Culinary Delights in Essex, MA
Foodies flock to Essex, Massachusetts for fresh, locally harvested seafood, eclectic takes on New England fare, comfort food and homemade desserts. Scroll down for a few suggestions and check out all of our Day Tripper Guides to make any day an adventure in Essex!
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2. Essex, Massachusetts is known for its fresh seafood and locally harvested clams - after all, the fried clam was invented right here at Woodman’s in 1916. Fried or steamed, each restaurant serves up their own signature recipe. So try one place for lunch and another for dinner! View Restaurant Directory
3. Several Essex antique and specialty shops are located within walking distance of Essex eateries. Browse the shops, then refresh with a specialty cocktail or craft beer and an appetizer. Ripple, Shea’s Riverside, Riversbend and C.K. Pearl all have outdoor deck dining (in season) overlooking the Essex River. In winter months, relax beside a cozy fireplace at The Farm Bar & Grille, Shea’s Riverside or Windward Grille. And stop in for a great selection of craft beers and wines from around the world at Essex Wine Exchange!
4. Choose from a wide range of dining experiences for dinner: comfort food with a barbeque spin at The Farm Bar & Grille; wood-fired pizza and more at Riversbend; picnic dining on Eben’s Creek at J.T. Farnham’s; dinner and drinks at Shea’s Riverside; or dine in a New England farmhouse that’s over 300 years old at Windward Grille.