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B&G (Boring & Generic) Oyster

JP Eater | Jul 12, 2009 02:50 PM

I finally tried the lauded B&G Oyster today for lunch and found myself disgusted at the price for the quality. Mind you that we did not have the oysters, which perhaps could have swayed my point of view. Before I go further, I should also say that the sub-street level patio was wonderful for an early Sunday afternoon lunch. The disappointment started with a confused wait staff. We had two different waiters approach us at different times, neither seeming to know that the other had approached us and when we tried to explain that someone had already come over to us, we were met with confused expressions; same happened when the first waiter came back. Anyway, it seems that they finally figured it out and our waiter (who needed to trim his nose hairs...sorry to be crass, but if I'm paying top dollar, I expect my waiter to be well groomed) brought us our two glasses of wine. We started the meal with the Fried Point Judith Calamari. The calamari was fried lightly and the aioli was good; I like the lightness of the frying,but the calamari rings were so large that they were a little tough and chewy. Calamari being one of my favorite fried seafoods, I have it at every restaurant I go to; this one was not worth the price and was a far cry from the best I've had. For entrees, my partner had the Maine Lobster Roll and I had the Moules Fritte (Mussels and French Fries). Lobster rolls are to my partner what fried calamari is to me. Similar to my calmari experience, my partner was not happy; while the lobster roll had plenty of lobster for the size roll it was put in (a smallish roll), it was not a "Maine" lobster roll... a "South End" lobster roll perhaps... but not Maine. As for my mussels, Gaslight down the street has a MUCH better version. The mussels were fishy tasting at best and the vermouth reduction was watery at best. Overall, a very unfortunate experience for something I have long wanted to try. I would go to Jasper's Summer Shack for better food at a lower price.

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