Nothing can cheer me up more than a bowl of hot soup in a bleak winter. Since my SO and I were planning on visiting NYC over the holidays, we decided to make a short trip to the chowda nation, Boston! From reading the board, Neptune Oyster seems to be a must-visit for the trip. I threw few recommendations to my sis who planned the whole trip and these are places we visited (see below)
Day 1 - Yankee lobster, JP Licks, Quincy Market, Union Oyster
Yankee Lobster - amazing chowda, definitely slaughters all the competition here in Toronto! Fresh seafood selection but cooking technique does not do the freshness any justice.
JP Licks - can't complain about ice cream!
Quincy Market - had chowder and baked sword-fish @ Boston & Main fish Co., not as good as yankee lobster and mayo just overpowers the swordfish
Union Oyster - couldn't get a table so sat at the bar instead. more chowder! generous portion size and honest ingredients. Had some shucked oysters and cherrystones (can't believe how plump and sweet they are!) and lobster (was hoping to be a bit more juicy!)
Day 2 - Flour bakery, Neptune Oyster, Mike's Pastry, Maria's Pastry, Chinatown (didn't get to eat)
Flour Bakery - I really have to say Bostonians are so lucky to have this bakery! amazing food, amazing people, amazing price! Tried pretty much all the baked items during breakfast and was I impressed! Went back again before leaving Boston on Day 3! great sandwiches too!
Neptune Oyster - Man, this is definitely the highlight of our trip! Staffs were extremely knowledageable with both raw bar and cooked items. I won't name all the things we ordered from the raw bar (mainly i don't remember their names) but I was certainly wow-ed by the cooked items. lobster bisque, steamed littleneck, fried oysters with pork, tuna ribbon salad, another pork dish (special of the day), grilled whole fish, lobster roll. Everything was well executed except minor complaint about the dry lobster roll. I can't say enough about this place, to me, I'll still give 10/10!!!
Pastry - Maria's kicks Mike's ass!!!!!!
I wanted to look for some fruit in chinatown but it was pretty disappointing. I guess i'll stick with chinese food here back in TO.
anyway, neptune oyster is on my all-time top 10 list now! I'll be back, Boston!