Legal's Test Kitchen at the Seaport
I went with te wife last night....I agree with the poster who cited smaller portions than regular Legal- it is abvout 2/3 the price though. It certainly didn't strike me as a total ripoff- Food was pretty good, definately more inspired than the regular menu- I had a jerked grilled salmon with brown rice that was excellent. Ipod decks are cool and the service was fine. All in all pretty decent and worth a shot- oh and a better beer list than other Legals- Chimay, Leffe.....
I probably won't try it as the location is not cenvenient to me, and I think the chain has gone (way) downhill overall.
I do love the idea of the wireless CC swipers I have heard about though. They have had these in Europe for a long time and I have always fretted about them not being used in the US. I absolutely hate waiting a long time to settle the check once I am ready to leave a restaurant.
I work in the area and went for lunch today. The vibe is actually pretty cool, nice decor, good music -- it was a little bit loud since it was so busy. We arrived around 12:25 and finished and were out the door by 1:15. Service was friendly and they appear to have a lot of waitstaff. Now to the food. The menu is broken up by cute titles like nibbles, comfort, exhilirate and a few others so it was a little hard to tell how big the dishes would be. There were three of us and we had:
fried calamari that came with roasted cherry tomatoes and a watercress salad - nice crispy cornmeal crust, a few fried peppers, interesting aoli type sauce (around $10)
cesar salad - pretty basic, not great not awful ($6ish)
lobster roll - decent amount of lobster, not too much mayo, grilled bun, nice vinegary purple slaw, crispy fries dusted with parmesan and a tiny bit of sage, what looked like homemade pickle slices ($18)
fish & chips - didn't try this, but DC rated it a 2.5/5(($14)
All pretty standard dishes, all good, none extraordinary. The food at other tables looked pretty good as well, they had lots of options: burgers, pho, kung pao shrimp, stir fry, chowder, make your own salad, grill stuff where you select your meat and style of season and sides. They also have a take away door off to the side. Prices are a little steep for lunch. Our bill came to $57 w/o tip.
There are so few options in this area that I'm sure they will remain popular, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it and as long as you go expecting decent standard fare you won't be disappointed.
Haven't been to that one yet, but I tried the one at Terminal B at Logan. Delicious black and blue seared tuna served with a cool cucumber salad. Packaged up neatly to take on the plane with chopsticks and a little container of sesame dipping sauce -- Sure beat the other airplane food options.