By Sybille C. Denninger
Good Morning, everyone :-)
You know what day it is: TGIF(EATURE FRIDAY)!!!!! Admit it, it's the highlight of your work week :-)
Today I have a special treat for you. We are featuring our first restaurant since the start of FEATURE FRIDAY! I'm not sure why we have not yet blogged about a restaurant, and actually I didn't even notice, but my ever helpful husband pointed out to me that restaurants had so far been missing. Well, no more, we are including restaurants with a bang by starting with My Place by the Sea in Rockport, a Fine Dining establishment with the absolutely best view and outdoor seating in town.
Located at the very end of Bearskin Neck, My Place by the Sea offers stunning views of the Atlantic from the intimate dining room to the multi-level outdoor seating areas, along with fresh ocean breezes while you feast on local seafood and other delicacies. Their visually beautiful website includes their menus for lunch and dinner, as well as a thoughtfully curated wine list and a special dessert menu.
Kathy Milbury is the award winning chef and co-owner of My Place by the Sea. She created the restaurant's interesting New American Cuisine style menu which is based on local, seasonal products. I have eaten at My Place by the Sea several times, for lunch as well as dinner, and it was consistently outstanding! Her business partner, co-owner Barbara Stavropoulos, is heading up what's called "the front of the house" in restaurant speak. That means she charmingly welcomes guests and manages the hosts and wait staff, ensuring that diners are seated as quickly as possible, and that they have a great dining experience. Barbara is also responsible for the romantic, seaside ambiance, achieved through lovely decorations and furnishings.
The best part about featuring My Place by the Sea today was the fact that I "had to" eat lunch there yesterday. It was definitely a major job perk. My husband and I received a warm welcome and were seated on the upper deck, located above the deck which is pictured here. The view was simply breathtaking! It's like stepping away from your daily grind into an instant vacation! Ocean waves, rocks, kayaks, sail boats and the gorgeous coast line come free with the meal! Sitting here you wish the staff was slow and less efficient, just so you could stay there longer haha.
Our waiter, Luke, was very friendly and professional. He allowed enough time to study the menu, then took our order and shortly thereafter our drinks appeared. While we enjoyed the scenery and sea air on a hot July afternoon, our "Pan Crisped Fresh Fish Sandwiches with Lyonnaise Potatoes" were being expertly prepared in Kathy's well run kitchen. The sandwiches arrived in a timely manner and were DELICIOUS! Here on Cape Ann we are fortunate to be able to get a fresh fish sandwich pretty much anywhere but you can tell that the My Place by the Sea version was a cut above the rest in both preparation and presentation. Since the generous portion of fish was not deep-fried, it was satisfyingly crispy on the outside without being greasy (Ooh, I like my description, just start calling me Phantom Gourmet haha). It was served on a toasted sesame bun. The potatoes and a Mediterranean style side salad of greens, onions and cucumbers rounded out the dish beautifully. I realize now that a photo of our lunch plates would have been good, however we dug in so fast that I completely forgot. Shame on me! Now you have to see for yourself and try it :-)
My Place by the Sea is the perfect choice for lunch with friends, for special occasion dinners, for topping off an already perfect summer day in Rockport, or for treating out-of-town guests to an unforgettable dining experience. Reservations recommended!
My Place by the Sea
68 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966
Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!!!!!