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The Barking Crab, revisited....

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The Barking Crab, revisited....

galleygirl | Oct 3, 2002 01:04 PM

I haven't been to the Barking Crab in a couple of years; since before Harborlights was moved and renamed..Of course, that hasn't stop me from recommending it, so when a couple of non-houndish and foodie friends [not trying to start a flame war here, for purposes of this post, I use the "foodie; a person who eats where they're told" definition.. :)] wanted to meet up there, I said, "Sure"...

I can happily report that the Barking Crab is doing what Jasper White SAYS he wants to do at the Summer Shack, create an urban clam shack...The vibe is still very good, very casual, and in the perfect spot, with the perfect view for an urban clam shack...A band started playing in the bar area(reggae, of course!), and a round of drinks for the 3 of us was $14.75...Ahhhhh....

After a brief spike a few years ago,(the Harborlights effect?) prices are also where they should be for a clam shack...Aside from the 1 1/4 lb. baked stuffed lobster($28), and the other seasonal lobster prices, nothing was over $16...I had a lovely piece of pan-seared tuna, 1 1/4" thick..Tho the waitress said they didn't have enough heat to do it black and blue, (she actually HAD that much knowledge!) the tuna had a crispy crust and was properly raw(to my order) in the middle...Served with steamed vegetables and lovely buttery rice...They also offered spinach and mashed potatoes...

There were a bunch of seared and fried fish sandwiches for $9, and one of the foodies got the fried clams...The plate was $14, and tho I only managed to snare one under her watchful eye, it had a full belly, and a nice, clammy taste. No dried-out overfrying here!..Not up to Essex Seafood or Clam Box levels, but better than Farnhams'...

I had actually been to the Summer Shack with the same friends, and they were dissappointed at the high prices in that annoying atmospere...This was WAY more unadorned food, but totally appropriate for the place...Can't compare the clams to the ones at Kingfish Hall, because I haven't been, but I'm happy to report I'll keep recommending the Barking Crab to those who want to take visitors out for the "New England Clam Shack experience" without dragging up to Essex, and it's good, reasonable, seafood in a totally picturesque spot for Bostonians who want to rediscover their city, and have a fun,casual night out.

The Barking Crab, 88 Sleeper Street...Boston, about a 7 minute walk from South Station....

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