Shack Attack - Seafood Shacks to Try in Boston and Mass

Shack Attack - Seafood Shacks to Try in Boston and Mass

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Whether you have time for an afternoon jaunt or a full day trip, be sure to work one of the below spots into your itinerary.

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    An office-park setting belies plenty of local charm, in the form of banter-happy servers, creamy seafood chowder, fried scallops doused in Buffalo sauce, and crisp fish and chips.
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    Nearby Barking Crab may hog the tourist spotlight, but those in the know visit this bare-bones lobster shop for its crisp-bunned lobster and crab rolls near the water.
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    This Cape Cod–style shack (and lobster shop) offers tubs of steamers and an excellent lobster sandwich, with buttered-and-toasted scali bread and a classic filling of lobster meat, mayo, and black pepper.
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    There’s a bar by the fish market in front, sit-down space in back, and lots of outdoor seating by the water. Wherever you dine, order the jumbo-lump crab cakes and the fried calamari served “Portuguese”-style.
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    Feast on fried scallops and grilled-swordfish-and-Gruyère sandwiches in the center of Duxbury. Complete any order with a half-dozen straight-from-the-source oysters.
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    The name says lobster, but we actually prefer the fish tacos at this Newburyport institution—they're basic in a good way, with fried fish, tangy special sauce, and crisp lettuce on flour tortillas.
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    “I spend a lot of time up in Gloucester, fishing, so I go to the Lobster Pool a lot. It’s on the water, tucked into a little cove. On certain days they have a little campfire out there and make s’mores.”—Anthony Caturano, chef-owner, Prezza.
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    Get your fried clams, chowder, and broiled lobster with a side of history—the Essex institution turns 100 this year.
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    At this roadside mom-and-pop shack, the golden-brown, whole-bellied fried clams are the namesake for a reason.
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    The lobsters get top billing here, but the menu’s sleeper hit is the smoked salmon, served in meaty chunks with horseradish cream sauce.
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    Last year, the Eastie mainstay relocated to larger Winthrop digs, giving diners more precious room to tuck into buttery quahog stuffies and colossal lobster rolls.
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    This eatery’s steamers, overflowing fried oyster rolls, and steamed-to-order lobsters are ideal for a to-go picnic by the water, a mere half-mile away.
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