Kick back on the big patio and watch the Gloucester fishermen chug by while dining on a generous portion of Seaport Grille’s crispy gems, served with house-made tartar sauce, a heaping pile of tasty fries and coleslaw, naturally. The vibe is perpetual vacation, with craft cocktails, draft beer, and friendly service to set the mood.
6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, 978-282-9799, seaportgrillegloucester.com
Woodman’s of Essex
Way back in 1916, before even the Spanish flu, Lawrence “Chubby” Woodman fried up a couple of clams to serve in addition to his homemade potato chips. They’ve had the same recipe ever since: local bivalves, dipped in evaporated milk and gluten-free corn flour, fried in lard.
119 Main St., Essex, 978-768-6057, woodmans.com