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Boston Food Trucks and Lobster!

In the lovely city of Boston, surrounded by historic sights and endless amounts of clam chowder, I saw my first food trucks! There they were, like a mirage in the city, serving burgers and tacos! As an afternoon snack, the food was tasty and satisfying.

I was so excited to be in Boston… we went to Harvard for a day, walked the Freedom Trail, but most of all, we ate our hearts out!  Clam chowder, lobster, crab cakes… the list goes on!

First stop for seafood action was Tia’s Restaurant which is located near the waterfront.     Between the two of us, we chose to share the “Award Winning Boneless Buffalo Wings” followed by the “Baked Stuffed Lobster” with a side “Basket of Onion Rings“.   The buffalo wings and onion rings were average but the stuffed lobster was awesome!  It was half a pound of lobster, stuffed with crab meat, scallops, shrimp and buttered cracker crumbs.  It also comes with fries and coleslaw.  It was sensational!

Boston is known for clam chowder, and upon a few recommendations (including local’s in Boston) we decided to try Legal Sea Foods.   There are numerous outlets in Boston, and we went to the one by the waterfront.  The clam chowder (apologies, I don’t have a pic of it) was too creamy for my taste.  We also had the crab cakes – which were amazing!   It was a whole lump of crab meat, with a creamy mustard.

For more info on Tia’s:
Tia's on the Waterfront on Urbanspoon

For more info on Legal Sea Foods:
Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf on Urbanspoon

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San Francisco: Crab House and Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

This is my post on “touristy” food in San Fran.   As it was my first time in San Fran, I had to have something that was popular to SF… and lo and behold, we have the dungeness crab! If you walk along the pier, you’ll notice scores of restaurants serving crabs right outside, ready to be cooked and served with an ice cold beer.

We decided to stop at Crab House, in the heart of the touristy area.  It was a really nice looking restaurant, and the service was good.   Started with a  crab chowder, which was creamy and delicious!  There were other restaurants around that were serving the chowder in a big sourdough bun, but to my disappointment, this came in a bowl.

Following that we ordered a serve of the “Killer Crab Roasted in Our Secret Garlic Sauce”  to share between the two of us. It was covered in garlic buttery goodness and was cooked perfectly.  Good thing they gave us bibs, as this was messy eating.

The 2nd touristy place we went to was highlighted in our tour book as having exceptional breakfast.  We queued for 30 mins to get a table at Dottie’s True Blue Cafe and when we finally got our food, I could see what the fuss was all about – it was awesome!  Have to put a warning in here that the location is a bit dodgy, and doesn’t feel like the safest neighbourhood, but given it’s breakfast, it’s unlikely you’ll get mugged at that time of the day.

My partner stuck to his business as usual breakfast, which was scrambled eggs on toast with a side of bacon.  This also came with a side of home fries.  When the dish came out, I thought to myself “looks pretty good, but looks like you could get it any old place”… how wrong I was!  The winner on the plate was the toast!  It was the one of the most delicious slices of toast I’d ever had!  It was tasty, and lightly browned and had a hint of herb (dill?) running through it.

Being the more adventurous of the duo, I decided to try the Southwestern – andouille sausage, mushroom, onions, peppers & jack cheese in an open-faced omelet with home fries with salsa and tortillas.   It is the biggest plate of breakfast I’ve ever come across.  And all this for $13.95!  Crazy!  It was super tasty, but I struggled to get through half of it.

Would I go back to these two places?  Crab House, maybe.  There’s plenty of other restaurants in that area that serve crabs and I’d like to try the others.  Dotties, yes.  That toast was phenomenal, and I’d like to try the pancakes and other breakfast items (at the expense of waiting in line for 30 mins!).

More info and reviews on Crab House:

Crab House on Urbanspoon

More info and reviews on Dottie’s True Blue Cafe:

Dottie's True Blue Cafe on Urbanspoon