I was coming back from a job on the South Shore (I live on the North Shore) and I had a craving for some oysters. I have been wanting to check out the new Legal Harborside so I decided to give it a shot. Beautiful, immaculate place in a great location right on the water. At 4:00pm on a friday afternoon the place was about a quarter full. Nice vibe going on as people start unwinding from another week in the salt mines. Can't wait to come back in the summer and sit outside. I wasn't expecting any life changing, earth shattering experience. I've been to many different Legals locations. I just wanted some oysters and a pint. I knew what to expect, or so I thought.
I walked in and went to the circle bar on the left, first floor. I started with an expertly poured pint of Guinness, 6 Wellfleets and 6 Kusshi. Both types were delicious, creamy and fresh. Definitely hit the spot. Decided to go with an order of steamers, and something else. Something not shellfish. Hmmmm, some interesting looking starters and bruschettas. Almost went with a stuffie, but I've had plenty of those and besides, more shellfish. I decided on the braised shortrib bruschetta with fontina and truffle oil. Am I glad I did.
The steamers arrived first so I dove in. After 5 mins the bruschetta arrived. The waiter placed the long, white, oval dish in front of me. Two pieces of bruschetta greeted me. They looked good. Smelled good. I let them sit for a minute while I ate a few more steamers, which were plump and sweet and dripping with butter. Just how I like them. OK, time to have a taste of the bruschetta. Crunch......OMG........Cue angels singing. This was the best tasting single dish of food I have ever ordered anywhere in my life. Period. Perfection. I'm not very gifted with the ability to describe the subtleties of flavor and texture, but I'll try. The perfectly toasted crunchy bread, the falling apart, succulent meat, the creamy smooth melted cheese and the hint of truffle all worked perfectly together. I could not believe how incredibly delicious it was. This was as close to a religious experience as I have ever had. I inhaled the rest and immediately ordered another, you know, just to make sure I REALLY liked it. I did. I was tempted to order a third but was able to control myself...barely.
It's all I have been able to think about since then. I am totally obsessed. I have not seen this on the menu at any other Legal's and it's only available on the first floor at Harborside. I absolutely can not wait to go back and have another order...or four.
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