My in-laws are coming to town next week. They lived in Cambridge in the late 60s/early 70s and have fond memories of Legal Seafood from when it was a single location with picnic tables, shells on the floor, and cheap buckets o' mussels (or at least this is the impression we've gotten from their tellings). Suffice to say that it bears little resemblance to the Legal of today.
They would like to go somewhere with a similar vibe -- doesn't have to be a dive per se (despite my title), but not fine dining/fancy, and on the cheap side (for seafood) would be good - they love places that feel like 'a real deal.' And it should be reasonable to high quality -- they won't expect top-notch for a low price, but somewhere you'd want to come back to, i.e., it's about the food as well as the atmosphere.
My husband and I are (a) not bivalve fans and (b) recent transplants (I last lived here 15 yrs ago, and it's all new to him), so we're not up on the scene, and what I've seen from scouting the board seems to orient towards the fine-dining/$$$ - we may do one of the happy hours if there isn't a better fit. Is there anything open in February (I'm thinking some of the north/south shore shacks would in summer, but closed for the season) that would fit the bill? Preferably on the T or within a 20-ish min drive of downtown, though we'd consider further if it's really highly recommended (but not, y'know, the Cape...).