Winter is coming, but New England is enjoying a stretch of unseasonably warm days; it’s the perfect time to keep clinging to thoughts of summer and escaping the city to visit Massachusetts’ North and South shores, which are dotted with seafood shacks and various other restaurants slinging crispy, golden fried fish sandwiches.
The best version of a New England-style fried fish sandwich — no, it’s not this — involves a fried piece of North Atlantic white fish (haddock and cod are interchangeable here), tartar sauce, and a seedless hamburger bun. A slice of American cheese is also acceptable despite the whole “no cheese with seafood” rule. It’s a simple pleasure and one that rarely costs more that $10.
There are plenty of fine options for fried fish sandwiches in and near the city proper — various outposts of Legal Sea Foods offer them, but the best might be at Yankee Lobster Co., and don’t forget about the Druid in Cambridge — but sometimes you need a change of scenery.
Head to Cape Ann or Green Harbor, gorge on some fried Ipswich clams or some Duxbury oysters, and enjoy one of summer’s best treats, even though it’s not summer: the humble fried fish sandwich. Tip: Call restaurants directly to verify hours before heading over; many are operating on limited schedules due to the season and the pandemic.
(Fried fish sandwich experts that are currently closed for the season — Lena’s Seafood in Salisbury, Tony’s Clam Shop in Quincy, and Green Harbor Lobster Pound in Marshfield — have been temporarily removed from the map; keep them in mind for spring 2021.)
Please note that a number of restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.
Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
This map was published on July 19, 2018, and it is updated periodically. The date of the most recent update appears above.Read More