Friday, June 18, 2010

Summer-Fresh Fish Shacks

Last year, on the Friday before Father's Day, I wrote this post about my husband's Father's Day tradition: he treats himself and his dad to a big ol' pile of the fresh New England seafoods they love—as good Massachusetts boys do—and miss so much now that they are both left coasters. This pic is from that post about a favorite comfort food:

[SWAN RIVER FISH MARKET, DENNISPORT, MA]

Because it's "clams on a plane" time again—they may well be flying over the middle of America right now actually—I thought I might write another post featuring the charming seafood shacks that dot the east coast. Luckily, someone else had the same idea way ahead of me. Only, instead of writing about such establishments on a little bitty blog that hardly anyone reads, smart seafood lover Elizabeth Bougerol went and published an entire book that everyone can read, keep on their bookshelves and carry along when they travel (that's what I plan to do anyway).

[CLICK THE PIC TO SEE MORE IMAGES FROM THE BOOK]

Now, I am not a fan of the clam or the lobster, but I do love a basket of fresh fish and chips. And, I swear, the best fish and chips I have ever eaten were at Moby Dick's.

[MOBY DICK'S, WELLFLEET, MA]

One day, I'll go back and prove to myself that I am correct about their crispy, battered fish being the very best ever and that I didn't just imagine it because we were having such a great time stuffing ourselves with all the seafood we could find on that particular trip. To be certain that I'm right, I think I should visit all of these other places in the book and sample their fish and chips too. In the name of scientific research, of course.

[LOBSTER POT, PROVINCETOWN, MA]

[WESTFAIR FISH & CHIPS, WESTPORT, CT]

[LENA'S SEAFOOD, SALISBURY, MA]

[CAP'T CASS ROCK HARBOR SEAFOOD, ORLEANS, MA]

[CINDY'S, FREEPORT, ME]

[CLAM CASTLE, MADISON, CT]

[THE PLACE, GUILFORD, CT]
[ROY MOORE LOBSTER, ROCKPORT, MA]
Summer is upon us. Time to get out for some fresh air and even fresher seafood. Have a lovely weekend and say Happy Father's Day to your dad for me! Mine was just here and is on his way back to New Mexico tonight. No fish shacks there, though I'm sure he wishes there were.

11 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Nothing better than a Fish Shack!!
The perfect summer meal!

An Urban Cottage said...

The Lobster Pot has a lobster and avocado cocktail that might just change your mind about lobster. It was fun to see some local spots on a left coast blog. I'll have to track down Moby Dick's on my next trip to the cape.

My Yellow House said...

What a fun post! I am a coastal girl at heart even though I live right in the middle of the midwest! The charming small places are always the best - when my dream cottage by the sea comes along, I will try them all out. :)

Tammy@InStitches said...

I've never been to any of those but thy all sound wonderful !

red ticking said...

tracy,
i am still laughing over your comment today... you are hilarious... i feel exactly the same...

i borrowed one of your pictures today... hope you dont mind... i linked! i LOVE this post...
have a great weekend xx pam

EntertainingMom said...

Over here by Red Ticking. I must find this book! I have been to a couple of places you've mentioned but I MUST tell you and your readers that if anyone is ever in Cape Elizabeth Maine (near Portland) that they MUST stop by The Lobster Shack. They must!

the gardeners cottage said...

hi tracy,

my husband spending the week with his dad too.

i especially want to try the lobster and shrimp omelette!

~janet

Jo said...

There is just something "homey" about hitting these local eateries during the summer months. Our favorite is Costello's Clam Shack in Noank Connecticut. Hmmm ... perhaps I just solved our dinner decision.

Have a great Sunday ~
Jo

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Jan's camera said...

Darn! I was just in Wellfleet the other day. Too bad I just came across your wonderful blog today. I in Mass. The next time I visit I will be sure to try Moby Dick's. Thanks for all the great tips.