Just came across this piece by Frank McClelland (L'Espalier): http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blo.... The point is essentially that the Seaport has sucked the wind out of Boston dining--that the scene is churn-and-burn, pack 'em in and ship 'em out, with less focus on the "Experience." I've seen other writers decry the Seaport because it's mainly chains or big glitzy spots without that indie feel.
I'm not trying to be pointlessly contrarian here, but I have had some very excellent meals at the Seaport. I could give a hoot if they're chains. I just want good food and service, and a nice view doesn't hurt. I had an excellent breakfast at Rosa Mexicano the other week. Strega Waterfront -- which I scoffed at initially, thinking it'd be the epitome of High Cheese--was exceptional (and a gorgeous room to boot). Loved the lobster fra diavlo. Mr. Swank recently did business over sushi on the third floor of Legal Harborside. He reported that the service, atmosphere, and most of all food were top-notch. If Batali moves in, I'll be happy too. I don't care that he has an empire and that he's a friend of Gwyneth. No, I just like the guy's pizza.
I'm unclear as to why and how any trouble within the Boston dining scene can be pinned on Seaport restaurants, which certainly serve their purpose, and often quite well. Anyone who's followed me on this board knows that I enjoy independent spots, down-and-dirty dives, and I'm certainly not a shill for any big-box chain. All I care about is good food and service, and I don't much care where I get it. Is that so wrong?