Best Fries: The Barking Crab
|Fries and the delicious, smoky Red Aioli that comes with the fried artichoke hearts (or came - it seems they may no longer be on the menu). The fries here are perfect. The sweet potato fries actually look amazing now too. Next time.|
My new girlfriend was horrified to learn that I hadn't enjoyed my first visit to The Barking Crab (South Boston) as she goes there weekly in the summer and associates it with total happiness. Thus, we went together for me to give it a second chance. This became a good lesson in second chances for restaurants. Your mood, the weather, what you order, and whether or not you're paying can make or break a restaurant experience for you. Now we go all the time when the weather's good.
|Snow Crab Legs ($26*/1.5 LBs): I still need help peeling them, but they're a delight to eat, and you can eat them all day. Unless you use much of the butter they're served with, that is. The butter is very caramely, so it's hard to resist.|
|On a budget? Do shrimp instead. |
|Half a dozen Duxbury Oysters ($15): Oh, the sweet taste of a clean (ish) ocean, how I love thee.|
|Mussels Provencale ($11): My favorite part was soaking the juice into the buttered and toasted bread.|
|The celery and tomato-laden broth was good, and we poured some into a dipping sauce contained for my fries.|
|The restrooms are super cute! There's a larger unisex one. The male and female ones are tiny.|
The first time I went:
After enjoying a free Thursday night at the ICA (including a lovely free tour), my friend Eric and I needed dinner and were too famished to make it over the bridge before stopping wherever we could find. Thus, we stopped at The Barking Crab.
|It seems clear the ambiance is really the draw at this place.|
|The man on the right devoured an entire lobster by himself in less than the time it took for us to receive our food after ordering.|
|Burger and Fries ($12): I will quote Eric as to the quality of the burger, "It's a burger."|
|Stuffies ($9): Two traditional Rhode Island chopped quahogs with chorizo and Portuguese sweet bread stuffing served on shell|
I ordered a serving of New England Clam Chowder but received Lobster Bisque instead. I much prefer Lobster Bisque and would have ordered it instead of chowder if it had been on the menu, but it was disconcerting to receive it randomly.
|Lobster Bisque ($8), at least that's the price when you order clam chowder and randomly receive lobster bisque instead|
I'll say this for it, it was the weirdest lobster bisque I've ever had. It wasn't exactly bad, though not very good (i.e. not very rich, way too little lobster presence, certainly no chunks of lobster). But there was this familiar flavor present that I just couldn't figure out. I had Eric try it, and we kept trying bites of it trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Me: "It's...something I haven't had in a few years but used to have with some regularity..."
Eric: "I know, so familiar, but strange..."
Me: "It's.. firing some beach-y clusters of synaptic activity, I mean, on top of this being lobster bisque, whatever that is...something about the beach..."
Eric: "Almost alcoholic..."
Me: "Yes, something about college, alcohol... but I really never went to the beach while I was in coll... oh my god, it's fucking Malibu Rum."
Eric: "Holy shit, it is, it's fucking Malibu Rum."
Me: "What the fuck."
|I have since had the clam chowder. It's pretty good.|
Mahi mahi sandwich - As with all mahi mahi sandwiches, I assume whoever ordered it got mixed up and thought they were ordering an ahi tuna sandwich. That's the only valid reason I can think of.