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Fairhaven, MA report

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Restaurants & Bars

Fairhaven, MA report

Joanie | May 2, 2005 10:18 AM

So I took both suggestions I got for places in FH, but basically ate at Margaret's on Main St. (in downtown FH, such as it is). I was a bit early so I first checked out Gene's Famous Seafood on Rt. 6 where the prices were amazing ($8.95 for lobster roll w/ fries). Clams looked decent altho maybe not as crisp as could be (but this is only looking at an order). I did try a 60 cent clam cake that hit the spot for a fried dough fix. Will try for real if I'm ever back in the area.

We got to Margaret's right before 6:00 on Fri. and were told it would be 20 min for a table for 2. It was about 45 min waiting in the upstairs room, which I'd think they'd put to use for dining but those tiny stairs are probably too hard for a waitress to navigate. We didn't know it was BYOB but neither of us felt like drinking. The menu looked great and the prices were very reasonable, esp. compared to Boston (and Newport where I'd just been), but I don't think they pulled it off in execution. We split a salad w/ greens, pears, goat cheese and spiced nuts but the dressing was very sweet and the pears almost seemed canned altho I can't say for sure. They put the bread and butter out on all the tables in advance and it tasted like the bread had gotten a little stale. I asked my usual question if the scallops in a dish were big sea scallops but my idea of big and everyone else's must be different cuz while these were definitely sea scallops, they weren't like the huge beauties you get in some places. They were supposed to be served with roasted tomatoes but it ended up coming like a sauce on a scallop shell w/ mashed potato and green beans. It was fine for $15.95 but not great. My friend's fish n chips on the other hand was a huge plate of beatifully fried fish and onion rings (subbed for fries). A deal at about $11.95. We split a decent, sweet pistachio cake for $4.95. Service was efficient in the small second room (where I had to move to let people in and out of the back table). It was all fine but I won't regret that I'm an hour away.

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