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.
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.
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.
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.