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Mar 6, 2010 09:01 AM

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.

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        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.

            21 Princess St, Wakefield, MA 01880

          2. Courthouse 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.

              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).