Recent Eats: Neptune, Artu, Waterfront, Navy Yard Bistro
Neptune; Started with some wellfleets, littlenecks, and shrimp cocktail. Very fresh and tasty as always. Next up the Lobster Spaghettini. Tons of lobster with roasted tomatoes, garlic, parmesan and toasted breadcrumbs on top of al dente spaghettini. Well worth the $36 price tag in my book. Did I mention TONS of lobster.
Artu; started with the veggie antipasti which consisted of some grilled asparagus, grilled zucchini, roasted brussel sprouts, fried zucchini, and beans n' greans. Really good antipasti, very fresh. Next was the shrimp scampi pizza. A thin crust medium siuzed pizza loaded with shrimp and garlic. Not sure if its grilled but there were definately grill like marks on the crispy crust. Really good pizza $15 ( only available at bar)
Waterfront; started with the appetizer platter. Very generic mozz sticks, wing dings, poppers, chicken fingers, and fried calamari. Not great but not bad with a couple IPA's
Hawaian pizza on the other hand was very good, and I have no problem putting their pizza #2 in the North End.
Navy Yard Bistro; Suprised there isn't more talk on this place. Very resonable wine list. Four vines old vine zinfandel was very good $8 a glass. Started with Pork dumplings which were basically crispy momo's. Really nice, homemade, and served with a soy sesame dipping sauce. 4 for $8. For the Main I had the grilled pork tenderloin served with warm
asian slaw, a crispy potato cake, and a soy ginger pineapple sauce. Very tasty and better than a similar dish I had at Sibling Rivalry for half the price.$17
I love most everything about Neptune, but I'm a) not crazy about the lobster rolls, as they use a stupid, overcharred brioche roll, and b) I think I'd love that Monday-night spaghettini more if it weren't so spicy. Nothing against spice, but the combination of dried chilli (red pepper flakes, I think) and lobster doesn't work for me quite as much as I thought it would. It's a good deal, but I think the heat overwhelms the delicate lobster flavor a little. But I'll say again that overall it's my favorite Western-style seafood place in town.
I've piped up a few times in the past for Navy Yard Bistro. The location, in the midst of the Charlestown Navy Yard, makes it a bit out of the way, a bit T-inaccessible, and a bit of a late night driving misadventure, which I'm sure puts some people off the place. But I have loved the vibe there, I've enjoyed the food, and I like John Moore's taste in wine. It's unmistakably his place, and I think that makes a big difference.