The struedel is wonderful....the coffee is excellent. You can take your treats out the back door to a deck which is shady and overlooks the Rockport inner cove. My "kids" had a good time together on this weekend. If you click the pic, you'll see Susan's giggle.
My oldest and my youngest "child" sometimes regress....but it's nice to see them having a laugh together. In another pic they thought it was very funny to stick their tongue out at their mother. One of those moments....
Small but delicious. That goes for the coffee, the sandwiches and the view from the tiny dining room overlooking the protected harbor on the north side of Bearskin Neck.
They tout their gourmet coffees, teas, espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, hot cocoas, soups, salads, sandwiches, handcrafted pastries & much more.
Favorite Dish: Loved their coffee.....hot or cold... strong or frothed with milk. Enjoyed their curry chicken roll up as well as their tuna roll up. It's quite generous and served with chips and pickle.
Back to the same spot for lunch this year with a friend who was equally as impressed with this little lunch spot. Keep your eye open for it... it's worth the stop.
the Lobster Shack has the freshest shellfish you can find anywhere. I like to stop in at lunch time for a shrimp cocktail served in a paper tray. Tastes great on his back deck where you are surrounded by lobster traps and sitting on a deck that is above the water.
Top Dog is a little shack of a place located just off of Bear Skin Neck in downtown Rockport. They specialize in fried seafood and lobsters. They have some of the best fried clams I've ever tasted. Top Dog also serves several types of hot dogs, thus their name, onion rings, chicken fingers and french fries. You order your food at the counter and wait for your number to be called. You can eat outside on the picnic tables or inside. Top Dog only takes cash so be sure to have some money on you before you order.
Favorite Dish: I can't decide between the lobster roll (one of the best I've ever had) or the fried clams. Their clams are incredible. Get the whole clams, not strips!
My family has been buying lobsters from Roy Moore's since I was three or four years old, at least that's as far back as I can remember. The restaurant/lobster pound has been there forever and it's not hard to see why: they get their lobsters right from the docks behind the restaurant. They also serve several other types of seafood as well as have a kids menu and options for non-fish-eaters. You can buy lobsters here to take home with you, too. They'll even cook them for you at no extra charge.
A small German bakery near the end of Bear Skin Neck, Helmut's holds a lot of memories for me. I can remember going there as long as 30 years ago, when my younger sister was still in a stroller. It says a lot about this place that it's just as crowded now as it used to be back then. Their strudel is nothing short of amazing. I think the best is apricot, but really all of the kinds they sell are great. Unlike when I was a kid they now sell other things besides strudel like coffee and ice cream, but the strudel is the reason you you should go.
Favorite Dish: Strudel!!!
The Fish Shack is located right downtown near the beginning of Bear Skin Neck. It is a simple place with plastic booths, its dining room overlooking the water. The view is great so try to get a seat by the window if you can. The food here is good, but it is a bit expensive. Most of the people who eat at the Fish Shack are tourists. The waitresses are friendly and the service is pretty fast. They are open seven days in the summer and on weekends only off-season.
Favorite Dish: The best thing I've eaten here is the clam chowder. It's especially good if you go on a weekend during the cold weather. Their fried clams are also very good. All of their food is homemade.
The Blacksmith Shop is located in the heart of downtown and directly overlooks Rockport Harbor. It has a large, almost cavernous dining room with a huge picture window that gets diners up close and personal with the boats. You'll love it!
Favorite Dish: After a decade of pinging back and forth between different lessees, the building and restaurant are now in the capable hands of new owner Steve Aloise. He's done a great job so far -- don't miss an opportunity to try the improved ambiance and cuisine!
Donovan's--no relation to me, but hence my fascination with the place. You can go in here, look at one of the enormous tanks and pick out your live lobster to eat. The best is to take the whole lobster and walk to the end of Bearskin Neck to eat your meal on the rocks while fending off the ravinous seagulls.
Favorite Dish: Lobster of course
THE CHOWDER HOUSE...
AS YOU CAN TELL BY THE NAME WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO GET....
Favorite Dish: CLAM CHOWDER AND FISH STEW....
Favorite Dish: GREAT SANDWICHES A LOT OF HEALTHY ITEAMS ON THE MENU.
IF YOU LIKE ICE CREAM YOUR GOING TO LOVE THIS TOWN!
THERE IS 5 OR 6 LITTLE SHOPS ALL AROUND TOWN...
Favorite Dish: MOCAFUDGE
THE COTTAGE RESTERAUNT.....
YOUR GET A GREAT VIEW WITH A GREAT MEAL
Favorite Dish: SEAFOOD ALL TYPES AND STYLES AND FRESH HOME MADE BREAD.........
Friendly and informative owner described his roasted turkey and special dressing (which he allowed me to sample before purchasing) and actually had a gluten free choice for my sandwich! What could be any better than that? It was delicious and fresh.
His tiny lunch spot is right next to the information booth in the main square.
Why would you wanna eat anywhere BUT a place called "The Fish Shack" when in Rockport? Well, truthfully, so many of Rockport's restaurants are seasonal so the pickings were slim.
It was a good choice as it's right on the water and all the seafood's fresh. (Better be, huh?)
Favorite Dish: My chowder was lovely as was the lobster salad I ordered. I was a little put off by the gelatinous vinaigrette dressing, however.