Finally got to some places besides clam shacks while out Gloucester way last nite with Pastryroll and her hubby. Started at the bar at White Rainbow where the owner was tending bar. Very nice, personable guy. They've got a million kinds of "martinis" (at Boston prices of $9.95 and 10.95), I ended up with a peach one. Not sure what beers P.R. and Andy got, served in proper long beer glasses. We split a spinach salad w/ duck confit, gorgonzola and figs while finishing our drinks. Very tasty and more than enough for three. Maybe could have used a tad more dressing but the ingredients were great. Bill was about $27 before tax and tip.
Next was Passports for the main course. Cute little place, much more casual than White Rainbow. Servers were efficient, not too friendly tho. They immediately serve popovers which is always nice, hadn't had one in years. We split their "famous" Jamaican fish cakes to start, two large patties w/ a nice spicy kick to them. Came with a banana chutney if I'm not mistaken plus some red peppers and greens. Next was an entree of sauteed scallops w/ a delicious corn pudding and side of mixed veggies. Scallops were medium sized but tasty, corn pudding was awesome. Came to about $23 or so.
Could have easily stopped eating at this point but Franiklin was just a couple doors down and that was gonna be the dessert stop. Squeezed in at the bar, these latter two spots were very busy for a Sun. nite. But the Franklin only had two desserts, neither of which thrilled us so we ended up with a big pile of mussels for $7. Came in a basic butter and lemon broth with a saltiness to the shells, didn't really need the extra broth for dipping. We couldn't finish them which is surprising since this wasn't THAT much food for three people. Altho I did have an extra appetizer of a fresh cider donut from Russell Orchards. Oh lordy, I could have eaten half a dozen so easily.