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Greasy Spoons Week

parklunch.jpg"Probably the best spot that I can think of is The Park Lunch in Newburyport. Good food like fried clams and burgers, and some of the regulars are still bemoaning smoking being outlawed. It's covered in local photos and sports memorabilia, and a few years ago the place almost burned to the ground because when the firefighters showed up they dropped their hoses and ran inside and started pulling all of the pictures and posters off of the walls. They saved most of the memorabilia at the cost of the restaurant." -Dave Becker, executive chef/owner of Sweet Basil (and a Newburyport native)