Had a great time last night taking an old friend who hadn't yet had the pleasure of eating at Dok Bua, our favorite storefront on Harvard Street. As we were overdoing it (yet again) on what must surely be Boston's best Thai food, I found myself recalling that in the 60's and 70's, the very same storefront was "Nat Bluestein's", a classic old Jewish appetizer shop where we bought lox off the side of the salmon for under $3 a pound. Nat's sweetheart of a wife, Zelda, was always at the register and my then-young son, now himself a father, never left the place without a hug, a pinch on the cheek, and a piece of candy. Nice times at that storefront then, and still nice times now.
In answer to a recently asked question about the soft shell crab, I was told last night that it is, indeed, frozen. Left me wondering how heavenly a fresh version might be. Also wondered whether Nat and Zelda Bluestein might have enjoyed it.