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how to Eat Well at Boston Tourist Traps?

i'll go first.

at any Legal's:
sit at the bar, drink draft beer and eat only shellfish and at the most have a chowder.

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  1. I am not sure that Legal's fits the definition of a tourist trap, but I will play anyhow.

    At Legal's I enjoy the Rhode Island Calamari [appetizer], fish chowder and the salad with blue cheese. Any two of those, and I have the perfect meal for me.

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    1. Also at Legal's, order the appetizer called "The Legal Experience." If you can get over the stupid name and the high price tag ($24 or $26 or something like that), it's actually kinda tasty: mini crabcake, shrimp cocktail, shrimp dumplings and seared tuna.

      1. A beer and a chowder is OK. Anytime I've tried to do more I've been so offended that they compted my check....which wasnt why I went in there. A disappointment every tiime. I really have given up on them, after loving them time aftter time 30 - 40 years ago. What a shame! They really did have high standards iwhen they started in Cambridge. Back then even Julia Childs came in for fresh fish.

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        1. re: Win

          I enjoy half a dozen oysters and the calamari "Thai" style. Oh ya and for luch the Tuna burger is very tasty. And can't forget about the old salt ale.

          1. re: Win

            Legals has a free wine tasting on thursdays in the Prudential. I occasionally go and have mussels at the bar afterward. 10 dollars tab for wine and good mussels is fine by me.

          2. Chowder at Legal Seafood. I get the lite (without cream, but good), DH gets the regular (with cream, also good).

            Fried oysters at Durgin Park, although I haven't been there recently.

            The lobster special at the Summer Shack split between two people is a pretty good deal if you are in the Red Sox neighborhood.

            Neptune Oyster, anytime.

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            1. re: chowfamily

              Prime rib at Durgin too.
              Bahamanian fish chowder at Summer Shack.

              Huh. Judging by the response so far, we don't have very many tourist traps in this town. And the ones mentioned don't suck. Go Boston.

            2. At legals I like the spicy calamari. They also used to offer "spicy" fish and chips. It tastes like they mix tobasco into the batter, have not had anything like it elsewhere. I also like the chowder but prefer the fish chowder over the clam. they also have good rolls!

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              1. re: hargau

                The rolls are good, and with the chowder, it is a nice $5.00 respite. I'll have to try the calamari!