The Best-Kept Secret for Outdoor Dining in New Bedford [VIDEO]
You probably had no idea that this popular seafood market had more than just fresh fish and shellfish, but as of this past May, they do. And it may just be one of the best-kept secrets for outdoor dining as well.
Very quietly this past spring, Kyler's Catch in New Bedford built a waterfront patio, complete with turquoise sail shades, tables and chairs (and not your typical sticky, wooden picnic tables you may find elsewhere). These are remote workspace-worthy high-tops with a perfect breeze coming across the harbor to keep you cool while you dine.
Oddly, in the age of everything being easily found online, there is very little mention of this on social media and pictures are very, very few and far between. Officially, the restaurant is called Kyler's Kitchen & Sushi.
Opening this past Memorial Day, this casual outdoor dining has a full menu of dinners like haddock fish & chips; shrimp and clam plates; fisherman's platters; shrimp, lobster, and clam rolls; fish and shrimp tacos; sides including onion rings and hand-cut fries; New England clam chowder, lobster bisque and more.
And by more, we mean a very impressive sushi menu with about 40 items like sushi rolls and bowls currently listed, and an upcoming expansion to include beef and sushi bao buns (steamed buns filled with your choice of either meat). Plus beer, wine and sangria to wash it all down.
Oh, and Gifford's premium ice cream for dessert, too.
One of the owners, Diane Nanfelt, says that one of the most popular menu items is the clam cakes.
We have the ability to put a lot of clams in our clam cakes because of the access we have to an ample supply of clams. Most places don't have that access but we own the seafood processing facility where the clams are prepped for wholesale.
It's casual outdoor dining but with access to tons of fresh seafood, who knows what the menu could grow into.
We'll have to see what the demand is like and who knows what it will turn into.
The only trouble with this hidden gem is keeping your napkins from blowing off the table--and keeping the tourists from discovering it.