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Hello! I have been checking out the boards but haven't really found what I'm looking for. We are going to visit Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II this weekend and would like to grab a quick bit to eat between the Plantation and the Mayflower (about 3 miles apart). Any suggestions for a quick, healthy lunch? On Google Maps I saw several places mentioned that are not discussed here: Bert's Landing, Sandy's, Water St. Cafe, along with the 99 and Panera. We have 2 kids so don't need anything fancy....just quick, relatively healthy and good.

Thanks!!

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  1. There's some good threads on Plymouth on the Southern New England board that might help.

    Me? We go to Wood's on the waterfront for lobster rolls.

    1. saint, we really really enjoyed our food at The Blue Eyed Crab, at the northern end of the very busy commercial strip along the water, so it's relatively calm.I can't remember how to link you to a post w/in a thread, so here's my brief review of it, in August:

      <<T.Clark, just want to thank you so much for recommending The Blue Eyed Crab. We drove down from Boston to Plymouth today to meet up with some old frends vacationing nearby, and because of you, we were all lucky enough to have a delicious dinner. Good thing we made reservations (Thurs night late August) because they were slammed all night. And I can understand why. This place goes into the category of "Neighborhood Gem". Not being a fan of fried seafood shacks (except for The Clam Box a few times a year) it was your mention of 'some inspiration' that got me to pull up the menu and see the Latin, Caribbean etc.influences you mentioned.

      Our entrees were:( Portuguese style spicy)Seafood Stew , Seafood Risotto, Scallops with Lime Cilantro sauce, Clam Chowder,and Fried Calamari. Not a mote of food went uneaten; everyone was pleased as could be. Generous portions, highest quality fresh seafood cooked perfectly, all robustly flavored. Some fun bar drinks and good beers for our young friends. And when their toddler got restless, there was a lovely quiet courtyard area w/ gazebo and benches and , off on the side, those 2(out of place?) children's car and mini merry- go- round rides (which entertain a 2 yr old even w/o the coins!). Next time I def want to eat outside; the water-facing patio (water in the distance)was really attractive, surrounded by lush tall ornamental grasses(and no gross music.)Even though the patio sits right above Water St., it is down at the very quiet northern end of the street.

      The only negative of the evening was our waitress -who was probably just over-worked, but we had the longest waits for our drinks and food- that i've had about anywhere. Even if the small kitchen was backed up, she just didn't seem to have it together to quickly get us water or SOMEthing to keep us from feeling so neglected (and the toddler from getting noodgey(sp.).

      On our way out, I went up to thank the chef , only to find that he is Jim Casey, also the owner of the Red Eyed Pig in West Roxbury! (He and his wife split the running of the 2 places.) We had met him when we ate there soon after they opened, earlier this year. A wicked hard working guy to be sure. So thank you again, t.clark. Never would have known about it w/o your CH posting!

      http://blue-eyedcrab.com/
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      (Plymouth Plantatn is so great. If you want a real fun eye opener, ask them if they grow tomatoes in their gardens.

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      T.Clark, just want to thank you so much for recommending The Blue Eyed Crab. We drove down from Boston to Plymouth today to meet up with some old frends vacationing nearby, and because of you, we were all lucky enough to have a delicious dinner. Good thing we made reservations (Thurs night late August) because they were slammed all night. And I can understand why. This place goes into the category of "Neighborhood Gem". Not being a fan of fried seafood shacks (except for The Clam Box a few times a year) it was your mention of 'some inspiration' that got me to pull up the menu and see the Latin, Caribbean etc.influences you mentioned.

      Our entrees were:( Portuguese style spicy)Seafood Stew , Seafood Risotto, Scallops with Lime Cilantro sauce, Clam Chowder,and Fried Calamari. Not a mote of food went uneaten; everyone was pleased as could be. Generous portions, highest quality fresh seafood cooked perfectly, all robustly flavored. Some fun bar drinks and good beers for our young friends. And when their toddler got restless, there was a lovely quiet courtyard area w/ gazebo and benches and , off on the side, those 2(out of place?) children's car and mini merry- go- round rides (which entertain a 2 yr old even w/o the coins!). Next time I def want to eat outside; the water-facing patio (water in the distance)was really attractive, surrounded by lush tall ornamental grasses(and no gross music.)Even though the patio sits right above Water St., it is down at the very quiet northern end of the street.

      The only negative of the evening was our waitress -who was probably just over-worked, but we had the longest waits for our drinks and food- that i've had about anywhere. Even if the small kitchen was backed up, she just didn't seem to have it together to quickly get us water or SOMEthing to keep us from feeling so neglected (and the toddler from getting noodgey(sp.).

