Friday, June 04, 2010

Legal seafood

I've only eaten at Legal Sea Foods twice.  One of those times was last night.  While one of my companions went on record saying he preferred the Legal Sea Foods at the Aquarium to the Gaslight on Harrison Ave, I think this is an apples-to-oranges comparison.  I like Gaslight too, but I've also only eaten there twice.

I've heard Legal Sea Foods described as being an expensive 99.  I don't exactly agree with that either.  While both may be New England chains, everything about Legal is geometrically better than whatever is offered at 99.  Legal doesn't necessarily feel like a chain.  99 can't help but seem like anything else.

I pinched a placemat last night and was reminded that since 1981 serving Legal clam chowder at Presidential inaugurations is a tested, bipartisan tradition.  I'm not going to rave about the restaurant.  As much as it's good, it also tends to be very crowded.  It isn't the cheapest seafood in Boston but it has a reputation for being reliable and, as the marketing will tell you in the T and on the sides of buses, the fish is fresh.

The collection of various fish sculptures in front of the restaurants is a testament to good taste and they enliven the streetscape.

You can learn all the facts here, if you are so inclined.  If you want to check them out the old fashioned way, their phone number really is 1-800-EAT-FISH.
The Legal cod are for eating, unlike this chap we discussed yesterday.
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Michelle H. said...

I can honestly say I've never eaten at a seafood place, except at one of the Red Lobster chains. I suppose not living anywhere near water doesn't provide many opportunities for fresh seafood.

Whalehead King said...

I think I've eaten at a Red Lobster once or twice but it didn't make any impression. I've also stopped at Long John Silver's when I've happened across them. LJS doesn't have any outlets in New England that I've ever seen. Their lobster isn't like any lobster I've had anywhere else. It is less expensive though.


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