The Merrimack, whose source is in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, has its mouth here, between Salisbury and Newburyport. It has a big estuary, that gets VERY wide.
There are 2 line ups for this restaurant. You walk up to the front of the building and give your order for fried seafood. If you want steamed you go inside (ie: steamers, lobster). They give you a number, and you wait for it to be called. You can eat the food inside or out on the Terrace, or you can have it as take-away.
It is not fancy, and it is fast-food style. Inside the benches are long picinic style tables.
Most of the food is fried and deep batter (what else isn't in this area?)
Favorite Dish: The Haddock
Butler's Toothpick has a history. I will write it up soon, I promise. You can find it by the boat ramp, just down from the state park campground.