Lynn and I happened upon Salt Kitchen & Rum Bar in Ipswich about 45 minutes north of Boston. The place considers itself a "relative of the Gastro Pub" (from the SALT website) and this is highly accurate as it combines the coziness of a comfortable Northeastern Pub with the mindfullness and curatorial insticts of a forward thinking restaraunt.
We were considerably impressed with the offerings there such as the juicy and smoky grilled oysters; Lynn had the "catch of the day" which was a flavorful, nicely plated piece of grouper.
I had a great autumnal cocktail with whiskey, aporel, sweet vermouth and orange bitters. Lynn had a nice Saison from Allagash Brewing in Portland Maine which was balanced a bite and a kind of orange sweetness. Despite the somewhat dreary weather the patrons and staff were mostly in a good mood and that, along with the food and drink helped elevate our spirits as well...