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Seafood dump on the table in Boston

Hi, I am from London and currently planning a trip for next Spring to travel from Boston to New York and on to Philly and Washington DC. Please can anyone help to suggest a seafood place that dumps the seafood on the table and gives you a mallet?

Also I am open to any suggestions for just great places to visit and eat in Boston.

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  1. For seafood dump,check out places in Baltimore, MD, near DC.

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    1. re: Madrid

      "seafood dump" is not a boston thing.

      1. re: Madrid

        Thank you for your advice, I really had no idea where along our trip I would find a place that did this, so its nice to be able to narrow the search.

        1. re: HisHungry

          If you make it down to Baltimore I would recommend going to LP Steamers. It's not the cheapest or most expensive, but it's a unique Baltimore experience in the best way possible. Especially in the summer when it's packed to the brim, Orioles games on all the TV, and the possibility of eating on the rooftop deck.

          Your crabs come and just get dumped on the table, they're more than happy to show new people how to properly pick a blue shell, and their seasoning mix is awesome. They're accessible to anyone staying downtown and provide great food and atmosphere.

          There are better crab shacks closer to the Chesapeake Bay and outside of Baltimore but I would still recommend LP Steamers to tourists and locals alike.

          I grew up in Maryland, went to school in Boston, and now live in Baltimore.

          1. re: fdaapproved

            Probably better to post this on HisHungry's other thread, over here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982406

            1. re: Allstonian

              Saw it already and figured he would see it here, we'll see how that thread goes before I repost my answer.

              I always like seeing what other people suggest.

      2. I've never seen what you're describing here, but I had that type of experience in Maryland (at O'Brycki's). You'd have better luck in Boston looking for a seafood tower for the "holy cow that's a lot of seafood!" experience. But my recommendation is to search for places that do oysters on the half shell, steamer clams or even mussels. You'll find great examples of those in the Boston area. If you use the search box at the top right side of this page, you should find some recommendations, and if you come back with a list of places you're considering, you should get some great feedback.

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        1. re: Chris VR

          That's all we want "holy cow that's a lot of seafood" experience. Ill definitely search seafood towers!
          Thank you

          1. re: HisHungry

            The seafood tower at Row 34 is pretty outstanding. It includes a full lobster, and ceviche in addition to the normal oysters (pristine), shrimp and clams. Make a reservation early, as in several months in advance. You can supplement that with other dishes and you will be saying holy cow. Also, be aware they serve beer and wine only.

            1. re: black_lab

              We have had that seafood tower at Row 34 - it is very, VERY good - as in WOW, that's a lot of {amazing} seafood! :)

              1. re: black_lab

                I have to revisit my Row 34 suggestion to note that the lobster served on our seafood tower this weekend was an extremely soggy soft shell variety - quite disappointing. The rest of the tower was still excellent however.

                Another thing about Row 34 now that I have been there quite a few times is that it's not comfortable. The hard metal chairs might be some of the most uncomfortable seats in Boston. Considering the reservation so difficult to score and an expensive tab, the overall atmosphere just isn't very comfortable and relaxing beyond the first impression of the space. The newly opened patio seats are pretty nice this time of year, but the dining room doesn't offer a lot of prime seats.

          2. Yes, down in the Baltimore area is where you will find this, especially with the crabs.

            1. Skipjacks used to do a crabfest in season when they were in the suburbs, back around 10 years ago. Not sure if they still do it in Foxboro or on Clarendon

              1. Not that I would recommend the food there, but the closest I can think of is Barking Crab that gives you big rocks to smash your crabs with. I haven't been since they were found to be pumping Boston Harbor water into their seafood tanks, but that's got to be 10 years ago now. Not sure if anyone has more recent experience they could share.

                BTW... The standard utencils for shellfish in Boston are a lobster cracker and pick, along with a little fork. You can / will get those anywhere.

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                1. re: Foodie_BBQ

                  I'm Chinese, so I could get into most seafood with just my hands! but rocks, lobster picks, mallets I don't really mind.

                  1. re: Foodie_BBQ

                    The Barking Crab is wretched, unaffectionately referred to as The Sewage Crab by many locals for reasons you can probably imagine.

                    Boston has a lot of worthwhile seafood places from fancy to cheap, even if most don't offer a mallet as a utensil. Please avoid this awful tourist trap when you come to Boston, HisHungry.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Thank you for the advice, Its hard going when searching for good places in a different country, Barking 'sewage' Crab is off the list.

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        Yes - for multiple reasons, this is what comes to mind when I think of "seafood dump" in Boston.

                    2. Last night we had very delicious twin lobsters with ginger and scallion and salt and pepper fried squid at Peach Farm in Chinatown.

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                      1. re: frond

                        If you're looking for Chinese style seafood, a taste of "home," there's plenty of it in Boston Chinatown.

                        1. re: peregrine

                          there are several good fish-in-the tank seafood places including peach farm and east ocean seafood in Chinatown. I like to get the double lobsters or the szechuan (sic) fish at Dumpling House if you happen to be in Cambridge. I think that you can get better Chinese food in London though.

                          There are also lots of places that sell 1.00 oysters on any given night. You might want to settle down and have a couple dozen; i have.

                          Island Creek Oyster Bar has some good dishes; i am a fan of the pan roasted lobster at Summer Shack, one of my favorite dishes in Boston, period, though Summer Shack does not have lots of support on Chowhound. There are many seafood shacks up North; the fried clams can be great, the closest one to Boston would be Belle Island, which is in Winthrop.

                      2. If you can get down to Brothers Crawfish in Dorchester, they do Louisiana-style crawfish boil by the pound, the Asian version is very close to New Orleans spice level, and super delicious. Picnic tables, paper towels.

                        1. Anybody have comments on the Yankee lobsters crab bucket? I haven't been but have seen some good reviews of other items on the menu. Are they the local rock crabs?

                          http://www.yankeelobstercompany.com/m...

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                          1. re: lc02139

                            They just showed that on Phantom Gourmet this past Sunday. It looked interesting. They do give mallets and a large bucket to dump the shells.

                          2. Look into lobster bakes / clam boils. They are contained - on a plate, not the table - but typically heaping and totally New England. It's been some years since I had the one at Legals but even for Legals it was a TON of food includes a cup of chowder. At $33 then, it was a total bargain... could be upwards of $40 now.

                            Neptune (arguably best seafood in Boston) has one too, though I've never had.
                            http://www.neptuneoyster.com/menu.html
                            Neptune has the best lobster roll - get the warm buttered - and great fried clams too.

                            Island Creek and Row 34 are your other go to seafood spots. Yankee Lobster good on the fly; avoid No Name at all costs.