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Jun 5, 2010 08:50 PM

Recc for fish dish in Gloucester/Cape Ann?

I am spending a whole week in Rocky Neck this week (starting 5th June).

Thanks to these wonderful boards, I've read and collected many wonderful recommendations for friend clams, steamers and lobsters on the boards here. (Causeway, Halibut Pt, Lobster Pool & Ray Moore's in Rockport, of course Clam Box in Ipswich, Farnhams in Essex). Also noted lots of not-neccessarily-seafood restaurants (Duckworth's, Franklins, Virgillios for sandwiches, Alchemy)

What I'm actually looking for is really good, fresh, yummy fish dishes that are not deep fried. I do like fried fish too, but that's not my question. I love fish, the fresher the better, (grew up eating fish from the tank at Chinese restaurants) done any old way, steamed, sashimi, grilled, curry. What is your favourite, and where?

I don't have a car, but I'm happy to take a taxi as far as Ipswich. But obviously would prefer something located in Gloucester.

I will also be doing some cooking, any recommendations on a place I can get great seafood (not lobster - prefer to get those cooked already :)) retail? I think I read Connolly's in Gloucester somewhere.

BTW, went to Rudder this weekend. The cod was nicely cooked, fresh, and perfect done-ness. But underseasoned for me, and the salsa-style relish seemed a little strange with the creamy mash.

Thank you!

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  1. Had the best ever gravelax, not ususally on the menu but Chef Scott had some made up from the sushi bar. It was served with pickled onions and aioli and bruchetta. divine!
    Had soft shell crab this week, albeit fried, over a bed of arugula with compressed watermelon and a balsamic dressing. Beautiful contmeporary decor, great metal art over the sushi pit, kitchen and fireplace. Marlvelous view of the working harbor from the outside deck.

    25 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA 01930

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    1. re: haricot

      I've heard great things about the sushi at Latitude too. When I lived up there I often bought my fish at Steve Connolly on Main St. I think it closed early or had limited hours somehow.

    2. All in Gloucester - Steve Connolly's has great fresh fish, cash only. We've heard consistently good things about Turner's seafood market too. The Willow Rest has wonderful produce, fresh bread/baked goods, nice snacks (cheese, crackers, olives, etc.) and is a great place to check out if you're cooking in.

      Willow Rest
      1 Holly St, Gloucester, MA 01930

      1. Though not everyone would agree with me, I have consistently enjoyed Halibut Point for seafood. The place can get loud and touristy but the seafood is fresh and simply prepared. Might be worth an app and a drink at the bar to test it out.

        Halibut Point
        289 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

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        1. re: Cheffrank

          There's a new restaurant that just opened in Lobster Cove in Annisquam, by some Berkeley CA alum of Chez Panisse. Looks like they'll have some good looking fish dishes. I'd love to know if someone's been yet.

          1. re: justbeingpolite

            We were there for the grand opening. It's small and charming, right on the water. The food we sampled was top notch. A post about our visit, with pics, is on our blog (second from top).


            1. re: Northshoregirl

              Thanks, NSG, sounds promising.
              Love your blog, BTW.

              1. re: justbeingpolite

                Thanks so much! We have a serious amount of fun doing it.

                Fifth Joy just posted about her visit to The Market. Also with pics.

        2. Try Captain Carlos! Located on the water and they have live music on weekends.

          Captain Carlo's Restaurant
          27 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930

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          1. re: drewinmrblhd

            Went to Captain Carlo's last Friday night. Was just going for the band and to have some outdoor drinks on the deck, but 6 of us ate and the food was surprisingly excellent. Had steamers, great fresh salasd, grilled salmon.....great seasoning and portion. Others had blacked scallops with angel hair pasta and seafood casseroles.....everyone loved everything.

            Captain Carlo's Restaurant
            27 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930

          2. Thank you for all the replies and guidance. I've noted down your reccs for next trip to Gloucester. Due to circumstances I didn't go to the places you mentioned. (I had so much fun just walking around and popping into random places I didn't do much planning.) Here is where/what I ate:

            * Causeway : Lobster Pie : Really yummy hot fresh lobster in a light cream sauce with a delicate sweet crust over, served with a heap of just-cooked asparagus. Service was adequate, but quite besides the point :) Ate at the bar, it was fun and got talking with my bar-mates. I went at 3pm and even then there was a queue. Really wish I could go back to try the huge bowl of steamers or the massive basket of fried shrimp I saw. Well worth the special trip out.

            * Franklin's : (Special) Seared striped bass : Can't remember what it was served with but remember thinking it was delicious and went really well. The bread with hummus was exceptional. Sat at the bar service was friendly and efficient.

            * Sugar Mags : The Greasy Pole : Oh What a Breakfast, 3 eggs, bacon, sausages, linguica, home-fried potatoes, a pancake bigger than my large head, french toast. Took leftovers home and ate it for 3 days. It was Really Good, eggs perfect, pancake fluffy. The best thing was the french toast, eggy and cinnamony, it was the perfect balance between soft-fluffy and firm-bitey. I still dream about it. Service good though a slight bit flustered on the very busy morning we went (15 minutes in queue on Sat'day morning) . Decent coffee.

            * Roy Moore's (Rockport) : Lobster roll, smoked salmon and chowder : Lobster roll was Exceptional. Sweet, still the tang of the sea in the lobster meat. Smoked salmon was ok - I guess I prefer my smoked fish to be a bit smokier and saltier. Chowder was nice enough. My template is the less creamy more clammy rendition at Legals, this was thick and creamy and hearty - good for a cold foggy day.

            * Rudder: Cod on creamy mash with relish : Cod was perfectly cooked, just flaky with a beaut crust, I just found the relish and mash combo a bit odd. Service was good, but obviously the focus was on the regular/locals. I really didn't mind, didn't bother my enjoyment or the efficiency with which I got my food etc.

            * Sailor Stans : Takeaway linguica roll. Very basic well executed.

            I also went to the retail shop at Connolly's and it was fantastic. Got a couple different types of fish during the week and everything was seriously super-fresh. Tried wild salmon for the first time, it really is like a different creature. Almost gamey.

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            1. re: ozinboz

              Sounds like you are hitting all the notes from bottom of the scales to the top, pun intended.

              1. re: ipsofatso

                Good one :) Yes, my tummy had a great time. Looking forward to going back and trying the other reccs.