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Down to the sea in the Seawitch

galleygirl Aug 29, 2005 09:13 PM

My heart is heavy.

After a lovely day sailing on the Schooner Thomas Lannan, for the Commodore's birthday, I planned to take him to the Causeway, for bounteous portions of Italian seafood('Bounteous", "Italian" and "seafood" being near and dear to his heart)...Alas, the line was beyond long, even at 5 on a Friday evening, and we were ravenous. The usual suspects(my favorite clam and lobster places in Essex) were out of the quetion, because it *was* his birthday, and he was eschewing fried food for health reasons, and doesn't care for lobster...Well, my old reliable fave, the Seawitch in Peabody, was on the way home. Broiled seafood for him, and a lobster for you know who! ;)

A quick wait, and we had a table. He had ordered the broiled swordfish, but I had to forsake my lobster dreams, since the one pound dinner was going for $21.95...For a chix, with a couple of sides. Preposterous, when the fish market next door was selling them for $5.95 a pound. Seawitch used to be a great source for the freshest, most reasonable lobster in a no-frills, yet family-friendly environment. Well, there was a Cajun catfish special; I went for that...

Bad news, campers. The Commodore's swordfish was FROZEN, from what I could tell from it's flavorlessness (and fresh swordfish is DELICIOUS right now)...Judging by the muddiness of my farmed catfish(and I eat lots of catfish, that "grassiness" doesn't bother me), the reason it was a Cajun special was to use strong spices to mask the taste. They knew just what they were doing. Sigh.....Felt like the Middle Ages...And to top it off, our sides of soggy, waterlogged corn on the cob were suspiciously sweet; I deducted sugar in the water...

I love the Seawitch. I have sung its praises for years....But I happened to tell my mother, a Peabody resident, my tale of woe...

"Oh, yeah", she said, "I meant to tell you, I heard the famliy sold it a couple of month's ago"


Link: http://www.bistrodraw.com

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    pastrytroll Aug 29, 2005 09:23 PM

    Sob, indeed! Say it ain't so! I almost stopped there today - I've loved the reliable old place, and have nice memories of the day the counter-kid slipped me a grapenut pudding to go!

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      kate@50 Aug 29, 2005 09:26 PM


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        catsmeow Sep 4, 2007 05:58 AM

        I was there for the first and last time several months ago. Just about the worst meal I ever had.

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          9lives Sep 4, 2007 06:07 AM

          That's really a shame. as you said, fresh swordfish is so good right now..been an exceptional season..disgraceful to use frozen....doubly so when a place like Seawitch; which has had a good reputation for so many years does it..oh well


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          1. re: 9lives
            Joanie Sep 4, 2007 06:32 AM

            That swordfish was from 2 years ago tho. Probably still a bad excuse but maybe things were different then.

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              9lives Sep 4, 2007 07:32 AM

              my swordfish from 2 years ago? I took the pic July 21, 2007

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                Joanie Sep 4, 2007 08:06 AM

                I mean Galleygirl was talking about a meal 2 years ago and you're saying the swordfish is great now. It was probably great then, but this is an old post.

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                  9lives Sep 4, 2007 08:13 AM

                  Ah, got you. I missed that GG's post was so old. Thx..:)

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