Thanks to my blogger friend Bridget of A Traveling B (a native Bostonian by the way), the Legal Seafood restaurant chain was brought to my attention and fortuitously enough, one of the restaurants (Legal Crossing) was located right down the street from our hotel. So deciding on where to eat on our final night in Boston was easily taken care of.
While Legal Seafood restaurants are found throughout the Northeast, most are in the Boston area. Featuring different names, they’re essentially upscale casual-dining seafood restaurants serving the best from under the sea and in a city like Boston, you know it’s going to be wonderfully fresh.
Legal Crossing features a very sleek and slightly dark interior (although nowhere near as dark as Cleveland’s Lola restaurant). I can see it being an extremely popular place with the 9-5 crowd. We were given a booth (I always prefer these to tables) and were immediately greeted by our friendly and attentive waitress.
The one slight disappointment for some is that the beer selection at Legal Crossing is really not big…at all. Most places you go in Boston will have a huge array of both draft and bottle selections but here it was much more limited (it’s more of a wine and cocktail place). There was a beer that D had meant to try our entire weekend and put it off because we thought Legal Crossing would have it but alas, they didn’t.
With the exception of the crab cake which was in the plates to share section, nothing else on the starters portion of the menu that was seafood really called out to me. I had already tried delicious New England Clam Chowder the previous day at the Bell in Hand Tavern. So we went non-seafood with our order of the Bang Bang Cauliflower ($6) and we were both floored with how tasty it was. We asked our waitress for her opinion and she highly touted it, basically equating it to jazzed up cauliflower that’s swimming in General Tso’s sauce. If you find the taste of cauliflower to be bland and uninspiring, clearly this is a dish you need to try. It was also spicy but in a way that those with a faint stomach (i.e. moi) could handle. I know you’re not expecting me to say it (I wasn’t) but it was truly one of the best things I ate in Boston.
For my entree I debated between either the Linguini with Trio of Clams ($21) or the Roasted Cod ($27) which came with miso braised vegetables, pork belly, and Okinawa sweet potato. While I’m open to trying new types of fish, I went the pasta seafood route. While I’ve had clams before, it’s only ever been in clam chowder. So let me say it’s definitely a new experience when you’re given a dish for the discarded shells, as in you’re the one doing the work. (Well, it wasn’t really a lot of work, just a first for me in terms of “getting” my food.) The waitress explained that the three types of clams featured were all local. I was somewhat lukewarm on the taste of the clams after I had already eaten a slew but the pasta was delicious. Its sauce came featured pancetta, white wine, and garlic.
D stuck with a favorite of his by ordering the Seared Sea Scallops ($33). This came with corn-haricot vert succotash in a warm serrano vinaigrette. He also got a heaping portion of a quinoa based dish. It was thoroughly enjoyed.
When I’m dining at new restaurants on my travels, I always try to leave room for dessert so we split an order of the Sin Free Chocolate Mousse ($8) accompanied by whipped cream and almond tuile (no sugar added). Had I not been there, D would have gone with the Adult Profiteroles ($9) which are only available to those 21 and older as they contain alcohol (thanks to the scrumptious sounding Eagle Rare Bourbon Ice Cream it comes with).
After innumerable mediocre or bad meals on a final night of a trip, I’ve since learned my lesson that research and reservations are key, as was the case with Legal Crossing. And it did not disappoint in the least. A tasty and memorable end to a wonderful weekend.
558 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111