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

Asian Infused Grilled Chicken Tenders with Bella Mushroom, Asparagus and Crumbled Goat Cheese

 

 

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Asian Infused Grilled Chicken Tenders with Bella Mushroom, Asparagus and Crumbled Goat Cheese

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Click Read More for  Step-by-Step Recipe Details and Photos! Continue reading “Asian Infused Grilled Chicken Tenders with Bella Mushroom, Asparagus and Crumbled Goat Cheese”

Peppercorn Crusted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes

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Peppercorn Crusted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Sometime my best receipes are created when I’m in a rush to get dinner on the table!  A few night ago, I’ pulled this meal together using what I had on hand in my refrigerator and pantry…the flavors of the peppercorn coriander crust and creamy goat cheese tomato filling was incredible…It pared nicely with herb mustard fingerling potatoes and garlic infused broccolini… Perfect recipe for summertime grilling!

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For recipe details click see more Continue reading “Peppercorn Crusted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes”

Smokey Chipotle Alfredo with Grilled Tequila Chicken

 

 

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IMG_7726Smokey Chipotle Alfredo with Grilled Tequila Chicken…Great dish to serve on this  beautiful spring day!

For recipe photos and  Step-by-Step details click see more… Continue reading “Smokey Chipotle Alfredo with Grilled Tequila Chicken”

Grilled Cumin Pork Chops

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Are you looking for a new healthy recipe to serve for Sunday Dinner?…This is it! … Easy delicious, and always a crowd pleaser!

Grilled Cumin Pork Chops

Ingredients

1 gallon size Ziploc bag

6 pork chops with bone; 3/4 to 1 inch thick

1 1/2 tablespoons ground Cumin

10 garlic cloves

3/4 cup red wine vinegar

3/4 cup Olive oil

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Step-by-Step

1 place pork chops in Ziploc bag

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2 combine garlic cloves and ground cumin in bowl of mini Cuisinart processor fitted with metal blade; add vinegar, olive oil and water; process one minute or until marinade comes together

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3 pour marinade over pork chops; add salt and pepper; sealed bag; Shake bag to evenly distributed marinade throughout plastic bag; marinate in refrigerator 1 hour at room temperature or and up to 24  hours refrigerated

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4 place pork chops on lightly oiled preheated grill; grill 3-5 minutes per side; pork should be slightly firm to the touch when cooked properly and internal temperature away from bone reads 145 degrees; remove pork chops from grill; arrange chops on serving platter; tightly wrap with aluminum foil;  rest 5-8 minutes before serving 

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Another healthy recipe packed with flavor !

 

Who Says Healthy Food Has To Taste Like Crap? Dinner At Sista Felicia’s…

This wasn’t a tasty meal based on it being healthy.  This was an incredibly tasty meal based on any level at all.  I’d eat this every day of the year.  Packed with protein, and veggies.  Killer diller!

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Grilled Peppercorn and Herb Crusted Flank Steak

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Grilled Peppercorn and Herb Crusted Flank Steak

Ingredients

1 ½ -2 lb. flank steak cut of beef

3 tablespoon mixed whole peppercorns

1 tablespoon Atlantic SaltWorks Flake Finishing Salt

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1/2  teaspoon red pepper flakes

Step-by-Step

1 place flank steak at one end of a large sheet of waxed paper;

2 place remaining ingredients in bowl of mini chopper fitted with metal blade; process 1-2 minutes until peppercorns and herbs are chopped

3 evenly spread and rub half the mixture onto flank steak with your hand; fold wax paper sheet over beef; flip steak; fold back waxed paper; spread and rub the remaining mixture; wrap steak securely in wax paper; allowed flank steak to rest at room temperature two hours before grilling 

4 heat grill; lightly oil grates of grill; unwrap flank steak; grill to your desired doneness 7-10 minutes per side ,using large kitchen tongs to flip flank steak; remove steak from grill, allow steak to rest 5 minutes before slicing to desired thickness

Note~
(I prefer to cook my beef medium/rare and grill approximately 5-7 minutes on each side)

 A few nights ago I served this steak with; blue cheese dressed salad, sauté of baby portabella mushrooms and crispy onion rings! 

Last night’s SingerSongwriterShuffle @ Giuseppe’s 4.4.2013

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Last night’s players were Brian King, Randy Black, TMax, Christine Baze, Qwill (Jesse Ciarmataro) Bradley Royds, sitting in for Ken Cleveland (who hurt his hand and could not play) and ending the evening Jake Pardee.

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What a pleasure to hear all the originals they had to share. Next week singer songwriters are Annette Dion, Ken Cleveland, T Max, AnnMarie Shimanoski, Andy Pratt, Bradley Royds and Joe Wilkins.

