Menus are laminated to prevent staining from diners’ spilled coffee or attempts to pen “lobster” into every item’s description. Get the dish you really want with today’s Groupon to Latitude 43 in Gloucester. Choose between the following options:
- For $17, you get $35 toward seafood and sushi.
- For $30, you get $70 toward seafood and sushi for a group of four or more.<p>
Latitude 43’s seafood samurai assemble a dinner menu of oceanic spreads using fresh fish caught by local Gloucester anglers. A bowl of manhattan fish stew ($8) warms up wintery tongues, and an order of spicy littleneck clams in a tomato-cilantro broth ($12) makes for a flavorsome starter or makeshift castanets. Stocked with a sampling of the Atlantic’s bounty, the Fisherman’s Platter ($24) unites shrimp, haddock, calamari, and clams, and the 12-ounce boneless rib eye ($27) moors tongues to dry land alongside hand-cut sweet-potato fries. The eatery’s culinarians also craft artful presentations of the day’s fresh catch with pieces of nigiri and sushi rolls, including a california roll ($8) and a baked-scallop roll ($14) that imprisons crab, cucumber, and miso-baked scallops within the confines of rice and seaweed, the same enclosures used by vegetarian-helmed penitentiaries.
Among the building’s many eco-friendly features, Latitude 43 boasts a locally sourced granite fireplace and reclaimed décor highlighted by the hull of a 36-foot Coast Guard rescue boat, complete with a 6-foot Coast Guard–captain impersonator. Sushi artisans carefully layer nigiri beneath a 16-foot iron-and-glass octopus crafted by a local artist. Patrons can also swap stories with local sailors and kraken-hunters in the adjoining Minglewood Tavern, where live musicians wrap their tentacles around instruments on most nights.
Though it overlooks Gloucester Harbor, where fishermen haul in the restaurant's supply of fresh fish and lobster, the dining room of Latitude 43 feels like it's underwater. The hull of a 36-foot Coast Guard rescue boat hangs overhead, a 16-foot iron-and-glass octopus sculpture wrought by a local iron artist dangles above the sushi bar, and a harbor mural painted by local artists enlivens the walls. The aromas of coastal cuisine waft through the oceanic interior, signaling the arrival of dishes such as grilled local swordfish, more than 17 sushi rolls, and a host of non-seafood entrees that can be prepared in gluten-free or vegetarians versions.
Because a strong ecosystem produces healthy fish, Latitude 43's restaurateurs do their part to ensure earth's well-being with their green facility. Recycled materials compose the tiles in the kitchen and around the sushi bar, and the deck's sunshades heat the dishwasher's hot water while shading guests from the sun’s deadly laser beams. An oceanfront patio hosts feasts in the summertime, while a fireplace made from locally sourced granite keeps diners cozy in the winter.