October is one of the best months to visit Salem, Massachusetts. Best known throughout the world as the setting of the historic 17th century witch trials not to mention today’s beautiful waterfront community, the fall is a great time to schedule a drive up north. Located about an hour north of Boston, this seaside city is well known for its fresh seafood.
We recently headed up here for lunch at Turner’s Seafood, which opened in historic the Lyceum Hall in 2013 (site of the first call placed by Alexander Graham Bell). The restaurant serves up classic lunch and dinner fare and has an authentic shuck and serve oyster bar along with the city's only seafood market.
The seafood focused menu here features everything from Oysters Rockefella and lobster pie, to Newfoundland Finnan Haddie, and Turner's Jonah crab cakes. Get started with a microbrew (perhaps a pumpkin martini or a local beer on tap here brewed at the nearby Notch Brewery) and warm up with a cup of creamy clam chowder chock full of potatoes and tender clams or their infamous velvety smooth lobster bisque filled with fresh lobster meat.
Try an order of fresh oysters the selection changes daily, but may include briny bivalves from Duxbury or sweet deep cups from Wiley Point, Maine. For main events, we loved the hearty swordfish tacos special and linguine and clams from the main menu served with a delicious lemon butter sauce spiced up with red pepper flakes.
Be sure to save some room for dessert as the apple crisp is a standout.
Turner’s Seafood is located at 43 Church Street in Salem.
Kellie Speed is a native Bostonian and a freelance writer/editor/copywriter with more than 20 years experience writing for a variety of local and national publications, including JustLuxe, Wicked Local, AOL's City's Best Boston, Upscale Living magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Mohegan Sun's Legends and Amtrak's Arrive. She is the Boston restaurant writer for Gayot's travel site and also contributed to Moon Metro's Boston guidebook published by Avalon Travel Publishing. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.