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good fresh cheap seafood?

Any and all recs for the above? Fresh and well prepared, serving beer and wine a plus? I remember the Sea Witch on Rte 1 in Peabody, haven't been in probably 15 yrs, but it was good and cheap and the lobster stew was to die for (in fact last time we were there former President GW Bush 1 and his entorage stopped in for a seafood fix on the way to Kennebunkport!).

Seems like this should be an easy find given our NE location, but it isn't. we are Northwest of Boston/Camb but willing to drive - thanks!

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  1. The Causeway in Gloucester may do, there's a liqour store next to the restaurant.

    1. This is easy - Moulton's in Medford - dinner last night (excluding the beer, wine, and tip) was as cheap as buying the ingredients at Whole Foods and I didn't have to cook or clean up anything - they know their way around the fryer, the broiled items are excellent, and the basic pasta preps are really tasty (shrimp, broccoli and wine garlic sauce) was awesome.

      1. I was going to suggest the Sea Witch, we were in town for a few days back in August and ate their every night. It was delicious!

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        1. re: tzurriz

          The last time I was there, it was terrible. The place was dingy too, won't be going back. I know it's a bit of a hike but Billy's in Wakefield, or Zaleks are both my go to places for reasonably, but delicious seafood. They are byob tho.

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          Zaleks
          21 Princess St, Wakefield, MA 01880

        2. Courthouse Seafoood....no beer/wine and counter service.

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          1. re: phatchris

            Second Courthouse, add Yankee Lobster and, for very much more rustic, Alive and Kickin in Cambridge. For more upscale, and reasonable while the oysters are a buck a piece, Cognac Bistro.

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            Yankee Lobster
            300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

            Cognac Bistro
            455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

            1. re: teezeetoo

              alive and kickin is much nicer when the weather is cooperative. The food is good while the accoutrements are basic.

              1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                Does Alive and Kicking serve anything other than the lobster sandwich? I know you can buy fish to cook from there.

                1. re: Gabatta

                  i am not sure; i have only had the lobster sandwich; i will report back in the spring. i buy fish from them on occasion.

            2. re: phatchris

              Yes on Courthouse (It's in East Cambridge) - I go there often.

              But a caution that their clam chowder is just weirdly bad (all ground up ingredients in a too-fishy base).

            3. In addition to the Causeway, I would add The Village in Essex. Maybe a "step up" from the Causeway. Carpets and less noisy. More broiled options and baked potatos. Old style sit-down w/bar. Excellent seafood, decent prices.