do the cooking for shumai, gyoza, and ramen

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Passage to India (Up to 52% Off)

Passage To India

Porter Square

$51.86 $25

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For 25 years, this Indian restaurant has embraced millennia-old techniques to craft classic northern and southern Indian cuisine

$22 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Soul Food at Beantown Taqueria ($40 Value)

Beantown Taqueria

Cambridge

$10 $5.50

Chile relleno with egg-battered poblano pepper, tacos with hand-made tortillas and cilantro, and deep-fried chimichangas

Sushi and Asian Fusion Dinner for Two or Four at O Sushi Restaurant & Bar (Up to 35% Off)

O Sushi Restaurant & Bar

Cambridge

$40 $29

Appetizers such as sake-steamed mussels precede dragon and california rolls in a "Boston Globe"–lauded restaurant in Harvard Square

$15 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Hamburgers & More at Stack-a Burger ($30 Value)

Stack-a Burger

Burlington Mall

$10 $5

Chefs grill fresh burgers and all-beef hot dogs and ladle on toppings such as baked beans and sauerkraut

Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies, Peets Coffee, or Personal Pizza at Fruitberry Frozen Yogurt & i-Pizza Cafe (50% Off.)

Fruitberry Frozen Yogurt & i-Pizza Cafe

Crossroads Plaza

$5 $2.50

Yogurt comes in 16 flavors and more than 50 toppings, whereas pizzas are made in front of you and come with a choice of organic crust

$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese and Japanese Food at Fusion Taste

Fusion Taste

Arlington Center

$30 $15

Menu blends Chinese and Japanese specialties, from black-pepper beef to sushi

Authentic Mexican Cuisine for Two or Four at Oscar’s Pinatas (Up to 53% Off)

Oscar's Pinatas

Tewksbury

$35 $17

Chefs sizzle ranchero-style ribs or seafood chimichanga with shrimp and scallops

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A consistent eclectic theme pervades Alchemy Café & Bistro, from the spacious restaurant's mismatched fabrics and assorted furnishings to each of the menus’ diverse selection of contemporary American cuisine. That eclectic culinary motif has served the eatery so well that Northshore Magazine awarded Alchemy the distinction of best tapas in the area. In the kitchen, the chefs are selective about the ingredients they use in each brunch and dinner dish. They meld these hormone- and antibiotic-free meats into entrees such as smoked confit pork belly tacos and scallop fritto misto. Designed for sharing amongst guests, the menu includes flavor-filled half-sized entrées and sharing platters, including one with steamed mussels fennel, white wine, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, house cut frites, and tarragon aioli. Patrons can dine in one Alchemy's many themed rooms, such as "The Cave" and "The Mafia Table."

The upscale casual environment, with colorful painting on exposed brick walls and leather couches surrounding candlelit coffee tables, also sees guests enjoying organic salads and tofu bites, which can be paired with a 2-4 cup pot of French-pressed coffee or one of several options from a locally-produced cocktail list. Alchemy also encourages guests to enjoy an after-dinner drink of bourbon, whiskey, or absinthe, or indulge with a dessert of maple bread pudding and flourless chocolate torte. Alchemy also contains several gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly options.

3 Duncan St
Gloucester,
MA
US

Though it overlooks Gloucester Harbor, where fishermen haul in the restaurant's supply of fresh fish and lobster, the dining room of Latitude 43 feels like it's underwater. The hull of a 36-foot Coast Guard rescue boat hangs overhead, a 16-foot iron-and-glass octopus sculpture wrought by a local iron artist dangles above the sushi bar, and a harbor mural painted by local artists enlivens the walls. The aromas of coastal cuisine waft through the oceanic interior, signaling the arrival of dishes such as grilled local swordfish, more than 17 sushi rolls, and a host of non-seafood entrees that can be prepared in gluten-free or vegetarians versions. Latitude 43 has won 'Best Sushi' by Northshore Magazine three years running, and their menu includes dishes such as Jeff's clam chowder ($4/$6), grilled swordfish with a red-wine-mushroom glaze ($24), and a signature sushi roll with tempura tuna, wasabi, goat cheese, and enoki mushrooms wrapped with a daikon radish ($18).

Because a strong ecosystem produces healthy fish, Latitude 43's restaurateurs do their part to ensure earth's well-being with their green facility. Recycled materials compose the tiles in the kitchen and around the sushi bar, and the deck's sunshades heat the dishwasher's hot water while shading guests from the sun’s deadly laser beams. An oceanfront patio hosts feasts in the summertime, while a fireplace made from locally sourced granite keeps diners cozy in the winter.

