Last night my husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. We spent the day exploring Rockport, MA and then headed to dinner in Marblehead. We really had no idea where to go...we were just going to see what the day brought us. We stopped at The Landing first since it had one parking space left in the small lot but it seemed a little pricey and not what we were looking for. We then traveled down the road and saw The Barnacle. It was packed! We thought it must be good if so many people were there on an early Wednesday evening. We circled a few times and finally squeezed into one of the few spots on the street. It was worth it!! We saw the hostess who said the wait would be about 10 or 15 minutes for a table outside and we went to have a drink at the bar. You could tell that this place is quite the hangout for locals. It's old and dated but sweet and homey. I loved it already! After about 15 minutes our hostess got us and we proceeded to a lovely table for two out on the small deck. The view was spectacular! Our server, Courtney was the BEST! She was smart, funny and attentive.
I started with the seafood chowder....sooooo good. My husband ordered chicken wings and they were also good. They had a twin lobster special that everyone was ordering but since we have access to a lot of lobster in RI, we decided to skip it. I had the seafood casserole and it was to die for! The fish and scallops and shrimp were cooked to perfection. The mashed potatoes were fantastic (sides are usually nothing to write about) as were my husbands greenbeans. He ordered the surf and turf. He chose scallops as his "surf" and they were wonderful. His "turf" however was overcooked but Courtney noticed before he even took one bite and said she would bring him another right away. After seeing how much food was already on the table, my husband told her he probably was going to wrap it to go anyway. Courtney brought the new steak "to go" and it was perfect! All in all we had the most wonderful anniversary and plan to go back to The Barnacle as soon as we can.
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