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Marblehead has a number of serviceable dining options, plus a ton of bars that serve decent food. The tavern at the Harbor Light Inn offers a limited bar menu at dinner and lunch in a cozy 18th-century setting. You're probably better off heading to Salem if you want a fancier meal, but I prefer picnicking. You can stock up at a number of places in Old Town. Crosby's Marketplace, 118 Washington St. (tel. 781/631-1741; www.crosbysmarkets.com), is a full-service market with a large prepared-food section. Shubie's, 32 Atlantic Ave. (tel. 781/631-0149; www.shubies.com), carries a good selection of specialty foods. Another excellent option is to hit the road early and have breakfast near the harbor.

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