Did I mention Giuseppe’s has the best chocolate espresso mousse ever! Best atmosphere, great food and excellent service.

Check em out > http://www.giuseppesma.com/

Green Family Thanksgiving Dinner

 

We had a very nice meal – just my parents and I, as my brother was with his in-laws.  The menu also included pumpkin pie, and a few other treats that didn’t make it into this photo.  We have leftovers to last us for a while!

Yesterday I also posted on my own blog on something I am (perhaps oddly) thankful for.

Fr. Matthew Green

Ohana and Ryan and Wood Dinner November 15th

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Here is a reminder to join us on Thursday, November 15th for a dinner with our friends from Ryan & Wood http://www.ryanandwood.com/-Gloucester’s own distillery, makers of Knockabout Gin, Beauport Vodka, Folly Cove Rum and Rye Whiskey.

We will have a talk by Bob Ryan on how he makes his products and then a three course dinner prepared by Chef Enx paired with cocktails featuring Ryan & Wood’s Rye Whiskey.

The event starts at 7:00.

Reservations requested.   Here is the menu to whet your appetite.

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RYAN & WOOD and OHANA RESTAURANT

PRIX FIXE 3 COURSE MEAL WITH PAIRED COCKTAILS

$60

1st Course

Lemongrass Beef Satay

Wonton pepper salad, mango salsa vinaigrette & nampla thai curry

or

Rock Shrimp Tempura

Szechuan daikon sauce, papaya kim chee & miso sriracha aioli

2nd  Course

Mongolian Baby Back Grilled Pork Ribs

Lemon evoo mash potato, corn bread stuffing & papaya kim chee puree

or

Jamaikin Jerk Spiced Roasted Salmon

Cream crab crouquet, sweet pepper relish & lime beurre blanc

3rd Course

Chocolate Candied Pecan Apple Shortcake

Salted caramel ice cream & calvados strawberry coulis

or

Cranberry Leather “Sushi” Dessert

Marsmallow rice crispies, pumpkin mascarpone semi freddo & pumpkin spice crème anglaise

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Dinner on the Annisquam Bridge From Fred Bodin

The forecast wasn’t great for the Annisqaum Sea Fair’s Dinner on the Bridge: Severe Flood Warning with Heavy Rain and Thunder Storms. Nevertheless, we packed our rain gear with the wine and bug spray, hopped in the Jeep, and hoped for the best. We found light rain and stalwart locals lined up at the serving table, determined to get their dinners, support a good cause, and enjoy the final event of the 166th Annisquam Sea Fair.

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Roy Moore’s Fish Shack catered the dinner. It started raining more heavily, but the staff didn’t break stride in serving up the food, which included fresh corn on the cob and potato salad, with either chicken or lobster.

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When Janet and I sat down at a choice but wet table, I took a photo of my plate in front of the fantastic view of Lobster Cove. Fresh picked flowers and a fisherman added to sense of place – the feeling of being in Annisquam and on the island called Cape Ann.

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I hadn’t even started on my lobster when fisherman Rick Taylor’s rod bend down to the water from a big bite. After a few minutes, he reeled in a large striped bass. Gloucester’s Tina Greel assisted in landing the fish, as she and her husband Terry (in the background eating corn on the cob) had tied up there on their boat.

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The striper measured 34 inches – a beautiful fish! Rick generously gave the fish to Tina and Terry. Oh yeah, my lobster dinner was still hot and tasty, and the wine was cold and delicious. Rain? I didn’t even notice. What an incredible place we have here! It rains on your dinner, a large fish is caught 20 feet from your table, everyone is so friendly, and it’s a birthday night I’ll never forget.

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The Annisquam Sea Fair’s Dinner on the Bridge: Next year, I’m in!

Fred Bodin

Bodin Historic Photo

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St. Patrick’s Dinner with a performance by the GHS Docksiders

On St. Patrick’s day, the Holy Family Parish Women’s Guild organized a traditional Irish dinner in the hall at St. Ann’s, with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, Irish soda bread, and (mostly green-frosted) desserts.  After everyone was served, the Gloucester High School “Docksiders” provided entertainment, playing a fantastic set including jazz, bossa nova, etc.  If you haven’t heard them before, look for an opportunity – they are really great!

We had a good turnout for the event, and everyone seemed to have a great time! Here are some photos.

Guild members served the buffet
Almost a full house
Fr. John Kiley with friends from his previous parish

The Docksiders provided excellent music.
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Various of the musicians got the opportunity to shine playing solo parts within their section. They all did a great job!
The evening ended with a 50/50 raffle. Here we have the happy winner.

More photos are on my Flickr photostream in my Holy Family Parish set.