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May 12, 2011 06:30 PM

healthy/light dinner in Salem

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.

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

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    1. 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:

      1. 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.

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        1. re: Northshoregirl

          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.

          910 Washington St., Dedham, MA 02026

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

          231 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

          1. 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.

            Sixty2 on Wharf
            62 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970

            Tryst Restaurant
            282A Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915