January 26, 2013

Woodman's, Essex, MA. December 30, 2011

Let others revel in their holiday traditions that find them unwrapping gifts under the tree, singing carols with family and friends, traveling great distances to visit relatives during the year’s worst weather. My favorite end-of-year custom is one Jay and I established many years ago and one which we happily maintain every December 30: an off-season fried seafood dinner at Woodman’s. Free of the overwhelming crowds, this place is still a gold mine whenever we head over there, just a few miles from our Gloucester home. And now that they offer gluten-free takes on all of their offerings (except crab cakes and, sadly, onion rings), it welcomes flour/sugar-challenged diners without their having to cave. Seen above: the “Down River” combo, featuring clams, scallops, haddock, shrimp, french fries and, yes!, onion rings.

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