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Seafood Dinner near PEM in Salem?

peregrine Jul 7, 2012 03:29 PM

Looking for a good dinner within easy walking distance from the Museum, so we don't have to move the car. Suggestions, please?

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    drewinmrblhd Jul 8, 2012 11:59 AM

    Finz at Pickering Wharf would be my first choice, you can't beat eating at an outdoor patio on the water . 62 is great, but a this time of year, I would chose Finz. Capt's around the corner is consistently awful.

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    1. re: drewinmrblhd
      opinionatedchef Jul 8, 2012 01:15 PM

      we'll have to try it!:


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        peregrine Jul 8, 2012 02:17 PM

        Checking various menus from this and other threads, Finz looks like the place, not least because they are open straight through. Their extensive lunch menu is served until 5:00. Don't know how long we'll spend at the museum or how hungry we'll be. The 62 opens at 5:00 for dinner only. We may have a peek, depending on the hour.

        Thanks, hounds.

        1. re: peregrine
          opinionatedchef Jul 8, 2012 07:03 PM

          you bet! plse do post about your experience so we can share w/ future visitors !

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            peregrine Jul 12, 2012 03:11 PM

            A late lunch for two at Finz was excellent. We went halfies on the Paella and the Sesame Tuna. The Paella was à la Finz, not quite Portuguese, delicately seasoned, lots of fresh seafood and not much rice. The Tuna was a very thick cut, perfectly seared, also very fresh. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the service was attentive, but we were closing out the lunch crowd so I have no idea how they handle peak hours. Dessert was a tangy Key Lime Pie. (Some of the desserts were sold out by about 3pm.) The Mr. tasted his coffee, then drank it black - a high compliment. We'd go back again for another celebration.

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              opinionatedchef Jul 14, 2012 12:40 AM

              great to know, thnx! (btw, you do know about the peregrine nest atop the Custom House in Boston? One -way glass makes for some really cool observing.)

    2. opinionatedchef Jul 7, 2012 10:08 PM

      For us, the best dinner food in Salem is found at 62 on Wharf, a 10 minute walk from PEM. But I would just drive there because parking is usually plentiful in the big hotel lot (free) behind 62. Pull up the web menu; also a CH Search will bring up lots of raves. It's artisinal Italian and always local seafood included on the menu. Lovely comfortable place and exc service.

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        smtucker Jul 8, 2012 04:51 AM

        Rereading, and you said Dinner..... then take opinionatedchef's comments more seriously than mine. Red's is a breakfast-lunch spot.

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        smtucker Jul 7, 2012 06:49 PM

        Red's Sandwich Shop on Lafayette. Don't let the name fool you, the seafood was fresh, the waitresses know you are a tourist, and it was really very good. All day breakfast, standard sandwiches, hot lunch specials plus lots of burgers. Old fashioned diner feel with reasonable prices.

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