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No Visit to Boston is Complete Without These Three Meals

April 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | ()

Boston's Seaport area is on its way up, but no matter where you decide to stay, you're bound to be treated to excellent local seafood. Raw bars and fish specials, including lobster, are abundant, and we'd recommend basing your diet around them while in town. For first timers and born-again foodies, we explain three of Beantown's classic offerings:

Lobster Rolls

There's a bun under there somewhere, we promise. Butter-soaked lobster meat is stuffed into a hot dog bun, and trust us when we say it doesn't need anything more than that, although adding mayonnaise and lemon are the most common variations on the traditional recipe. It's almost always served with a side of fries. The one pictured above is the work of Union Oyster House, one of the city's oldest restaurants.


It has a rather abrasive name, but the basis for the dish is very mild and simple. It's a piece of young whitefish, usually cod, that has been filleted and boned. In Boston, it is served seasoned, sometimes breaded, and baked or broiled - something you'd want to squeeze a lemon on. As you can see in the photo, it is nothing fancy, yet it is a traditional choice for a solid fish dish. Don't let the name weird you out.

Clam Chowder

Although not punishable by law, it would be a crime to leave Boston without eating clam chowder. Personally, we'd recommend going on a chowder crawl over the course of your trip. There is no end to the number of establishments that create their own version, and who serves the best is a debate that will forever rage on. Some of the most well known spots include Union Oyster House, Boston Chowda Co., Legal Seafoods, Atlantic Fish Company, and Neptune Oyster. We like to pick up suggestions from locals we meet along the way to find the ones hidden deep within the different neighborhoods.

[Photos: Will McGough/10Best/FoodSpotting]

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