Seafood Restaurant recomendations on the cheap
- Albert Apr 4, 2002 04:12 PM
Hello Chowhounds!I will be visiting Boston next weekend. I will be staying in a hotel in Brookline. I am interested in a cheap seafood restaurant in the area (in the $15-@25 dollar price range per person)I have heard that the No-Name Restaurant is a good place to go. I am not looking for a fancy atmosphere, just a great seafood place to eat that is affordable. I don't mind if the restaurant takes only cash. I just would like the restaurant to be accessible to public transportation since I hear parking in the Boston area can be tough.
If anyone can offer their comments about No-Name Restaurant as well as any others you might have in mind I would appreciate your help.
Thanks for your help Chowhounds.
No Name is good. Not as cheap as it was, and a long haul if you're staying in Brookline. Best bet for seafood in Brookline is Village Fish, in Brookline Village, and in your price range. It's where I go..Grilled, broiled and a few fried items; a lot of stuff that's fish and pasta style, like Clams or mussels and pasta, Seafood Fra Diavolo, Scallops Marsala. Their grilled stuff really shines too.Their Grilled Marinated Swordfish Tips are the best thing on the menu. And they do a fabulous grilled bluefish! If you see anything on the blackboard that appeals to you; get it!
I'm guessing that you're staying at a place on Beacon St, you could almost walk! The Captain's Wharf in Coolidge Corner is closer to the No Name kind of style, a Greek seafood place...It's recently reopened under a new owner, and I haven't been yet..
Besides Galleygirl's Brookline recommendations, I'll give my umpteenth rec for McCormick & Schmicks. It's not a dirve at all, a nice restaurant where most entrees are <$20. Their fried oyster appetizer for $7.95 is amazing. Easily accessible by T, get off at the Arlington stop and go to the Park Plaza hotel, it's located inside. Also a location at Fanueil Hall that I can't vouch for.
There is no "Good seafood on the cheap"
IMHO NoName is fine if you want greasy diner food. It is priced accordingly. You didn't come this far just to get a cheap meal, I think.
NoName is mostly favored by tourists who are delighted to discover "a real find".
In fact, there are hundreds of local joints; diners, fastfood drive-ins, and neighborhood taverns that serve this low quality of quick food.
There are so many alternatives. I hope you dig a little further on this board.
If you do go to NoName, please don't judge us by this experience.
Good seafood is served locally in virtually every good restaurant. But, GOOD seafood is not cheap. And most restaurants that call themselves seafood restaurants are tourist traps. Sorry!
The bottom line is:
Find a "good" restaurant: It will have good seafood.
Find a "seafood" restaurant: With a few exceptions, it will cater to tourists and not be very good.
In other words, CHEAP and GOOD seafood are generally mutually exclusive.
If you are on the waterfront, try the Barking Crab, reasonable prices and a great view. A lobster in the rough right in the city. easily accessable by the T. Better yet, rent a car and drive to Essex on the north shore, dozens of seafood restaurants, my latest favorite is Essex Seafood on Rt 133. Lobster, steamers, and fried stuff.
Keep in mind as you visit Boston that the best seafood is nowhere near the water. In Brookline, Skipjacks and Daily Catch are good choices too.
another thought...Chinatown has some excellent seafood restaurants..and very reasonable. Favorites are Peach Farm and East Ocean City.