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Friday, January 26, 2007


Fish Bones
34 Central Square, Chelmsford


Fish, shellfish and interesting fresh seafood combinations are on the menu at this new Chelmsford location. If you are driving, it is a little hard to find the driveway into their parking lot. Their entrance, bordered by a white picket fence, is just beyond the exit to the large parking lot containing Stop and Shop, Marshall's and others in Chelmsford and is the route in to this seafood market and restaurant.

This is a really great addition to Chelmsford, and I almost don't want anyone else to find it, as I'd like to keep it for my friends and me.

I had driven by a number of times since they opened in November 2006, but finally tried it last Saturday at noon. They have new specials daily, and had the cup of seafood Moukeka, which is seafood chowder with scallops, baby shrimp, fish and fresh vegetables. This is quite different from the usual clam chowder, we know, but more like a light, interestingly flavored fish stew. With this, I had lobster salad on a croissant for $8.99. Alex had grilled Arctic char with vegetables. The fish and vegetables were cooked to perfection.

Fish Bones has a large assortment of items and cooks everything to order. The lunch items are in the $8.99 range with the exception of lobster rolls at $12.99.

There are other dishes served for dinner, but these can be ordered at lunch; for example seafood pesto with sautéed shrimp, sea scallops, lobster meat in olive oil, white wine, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil pesto for $16.99, or seafood diablo with sautéed shrimp and sea scallops in olive oil with a red clam sauce and a homemade spicy hot tomato sauce at $15.99. You may order some dishes baked, broiled or grilled, and they come with two side dishes. Examples are haddock at $13.99, sea scallops at $14.99, grey sole $15.99 and salmon fillet at $15.99. An interesting combination is the mixed grill of shrimp, swordfish, and tuna served over rice pilaf and with vegetables at $15.99. This also has a choice of one side dish. There are fried platters served with French fries and cole slaw; these include whole clams, oysters, crab cakes, calamari, clam strips, flounder, haddock and shrimp. Now if this hasn't tempted you, there is crabby lobster consisting of Maine lobster tail with two Maryland-style crab cakes at $21.99 or shrimp and lobster tail at $19.99.

The appetizers include steamers, seafood Rangoon, P.E.I. mussels, bacon- wrapped scallops and coconut shrimp plus oysters on half shell, littleneck on half shell, shrimp cocktail and sesame tuna.

Fish Bones also serves wine and beer as well as juices and carbonated beverages. In addition to the restaurant, it has a market with a large assortment of fresh fish and some shellfish.

We went back for a second visit and had these items from the daily special menu: a New Orleans-style tilapia with sweet potato fries and cole slaw and baked grey sole with butternut squash and cole slaw. These were well prepared with a nice presentation.

The restaurant does not accept reservations, but you can call ahead for faster seating. I highly recommend Fish Bones for a great seafood event.

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