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!
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
4. Shop Small and Eat Local: several Essex antique and specialty shops are located within walking distance of Essex eateries. Browse the shops, then relax with a specialty cocktail or craft beer and an appetizer or entree. C.K. Pearl, Riversbend, Shea’s Riverside and Woodman’s offer outdoor dining (in season) overlooking the Essex River. In winter months, enjoy the ambience of a crackling fireplace at Shea’s Riverside. And stop in the Taproom at Great Marsh Brewing Co. and find a wide selection of local beers and wine to enjoy at home from Essex Wine Exchange.