Started at the Navy Yard Bistro on 1st Ave. and 6th St. which I mistakenly assumed was going to be on the water. (BTW, I'm looking to do a party for about 60 in Oct. and would love a water view without paying Boston Harbor Hotel prices but nicer than Boston Sail Loft if anyone has any thoughts.) The place is cute with a bar as you enter and small rooms to the left and right. The food looked great but we just split a toasted goat cheese salad w/ thin slices of pear and some walnuts. They had a special prosecco that nite, they seem to take wine very seriously, that was cool and crisp and hit the spot after walking over from Govt Center. $26 before tip. Definitely worth trying some time esp. since no entrees are >$22.
But we wanted to eat outdoors and after passing on the bar menu at Tavern onthe Water (amazing view and the patio's nice, but the inside leaves something to be desired), we ended up at the cafe in the new (I think) Residence Inn in Charlestown. We couldn't pass up the view and the lobster roll w/ fries and slaw was $16.95, so we thought we'd give it a shot. Well, it was a great view... Lobster roll wasn't bad, all lobster with just a bit of mayo. Not too large, toasted roll but not a buttered hot dog bun. Unfortunately, my first bite got some cartlidge which can happen but not a good way to start. And the fries couldn't have been any colder. So we waited for a new batch and tried to nurse our little half of a roll, I had about one bite left when the hot fries came back which were pretty good. Slaw was very vinegary but at least it wasn't from the deli. Good sweetened iced tea and a white wine rounded tings out, $26 before tip again. Not great but that view of the bridge to north station with the lights, downtown with that blue clock building, it wasn't too bad. More lobster roll news, I noticed a few of those Irish type places by the Union Oyster House had them for around $12 w/ fries, they may be worth a try.
On a side note, grabbed a plain donut at Mike's in Forest Hills station this morning (just before the Brigham Circle bomb scare) and was bummed to see how much the size has shrunk. Some of the other donuts seemed to be the usual large Mike's size, but I hope this was just a weird batch of plains.