You're seated on the patio overlooking Nahant Bay when the perfect lobster roll arrives. Next comes a handsome plate of fried clams. It's 11:45 p.m. on a Monday and the kitchen at Red Rock Bistro is as wide open as a clamshell. "I did this because you couldn't do this around here," says owner Paul Petersiel, who has served food until last call for 10 years in sleepy Swampscott. His delicious, eclectic eats include boar pizza, Cubano sandwiches, and other food with attitude.
> Kitchen closes at midnight Monday through Saturday, 9 p.m. Sunday
> Red Rock Bistro, 141 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, 781-595-1414, redrockbistro.com