Last Saturday night, my wife and I had that wonderful and rare combination of a beautiful Saturday night and a babysitter. So we put the top down and headed north in search of a nice drive and a nice dinner. After meandering around Manchester By-the-Sea and Gloucester, we decided it was time for some chow, so we headed west on Route 133 towards Essex. My wife was anxious to find a sit-down view-of-the-water type of place, so we reluctantly passed up Essex Seafood and Franhams and ended up at Periwinkles just a little further down the road. It was passable, but disappointing knowing what we passed up to go there.
I had the lobster pizza and the haddock sandwich. The lobster pizza was described as being served on a thin crust; I didn't think this crust qualified as thin. And although they didn't skimp on the lobster, the flavor of the lobster was overwhelmed by the ricotta cheese they use. (For some reason, the pizza was better reheated the next day.) The fish in the fish sandwich was good: moist and flaky, and only slightly breaded, not battered; but it was served on an awful sesame sead roll. Unfortunately I had eaten half the sandwich before I figured out that eating the fish alone was far better than eating it as a sandwich. Finally, I had a Haggen Dazs ice cream sundae, on which they used a terrribly uninspired chocolate sauce.
My wife liked her meal better than I did (I don't recall what she had), but I think next time we'll stick to Essex Seafood and Farnhams.