In search of an internet trivia contest (don't ask), we ended up in Gloucester, at the bar at McT's for dinner last night. The Trivia Contest was no more, but I *had* heard mention of the place on one of the clamcrawl threads; hound-vetted.
The restaurant part did look a bit middle-of-the-road, but the bar was a prettied-up roadhouse of heavily-smoking locals watching baseball on booths that were about the scale of Edith Anne's chair (remember Lily Tomlin's bit on SNL?)...
The menu had tons of seafood on it, from the basics of steamed lobsters and clams, to tuna carpaccio and blackened salmon with peppers, onions and tomatoes. Sounded like someone in charge of specials got a little confused.
There was also some hijinks going on involving an antique-cappuccino machine for steaming mussels...Wha????? I have no idea what this entailed, but I have to say, here and now, this place knows how to steam seafood. The mussels were huge, moist and plump, cooked to the degree past rawness that still imparts a slight sweetness, even discernable through the white wine and garlic. Oh yeah, and butter. Lots of butter..They did this little presentation thing where they brought the mussels to your table in a huge, plastic beer pitcher, "decanted" the broth into a bowl, then poured the shellfish onto a platter. Aww, it was cute...I don't care what they did, they were perfect.
The lobster-cooking was right-on, too. The bar has an $8.95 lobster deal ($9.95 with crisp, greaseless fries)on chix. I was a little leary of a little lobstah being steamed to within an inch of its life, but the steamer was bring watched by God. Only cooked to opacity, the flesh was still juicy and sweet. And, for you more effete types, they did half the work, detaching and splitting the tail. You could almost eat it in public! Accompanied by a bowl of mild, fresh, and lightly dressed slaw. Nice.
I'll have to head back to try more of the menu; there should be great waves crashing around all the nearby beaches this weekend!