Since 1939, McMenamy’s Seafood has plumbed the depths of the ocean to assemble its full restaurant menu and stock its carryout fish market with the day’s freshest catches. The comfy, family-owned eatery sports nautical accoutrements along its walls, including a taxidermied fish, an ocean mural, and an imposing pirate flag hung up to signal that gold doubloons are buried deep within your basket of shrimp. A drive-thru window caters to pescetarians on the go, whereas TVs broadcast sports indoors as patrons dig into baked, broiled, or fried seafood.
At 88 Wharf Riverfront Grill, chefs craft New American dishes from scratch with ingredients such as fresh meats including North Atlantic lobsters, greens, and tart macintosh apples. Visitors enjoy entrees such as nested tenderloin steak and appetizers that include steamed mussels in a dining room noted for soft lighting and hardwood floors, as well as water-front views and an intimate bar. The grill also hosts special events and private functions.
After more than 25 years as a lobsterman, Peter Dawson experienced what many others never see in a lifetime—fishing off the New England coast, he reeled in a blue lobster. Nicknaming it Baby Blue, Dawson couldn't bear to let it see the pot; today, the arthropod lives out its days at the New England Aquarium, turning red only when it blushes from too much attention.
Transferring his love of the ocean to his own enterprise—and energized by a life's worth of bragging rights—Dawson opened The Lobster Stop right along the docks. That proximity to the sea ensures a bounty of fresh, native seafood, from fish, clams, and scallops to live lobsters—a specialty, of course. Comprised of Dawson and his family, the shop's staff also prepares cuisine for takeout, serving up platters and sandwiches behind a large display case, and a large mural behind the counter depicts two whales just waiting for the day when the menu includes bowls of plankton soup.
Turner's dinner menu brims with cleanly executed, fresh seafood dishes. Start by coating your mouth in Turner's velvety clam chowder ($8), which comes with homemade oyster crackers that have been suited up in scuba gear and treasure maps for their deep-soup-diving adventure. Otherwise, attempt the seared diver scallops ($15), which are succulently stained in blood-orange pep-rally paint and served with a firm helping of crystallized leeks. Discriminating seafarers and disguised grizzly bears, however, will want to save themselves for a main course of wild salmon ($29), a lively filet waltzing with laughing bird shrimp fried rice, succulent mango, and green papaya in a robust tamarind reduction. For a taste of the sea that doesn't require an enormous straw, try the seafood risotto's ($35) eclectic balance of Maine lobster, bay scallops, and Caribbean shrimp delicately dotted within a Parmigiano-Reggiano risotto. Turner's lunch menu includes several dinner-menu favorites, and adds on midday satiations such as seafood dip ($10), lobster rolls ($17), and fish and chips ($12). The express lunch menu, which offers three courses for the Groupon-covering cost of $19, fits neatly into the time-crunched schedules of gourmands on the go, overbooked killer whales, and freelance haberdashers.
The menus at Barlow's combine traditional American recipes with a creative gourmet flare. Inaugurate your dinner with a helping of minted lamb skewers, served with sweet soy-and-almond pesto ($11). The fig and prosciutto pizza woos weary taste buds with its sweet saltiness, sealing the deal with added gorgonzola and arugula ($13) . Childhood nostalgia is deliciously evoked with thick slices of bacon-wrapped meatloaf saddled with mashed potatoes, garlic spinach, and mushroom gravy ($17). Hungry ears can feast on live jazz Tuesday nights, and pigskin buffs can catch up on NFL games throughout the season.