      On our way out, I went up to thank the chef , only to find that he is Jim Casey, also the owner of the Red Eyed Pig in West Roxbury! (He and his wife split the running of the 2 places.) We had met him when we ate there soon after they opened, earlier this year. A wicked hard working guy to be sure. So thank you again, t.clark. Never would have known about it w/o your CH posting!>>

      http://blue-eyedcrab.com/

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        We didn't have quite the same experience with a young one there. Wouldn't let us sit on the patio due to some phantom fire code about blocking the walkways between the tables with a high chair - and then the table they sat us at inside was directly under an a/c grate and my wife was freezing, so we asked to move. There was only one other party in the place at the time and they denied our request giving us the same bs excuse as the outside tables. After being ignored for 15 minutes while the waitstaff talked amongst themselves, we got up and left. It was quite obvious that we weren't welcome with a small child.

        1. re: LStaff

          Amazing that places like the Blue Eyed Crab can stay in business with this kind of shoddy treatment to its customers. Kudos for you for getting up and leaving.

          1. re: LStaff

            wow, L, that's so weird. and what a drag for you. And yet, our waitress got us settled w/ the high chair no worries.She purposefully placed the chair between our table and the next table closer to the door, and not in the aisle.(we were in the middle of the room, not against a wall.) She certainly could have been more helpful by getting the young one some bread or cherry tomatoes while we waited a long time, but i chalked it up to her being young and not baby-learned. Was it a manager who denied your request to move? Although i remember it being hard to figure out who the manager was......

        2. The word healthy is throwing a wrench in the spokes here. As Opinionatedchef said I'm partial to Blue Eyed. Not because it's a culinary hotspot but IMO it's a place that at least trying to be different than pretty much every other place in that area. The dynamic changes after the summer season and it can be harder to get a table inside when the patio closes (weather dependent).

          I like Sandy's (wrote that on the SE board at one point I believe) but on a cool windy day It may not be ideal as it sits at the mouth of Plymouth beach. Definitely a clam shack first with some other offerings added to the menu like grilled fish and sandwiches. Good choice but weather dependent.

          Water street Cafe is decent. fresh and clean. I think of them as more of a breakfast place but I imagine they do a nice lunch, I've only had the former.

          Bert's Landing would not be an option for me. Suffice to say they need a good renovation in all facets of their operation.

          Kkaties Burger Bar should be an option. It's small and not much to look at but the burgers are pretty good as are the fries. It's healthy in a fresh home-made way but burgers tend to not be....ummm healthy?

          Anna's Harborside could work. Again not that exciting but it's new, clean yet very small so depending on the weather (they rely on a patio) could be a no-go. It's owned by a couple of Greek brothers so it leans toward "house-of-pizza" but they do have a good range of salads and sandwiches.

          The one place that keeps coming to mind is Blue Blinds Bakery. It's a short walk up from the waterfront. They make their own breads daily. The menu is pretty limited but the product is above average quality and everything is made in house. Good soups and really good coffee. They own a "wholesome food store" around the corner called Common Sense so they do bill themselves as healthy-ish. Worth a look. I will add this caveat: Both businesses are run by The Twelve Tribes Messianic Community, some call it a commune, some call it a cult. Whatever, they make pretty good bread!

          1. With kids I would eat at Wood's Seafoods or one of the other casual fish places right there at the port.

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            1. re: Bugsey34

              We've always preferred the Lobster Hut over Woods. Very clean with great view of the docks. The food always seems fresher, and there is more variety. For your healthy request, you can get broiled plates with rice pilaf instead of fries, and their coleslaw and salads are very fresh and tasty.

              1. re: Science Chick

                I often go there myself, also because we have a small dog and we can easily tie her leash to a corner table and eat with her outside without any problems. Some of their items are hit or miss, but I would never pass up the fish and chips or lobster roll. Have been going there for almost all of my 30+ years so it's a bit of a tradition thing as well...

            2. Thank you to everyone who responded. I had narrowed down the choices to Water St. Cafe and Wood's Seafood. Hubby chose Wood's. It was packed at lunchtime (about 12:45). We managed to snag 2 tables for 2 and let our daughters have a lunch alone, while we had a "pseudo" date! We ended up ordering clams prepared 4 ways: 2 bowls of clam chowder for the girls....they ate it all and my oldest said that there were plenty of large chunks of clams in there, 1/2 doz. littlenecks on the halfshell, which were lovely and a great way to start. Steamers and fried whole bellies followed. We both liked the batter on the bellies, but each of us had a few really chewy clams that took some time to get through. The steamers were great.
              It was a very tasty lunch, a lot of locals grabbing takeout and we even ran into my daughters' school bus driver, from all the way out here in Western Mass!
              Also, Plimoth Plantation was wonderful.....really well done!

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              1. re: saintp

                Glad things worked out. I also like Woods. The foods always seems fresh and well prepared fro what it is. Added bonus is sitting at the plastic tables on the wharf overlooking the harbor and waterfront.