Maha Jabba, owner and chef at Markouk Bread, and crew create flavorful and delicious Mediterranean everyday eats at their location on 338 Main Street, in Gloucester, MA, near houses that inspired artist Edward Hopper, and famed public stairs and Crow’s Nest featured in books, art and cinema. Their popular and traditional dishes highlight Lebanese cuisine. Customers can eat standing or sitting–inside and out; most people opt for grab & go. Customers may find it helpful to call ahead (they sell out), and find it easier parking across the street.
“If only you could cook like his mom.” Fun fact: As a longtime fan favorite at Cape Ann Farmers Market and Main Street events, people are familiar with Jabba’s everyday gourmet and dazzling saj-grill meals. What they may not know is when her son played for GHS sports (eventually soccer co-captain), those lucky athletes had the best team dinners ever at their house, enjoying classic comfort dishes and other specialties. She can cook everything!
Markouk Bread menu
Try it all – the dinners, grilled kebabs, wraps, manoushies (flatbreads), homemade sides. Yum!
Ask about party platters, too
Coming soon – I’ll update with a GIF of one of the master wraps
Drift 3 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
Plus New sidewalks underway at Rogers and Washington and around the bend.
Love the title and wonderful review!
“On the menu Yella on the Water seems to have become instantly popular, and we could see why.”
Read “Lebanese cuisine with a splash of Gloucester” by Coco McCabe and Doug Stewart Boston Globe 11/20/19 here
Yella on the Water joins a fantastic line up of seasonal plein air dining options in Gloucester. The inviting new outdoor space and decor of Danielle and Carlo Berdahn’s Mediterranean bistro, Yella on the Water, in the former Morning Glory space on Western Avenue (Stacy Boulevard), beckons on any given sun day. The interior is equally alluring. Owner Danielle Berdahn enlisted some design help from Taniya Nayak and the snappy casual vibe is perfect.
Woburn native, Berdahn has a personal connection to Gloucester. She grew up spending magical summers on Wingaersheek at her family’s beach house. After hearing that fun fact, it’s easy to order the “Wingaersheek” cocktail. We had one brief hour between work and appointments to sample hand crafted appetizers (Hummus Awarma) and spirits. Were we on vacation? A day-cation for sure, thanks to impeccable service and yummy local fare on a hot new deck with a view of Gloucester Harbor.
Antique Table tratorria opening soon in downtown Manchester on 7 Central Street where the restaurant 7 Central had been for decades. Established in 2008, additional Antique Table locations include Lynn, Winthrop and Salem. Dinner menu here and lunch menu here
Manchester by the Sea Public Library summer schedule offers recurring Monday, Wednesday and Thursday programs interspersed with special library events on site and at Singing Beach. Notices on display at Essen
Brother’s Brew coffee shop, 27 Main Street, Rockport, Ma. (978) 546-3775
Brackett’s, Rockport, Mass. http://www.bracketts.com/
By popular request, Jeff’s Variety is trying out extending the sandwich counter hours from 2pm to 4pm to serve kids after school and people heading home from the beach or on the way to a picnic dinner. Feel free to call ahead for pick up or special orders.
New cafe and retail shop, Castaways Vintage Cafe, 20 Rogers Street (former Rogers St entrance to Dog Bar.) The Be Sargent’s Judith Sargent Murray mural is off to the right as you enter.
Above – exterior of new business- “Bohemian style cafe offering Killa Koffee, Beautiful Acai Bowls, & Vibin’ Vintage clothing”
Below – Before snapshots exterior parking lot view back to Main St (2012/2018)
❤️ Sugar Magnolia’s, 112 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 978 281-5310
“Brinner” – Breakfast for Dinner – perfect Fundraiser for Class of 2022
June 6th 5:30-9PM
Great read- From Sea to Sustainable Sea: Supporting American Wild Seafood event in Minneapolis “combined midwest premiere of the Gloucester fishing documentary “Dead in the Water” by Rockport native David Wittkower sandwiched between a cocktail hour and a seafoot featst featuring Gloucester landed monkfish, redfish, crabs, lobsters andother seafood delights.” See who’s involved with this great road foodiefilm trip, read more here
Spreading Gloucester’s Story: Minnesotans eat up film on fleet, seafood by Sean Horgan, Gloucester Daily Times
The exterior transformation by RePro General Constuction & Design Services (ReProservice.com) for Danielle and Carlo Berdahn’s new Mediterranean bistro, Yella on the Water, is moving right along (in the former Morning Glory space) on Stacy Boulevard.
Before (2013) vs. construction underway (May 2019)
They opened Yella Grille in Andover (and catering) ten years ago.
Salt Water Grille expects to open late May/ early June 2019.
The seasonal restaurant is located at 226 Washington Street, Gloucester Mass., in the former Friendly’s location off the first rotary. (See Gloucester Daily Times article here to learn more about the owners.) New logo and art by Alexia at Seaside Graphics.
