This past weekend, Sean and I headed to Boston to meet up with Elissa and her family, as well as my parents, to celebrate Elissa's induction into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame. It is an amazing honor, and I am so proud of Elissa!
It was a pretty quick trip, but we managed to squeeze in some good eating. As we boarded our flight to Boston, the one thing that was on my mind was getting a really good lobster roll. I did some research on Chowhound and Yelp, and I learned that Neptune Oyster Bar is highly rated. I also learned that Neptune is tiny and often has a long wait, so Sean and I headed over there at what we thought would be an off time, around 2:45 on Friday afternoon. When we got there, we were told the wait would be an hour, but we ended up being seated at the bar after only about 20 minutes. We each knew we would be ordering lobster rolls, but we had to decide between the two options Neptune offers: hot with drawn butter, or cold with mayonnaise. We contemplated ordering both and sharing, but we both really wanted the hot/butter combo, so we got two of those to preserve our pre-marital harmony.
This was an epic lobster roll. Neptune's cold/mayo lobster roll may be fantastic, but I will never know because I'm pretty sure I'll never be able to order anything but the hot lobster roll if I make it back there. I think there was a whole lobster's worth of warm, buttery lobster on the classic toasted bun. The fries were good, too, but who has room for those when you have so much lobster meat to take care of?
Neptune is in the North End, Boston's Italian neighborhood, so while we were there, we decided to sample some cannoli. When I was in college, our go-to cannoli place in the North End was Mike's Pastry. This trip, I decided to branch out and try some new places. Besides, the line at Mike's is always too long.
We tried to make this comparison as scientific as possible, choosing chocolate dipped shells filled with ricotta at both Maria's and Modern, but our system broke down when we realized Modern did not offer pistachios, and we had to substitute almonds. Although I had never heard of Maria's before this trip, it ended up having the winning cannoli! The crunchy shells are filled to order, the ricotta is rich and just a little tangy, and the pistachios are the perfect topping.
Finally, it wouldn't be a trip to Boston without a stop at Dunkin' Donuts. I didn't get a donut myself, but I know a couple of donut fiends who were pretty happy with theirs.