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Where To Celebrate My Birthday...with Lobster?

heathermb Jun 20, 2008 01:21 PM

I had intended to go to Hamersley's as we had an amazing lobster dish on my last visit in March. Sadly it's on the menu no more.

The lobster is not actually for me, it's for my grandfather who LOVES lobster and I want him to be able to have it when we go out Sunday night.

Other considerations: somewhat handicap accessible (grandpa has a walker); not noisy; valet parking; open Sunday for an early (6PM) dinner.

If you've been somewhere in Boston/Cambridge that has a great lobster option beyond the traditional steamed/grilled - please share!



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    Blumie RE: heathermb Jun 20, 2008 02:55 PM

    Happy birthday, Heather! Too bad you can't spend it in NYC, where you can get Markt's amazing "lobster in the pan." Although I'm not a fan of the place, there's always the wood grilled lobster at Summer Shack. And although perhaps not easily accessible for Grandpa, B&G has been doing some interesting lobster dishes of late, although I don't know what's currently on the menu.

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      9lives RE: heathermb Jun 20, 2008 03:35 PM

      Happy Birthday!! Would Anthony's Pier 4 be too corny? Might be sort of a sentimental thing if your grandfather is from this area.

      I wouldn't recommend the place for much; but great views, winelist..and I'm sure they could do a good job with a lobster.

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        macadamianut RE: heathermb Jun 20, 2008 04:46 PM

        The pan roasted lobster at Summer Shack in Cambridge is fantastic!!! The sauce is spectacular.

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          catsmeow RE: macadamianut Jun 20, 2008 07:08 PM

          I second it. I even use to get it when Jasper's was open in the North End years ago,

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            Gio RE: catsmeow Jun 21, 2008 08:17 AM

            SS in Cambridge does lobster very well, indeed. And.... There is an accessible ramp for your Grandfather. Although it's not exactly quiet, we've been there with parties of 12 and the noise level was fine.

            Happy Birthday!!

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          teezeetoo RE: heathermb Jun 20, 2008 06:33 PM

          if asian presentation is an option, i'm a fan of the lobster in ginger and scallion served at Eastern Pier. A decent bar, an outside patio on the waterfront, and handicapped accessible, parking right there.

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            lycheefloat RE: heathermb Jun 21, 2008 03:18 AM

            Excelsior is having a "summer of lobster." They're offering pretty creative lobster dishes for $30 all summer long.

            I know some people are not huge fans of Excelsior,but my experiences there have always been pretty good.

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              treb RE: heathermb Jun 21, 2008 04:49 AM

              The Mt. Vernon in Sommerville has a twin lobster deal on week-ends.

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                chowfamily RE: heathermb Jun 21, 2008 08:13 AM

                Locke Ober is closed on Sundays, unfortunately, but for future planning, they have a delicious Lobster Savannah in a nice, old-school setting.

                1. heathermb RE: heathermb Jun 21, 2008 08:45 AM

                  Thanks for all the suggestions and birthday wishes! I had kind of ruled out SS but that pan-roasted lobster does sound good.

                  I did hear about the Excelsior special (changes each week in June) but I think it might be too much of a "scene" for Grandpa!

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                    edgewater RE: heathermb Jun 21, 2008 10:26 AM

                    Scampo has a lazy lobster with fennel in addition to Lydia'a well known lobster pizza. The menu is extremely varied and has lots of interesting "small plates" and home made mozzarellas which would be great for a group to share. They have valet parking and start serving @ 5:30 on Sunday's. It can be very busy @ Scampo but I wouldn't think it would be at all "crazy" on a Sunday @ 5:30.

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                    edgewater RE: heathermb Jun 25, 2008 11:35 AM

                    heathermb, where did you end up going and was it good?

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                      heathermb RE: edgewater Jun 25, 2008 02:26 PM

                      Well (and please don't kill me) when all was said and done I decided that I wanted to go somewhere that I love and that would have something for everyone. So, I decided on Eastern Standard at a table outside. I figured grandpa could have the raw bar lobster and would probably love some of the offal offerings. Also, the folks there are so kind and so accomodating I knew they could handle his dietary restrictions (minimal salt) and make me feel special.

                      I tried the new sandwich on the menu - the Reuben and I pronounce it delicious. The soup, a chilled Asparagus soup with creme fresh had a vibrant taste with a hint of citrus that I also loved.

                      Only miss of the night was a new frog's legs appetizer, according to my mom it was a tad bland. Everything else was great - Dad and Grandpa both had the steak frites and both cleaned their plates.

                      So, thanks for all the recommendations - I'm going bookmark this thread for next month when I take Grandpa out for lobster!

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                        edgewater RE: heathermb Jun 25, 2008 07:25 PM

                        Thanks for the response.....glad everyone had a good time. The chilled asparagus soup sounds delicious. I may have to get there soon to try it.

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                          galleygirl RE: heathermb Jun 25, 2008 07:52 PM

                          If you need fab frog legs for Mom, try the Frogs legs clay pot at Peach Farm in Chinatown...Everyone always seems to be getting it for Mom, and it smells divinely garlicky...

                      2. TheTrout RE: heathermb Jun 25, 2008 11:50 AM

                        Lineage on Harvard St, in Brookline has had some VERY good lobster apps & entrees in the past. Open Sundays @ 5pm I think, easy access for grampy, good table separation, so conversation is possible. So, what's not to like? Enjoy your celebration !

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