Seaside Graphics in Gloucester, Mass., specializes in printing, graphic design and branding. “Seaside has done work for National Geographic Channel, Bosch, Honda North, Fama PR, Pilgrim Films, NOAA, Dunkin Donuts, NBC Sport’s show Shark Hunter, among others.” Owners and married couple Bill and Alexia handle the Wicked Tuna gear (e.g. Wicked Tuna, Falcon / Hard Merchandise, F/V-Tuna, The Wicked Pissah, and PinWheel). Check out the store on Railroad Avenue, or on line here: https://wickedtunagear.com/. The headquarters also carries Alexia’s Hooked for Life apparel.
Great Smiles and Great Food and Services
Great Breakfast, Best Home fries I ate this side of the Bridge.
Enjoying Lunch at Goombadi’s
Enjoying a Birthday Breakfast at Goombadi’s
Nancy Cooney and her daughter Grace were at City Hall to support plans for Danielle and Carlo Berdahn’s new Mediterranean bistro, Yella on the Water, opening May 1, 2019 in the former Morning Glory space on Stacy Boulevard. They opened Yella Grille in Andover (and catering) ten years ago.
The Gloucester Zoning Board approved some deck work at their waterfront dining site. Grace spoke about how hard her mom works, the bitter sweet closing, and the plans and excitement of these impressive new owners. The Berdahns made the decision easier for her mom to transition to a well-earned retirement and for customers to welcome a new eatery. The family wishes them well and long success in Gloucester, too.
Caught Jeff in action loading up delivery vans with delicious Jeff’s Variety & Deli party platters and giant subs for the Topsfield Fair. The fair is celebrating its 200th anniversary and continues through Monday, Columbus Day. Opens 10am daily- here’s the link to the 2018 Topsfield Fair daily schedule: https://topsfieldfair.org/dailyschedule2018.php
The Chefs at Sea series will continue each Wednesday until August 15th.
Make a point to book your tickets soon! It is such a great way to see Gloucester’s gorgeous historic seaport while enjoying amazing cuisine by celebrity chefs. It is hard to think of a better way to spend a summer evening.
Live music, cash bar, and great company are the icing on the cake.
Beauport Hospitality Group (BHG), a regarded collection of upscale, full-service hotels, restaurants, event facilities and harbor dinner cruises situated along the picturesque North Shore coastline of Massachusetts, is pleased to announce the debut of its inaugural “Chefs at Sea” dinner series aboard its luxuriously appointed 124-foot ship – Beauport Cruiseliner, located at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester.
Beginning July 11th and running every Wednesday through August 15th, BHG’s “Chefs at Sea” cruises will take guests along for an incredibly scenic and gastronomically satisfying three-hour culinary experience, featuring creatively-themed menus penned by acclaimed local chefs, including: Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi of SRV, an Italian wine bar and bacaro located in Boston’s hip South End neighborhood, Matt O’Neil of the highly acclaimed Ledger restaurant and the Blue Ox, and Ledger, Jason Bond of Bondir, Rachel Miller from the wildly popular Nightshade pop up, as well as Rory Lee of Moona in Cambridge, whose authentic Eastern Mediterranean mezze has landed the restaurant on every critic’s “must-try” list.
Upon boarding at 6:30 p.m., seafarers will be treated to delicious bites prepared by the featured chef and their talented “crew,” with dinner service commencing as “Cruiseliner” pulls away from the docks. In addition to a satisfying, multi-course meal, guests will enjoy an interactive cooking demonstration, live entertainment, custom décor, dancing, and sightseeing from spacious decks, all while sailing the tranquil waters of Gloucester Harbor. Cash bars featuring a full selection of premium beer, wine and spirits will be available for those who wish to imbibe. Upon request, pickups at the commuter rail is available via Beauport Hospitality Group and hotel stays are recommended at the nearby Beauport Hotel! Tickets are $80.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included) and include your meal, entertainment and a 3-hour scenic tour. All beverages are on a cash-bar basis. Menus are at chef’s whim, and will be released 72 hours prior to the event. Those with allergies, or dietary restrictions should make requests in the notes section of Eventbrite at time of booking and when possible accommodations will be made. Tickets will sell out in advance quickly!
Here is the line up of amazing celebrity chefs, their restaurants, and the charities that some of the proceeds are going to! To call that a Win, Win.
Chef Jason Bond of Bondir Restaurant
Date:July 11, 2018 | 6:30PM
Some proceeds to benefit Faith Kitchen http://www.faithkitchen.org/
Chef Matt O’Neil of Ledger and The Blue Ox
Date:July 18, 2018 | 6:30PM
Chef Rory Lee of Moona
Date: July 25, 2018 | 6:30PM
Some proceeds to benefit PCRF http://www.pcrf.net/
Date:August 1, 2018 | 6:30PM
Chef Rachel Miller of Nightshade
Date:August 8, 2018 | 6:30PM
Chef Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi of SRV
Date:August 15, 2018 | 6:30PM
Some proceeds to benefit No Kid Hungry https://www.nokidhungry.org/
2018 Gourmet Gala North Shore Medical Center benefit for North Shore Cancer Walk held at Acura of Peabody. Great food, worthy cause, quite a crowd. Live auction featured Gloucester’s Beauport Hotel Getaway. Auctioneer was Kiss 108FM Billy Costa.
(scenes from the Gala – click to enlarge, and again for full size)