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If you go to Anthony's Pier 4, skip the grilled salmon

A few months ago, we were driving along the South Boston waterfront on the way home, when we decided to try dinner at Anthony's Pier 4. The kidlet fell in love with the thing - from the view to the popovers to the general ambiance - and she decided she wanted to go out for her birthday dinner there.

So last night, with grandparents in tow, we did just that - and learned an important lesson: Anthony's has exactly two ways to grill a salmon: Charred and overdone or Barely cooked and raw on the inside. Didn't help that the waiter disappeared after he brought Nancy's salmon the first time (then again, he seemed constantly irritated with us; I had some nerve asking for the rice I'd ordered instead of the potato he gave me). Finally, after the third time, when the rest of us were all done, she just gave up and sort of ate around the edges and had some of my sauteed halibut (which was just fine).

Ah, but what of the kidlet?

At one point, she was sort of reclining in her chair, her arms out along the top, and she had a subtle smile as she looked around. She was in the zone, exactly where she wanted to be and doing what she wanted to do. And that was great.

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is the only place I have ever had finnan haddie.

If you have to go again, try that.

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Used to be a restaurant on Tremont Street that served Finnan Haddie. I believe it was Dinty Moore's, but maybe not. It was right across from the Old Granary Burial Grounds, more-or-less. Anyway, I had heard about the dish from someone - it was supposed to be this Boston Irish classic - and decided to try it. It was the most Godawful waste of fish I've ever encountered.

To each his (or her) own, and you're welcome to it, thanks :-)

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Great dish. Once easy to find, now you have to look about. I kind of think that Finnan Haddie is actually a Scottish dish. Anyway, it's good stuff.

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There is a story of the TKE boys up at UNH in the late 50's-early 60's that one of them did a misorder for their cook and they ended up eating Finnan Haddie for a semester! True Story!

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