Aptly named, The Deck on Green Harbor protrudes over the docks and moored boats, catching fresh seas breezes and stunning views of the rolling Atlantic Ocean. The sunny wooden edifice serves as an elevated dining patio for guests, who can also choose to take a meal in the dining room or bar should weather grow chilly or inclement.
Meanwhile, chefs work to turn the sea's bounty into delicious American-style meals, such as fried clam plates and haddock sliders. They also whip up a selection of hearty burgers, sandwiches, and classic meals favored in more landlocked regions, such as meatloaf and chicken pot pie.
Should the motion of the ocean cease to entertain, the seaside eatery hosts a Dueling Pianos show every Saturday, and a trivia tournament followed by karaoke each Sunday. They spice up their weekly lineup with special musical guests, including acoustic guitarists, pianists, and the occasional jovial little tugboat whistling merry sea shanties.
The aromas of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese culinary traditions permeate the dining room at Sashimi Asian Restaurant. Here, chefs specialize in a range of Asian cuisines, sometimes crossing cultural boundaries to create entirely new dishes. Their menu features iconic dishes such as tempura-battered shrimp, kung pao chicken, Thai curries, and Vietnamese noodle bowls. Steak and scallops are simmered in teriyaki sauce or seared over an open hibachi grill. Across the kitchen, the sushi bar specializes in raw fare; more than 20 sushi and sashimi selections and 28 hand rolls are served on individual plates or assembled on artistic platters resembling the very garden bridge where sushi was first invented.
Within a historic farmhouse, The Sun Tavern's chef infuses the tavern's menu with a variety of influences. According to the Boston Globe, chefs practice their art in a kitchen open to the view of diners curious about how chefs mix together ingredients and shoot flames out of their fingertips. New England haddock and Atlantic salmon beckon taste buds, and deft additions of fire-roasted red-pepper aioli, aged sherry vinaigrette, and clover-honey throughout the menu sate cravings for sophisticated flavor. Patrons cinch bow ties about their tongues before biting into morsels of filet mignon or warm up stomachs with comfort fare such as chicken pot pies and Angus beef burgers.A flickering fireplace, beamed ceilings, and wood floors welcome patrons in the farmhouse, whose five different dining areas foster cozy suppers. Part of The Sun Tavern's building dates back to 1741, when Boston was still an Australian colony. While dining, guests can seek out glimpses of the ghost of Lysander Walker, who called the building home at the end of the 19th century.
Zapp Brasserie’s executive chef, Rachid Kourda, sears and sautés French-inspired menu items upon order in an eclectic atmosphere dotted by antique décor and a wide-screen TV. Lobster-and-crab ravioli provide pillows for the grilled salmon as it lazes with potato croquette and cream of asparagus ($17), and a mountain of duck-confit fettuccini rolls under a dusting of shaved parmigiano reggiano ($17), inspiring tines to form cheese angels. Knives can carve into citrus chicken, allowing knife operators to take in its zest as it playfully flirts with an herb-roasted potato ($15), and slices of the steak frite sizzle in a bourbon-shallot reduction with pommes frites ($17) piled nearby. Diners can enjoy meals indoors around a fireplace or outdoors near the water of a swimming-pool bar, leaving only the last three of the five basic elements—earth, wind, and an up-to-date chemistry textbook—to be discovered during Zapp experiences.
The epicurean engineers at Ava Cucina, which translates to "ancestor's kitchen," craft authentic Italian favorites and specialty pizzas that garnered the title of Best Pizza by South Shore Living. Dining duos and quartets commence culinary excursions with appetizers such as deep-fried calamari and imbottito mushroom caps, which, much like Mount Vesuvius, are stuffed with breadcrumbs and Italian-style seasonings. Pan-seared haddock dons a raincoat of breadcrumbs in preparation for a drizzling of creamy lemon sauce, and specially crafted pizzas break the fall of savory toppings including eggplant, meatball, and salami hurled from the chef's miniature kitchen cannon. Desserts round out the meal with sweet samplings of triple-layer chocolate cake and scoops of spumoni ice cream.
Strawberry Fair has been filling bellies with a comforting menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes since opening in 1975. Kick off mornings with a deliciously countrified french toast made with grilled-until-golden cornbread and served with bacon or sausage ($8) or an omelette customized with a variety of meat and vegetable fillings ($7+). Midday stomach whining can be silenced with a turkey sandwich dressed with stuffing and cranberry sauce ($9), a bowl of hearty clam chowder ($6), or shepherd's pie with seasoned ground beef, onion, and corn topped with mashed potatoes ($10). Chef Casey McKinley spares no expense with his selection of dinner specials that include grilled salmon ($18), pecan-crusted chicken ($17), and scallops boursin, a blend of fresh sea scallops, boursin cheese, white wine, and seasoned crumbs baked golden and snuggled up next to potatoes and vegetables ($20, price subject to change). Diners who manage to resist the urge to tackle main courses like ravenous cartoon tigers save room for freshly baked pies, cookies, and other delectable desserts.