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I've Never Been a Huge Fan of the Summer Shack, But...

hiddenboston Jun 4, 2009 09:45 AM

....boy, did we have a good meal at the Cambridge location last night. Other than perhaps the corn bread (a bit too sweet and bland at the same time), everything was excellent to outstanding. I was surprised, because I have been there maybe 5 times and was never blown away by the place. Standouts include a couple of hearty and sweet crab and cheese pupusas, a tender and fresh roasted salmon, and an amazing pecan pie that nearly put me into a food coma.

I went in a bit skeptical, but was very surprised at how good everything was.

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  1. Delhiwala RE: hiddenboston Jun 4, 2009 09:59 AM

    I have alawys had good meals at the Summer Shack in Cambridge. Thanks for the tip on the pecan pie - was it served with ice cream?.

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      hiddenboston RE: Delhiwala Jun 4, 2009 10:34 AM

      No, but it was served with real whipped cream on the side (and lots of it). It was on special last night, so I'm not sure how often they have it there.

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      RandyL RE: hiddenboston Jun 4, 2009 05:15 PM

      I have always had very good to great meals at Summer Shack in Cambridge. And I like the fact that I can wear a pair of shorts, a t-shirt and sandals and not feel out of place while enjoying this great food. SS has the best oysters in Boston - bar none.

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        bostongal RE: RandyL Jun 4, 2009 10:11 PM

        I am not sure why there are so many that do not like Summer Shack...it has always been a family favorite of ours for fresh seafood...
        I have always found something to order there and I think it is always good. Now go ahead and throw the stones!

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          SuperFineSugar RE: bostongal Jun 5, 2009 04:15 AM

          I've had good luck there and like it too. I think it gets panned for being inconsistent, and for the Disneyesqueness (is that a word?) of the place. But let's face it, if you're a tourist coming to Boston and want seafood with a seaside-shack feel but don't have time to make it to the Cape, it's exactly what you're looking for.

      2. okra RE: hiddenboston Jun 5, 2009 06:19 AM

        I had the opportunity to go for lunch quite a few times. My disappointment usually came from the fried items - oysters for example. I want to taste the product being fried, not the batter/fryolator combination.

        That and the fact that they rank among those that serve every beer, ale or lager in a frozen glass. Tremont Ale? In a frozen glass? At least pretend to train your bartenders....

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          LStaff RE: okra Jun 5, 2009 06:56 AM

          Tremont Ale? - what is this 1998? But seriously, do you really want to taste all that butter? Might go well with a steamed lobster or clams though. ;-)

          I would visit the bar more often for some oysters if they had some stout (or porter) besides Guinness to go with them. They really do need to update their beer list from the 90's before 2010 passes them by.

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