We like to think that here at the BCAE we know a thing or two about food...and that knowledge goes beyond our classes. We asked our resident food expert, Food & Wine Program Coordinator Brooke Barsanti, to share some of her out-of-the-class expertise. So here's a little something to keep you going in between BCAE classes...
5 Dining Experiences Worth Escaping the City For
By Brooke Barsanti
In the summer Boston blooms with roof decks, patios, waterfront views and picnics at the park! Don’t even get me started on the abundance of fresh seafood! While summer in the city is a BLAST for Bostonian food lovers, expand your horizons and explore outside city limits. For your reference (and pleasure), I have highlighted five travel-worthy restaurant experiences:
- Lobster Lunch and BYOB at Roy Moore Lobster Company
39 Bearskin Neck, Rockport, MA 01966
Take the Newburyport/Rockport line from North Station to Rockport. A quick walk down Bearskin Neck will lead you to a TRUE hidden gem; inexpensive seafood directly from the source – and BYOB to top it off! Don’t worry if there isn’t room on the picnic tables, walk further back and create your own table and chairs with lobster traps! How New England of you…
- Drinks on the beach at The Galley
54 Jefferson Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554
Take the Plymouth/Brockton Bus from South Station to Hyannis. Hyannis is home to the Steamship Authority and Highline Cruises - both charters bring you to the little Island of Nantucket! Just outside town resting on a beautiful beach is The Galley. Relax on lounge chairs in the sand while being served upscale cocktails and watching the sun set. Once the sun hides behind the water the entire restaurant claps!
- Dinner on the docks at Vic’s Boat House
86 Wharf St, Salem, MA 01970
From Boston’s Long Warf take the Salem Fast Ferry to Blaney St. Pier. Sitting on the docks, hidden among the boats is a Salem staple. Boasting seafood, steaks, bar food, and live entertainment, Vic’s Boat House is known for the best waterfront dining on the North Shore! Lobster quesadilla + a mudslide = a dreamy summer night!
- Raw Bar at Victor’s
175 Bradford Street Ext, Provincetown, MA 02657
Skip the traffic and take the Provincetown Ferry from Boston’s Long Warf. Just outside town away from the commotion of Commercial Street you’ll find a quaint yet lively restaurant called Victor’s. The raw bar is fresh and delicious, the craft cocktails range from spicy to sweet, and the ‘sunset special’ from 5:00pm – 6:00pm is 20% off the entire dinner menu!
- Dinner at The Matunuck Oyster Bar
629 Succotash Rd, South Kingstown, RI 02879
Locally grown vegetables, locally caught fish, and locally harvested oysters (most of it by the owner himself)! The mecca of seafood sustainability, with flavor and fun to boot! Waterfront views are as guaranteed as the one hour wait to be seated. If you leave without eating the bourbon oysters (pictured above) – you’ve made a massive mistake. There is no easy way to get to South Kingstown, Rhode Island – the Amtrak from South Station can get you as far as West Kingston, while the Providence/Stoughton line can bring you to Wickford Junction…but then you need a car (cabs aren’t easy to come by in these parts). Long story short, rent a car – it’s worth it!