The World's Mine Oyster
Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
9Trip End Sep 15, 2012
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We slept in but we were still ready to head out shortly before 11am. Our goal: brunch at Neptune Oyster. I had read this was the best seafood in town but that it was popular and, you could arrive at 4pm to have dinner at 7pm. They opened at 11:30 and I knew, if we arrived before then, it wouldn't be too bad. We got to restaurant quicker than planned, 11:10, and there was already another couple waiting. I told P we could probably walk around a bit and just come back before it opened but he said he's rather wait. By the time 11:30 rolled around only one other couple had joined our line but, after the 6 of us were seated the rest of the tables and stools were filled in about 15 minutes!
I was so excited for this meal and P just let me take it over. I ordered us some Wellfleet oysters (my new fav, if you remember) and one Katama Bay (good, but not as good as the Wellfleets), a johnnycake, a hot lobster roll, and some cava (because champagne and oysters sound perfect, don't they?). P also tried the blood orange Bellini (they were out of blueberry). Everything was excellent. P, made bold by all the oyster-eating around him, had decided he would try an oyster (he won't even eat shrimp, mind you). So, I walked him through prepping his oyster and he took the plunge! Or should I say slurp?! And....he liked it!! He even had a second. The johnnycake was great too--smothered in honey butter and topped with smoked trout tartare and caviar...it was the ultimate sweet/savory combination. We tried the hot lobster roll (we'd only had the cold one previously but I heard Neptune had the best lobster roll in Boston) and enjoyed the lobster smothered in butter too...my mouth is watering just writing about this delicious meal.
Perfectly full, our next stop was the Boston Duck Tour. It sounded touristy and cheesy but multiple people and tripadvisor had suggested it so we decided to go for it--plus it would keep us off our feet for a bit. Caught the T to Prudential Stn--we caught the 1:30 tour. The unfortunate thing was, the duck had already started boarding and we weren't able to sit together as everyone had taken the side seats...we at least got to sit across from each other and, after the initial disappointment we had fun on the tour, even if it was a little (ok, a lot) cheesy. But it gave us a nice overview of Boston and it was nice to go out on the Charles River. After tour we walked down to explore Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. Ready for a rest, we had an afternoon drink at the Omni hotel bar before spending some time relaxing in the room.
Hours later, we were still tired from our day, but starting to get hungry. We made our way back to North End to try Pizzeria Regina. The line wasn't crazy long but there's no list--you just have to wait in line so we weren't sure how long it would be--and we were tired and it looked bright and noisy in there--we felt like a quieter meal so, after a couple mins in line we opted out.
Walked over to Mike's Pastry and the line wasn't bad so we picked up 2 cannolis for later before deciding on Gennaros for dinner. Gennaros wasn't too busy and we were given our choice of tables upstairs. The busboy (?) suggested the booth in the window by the back bar--just what we needed after our long day. It was quiet and secluded and the open window provided a lovely breeze on this warm night. We ordered the Treccia and Greens to start--the braided mozzarella was sooooo good! I had fettuccine Alfredo and P had the steak--of course we shared. Everything was delicious including the Chianti and sambuca.
We walked back to the hotel to dig into our cannolis--one chocolate chip and one chocolate covered. I could only eat half, so I knew I would have a delicious breakfast waiting for me the next morning.