25 Rogers St
Gloucester,
MA
US

In the center of Minglewood Tavern's acoustic space, a bar constructed from 180-year-old barn siding rises from the ground, with posts made from the dried trunks and branches of trees holding various drink glasses overhead. Bartenders swipe those glasses to fill orders of one of the 20 beers on tap, which rotate monthly, or to mix up one of their signature cocktails. As cold sips of icy drinks chill gullets, hot entrees such as hearth oven–baked pizzas or bacon-wrapped entrees travel from the kitchen to weathered wooden tabletops, arriving just in time to catch the end of a set from one of the live bands that plays Wednesday through Saturday or a rare glimpse at the one band that plays Wednesday through Saturday.

When the stage and mics stand silent, high-definition and projection-screen TVs pick up the slack, beaming sports games across the retrofitted bar. Each weekday night boasts its own food special, such as Monday's all-you-can-eat ribs and Wednesday's all-you-can-eat sushi.

25 Rogers Street
Gloucester,
MA
US

La Trattoria & Pizzeria's dining room reflects its chefs' philosophy on food. The rustic yellow-orange walls, framed paintings, and cozy lighting cultivate a homey atmosphere, setting the stage for their menu of traditional Sicilian comfort food. Their appetizers come as elegantly simple as garlic bread with fresh mozzarella, romano, and spices, or blend a few distinct flavors, as with the grilled scallops wrapped in prosciutto. Entree highlights include the pasta a la trattoria?red sauce blended with pine nuts, raisins, cauliflower, sardines, and wild-mountain fennel?and the Sfincone pizza?a Sicilian-style pizza with sauteed onions, seasoned bread crumbs, and romano cheese?which makes Italian grandmothers all over the world so, so very proud.

64 Main St
Gloucester,
MA
US

The Dog Bar Grill breakwater, which was originally constructed between 1894 and 1905, juts 2,250 feet out into the harbor, creating a safe haven for the community located on the other side, but also creating a dangerous hazard for seafarers hoping to safely navigate the waters. The Gloucester Breakwater Light towers at the end of this reef, historically using its bright red lamp or any glow sticks leftover from the Rave of 1898 to direct vessels away from the dangerously rocky shores.

Dog Bar Grill's owners based the name of their neighborhood grill on this light, honoring the welcome sight of a beacon that safely guided so many sailors back to a warm and familiar home. This homespun charm runs deep at Dog Bar, whose chefs demonstrate their passion for the community by buying as many ingredients as possible from local farmers and fishing boats. Dog Bar even earned a nod from Boston magazine, which named it the 2013 Best Bar in the north.

Surrounded by the Colonial-style windows, exposed brick walls, and rich wooden trim, visitors can indulge in the grill's menu of classic comfort foods that have the occasional twist. Beer-battered fish 'n' chips appear alongside more imaginative dishes, such as vegan tempura-battered buffalo cauliflower. In between bites, patrons have the opportunity to enjoy entertainment, which includes live music throughout the week, as well as spirited karaoke nights and high-stakes staring contests.

65 Main St.
Gloucester,
MA
US

Periwinkles of Essex is steeped in shipbuilding culture, from its views of boats passing by on the Essex River, to the hanging gas lanterns that light the dining room, to the local sea-centric artwork displayed at the onsite gallery. The theme is fitting, since Periwinkles sits on land that was a wooden shipbuilding hub for nearly 300 years. The building itself fits right into the nautical theme, with its weathered clapboard siding and bright, whitewashed interior.

Diners can enjoy the picturesque river views two ways. They can grab a seat inside the dining room, which is lined on two sides by large picture windows. Or they can venture out to the wooden deck for a waterfront dining experience, and people-watch as clammers, kayakers, and boaters dock right outside.

Customers might first visit for the views, but it's the food that keeps them coming back. Periwinkles' clam chowder is a 14-time winner of the Essex Clamfest, and the only chowder to have ever won the People's Choice and Judges' Choice awards in the same year. All the seafood is local, and includes seasonal specials such as lobster and swordfish. Diners can start meals with the warm salad, which eschews traditional greens for saut?ed veggies, chicken, pine nuts, and grilled shrimp. Beyond seafood, the menu features grilled steak tips served with mashed potatoes, or chicken breast and ziti tossed in a light chicken-parmesan broth.

74 Main St
Essex,
MA
US

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