No Name Restaurant - Fish Pier in Boston
- Dave MP Dec 19, 2011 08:04 PM
Any recent reports about No Name Restaurant? I might be there tomorrow, and I'm wondering what is good (and what is not-as-good)
I had vowed never to return to this place based on a disgusting experience eons ago, but a friend visiting from out of town with fond memories of the place from the 20th century dragged me out to it.
I found myself enjoying the fish chowder a lot more than I expected to. I had two bowls. But I have not returned to repeat the experience, and that was some years ago now.
re: MC Slim JB
I have to second their fish chowder. It is what a proper chowder should be, not gloppy binded thick mess, but milky with lots of fish stock flavour.
And I as well stopped eating anything else there eons ago! A bowl of chowder and an ice tea at a window table is surely a great hit.
Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I ended up going today - it was my first time visiting.
The upstairs dining room felt very "old school Boston" and it was decently crowded considering it's a Tuesday during the winter. We only ordered the seafood chowder, which contains fish (scrod), shrimp and clams.
I thought the chowder was quite good - packed with flaky, fresh fish, which I really liked. Not a very strong clam flavor, though I did notice plenty of clams as well. The shrimp were a dark color (perhaps they were smoked?) but unfortunately had a somewhat mushy texture, and didn't really taste like shrimp - I think the soup would have been just as good without the shrimp.
We were served some toasted garlic bread with the soup, which was nice for dipping. Nice views of the water and the fish pier, with some activity happening down below.
I saw some broiled fish on other tables that looked good, the fried stuff looked a little less good, but maybe not that bad?
It definitely wasn't disgusting, and my intestines are feeling fine, so I think this place could be worth another try!
I actually took a client of mine who really wanted a "very Boston" place. He loved it extremely. I always get the chowder, and I have tried a few different plates. The broiled platters are not too bad, but the clam roll was surprisingly tasty. The tartar sauce is homemade and something completely different that the sauce packets given out with fish sandwiches.