“The Lamplighter has sampled lobster bisque and chowders from Rhode Island to Maine,” the Haverhill Gazette column The Lamp Post commented in 2012, “but has tasted none better than those at…the Pine River fish market.” Family owned and operated for more than 20 years, Pine River Fish Market earns such accolades by reliably supplying customers with fresh fish and shellfish, groceries, bisques and chowders, and live lobsters and crabs. In the store, maritime dwellers such as haddock, swordfish, conch, shrimp, steamers, and cherrystones—all of which are delivered daily—sit on ice, awaiting the day they’re thawed and can experience a strange new future world. The helpful staffers can also special order any in-season fish and have it ready for pickup the next day.
In business since 1959, Rowand Fisheries has perfected more methods of lobster transformation than the most practiced merman magician. It can conceal buttery morsels inside ravioli, pie, and soup—both bisque and chowder—in addition to selling the crustaceans live, priced by the pound. As a classic seafood market, Rowand Fisheries arrays freshly caught fish and shellfish for at-home prep, including salmon, tuna, haddock, locally netted black sea bass, and seasonally hooked items such as swordfish in Santa hats. However, its menu has also boasts signature eats that require no further finesse, from smoked-trout spread and salmon burgers to the house cocktail and tartar sauces. Patrons can even group specialty orders into platters, which gather enough shrimp or smoked seafood to feed up to 14 people.
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Wedging rich deli meats and cheeses between 13 types of bread, the helpful staff at Gloria Food Store curbs appetites with a menu of sandwiches, burgers, and gourmet Italian specialties. Behind the deli counter, staffers assemble the turkey carver sandwich ($6), which preempts regularly scheduled Thanksgiving with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy atop marble rye. In addition to nestling hot and cold deli meats inside rolls, wraps, and focaccia, the staff mixes up greens, protein, and veggies in gourmet salads such as the ginger-chicken salad with noodles and mango salsa ($8.50). Dinner platters such as meatloaf or roast pork ($9) fend off hunger with foot soldiers of bread and butter, vegetables or coleslaw, and your choice of rice pilaf, french fries, or mashed potatoes.
Dom's Sausage was founded in 1936 by two men who dreamt of making the most superb sweet Italian sausage. Since then, the shop has perfected premium blends of hot, sweet, fennel, and oriental links and expanded its selection to include uncased meat (such as steaks, roasts, and fresh veal), deli sandwiches and meats, and oven-ready meals. The shop is known for its marinated meats, especially the sirloin tips soaked in Dom's own stealthy, yet transparently tasty, marinade. Assemble a sandwich from authentic Austrian swiss ($5.99 per lb.) and honey ham ($7.69 per lb.), or request a pre-made hot pastrami ($6 for a large) or pepper-and-egg sandwich ($5 for a large).
In a bright space sparsely adorned with antique fishing equipment, Haven Seafood furnishes fresh oceanic fare for home-cooked meals or on-site savoring. Shellfish sizzles atop warm french rolls in oyster ($8.98) and lobster sandwiches ($12.98), and heaps of fish and chips ($8.98) offer aid to diners with hollow pelican beaks.