Thanks for your feedback on White Horse and Tucker's Bistro. Tried both.
Tucker's is funky, eclectic and very neighborhood-y. Off the beaten path and located in a strange strip mall with incongruous businesses alongside it. More casual atmosphere. Our group had the black truffle duck, steak poivre and salmon. My steak poivre was great - new york strip encrusted in black peppercorns, served with a buttery potato gratin and haricots verts. yum. we shared 3 desserts, the espresso creme brulee (favorite), ginger ice cream (refreshing with bits of candied ginger and ginger cookie served alongside) and chocolate raspberry truffle cake. all delicious. nice reasonable wine list as well.
The White Horse is more traditional elegance in a simple, historic colonial setting. Great service. Great food. Because it was off-season, we had no trouble getting seated, and we enjoyed a nice quiet leisurely meal. Very romantic setting. We shared a bottle of RH Phillips Syrah EXP 2002. I ordered the cider-balsamic duck with chestnuts, carrots, crispy leeks. rich and sweet. To start, I had the Oysters Rockefeller - four good-sized oysters on a bed of rock salt, covered in fresh spinach and gruyere bechamel sauce. very good. companions ordered the escargot (generous serving of 6 served in separate compartments, slathered in bleu cheese and covered with a pastry crust) and wild mushrooms in sauce and pastry as appetizers, the shrimp and scallops with thai rice and the beef wellington (specialty of the house). A bit more expensive but definitely worth it.
Last, but not least, had a great seafood lunch at the Black Pearl Tavern. The clam chowder is seriously the best I've ever had. had a lot of dill in it but wasn't overwhelmed by it. Also had the lobster salad. A generous serving that was basically alot of fresh lobster bound together with mayonaisse.
Really felt like I had a real New England dining experience.