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Old 01-14-2011, 04:07 PM
 
Location: the 718 and the 650
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The restaurant my girlfriend found was a little hole in the wall place called "Drydock Cafe" thats supposed to be a tucked away lil place in South Boston with awesome, really fresh seafood. Anyone ever been?
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:13 AM
 
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When you said you went to Fisherman's Wharf, I assumed the Dry Dock or perhaps the No Name. To be frank, Boston seafood is so overrated. You can travel up and down the New Engalnd Coast and find gems that cost half the price. I really cant figure it out. But the Dry Dock is pretty cool because it is an experience and the seafood is 'off the boat' fresh. Its not a date place, or a night out, or anything like that. Its a funky, hybrid, utilitarian place.

That part of South Boston isnt considered South Boston by some. Its a commercial zone to the North sometimes referred to as Seaport District. People who eat there are guys who work in the district. Its not 'touristy' at all. I cant rate the seafood well. I usually just eat chowder and apps, but I've heard good things.

My dad and both of my brotherw are/were commercial fishermen. From the biggest fishing port in US by $$$. Dru dock might be kind of cool, b ut I wouldnt make it a 'night out'. Do a lunch-dinner there and head out. If you do go the Harpoon Brewery is nearby.

Whatever you do, dont eat at Barking Crab. Horrible. Union Oyster is legenday, but overrated and nothing special. Legal is Legal. Neptunes is a hidden jewel, but its small and tough to get a seat. Chef is amazing. Next to your hotel is Oceanaire which is getting a reputation for being one of the best seafood joint around despite being an chain; its a good though. Jasper White is something of a cooking legend. His Summer Shack is fun. Its off Boylston. He's kid of celebrity and the place isnt quaint authentic New England, but its pretty good.

If you had time, I'd say hit the road and find some seafood shack in Ipswich or Scituate or some little coastal port town. Its probably like Long Island fishing ports, but not as far. But Boston seafood really does suck for its location and reputation.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:29 PM
 
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When you said you went to Fisherman's Wharf, I assumed the Dry Dock or perhaps the No Name. To be frank, Boston seafood is so overrated. You can travel up and down the New Engalnd Coast and find gems that cost half the price. I really cant figure it out. But the Dry Dock is pretty cool because it is an experience and the seafood is 'off the boat' fresh. Its not a date place, or a night out, or anything like that. Its a funky, hybrid, utilitarian place.

That part of South Boston isnt considered South Boston by some. Its a commercial zone to the North sometimes referred to as Seaport District. People who eat there are guys who work in the district. Its not 'touristy' at all. I cant rate the seafood well. I usually just eat chowder and apps, but I've heard good things.

My dad and both of my brotherw are/were commercial fishermen. From the biggest fishing port in US by $$$. Dru dock might be kind of cool, b ut I wouldnt make it a 'night out'. Do a lunch-dinner there and head out. If you do go the Harpoon Brewery is nearby.

Whatever you do, dont eat at Barking Crab. Horrible. Union Oyster is legenday, but overrated and nothing special. Legal is Legal. Neptunes is a hidden jewel, but its small and tough to get a seat. Chef is amazing. Next to your hotel is Oceanaire which is getting a reputation for being one of the best seafood joint around despite being an chain; its a good though. Jasper White is something of a cooking legend. His Summer Shack is fun. Its off Boylston. He's kid of celebrity and the place isnt quaint authentic New England, but its pretty good.

If you had time, I'd say hit the road and find some seafood shack in Ipswich or Scituate or some little coastal port town. Its probably like Long Island fishing ports, but not as far. But Boston seafood really does suck for its location and reputation.
Every word of this is true, especially about the Barking Crab.

When I was a kid my grandparents had a timeshare on the South Maine Coast. Spoiled me for life as far as seafood goes.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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If you want to try something different from a typical New England seafood restaurant, consider Muqueca (Muqueca Restaurant). It is a Brazilian seafood restaurant a little off the beaten path in Inman Square, a traditionally Portuguese section of Cambridge. It's about a 10-15 min walk from the Central Square T stop.

Also in Inman Square, East Coast Grill (Welcome to the East Coast Grill & Raw Bar) serves up some seafood dishes that I find more flavorful than more traditional places like Legal Sea Foods.

I've also heard friends rave about the seafood at Dok Bua (Dok Bua Thai Kitchen Restaurant - 02446 - Brookline - Thai Food Delivery in Coolidge Corner - Online Ordering), a Thai restaurant in Brookline.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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Great suggestions guys. As far as Boston seafood goes I'm sure there is better bets outside the city but that will have to wait for another trip as we will be traveling by mass transit this trip.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:20 PM
 
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Go to Union Oyster House. It's a national landmark. It's been in business for more than 200 years. Obviously they are doing something right. Just the lore of the place will be more memorable than any other seafood place you could go in BOS.




Then go have a drink next door at the Bell in Hand - opened in 1795.


Then the Green Dragon.


That area is called the Blackstone Block, and it's really the coolest place in BOS.

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Old 01-17-2011, 07:51 AM
 
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When you said you went to Fisherman's Wharf, I assumed the Dry Dock or perhaps the No Name. To be frank, Boston seafood is so overrated. You can travel up and down the New Engalnd Coast and find gems that cost half the price. I really cant figure it out. But the Dry Dock is pretty cool because it is an experience and the seafood is 'off the boat' fresh. Its not a date place, or a night out, or anything like that. Its a funky, hybrid, utilitarian place.

That part of South Boston isnt considered South Boston by some. Its a commercial zone to the North sometimes referred to as Seaport District. People who eat there are guys who work in the district. Its not 'touristy' at all. I cant rate the seafood well. I usually just eat chowder and apps, but I've heard good things.

My dad and both of my brotherw are/were commercial fishermen. From the biggest fishing port in US by $$$. Dru dock might be kind of cool, b ut I wouldnt make it a 'night out'. Do a lunch-dinner there and head out. If you do go the Harpoon Brewery is nearby.

Whatever you do, dont eat at Barking Crab. Horrible. Union Oyster is legenday, but overrated and nothing special. Legal is Legal. Neptunes is a hidden jewel, but its small and tough to get a seat. Chef is amazing. Next to your hotel is Oceanaire which is getting a reputation for being one of the best seafood joint around despite being an chain; its a good though. Jasper White is something of a cooking legend. His Summer Shack is fun. Its off Boylston. He's kid of celebrity and the place isnt quaint authentic New England, but its pretty good.

If you had time, I'd say hit the road and find some seafood shack in Ipswich or Scituate or some little coastal port town. Its probably like Long Island fishing ports, but not as far. But Boston seafood really does suck for its location and reputation.
I agree about seafood outside the city. IMHO, the best seafood in Boston is VERY expensive. You can get something nearly as good outside the city for much less money.

You're dad and brother fish(ed) out of New Bedford? There are a number of good places down there for seafood too.

Personally, I found Southern Maine to be a bit overrated when it comes to seafood (lived in Portland for 4+ years and my girlfriend was involved in the restaurant business). It certainly doesn't lack that quaint seaside charm, but there aren't many places with an extensive seafood menu (lobster, lobster and lobster). The good news is that one doesn't need to go that far to get good seafood. There are a number of places on the North Shore and NH Seacoast that are good. If the OP has time, a trip up to Cape Ann or even Portsmouth may be a good outing. South Shore is a good suggestion too.
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