The Escapes North Seafood Trail features the best in fresh fish in 54 restaurants in 18 communities north of Boston, including nine restaurants in Salem. Travel writer Andree Lebel from La Presse in Montreal recently visited Salem to explore the Seafood Trail, and I got to tag along and sample sumptuous seafood at four of the featured restaurants, and I'm here today to tempt your palate!
Any Seafood Trail stop in Salem should include Finz, with its hip blue fish out front, and its waterfront deck. Owner George Carey joined us to talk about the seafood on the menu at Finz, especially the Oysters. As we ate fantastic Wasabi Stoli Oysters, George explained that horseradish and cocktail sauce is traditionally served with oysters on the half-shell to mask the gamy taste that old oysters acquire. As you can imagine, oysters at Finz are fresh and plump, so I ate mine with just a squeeze of lemon.
Other Salem restaurants on the Seafood Trail include The Lyceum (the chowder is fantastic!), Dube's, and the Black Lobster at Stromberg's Cove. Navigating the trail will be particularly easy for iPhone users when an App for iPhone is released later this spring. I'll let you know when that App comes out, and in the meantime, happy eating!
Here's a summary of what the four restaurants featured today served during our La Presse Seafood Trail excursion:
- Lobster Rolls
- Grilled Lobster
- Traditional Fish & Chips
- Clam Chowder
- Wasabi-Stoli Oysters
- Shucked Oysters with Saki, Ginger & Cucumber
- Furikake Seared "Rare" Tuna with Green Soba Noods & Ginger SEsame Vinaigrette
- Grilled Swordfish
- Pan-seared Scallops
- Seafood Stew
- Fish Tacos
- Sweet Chili Shrimp Martini with Asian Pears & Plums
- Notch Ale Steamed Mussels with Bacon, Apples and Carmelized Shallots
- Lobster Salad Sliders
For more information on the Escapes North Seafood Trail, and their other trails, which include architecture, art, literature, and festivals, visit EscapesNorth.com.