I'm very excited to be coming back to Boston in a couple weeks! I have a few eating-related boxes I'd like to check while there and have been doing a lot of research. Would love some insight into the following:
1) nice seafood dinner - Thurs or Sat. I really like the looks of Atlantic Fish Co and would need to be seriously dissuaded from going. My main criteria is a good raw bar (I'd really like to try raw clams, one kind of seafood I haven't had before), good shellfish and diverse menu as I'll be with someone not as much a foodie as me. They also look like they have good craft beers. True? I understand that some other places have slightly better reps but I'd be happy to revisit those with a more foodie friend another time. Unless you feel this is a big mistake?
2) takeout seafood. last time I was in BOS I found James Hook Co and was impressed by the prices/options. I'm just looking for good value cooked whole lobsters and maybe some other treats (already cooked as no kitchen) which they seem to have. That said though I remember them being decent I've seen some questionable reviews, so I'm open to any other suggestions. Bonus points for places with good selection of stuff that can be eaten uncooked without too much hassle.
3) brunch/breakfast. really like the looks of North Street Grille, any feedback? Open to other ideas in downtown area.
4) pursuant to #1, anywhere to get very good seafood (preferably closer to Fenway) that is a notch or 2 more casual Atlantic Fish Co & the like?
5) authentic Italian (can just be a cafe or something more casual) in N Boston?
6) a good large farmers market or marketplace? Would like one with good prepared food as no kitchen. extra points for good prepared seafood.
Staying on the water in N Boston but can go to stuff downtown. Thanks so much for any suggestions!