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Recs for Mom's 60th birthday - seafood

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She likes places that aren't trendy, but have good solid quality seafood, prepared simply. We are a loud talking bunch who love to laugh. Thanks in advance!

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  1. does she like legals? my parents were always thrilled with Village Fish in Brookline Village. choice of very fresh variety of seafoods,grilled or sauteed or with sauce ,and their Shrimp Marsala over linguini- is a longtime fav of mine.
    very casual, comfortable room with people enjoying themselves.

    1. I like Atlantic Fish on Boylston. Otherwise Turner Fisheries is OK. Our favorite Legal Seafoods is at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. It's easy to park and I have had more than 30 consistently great fresh seafood experiences at this place. I eat a lot of oysters and I can't say that I'm always happy with the quality at other Legal restaurants.

      1. I think the original Daily Catch location in the North End might fit the bill: it's a very casual, no-pretense kind of place, with a nice assortment of fried and broiled seafood, specializing in calamari dishes. The squid-ink pasta is justly famous. Not sure if they take reservations, though.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Don't you think for Mom's 60th she'd like a space where she can relax and use a bathroom?

          1. re: Joanie

            This is an excellent point; there's no bathroom (they send you to the caffe across the street), it can be a bit hectic, and IIRC, they only take cash. So yes, if Mom's not a spry sixty, and the hurly-burly of a tiny, bare-bones North End place is not desirable, you might want to look elsewhere.

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            I actually made reservations at the Daily Catch, but didn't end up going. Went to Casa Portugal in Cambridge instead. The flavors were wonderful (especially the seafood broth-based dishes) and the homey atmosphere made for a very nice evening.

          3. No clue if you'd be willing to go to Someville, but there seems to be at least a bit of a CH following for Out of the Blue in Davis Square. Personally, I'm not a fan... maybe someone else can give you a better opinion on the place.

            1. I will once again extole the praises of Moultons Seafood in Medford. If you could get there on a Tues/Wed for dinner you could all but have the place to yourselves. You won't find better seafood at more reasonable prices. This is the place our family goes to celebrate birthdays/anniversaries.