Restaurants in Gloucester, MA

Painters love the docks of Cape Ann for their scenic waterside. Gloucester in particular inspires reveries of whalers and seagoing adventurers. It also happens to be home of the nation’s most impressive turtle fleet, at Turtle Alley, a candy shop whose array of chocolate turtles is without compare. Another must-visit culinary highlight of Gloucester is Virgilio’s Italian Bakery, where the watchwords are, “Bread of the  Fishermen.” Seekers of regional food travel the cape looking for bakeries that serve anadama bread. This is a dark cornmeal and molasses loaf that allegedly got its name when an ornery Yankee sea captain, frustrated by his wife Anna’s lazy ways, had to knead his own bread, all the while cursing, “Anna, damn her!”  True or tall tale, you will not find anadama bread south of Boston; and it’s fairly rare downeast, too. But at cafes that bake it, anadama bread is a breakfast staple, either simply toasted, buttered and grilled, or turned into French toast.

Gloucester’s Most Famous Dishes

Chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting ... all butter all the time

Chocolate Dishes

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA


"Dam sandwich": Ribeye steak shares space with a burger and cheese in this foot-tall sandwich

Steak Sandwich

Grilled-crisp rye holds meat loaf dressed with sweet cranberry sauce and melted Swiss cheese

Meatloaf Sandwich

Gloucester’s Best Restaurants

Turtle candy includes almonds, cherries, and apricots
Turtle Alley




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The Dory


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