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panoz May 12, 2011 06:30 PM

In a few weeks, I'll be on a road trip eating every hot dog and fried clam available from New York City to Cape Ann. When I arrive in Salem, I'll probably be desperately looking for something green for dinner. Is there anywhere that I can find really good dinner salads and steamed or grilled seafood? Nothing fried or greasy, obviously.

  1. opinionatedchef May 14, 2011 03:32 PM

    please report back after your trip so we can advise others!

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      scottdrums May 14, 2011 10:01 AM

      I agree with the others that 62 on wharf has great food with a nice small plate menu. Also nearby is Capts which has a lot of grilled seafood selections that are excellent. checkout the website @ www.capts.com

      1. opinionatedchef May 13, 2011 04:46 PM

        The only two excellent chefs I know of in Salem area are at 62Wharf inSalem and Tryst in Beverly. google their menus and see what wows you. Both casual; 62 wharf more quiet/cushioned comfy and very Northern Italian menu. Tryst more International creative; bare wooden chairs, not banquette, tavern atmosphere. Good friendyt staff at both. Tryst is 15 minutes from 62 Wharf.

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        Sixty2 on Wharf
        62 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970

        Tryst Restaurant
        282A Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

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          drewinmrblhd May 13, 2011 02:00 PM

          I am a big fan of the salad with turkey tips at Rockafella's!

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          Rockafellas
          231 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

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            Northshoregirl May 13, 2011 01:38 PM

            62 is great, and I'd add Adriatic, which usually has a couple of fish options, plus a vegetarian or pescatarian risotto. I had the fish in parchment paper with olives and potatoes, and it was terrific. I am not a fan of Finz. I find them overpriced and very hit and miss in terms of preparation. I was there a few weeks ago and had crab cakes that were heavy and bland and caesar salad with a thick, gummy dressing.

            http://www.northshoredish.com

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              Small Plates May 13, 2011 01:44 PM

              As much as I want to love Finz (had my wedding reception there and it was over the top delicious with EXCELLENT service and attention to detail) I lament to say that every time I go back, looking to experience that happiness again, I am disappointed. The service is just off. And the food is off in the same way. What should be a good dish ends up poorly executed. I was served chowder once with uncooked bits of flour/roux - an absolute sin in my book. So - where you have the makings of a good house-prepared chowder, you end up with rookie-level execution errors. And the service has the same "eh, I don't really care" slip shoddiness. It is too bad. Because I have had really good food there. I always wish it was good.

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              Finz
              910 Washington St., Dedham, MA 02026

            2. Science Chick May 13, 2011 01:19 PM

              I don't know how veg-friendly you are, but for something *really* green, you could head the next town over to Beverly for a nice vegetarian meal:
              http://www.organicgardencafe.com/

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                Pegmeister May 13, 2011 04:48 AM

                I would probably opt for 62 on Wharf or possibly Finz.

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                  bluesjack May 13, 2011 12:41 PM

                  second 62, fresh and never greasy

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