Louie's Seafood (CLOSED)
701 Broadway, Raynham, MA 02767
Where do you like to go for good seafood? Gloucester? Rockport? Essex? Woods Hole? Provincetown? How about Raynham? Granted, Raynham isn't on or near the ocean, but Louie's Seafood, which is on Route 138 near the Taunton line, is a pretty darn good place to go with you like shellfish or favorites from the sea. And while Louie's doesn't quite match up with the best places on Cape Cod or Cape Ann, the food is better than you might expect from a little roadside food joint that is too far off the beaten path to get any real media coverage.
Louie's Seafood (and more, as the sign out front says) is a well-worn but charming place located along a dusty stretch of road near Route 495. Its partially-wooded setting, combined with an inviting front porch complete with picnic tables, give the place a homey feel. Inside are a number of tables scattered about the dining area, and a section in the front where folks order their meals. The people behind the counter are very nice, and seem to know many, if not most people who come into the place.
The menu at Louie's Seafood consists of all kinds of seafood dishes, including a wonderful calamari plate, a non-greasy version of fish and chips (made with schrod), and an absolutely delectable haddock basket that is fresh, mild and, much like the calamari and fish and chips, not greasy at all. For those who don't like seafood, Louie's has surprisingly good chicken sandwiches, as well as burgers. Other items on the menu include scallop rolls (both bay and sea), fried smelt, broiled swordfish, and oysters. They also have something called a big fish family feed, which includes 2 pounds of fish and a couple of sides, all for a very reasonable price.
If you live in or near Boston, Louie's Seafood is a pretty long ride from the area, so it might not be worth the drive unless Louie's is on the way to a specific destination (such as New Bedford, Fall River, or the southeast corner of Rhode Island). But if you do happen to be in the general region and like seafood, give Louie's Seafood a shot; there aren't any views of the ocean, but the food is good and that front porch is a nice place to be on a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon.