Union Oyster House - is it worth it?
We are coming to Boston for the first time and meeting up with some old friends. Already made reservations at Union Oyster House, but seemed like a tourist trap? Is it a must for the first time Boston visitor or are there any other "must" places to eat? Dinning w/ a 7 yr who eats anything and will be in town for 4 nights...need suggestions. Thanks!
Union Oyster House
41 Union Street, Boston, MA 02108
Sadly, Union Oyster is definitely a tourist trap. Neptune Oyster on Salem St is the place for oysters. That said, it's a small place, and not sure how child friendly it is. The only reason I say that is I don't believe I've ever seen children there. Another option for a raw bar or seafood might be Kingfish Hall in the Fanueil Hall area. I like it a lot, but their are others on the board who wouldn't agree. It's a much larger place, and I know they are child friendly. Hopefully others will chime in.
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113
188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109
Your gut feeling is right. It is a tourist trap.
If you MUST go to a Boston restaurant that is very old and not duplicated elsewhere, I would suggest Durgin Park, which is nearby. Some people on this board do not like it - it is certainly not fine dining - but I think it is a fine place for a perfectly decent meal that will fit a variety of tastes and features old-fashioned Boston-type food on the menu. The prime rib is a winner, they do oysters, and the Indian Pudding is a great regional dessert that nobody makes at home any more.
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109
The Herald and Globe routinely run these "celeb dined here" items, and 80% of them seem to be Legal Sea Foods. Most of the rest are head-scratchers: you think, "I know you can afford to dine anywhere, and some concierge steered you to that mediocre place?" I'm reminded of the time Dan Quayle came to town to dine with his Boston-school-attending daughter, and they famously went to Ciao Bella. Grub Street Boston collects them here: http://grubstreet.com/tags/boston/cel... Puzzling.