I decided to add to this post when we visit various restaurants up on Cape Ann this summer. Feel free to chime in with your own experiences!
First up: The Azorean.
A beautiful, sunny June Saturday was ideal for a late lunch on the expanded patio at The Azorean. The formerly tiny patio on the side of the building has been expanded and (I think?) elevated to hold a few tables. Part of the parking lot has also been painted and cordoned off with plants to provide additional seating.
I did reserve ahead to request a table in the shade.
The menu has been streamlined a bit—no tapas—but you can still get their tapas dishes in the form of appetizers. Our table of four decided to share appetizers of grilled linguica over pineapple, cod cakes, Portuguese-style mussels, an “Owner’s Mix” app of garlic shrimp and breaded calamari, and what I believe must have been a daily special Portuguese salad of chickpeas and salted cod. Expect straightforward, homey Portuguese favorites.
To sip with our meal we chose their house rosé, which turned out to be a delightfully light vinho verde rosé.
Afterward we drove the short distance to Gloucester harbor to take a walk along its paved promenade. The drawbridge on the harbor seems to open a lot in season to let recreational boats in and out of the marina, which snarls street traffic. So plan your route accordingly if you decide to add a scenic stroll after your meal.
Note: There’s a sample menu at The Azorean’s website. But the restaurant’s online ordering menu much better represents the dishes on offer.