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Best Seafood in Metro Boston.
Legal Sea Foods, Chestnut Hill, MA
Legal’s is a family restaurant, with a full bar and plenty of free parking. Legal Sea Foods, as the name says, specializes in seafood dishes, with the only exceptions being a grilled chicken sandwich, a grilled chicken dinner, and a filet mignon steak. Sorry, no prime rib, BBQ pork or beef ribs, pork chops or lamb chops. That being said, the fish and chips dinner ($17) and baked scrod ($21) are relatively inexpensive dinner options. The luncheon menu is a little cheaper with smaller portions. The clam chowder ($5 cup, $7 bowl) is excellent and well worth it. The menu does vary somewhat over time, and has a separate page of daily specials. The food is well prepared with a minimum of, or no salt added. Turkey dinner is available on Thanksgiving.
The baked stuffed lobster is excellent, and with a cup of chowder to start, the small size 1.25-1.5 pound baked stuffed lobster stuffed with seafood($34) is enough to fill you up. If you skip the clam chowder, get the 1.5-1.75 medium size baked stuffed lobster. Lobster prices are market dependent.
I have given up on buying steamed soft shelled clams
anywhere, even at Legal’s. Perhaps you could avoid possible digestive problems if you dig your own on Cape Cod (a lot of backbreaking work, plus you need a permit).
This is not really a steak restaurant, so if you order the filet mignon steak, be sure to explain to the waiter or waitress exactly how much you want it cooked. “Rare” and “extra rare” don’t seem to mean anything to them, and I like it extra rare, so I just tell them to scorch it on both sides and serve it up, otherwise they have a tendency to overcook it and ruin it.
You can request the excellent freshly cooked wheat rolls instead of the white rolls.
I dine at Legal’s about once a week and enjoy the visit. Cost? Figure anywhere from $50-$120 total for two people, including tax and tip.
Note: The cushions on the wooden chairs can sag enough for the wooden edge to cut off your leg circulation and put your legs to sleep. The management does get them fixed a few at a time, but I think a different chair design is in order. The dark overall decor could use some sprucing up. The carpeting, wall, and ceiling colors make the place look rather dingy. The nautical theme does not fit in with the nightclub darkness of the room.
(See the legalseafoods web site)
A New England institution where diners don bibs and crack open lobsters with their bare hands..
With 30-plus outposts up and down the Eastern seaboard, this Cambridge-based chain reels in a seemingly endless supply of after-work professionals and tired tourists. The look varies somewhat from establishment to establishment but a casually nautical theme and a crowd as loud as the ocean's roar are fairly consistent. Signature dishes include clam chowder, wood-grilled swordfish, steamed clams, and 2-pound lobsters that can be ordered baked and stuffed with scallops and shrimp.
Best Burger (No Joke!!!!).
The seafood fare is well documented (very good not GREAT) but now lets get to business. The BEST burger anywhere can be found where you would least expect it. That's right Legal Sea Foods in Chestnut Hill. The burger is willingly offered as rare as you can take it and don't dare order french fries unless you desperately need a fry fix. You are asked to choose 2 sides from a varied list ranging from seaweed salad to mashed potatoes (choose wisely). For about $9, this is a 4 star meal at a 1/2 star price (Take that Burger King). Watch the rest your party looks longingly upon your plate as they try to convince themselves that there $35 lobster is better than your $9 burger (No contest).
PS Harpoon IPA is a great match.
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