Legal Seafoods seems to be one of the more controversial restaurants discussed on this board. Although some claim that it offers good, reliable food, others view it as an overpriced tourist trap. I actually think it's some of both, and although I used to be in the camp of those who would bash Legals at every turn, I have found more recently that their food has improved -- particularly as they have renovated many of their restaurants -- and that I am going there more often when I want a casual seafood restaurant and coming away satisfied. The place is not stellar, but it's satisfying. (By the way, I learned last night that you can order from the lunch menu at any time, even in the evening. So when I'm craving an oyster po'boy or a soft shell crab sandwich, I can order it at dinner time.)
For those of you still out there who love to hate this place, (1) have you been recently and (2) where else would you recommend for casual (or upscale) seafood?
My favorite fish/seafood restaurants in the area are East Coast Grill and B&G Oysters. But beyond that, there do not seem to be a lot of great options.
Great Bay is decent, but in my mind does not live up to its potential. It almost certainly is better than Legals, but it's more expensive, and there's just something that I can't quite describe that seems not quite right about the place. Maybe it's an ideosyncratic reaction. What do others think?
Skipjack's has a more interesting menu than Legals, but their execution is not as good.
Jasper White's Summer Shack has its fans. I am not one of them. The place is gimmicky, and I have had for more disappointing meals there than good ones.
Where else to people go? Isn't it surprising that Boston has so few decent seafood places?