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When you hear about lobsters, Boston lobsters pretty much top the list.
There are other cities in the world that have good lobster restaurants. Toronto is one of them, with Fishman Lobster Clubhouse. But if you want to satisfy your lobster craving, Boston is pretty much the place to be.
The city is known for their seafood.
As I was writing my Boston snack places, I was thinking about all the food places I like.
Many of them have one thing in common: they serve dishes with lobster.
Since Boston lobsters are one of my absolute favourite things in the world, it deserves a post all on its own.
So here are the following places to go to get your lobster craving satisfied.
Boston Lobsters Restaurant #1 – Legal Sea Foods
Legal Sea Foods is a chain seafood restaurant in New England. There are quite a few locations in the city of Boston but also in places like Rhode Island, Virginia and New Jersey.
They have a pretty good lobster bisque.
You can drink soup all year round but they’re perfect for when the weather gets chillier.
Winters in Boston can be quite cold. In the past, I used to drink lobster bisque with crackers and call it my lunch during the cold season. Getting something warm is better than eating something cold like a salad, in my humble opinion.
The soup itself is quite heavy (there’s a lot of cream) so it’s very filling.
It’s also a bit sweeter than the average lobster bisque. It’s why I like it but it can be a little too much for other people.
Speaking of soups, Legal Sea Food’s clam chowder is pretty famous. It’s something you see people constantly ordering at the restaurant. Very New England.
Try a cup of both the lobster bisque and clam chowder if it’s your first time here (get it as an appetizer instead of a main dish).
The portion is smaller (you can upgrade to a larger portion by getting a bowl) so you can figure out what type of soup you like.
(I personally like their lobster bisque better but my family prefers their clam chowder.)
Also, with smaller portions, you can try other dishes at their restaurant.
If you can’t go to the restaurant in person, some supermarkets even sell Legal Sea Food’s lobster bisque and clam chowder.
1321 Boylston Street
Eventide is located in the heart of Boston: Fenway.
There are a ton of things to do in Fenway. There are many restaurants, a Target, and of course, we can’t forget about Fenway Park.
When I’m going to Target or walking around the area, I’ll always grab a lobster roll at Eventide.
This dish is simple but delicious.
They put in the right amount of butter so it practically melts in your mouth. You can also taste the freshness of the lobster.
However, the common complaint seems to be that the portion is too small for the price.
I do agree with the majority. It’s disappointing because the bun is smaller than you would expect in real life. It would be great if it was bigger but lobsters are expensive, after all.
The restaurant can get pretty busy during mealtimes. Not only is it at a convenient location but they also have good food.
Other than lobster rolls, there are other types of sandwiches, snacks and drinks you can get.
They also have a location in Portland, Maine. So if you ever visit Portland, you can go to Eventide if you like the one in Boston.
65 Salem Street
The restaurant, Pauli’s is located in North End, Boston’s Little Italy.
It’s more out of the way compared to Fenway but their lobster rolls here are also pretty good.
Unlike Eventide, Pauli’s does not have a set price for their lobster rolls. They price them at market price. So it depends on the season along with demand and supply, I guess.
People have the option to choose whether or not they want a Maine-style or Connecticut-style lobster roll (I’ll explain the difference very soon).
You don’t have a choice at many places, including Eventide. Many restaurants tend to make it one way and if you don’t like it, then that’s too bad.
I can’t comment on the Maine-style lobster roll at Pauli’s because I’ve never had one. What I can tell you is that a Connecticut-style lobster roll costs $2 more.
For lobster lovers, they have other lobster dishes here as well, like lobster grilled cheese and lobster mac and cheese.
If you don’t want seafood, you can also opt for other things like wings, pasta, soup, or salad.
Types of Lobster Rolls
There are two types of lobster rolls: Maine style or Connecticut style.
The Maine-style lobster roll is usually cold and mixed with mayonnaise. Depending on the restaurant, they also add lettuce, celery, and chives, making it more of a lobster salad roll.
Then, we have the Connecticut-style lobster roll. The Connecticut-style lobster roll is usually hot and sautéed with butter.
If you like your lobster roll to be warm or without vegetables, you’re going to want to go with the Connecticut-style one.
Personally, I’m a fan of the Connecticut-style lobster roll. I like my lobster roll to be hot. Also, in general, I think lobster goes better with butter compared to mayonnaise.
Which is Better: Eventide or Pauli’s?
There are many places in the city to get a lobster roll but these are the two restaurants I keep going back to.
Talking about the food itself – their lobster rolls are both extremely yummy. Don’t ask me to pick one. I can’t.
However, there are other factors you can consider. Pauli’s has a more extensive menu but the location is also probably further for most people.
It depends on where you live. I lived closer to Fenway so naturally, I visited Eventide more often. But if I’m at the North End (there are tons of delicious Italian restaurants there), I’ll drop by for a lobster roll from Pauli’s.
Boston Lobsters Restaurant #4 – Yard House
126 Brookline Avenue
Yard House is another restaurant at Fenway.
What can I say?
Fenway has some really good restaurants.
Maybe because I’m not American but did you know Yard House is an American chain restaurant? Have you heard of it before?
They have locations all around the country.
I’m not sure why I’ve never heard of it before (neither did my international friends living in the U.S). Is this a type of restaurant only Americans know about?
Anyway, I discovered Yard House one day while walking around.
Out of curiosity, I looked at their menu and saw they had a dish called lobster garlic noodles.
I tried it once. Ever since then, I never looked back.
From the picture alone, the noodles do not look tasty but it’s one of those dishes you have to try for yourself. One bite and there’s a good chance you’ll fall in love with it.
Although there are only a few lobster pieces in their garlic noodles, they don’t skimp out. In the picture above, you can see the lobster claw meat. There are usually 2-3 of those. The rest are little lobster pieces mixed in with the dish.
Again, I would never say no to more lobster but I am satisfied with how much lobster they give with their noodles.
What you might not like about it is that the dish is a little on the saltier side. You’re going to want to drink a lot of water.
Yardhouse also adds mushrooms, spinach, and parmesan with their lobster noodles. The combination might be a bit unexpected but it’s the bomb.
I literally love every single one of those ingredients.
When I’m in the States, I tend to see if there’s a nearby Yardhouse.
During this one year, I went to Chicago with my best friend, Michelle. There was a Yardhouse not far from our hotel. We ended up going there twice on our 3-day trip. That’s proof of how much I love their noodles.
Final Thoughts – Boston Lobsters
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