Boston Restaurant Round-Up (Part Two)

I finally got around to writing about the second half of my 'eat-all-the-things' Boston weekend get-away and let me just say, you should be glad I did! From lobster rolls to bone marrow, BBQ pork belly to prosciutto wrapped dates, here's the rest!

 
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Bun-less Lobster Roll with Fries and Coleslaw and Pan-Seared Scallops, Corn Puree, Fennel Salad

Bun-less Lobster Roll with Fries and Coleslaw and Pan-Seared Scallops, Corn Puree, Fennel Salad

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3. The Barking Crab

The Barking Crab was a perfect place to stop for a quick lunch before heading out on a day full of adventures. With its casual, coastal clam shack atmosphere and harbor-side patio there was a lot to see as we munched on some delicious seafood. The outdoor atmosphere was great – especially on a nice sunny afternoon. We watched many fishermen load up their boats to head out to sea for the day. We found the menu to be a little confusing if you are not up-to-snuff on your 'seafood terms' however, we stuck to what we knew and didn't seem to have a problem! We ordered a traditional lobster roll sans-bun, lets be honest buns are overrated. But then we splurged and got the fries. Worth it.

What we ate

  • Bun-less Lobster Roll with Fries and Coleslaw
  • Pan-Seared Scallops, Corn Puree, Fennel Salad

My Menu Favourite

  • Bun-less Lobster Roll with Fries and Coleslaw
    (until sea sickness hit while whale watching)
 
Medjool dates filled with Marcona almonds and Cabrales blue cheese, wrapped in Jamon Serrano

Medjool dates filled with Marcona almonds and Cabrales blue cheese, wrapped in Jamon Serrano

Grilled corn with alioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese

Grilled corn with alioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese

Roasted bone marrow with radish citrus salad and oxtail marmalade

Roasted bone marrow with radish citrus salad and oxtail marmalade

4. Toro

If I had to choose one restaurant in Boston that you absolutely MUST try, this would be the place! Actually, it’s a tough tie between Fomu Alternative Ice Cream and here. This Barcelona-style tapas restaurant is located in Boston’s South End and serves small plates made with locally sourced ingredients. If you are looking to branch out and try some different menu options then head to Toro! They unfortunately don’t take reservations but we managed to luck out with our timing and get a table right away. However, I have read multiple reviews that suggest this isn’t always the case – so be prepared to wait. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was lively and our server was very helpful when we had a difficult time making decisions. Overall, an amazing dinner. One downside – only one dessert item! Off to Fomu we went...

What we ate

  • Medjool dates filled with Marcona almonds and Cabrales blue cheese, wrapped in Jamon Serrano
  • Grilled corn with alioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese
  • Crispy pork belly with vermouth-carrot puree and kimchi vegetables
  • Roasted bone marrow with radish citrus salad and oxtail marmalade

My Menu Favorite

I can’t say I could pick even if someone twisted my arm! Everything was different, delicious and full of flavor.

 
Fat Cheeks Tray with berkshire pork belly, berkshire pulled pork and great northern brisket served with coleslaw, collard green, pickles and onions.

Fat Cheeks Tray with berkshire pork belly, berkshire pulled pork and great northern brisket served with coleslaw, collard green, pickles and onions.

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5. Sweet Cheeks Q

So you've got a craving for a big hunk of meat? I've got you covered! Sweet Cheeks Q is located just a few blocks away from the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park. They offer sustainably-raised 'Super Natural' premium Black Angus beef that is free of hormones, antibiotics and chemical additives, as well as all-natural pork, turkey and chicken. If you are looking for BBQ smothered in sugary, overpowering sauces then this isn't the place for you. At Sweet Cheeks Q you can expect to indulge in expertly cooked and prepared cuts of finger-licking good meat, meat and more meat! While seated at a family-style table, your meat comes served on cafeteria trays with southern-inspired sides and cocktails. The atmosphere is light-hearted and welcoming - the perfect spot to relax for a few drinks with family and friends. The meat was plump, tender and full of flavor. Overall, Sweet Cheeks Q more then satisfied my carnivorous tooth!

What we ate

  • Fat Cheeks Tray with berkshire pork belly, berkshire pulled pork and great northern brisket served with coleslaw, collard green, pickles and onions.

My menu favourite

  • Berkshire pork belly - juicy and delicious!