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Feb 27, 2009 07:02 AM

Okay, attempting to take the kids out to dinner in the Worcester area tonight.

Hoping for some good seafood options for me & the hubby and someplace that will tolerate the kiddies.

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  1. How about Via Italian Table on Shrewsbury Street? They have many nice seafood options for you and your DH, and a kid's menu. Upscale enough to feel like a special night, but bustling enough to cover up any chowpup scandals....The food is pretty decent and the place has a nice open kitchen.

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    1. re: Science Chick

      Hmmmm, I haven't tried Via yet. Is it as good as the Sole & 111?

      1. re: TallCoolOne

        I really don't care for the Sole. I'm probably jaded b/c I live near Boston and can get much better there. I think they try too hard to be "creative" and it usually falls short, although their straightforward fish preps are well executed. 111 is good quality, but I find overly expensive and noisy. Via is on par with both of them quality wise. More family friendly, for sure.

    2. Here are a few suggestions, if you don't want to pay Sole prices (although I do find the Sole kid-friendly):

      Picadilly Pub -- local chain, does a decent job with fish and has several choices on the menu. Even on a Friday, not a long wait for a seat.

      West Boylston Seafood (closes at 8pm) -- Rte. 12, West Boylston -- has an extensive fish menu, very informal.

      Tweed's Pub -- Grove St., Worcester -- OK with seafood, very kid-friendly.

      For fancy eatin', I'd go for the Sole.

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      1. re: MUGger

        Sorry to weigh in negatively, but Picadilly Pub is really quite mediocre at best. Standard Sisco fare. Ok for a quick sandwich at lunch maybe, but I would n't go there for a nice seafood dinner.

        1. re: Science Chick

          We took our kids to Via back in the fall after a Chow rec and were quite pleased. Everyone loved it.

          1. re: Science Chick

            Have you tried the seafood at Picadilly Pub? While it's not gourmet fare, they do a decent job with fish and chips, and their chowder is acceptable. I have not found their other seafood offerings overcooked or lacking freshness.

            While I agree that not all of their offerings are to my taste, I think that the restaurant is good for what it is -- a family place offering decent fare at affordable prices. When you are dining out with a couple of kids, that is often what you are looking for.

            1. re: MUGger

              The OP didn't specify the "caliber" of restaurant they were looking for, for sure. But the comment about "tolerating the kiddies" led me to think they wanted something slightly better than the average family place where it is already a given that kids are welcomed/accomodated. I've certainly had my share of meals out with a chowpup..but I usually strove to find a place with chow-worthy food. I just don't consider a chain like Picadilly chow worthy.