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Best Seafood in Boston?

theadman2315theadman2315 PhillyRegistered User regular
I know there's a vegan post, but I'm a Catholic celebrating lent. I would love to know of recommended seafood places in the Boston area for Friday. Preferably close to the convention center, and offering something besides just clam chowder.

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  • bluebombardierbluebombardier Registered User regular
    edited March 2017
    Yankee Lobster, No Name, Row 34 in increasing order of price. For Row 34, you'll want to make a reservation. There's also Legal (Seafood) Harborside, and Legal Test Kitchen.

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  • KeroanKeroan Chicago, IllinoisRegistered User regular
    I really like the Barking Crab. Close to the convention center and semi-outdoor for the nice weather. I had their crab dip and some beer last year while the sun was setting... killer.

  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    It depends.
    Do you want top fish prepared via fine dining? Raw bar? Standard fried fare? Purely fish or shellfish and lobster as well? There's a lot of options around seafood, and different specialties and styles (IE - traditional new england vs. new american vs. japanese etc.)

  • theadman2315theadman2315 PhillyRegistered User regular
    not really looking for fine dining, more of just a place to grab a fast lunch, and then a place for a sit down dinner that's not too pricey

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  • bluebombardierbluebombardier Registered User regular
    You're in luck; it's Restaurant Week. Depending on how you define "pricey", you can get a 3-course meal for roughly $40. You'll want to make reservations regardless; any places close by will be busy. For a fast seafood lunch, do Yankee Lobster. For the fastest ever lunch, order ahead at Jimmy John's and pick it up, or hit up the food trucks that will be parked to the east at the Lawn on D. The Daily Catch is also great; there's one in Seaport.

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  • OnmitsuOnmitsu I'm just a birdie Ca-caw, ca-caw!Registered User regular
    edited March 2017
    Woah there, someone's looking to start a fight. Contentious topic!

    I'm echoing the other people in this thread. If you're in Seaport, Yankee Lobster is great for a quick lunch. Usual go-to with my friends after they fly in on Thursday.

    As for a good sit-down restaurant, having eaten my way around the area, I personally think Row 34 is the best seafood you're going to get in Seaport. I actually have a reservation there on Thursday that I made almost a month ago. You will need a reservation. Like, as soon as possible. As in, why are you still reading this, make yer bloody reservation. Should that not be an option, Legal Test Kitchen is a great choice as well, and is where my crew usually feasts on Sunday after PAX.

    I'm not huge on Barking Crab, to be honest. I think it's overrated/overpriced and touristy. I'm a fan of The Daily Catch, which does excellent Sicilian style seafood, but their reviews tanked recently and I'm unsure why. It's a bit of a downer, to be honest. I was taken there recently, and as far as I could tell, everything was about the same.

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  • nevermore13nevermore13 Registered User regular
    I'm going to echo the sentiments of legal test kitchen, went there for the first time last year and will definitely be going again.

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  • SatoruSatoru Registered User regular
    1) Atlantic Fish
    2) James Hook & Co for the best lobster sandwiches period
    3) East Ocean if you're into chinese style steamed seafood
    4) No-name for you 'no frills all fried' seafood

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  • LoonyEclipseLoonyEclipse WWHRD? Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    By the by, if you've never had New England fried clams before...you must welcome them into your life.

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  • djlybsdjlybs Slayer of the Datas Boston MetroRegistered User regular
    By the by, if you've never had New England fried clams before...you must welcome them into your life.

    That sounds like a religion conversion pitch...of which I'd be first in line. Too bad most of the good clam shacks don't open until mid-to-late march, but with the weather so warm this past week maybe they'll open early.

    Also, if you have the scratch and like oysters, then you can't beat island creek oysters.

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  • LoonyEclipseLoonyEclipse WWHRD? Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited March 2017
    djlybs wrote: »
    By the by, if you've never had New England fried clams before...you must welcome them into your life.

    That sounds like a religion conversion pitch...of which I'd be first in line. Too bad most of the good clam shacks don't open until mid-to-late march, but with the weather so warm this past week maybe they'll open early.

    Also, if you have the scratch and like oysters, then you can't beat island creek oysters.

    Agreed on the shacks. My family used to go to Maine for summer vacation..i have fond memories of those shacks. But what we can get in the local restos will do.

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  • ScoJoMoScoJoMo Registered User regular
    By the by, if you've never had New England fried clams before...you must welcome them into your life.

    And make sure they're FULL clams, with bellies. None of those blasphemous "clam strips."

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  • SleepSleep Registered User regular
    You should be able to find at minimum some kind of fish fry at any of the joints near the convention center. Like whiskey priest or Atlantic beer garden. Whiskey priest literally has some kind of seafood in every menu category (other than the burger section).

    And for lunch I'd actually suggest some kind of carryout or delivery nearby the convention center. There's good Chinese, and a bunch of sub joints. Many will deliver straight to the convention center, and will also have fish on the menu.

    The trouble with all of the restaurants near the convention center is that they will either be a decent and cold walk from the convention center, or will be packed to the point that a quick lunch is just logistical incapability (from both the wait, and the fact that the kitchens are just 100% in the weeds for hours), or both.

    For a nice sit down the current suggestions are good. Especially legal test kitchen, but again it's always a bit busy, I'm only going to be hitting it for oysters and drinks this year myself.

  • StericaSterica Wow! That was shit.Registered User, Moderator mod
    By the by, if you've never had New England fried clams before...you must welcome them into your life.
    Like, even the ones the convention center serves up are good.

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  • jrdobbsjrdobbs Registered User regular
    Ride the Red Line to Alewife and go to Summer Shack. You cannot go wrong there!

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  • SleepSleep Registered User regular
    jrdobbs wrote: »
    Ride the Red Line to Alewife and go to Summer Shack. You cannot go wrong there!

    That's like an hour or more of traveling all around.

  • StericaSterica Wow! That was shit.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited March 2017
    Wrong thread!

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  • djlybsdjlybs Slayer of the Datas Boston MetroRegistered User regular
    ScoJoMo wrote: »
    And make sure they're FULL clams, with bellies. None of those blasphemous "clam strips."

    I think that would be the appropriate religious divide...a tasty...tasty divide...
    Like, even the ones the convention center serves up are good.
    That's like saying a gas station burger is on the same level as in-out, five guys, or even Red Robin


    Agreed on the shacks. My family used to go to Maine for summer vacation..i have fond memories of those shacks. But what we can get in the local restos will do.
    The ones I'm thinking of are in quincy along wollaston beach, Tony's Clam shop (my fav) and the Clam Box. The two issues are they are a bit of hike from the North Quincy t-station (most likely a lyft/uber ride) and they are closed at the moment, but if East is April again I would definitely recommend checking them out.


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  • RhileyRhiley Registered User regular
    djlybs wrote: »
    Like, even the ones the convention center serves up are good.
    That's like saying a gas station burger is on the same level as in-out, five guys, or even Red Robin

    I've had gas station burgers better than in-n-out before, that is not a high bar to beat.

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  • StericaSterica Wow! That was shit.Registered User, Moderator mod
    djlybs wrote: »
    Like, even the ones the convention center serves up are good.
    That's like saying a gas station burger is on the same level as in-out, five guys, or even Red Robin
    The metaphor only works if burgers were regional cuisine and you only got to eat them once a year. Trust me, you go without out some nice fried clams for a year and even the bad ones taste like heaven.

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  • johnyg13nbjohnyg13nb Registered User new member
    I really like The Chart House, It does fall on the more expensive side but the ambiance is great and you can take a beautiful walk of Boston Harbor after dinner.

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