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 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.
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
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.
289 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930
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.
1 Holly St, Gloucester, MA 01930
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