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Yesterday I had a legitimate "Foodgasm"

I was coming back from a job on the South Shore (I live on the North Shore) and I had a craving for some oysters. I have been wanting to check out the new Legal Harborside so I decided to give it a shot. Beautiful, immaculate place in a great location right on the water. At 4:00pm on a friday afternoon the place was about a quarter full. Nice vibe going on as people start unwinding from another week in the salt mines. Can't wait to come back in the summer and sit outside. I wasn't expecting any life changing, earth shattering experience. I've been to many different Legals locations. I just wanted some oysters and a pint. I knew what to expect, or so I thought.

I walked in and went to the circle bar on the left, first floor. I started with an expertly poured pint of Guinness, 6 Wellfleets and 6 Kusshi. Both types were delicious, creamy and fresh. Definitely hit the spot. Decided to go with an order of steamers, and something else. Something not shellfish. Hmmmm, some interesting looking starters and bruschettas. Almost went with a stuffie, but I've had plenty of those and besides, more shellfish. I decided on the braised shortrib bruschetta with fontina and truffle oil. Am I glad I did.

The steamers arrived first so I dove in. After 5 mins the bruschetta arrived. The waiter placed the long, white, oval dish in front of me. Two pieces of bruschetta greeted me. They looked good. Smelled good. I let them sit for a minute while I ate a few more steamers, which were plump and sweet and dripping with butter. Just how I like them. OK, time to have a taste of the bruschetta. Crunch......OMG........Cue angels singing. This was the best tasting single dish of food I have ever ordered anywhere in my life. Period. Perfection. I'm not very gifted with the ability to describe the subtleties of flavor and texture, but I'll try. The perfectly toasted crunchy bread, the falling apart, succulent meat, the creamy smooth melted cheese and the hint of truffle all worked perfectly together. I could not believe how incredibly delicious it was. This was as close to a religious experience as I have ever had. I inhaled the rest and immediately ordered another, you know, just to make sure I REALLY liked it. I did. I was tempted to order a third but was able to control myself...barely.

It's all I have been able to think about since then. I am totally obsessed. I have not seen this on the menu at any other Legal's and it's only available on the first floor at Harborside. I absolutely can not wait to go back and have another order...or four.

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  1. But other than that did the bruschetta taste good?

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    1. re: calisson

      I thought the OP sounded a bit underwhelmed.

      1. re: hckybg

        After reading this again, I guess I was a little understated in my enthusiasm :-)

    2. An excellent example of what can be missed by axiomatically dismissing "chain restaurants."

      The November 2011 Esquire Magazine lists Legal Harborside as on the "best new restaurants" in the country.

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      1. re: CambridgeFoodie

        Having dined from plain to chain, micro to boho, street and truck, slow to fast, Cape Ann to Cape Cod, Seattle to San Juan, Maine to Ecuador, Napa to NOHO, and after having both lunch and dinner @ Legal Harborside over the last week, it is an experience not to be missed. If you want to take an out-of-towner from ANYWHERE take them here and they will talk about it when they get home, as will you.

        1. re: ipsofatso

          I don't think you've eaten at enough of a range of places. Have you eaten from the bottom of a mine to the top of a tower? From anterior to posterior? From left flank to right? From belly to backbone?

          This Legal does sound intriguing though. Can you go there by yourself, or must you have an out-of-towner in tow? (If the latter, I must rent one someplace.)

          1. re: FoodDabbler

            There are apparently a lot of them at Neptune Oyster, you might try finding one there.

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            Neptune Oyster
            63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

              1. re: FoodDabbler

                most importantly, you forgot "from snout to hoof"

            1. re: CambridgeFoodie

              They just opened, give them a year or so to descend into full blown chain flabbiness once the A team that started it has moved on to some other project.

              1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                I ate at a regular Legal last week and was surprised by the refined quality of the mains. The salads looked ordinary, but the wine was excellent. I had 2 small complaints: the cioppino was too refined, not rustic enough for my tastes, and the portion was actually too large. The grey sole was very well prepared.

                1. re: lergnom

                  I had a very poor meal at Legal Seafood in the Copley Mall last January.

                  Fried clams clumped together and swimming in a puddle of oil. They had also been cooked in oil that was not hot enough so they were soggy, wet, with oil and not crispy. The salad my in laws had was, as you suggest, at best ordinary. A broiled fish dish totally overcooked, etc. etc.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    You wouldn't be caught dead @ LSF so why go there just to punish the in-laws?

                    1. re: ipsofatso

                      Where else can you go with your in-laws if you want a *legitimate* foodgasm?

                      1. re: ipsofatso

                        We were in the Mall, everyone was hungry "NOW!"

                        We would have been better off in the food court.

                        I was hoping for a "Foodgasm" by my squid was limp.

                2. gee thanks hook, great report! sounds like a definite for this week.

                  1. Ate here once over the summer. Loved the food, everything was really good. Try the house made hummus for 3$, really delicious. Great atmosphere during the summer, and they take reservations as well. Seafood was all fresh and well prepared. This review might get me back sooner rather than later...

                    1. I had a similar experience with the McRib earlier this week.

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