I've been picking through the board all morning to find a good fried seafood place for next week- my birthday is February 19th and I want a really good fried seafood meal! Shellfish and calamari are my main focus, but I won't pass up a good fish fillet.
It seems as though all the recommendations listed here are subject to long debates, with everyone either loving or hating the place (not surprising, given all our very different tastes!).
In this economy, I'd rather not spend money on a hit or miss place, and so I'm wondering: is there a reliably fabulous seafood place in or around Boston?
Am I stuck cooking at home (mmm fried fish smell in my kitchen for 3 days) or going with something like Legal's, which seems to be reliably good but a little too chain-ey and not always fantastic?
Generally speaking, we're willing to drive for it, and if they have beer or wine, even better. I'm also open to a trip to Newport or somewhere similar, if that is what it takes.
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