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1 Night in Boston- Best Lobster?

Wife and I will have one free night in Boston next week in which to satisfy our lobster craving, any suggestions? Friends have suggested Legal Seafood, Anthony's Pier 4 and No Names. What do you think? Other ideas? We will be staying at the Hilton Logan. We do not know the area.
Thanks,
CG

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No Name Restaurant
151-2 Fish Pier, Boston, MA 02210

Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant
140 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

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  1. I would avoid all three of those choices and go to either Summer Shack or McCormick & Schmick. Both safe and good value for preparation and freshness.
    Enjoy,
    CocoDan

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    Summer Shack
    310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

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    1. re: CocoDan

      Summer Shack's lobster is excellent. It depends on what you want: if you want a fancy dining room, Anthony's or Legals is fine for a lobster, though very pricey. If you want Boston plain, Yankee Lobster is reasonable and right on Northern Avenue, across the bridge from Logan, but no atmosphere, no cocktails. If you want good Boston seafood cooking and a drink, Summer Shack is a fine choice, somewhere in the middle on price and atmosphere. It would be my choice. You might also check whether Scups in the Harbor have lobster: it's a delightful and very local place very close to the airport.

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      Yankee Lobster
      300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

      Summer Shack
      310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

      1. re: teezeetoo

        all the posters the op has mentioned should be avoided in my opinion.

        I am a fan of the pan fried lobster at Summer Shack though i have only tried the Cambridge/Alewife location. You can also get good lobster in Chinatown at various restaurants, too. And of course, there is Neptune Seafood in the North End that is a chow favorite if you do not mind the long lines and a no reservations policy

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        Summer Shack
        149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140

        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          It's pretty hard to mess up a steamed/boiled lobster. The local grocery stores do a fine job with it. If that's all you want, pick a price point and enjoy the ambiance that you will be paying for. If you want an interesting/unusual preparation, the above recs are certainly more appropriate.

          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

            Neptune. Hot lobster roll with butter. Huge portion. You won't have to do the digging out work yourself..if that's part of what you want, go elsewhere. small and crowded and a wait, unless you go early. Easily accessible from Logan area by cab or subway.

            where are you coming from? which night of the week? what is your best time to eat that lobster? would help to know to give you more specific advice.

            1. re: Madrid

              Thanks, coming from Florida, arriving Thursday mid-afternoon, can eat anytime but would prefer sometime around 7pm. We will not have a car. Any further suggestions greatly appreciated although both Neptune and Summer Shack sound great.
              Thanks again,
              CG

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              Summer Shack
              310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

              1. re: Casper Gutman

                the board loves neptunes and I appreciate its food. but i just want to make sure you understand that they take no reservations and at 7 PM on a thursday night there is a high likelihood you'll be waiting in line for some time. If you want to be able to sit down after a long trip, make reservations at Summer Shack.

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                Summer Shack
                310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

                1. re: teezeetoo

                  At Summer Shack, Jasper White's pan roasted lobster with chervil and chives is a wonderful wonderful dish! I've been getting it since back in the day when he had Jaspers.

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                  Summer Shack
                  310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

                2. re: Casper Gutman

                  Neptune doesn't do steamed lobster. They have an excellent lobster roll, but sometimes run out as their kitchen space is limited so they have daily deliveries. I notice they have added a grilled lobster to the menu, and have always wanted to try the Monday night spaggetinni. Always wanted to try the Summer Shack special and Locke Ober's famous versions. Plain steamed lobster? Whoever has the freshest out of the sea will likely be the sweetest. I wouldn't go with any of the original suggestions.

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                  Summer Shack
                  310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

        2. I think it would be most fun to take a water shuttle or water taxi over to Long Wharf, which is very close to Faneuil Hall. Then stroll by the restaurants which if they don't have lobster on the menu, usually have steamed lobster specials, like Durgin Park, Marshall House, the Purple Shamrock or possibly Green Dragon Tavern. If none of them pass muster, I don't think McCormick & Scmick's is a bad suggetion either; and they are right in that area too. You may be tempted by Union Oyster House which you'd pass, but that's one that I'd avoid; it's a total tourist trap.

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          Purple Shamrock
          1 Union St Ste B, Boston, MA 02108

          Durgin Park
          1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

          Green Dragon Tavern
          11 Marshall St, Boston, MA 02108

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          1. re: Niblet

            I agree that the water shuttle or taxi would be great, even for you folks from Florida for whom the ocean is not such a big deal. Your hotel can give you all the info.

            Having a car would only cause you problems you don't even want to imagine. Everything around Faneuil Hall is geared to tourists, but one place that has not been mentioned yet is kingfish Hall there, a Todd English place. Most on this board don't like it and most of us are beyond tired of Todd, but I'd put it ahead of any of the others in that area, including McCormick and Schmick's. You will get a lot of responses telling you to avoid both.

            If the menu at Neptune appeals to you, despite the lack of steamed lobster, I'd say get there earlier than 7, put your name in, stroll around the "little Italy" neighborhood, get a drink somewhere, and they will call you when seating is available. It's small, noisy, and has more bar seats than table seats, so go with your taste. You could take a water cab still to Long wharf early on, enjoy the waterfront stroll to the North End neighborhood where Neptune is, and you'd get a really good glimpse of this city. The last time I was at Neptune was a Monday night and my friend and I got the last two bar seats a few minutes before 7. There wasn't much turnover for a couple of hours.