[This is a lengthier version of a report I posted to an earlier thread on fish markets selling local catches.]
Acting on a recommendation I got on this board, on Friday night I had dinner at the Quarterdeck Fish Market and Restaurant in Maynard. It's a small, casual place right across from a ball field in the middle of town. The bottom line: I thought the seafood was great, the service welcoming, and the details (cornbread, wine list, beer list) well-attended to.
Our party included three adults and a 1-1/2 year old child. The staff was very accommodating toward the child, and there were several other families with kids, so it seemed like a pretty good bet if you're looking to bring tots along.
Before sitting down, I went into the fish market to see what was on offer. No whole fish were out, but the steaks and fillets that were on ice looked really good. Local catches were bluefish and swordfish. There were also a bunch of prepared seafood dishes, including some tasty-looking apple-smoked salmon. made there.
Homemade cornbread came right to the table, and we ordered a round of drinks. There were about 6 beers on draft, including some choice microbrews, and probably 5-6 types each of red and white wine by the glass. The wine list was short but well-chosen, with interesting Oregon and California options and no predictable standards (e.g., Kendall-Jackson).
We started with steamed clams that were sweet and delicious, plus a couple of salads, which had nice mixed greens and fresh raw veggies on top.
For dinner I had grilled bluefish - a big fillet, cooked perfectly. The coleslaw that came with it tasted homemade and fresh but was unspecial. My other side dish was steamed mixed vegetables, which they gladly substituted for a choice of standard starches (rice, baked potatoes, fries). The others were very happy with their food too (another grilled bluefish, mussels steamed in white wine, and a salad with grilled scallops).
At the end of the meal we skipped dessert and headed straight for Erikson's ice cream stand in Maynard. This place has gotten a lot of press and is apparently beloved among Mass. 'hounds, but it was my first visit. My Grapenut cone was killer.