May 14, 2015
A good friend of mine, the owner of Nature’s Table in Hyde Park, Bryan Drummond, took me to lunch at the Shrimp Boat Grille a couple of years ago and it has turned into one of my favorite casual “go-to” restaurants in the Bay area.
I like a restaurant to be busy for then I at least know that the food is fresh…and the Shrimp Boat is always busy whether it is at lunch or dinner…but don’t let that detour you, for this family restaurant has a delicious great tasting menu.
Upon every visit, it is my intention to order just the entrée – but the homemade Crab, Shrimp, and Corn chowder keeps calling my name…and can I just order a cup…nooooo…it must be a bowl. Now this is not your ordinary chowder with a small bit of shrimp and crab mixed in – bountiful amounts of both are placed on top of this hearty chowder that could easily be a meal for most.
Thank goodness I always go with friends enabling me to taste their dishes, for I seem to be stuck on their fried shrimp and Ipswich clam combo. Ipswich clams are my favorite food from childhood. My mom was from Boston, and one of the first stops was always to either the Clam Box in Ipswich or Woodman’s in Essex. While my preference is usually the whole belly clam, the Shrimp Boat offers only clam strips – be assured however, they are perfectly hand-breaded and tender…deliciously sweet the way they should be.
The shrimp scampi, ahi tuna, steaks, are all perfectly prepared. Once I looked at an older gentleman at the table next to me being served one of the best looking chicken parmesans with a side of spaghetti I’ve ever seen in a restaurant. Tears came to my eyes – I just had to ask him: “Is it good?” – he said he always orders it and it’s the best he’s “ever had”…I ordered one to take home for dinner to enjoy the next night…it was gone by midnight that same evening.
Please do let me know of your experience at the Shrimp Boat.
1020 Bloomingdale Avenue