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The Grog

Photo by Anthony Tieuli

This legendary pub in Newburyport is the perfect place to hunker down on a cold winter’s day with classic pub fare—a cup of clam chowder or a plate of fish and chips. But the menu does not stop at the basics. A warm salmon and potato salad is divine. Also on offering are terrific fish tacos and standout crab cakes. The atmosphere is a classic New England–style pub: Brick walls, wood booths, and a large collection of beers on tap and by the bottle makes for a fantastic casual meeting spot.

13 Middle St., Newburyport, 978-465-8008,


Olde Main Street Pub

This is an easy place to set up camp with its cozy atmosphere and seriously delicious pub fare featuring twists on classic dishes. The beer-battered local haddock is perfectly done, and the steak tips are a fan favorite, as is the savory fried lollipop kale with pistachios and Parmesan cheese. Get ready to lick your fingers—the Korean-style duck wings with kimchi is the most popular item on chef Tim Caldwell’s menu.

121 Essex St., Salem, 978-594-8188,



The Grog

13 Middle St., Newburyport, 978-465-8008,

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