Seafood Feast at Neptune Oyster

I didn’t participate in this month’s Petite Fashion Challenge # 8 “Spinning the Favorite,” but please visit Gracie’s post to see her entry as well as 24 other ladies’ outfits!

Last Sunday, my blog friend Ping came to town and we spent a lovely afternoon roaming the city, shopping on Newbury St, drinking, and eating ourselves silly. We started off at Legal Seafood (local chain – don’t love it, but it was close by) for Ping’s first oyster experience. “Should I chew?” she asked, as she accidentally gulped it down whole. Next, we moseyed over to the North End to put our name down at Neptune Oyster. With 3 $$$, 750 reviews, and almost 5 stars on Yelp, this place is famous for it’s seafood and long waits (which can get up to 3+ hours for dinner). Our wait was under 1 hr, abd we killed time by reading magazines in CVS.

Appetizer: Hamachi Crudo

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Entree #1: North End Cioppino (giant prawns, salmon, shellfish, and saffron rice in a spicy broth)

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Entree #2: Neptune Oyster’s famous Hot Maine Lobster Roll

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All in all the food was delicious. A must-try for true seafood lovers visiting Boston. There were so many huge chunks of buttery lobster in the roll, we could barely finish just the filling. For those who’ve never come to New England, chowing down lobster rolls are quite the popular pastime here : ) I even tried my hand at homemade ones last year with grocery store lobsters – not the same.

 All Speedy’d out at Copley Square – more pics in Ping’s post

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In my last post, I inadvertently stirred up a bit of “West vs East coast” chatter. I’ve always wanted to move to sunny Southern CA where Nick is from, and used to not care for Boston (we both moved here for college). Over the past few years, though, I’ve come to develop a deep appreciation for the history of the city, the convenience of a completely walk-able city (I loathe driving!), beautiful Autumns filled with apple cider and cider donuts, and of course, the amazing fresh lobster, clam chowder, and oysters. Oh, and the simple joy of eating a piping-hot bowl of pho or shabu shabu when it’s 2 degrees out. One thing I definitely will not miss, however, is wearing four layers in June.

Readers – I know many of you are from the West coast, and maybe a sprinkling from the Northeast? Please share some of the things you love about where you live! And fellow Bostonians – what are some of your favorite things about this city?

 

55 thoughts on “Seafood Feast at Neptune Oyster

  • Eve June 17, 2011 at 12:35 am

    They look delicious! Damn, 3 hours queue,people do that?

  • Gracie June 17, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I am always ready for food porn, and this entry did not disappoint… only down side beincg, I'm allergic to shrimp/lobsters so it's like drooling over the forbidden fruit.

    Really loving that picture of the Cioppino.

  • DSK Steph June 17, 2011 at 12:42 am

    The food looks so good! Beautiful photos. πŸ™‚
    The Pacific Northwest is super dog friendly, and I love it! People take their dogs with them to Home Depot and the bank! They even have dog treats for them. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous June 17, 2011 at 12:50 am

    What about the midwest?! People always forget the middle part of the nation. Though living in a small town means driving 20 min to get to the city to have some fun, it's a very nice place to raise families! (sorry if I sound like a pestering Asian mother! lol)

    Oh and I just had Cioppini, but with pasta noodles! SOOOO GOOOD!!! My new death row meal, ribs will have to be second in my heart for now. lol

  • Anh June 17, 2011 at 12:59 am

    OMG! When I went to Boston last year, we loved it so much we ate there TWICE! In a four day trip, that's kind of crazy, right? (It's also another big reason why I want to go back so badly) πŸ˜‰

  • Petite-ish June 17, 2011 at 1:22 am

    There's more variety in our outfits when 89 degrees today and degrees tomorrow. And I love jackets! (Plus snow and spooning when it's cold out πŸ™‚

  • xoladiihoneyxo June 17, 2011 at 1:31 am

    honestly… used to love Frog Pond during the winter season. Been so long, haven't ice-skate since senior year in high school. I love how H&M; have a big selection and I can always find something, especially the one in downtown! Compare to other states… oh yeah, chinatown… lots of memories. and the fresh seafoods! ahh, love it. I want some lobster rolls now. damn…

    this is bad but the food cart… the Italian sausage one >.< I love how I can walk around downtown without worrying someone is going to snatch my bag.... even though it probably happened before but I feel safer at the "home-state"

  • Ping June 17, 2011 at 1:56 am

    omg my bf is drooling over the pictures lol! the food was so amazing! did you show this to nick? i'm sure he's super jealous. muhahaha!

  • SippingGreenTea June 17, 2011 at 4:59 am

    wow I LOVE seafood! I MUST visit Boston one day :D!! Thanks for sharing! xx

    http://sipping-green-tea.blogspot.com

  • Lissy June 17, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Neptune Oyster is delicious! They have a great hot lobster roll. My other new fave spot is Island Creek Oyster Bar which has an oyster slider on the menu that I dream about!

  • Carla Krae June 17, 2011 at 6:48 am

    OC girls represent! LOL. I've lived in the Orange County region all my life.

    We do have leaves that turn. It takes not having a dry year, for one, so the leaves didn't go straight to brown, and cool evenings. This past winter it was nice to see color on the trees again after a couple dry years. If you want trees in SoCal, definitely go to Orange County – we're not nearly as urban as LA or downtown San Diego. I'm from a little town called Yorba Linda, and living in Anaheim a couple miles from Disneyland now. Right now the Jacaranda trees are in bloom everywhere and the blue/purple flowers are so pretty.

    Like I mentioned before, out of 47 states I've been to, CA is home. I get bored too easily for small or remote towns and it's awesome to drive to the mountains, beach, desert, or L.A. in under 2 hours. And it's so easy to get fresh local produce…farmers' markets are everywhere. As a US history buff, I did enjoy visiting Boston, though, but that was many years ago.

    The one drawback for you is that you don't like to drive. L.A. is working on their public transportation, but you need to be pretty local to all you need to do if you're going to be without a car – at least for my comfort. I've gone up to L.A. from the OC by bus a couple times, and I got stranded overnight in Union Station once because the LA connection I needed showed up late and made me miss the last bus home. Though I got to see the show "Monk" film in Union Station that night and had walked past another closed street for filming, so it's never dull, lol. It's a lot easier to commute from the Valley than the OC for LA…they've done more for it because more people need it.

    Oh! And I don't go, but there are sushi spots all over the place. Food is good on the West Coast, too…whatever variety you can think of, we have it, due to all the mix of cultures.

    The biggest drawback to CA is the price. Wasn't a big deal in the '80s, but once we got into the 2000s – ouch.

  • Gertrude June 17, 2011 at 7:28 am

    The food looks so good! Love what you're both wearing πŸ™‚

  • Ashley June 17, 2011 at 7:58 am

    As a fellow Bostonian I can relate to the love and appreciation of the history of the area! I was a history major in college, so I love to geek out on all the history and art this city has. I definitely go back and forth between loving and hating it here, but lately, its more love. I love the Charles River Bike Path, the Minuteman Trail, how active folks are, how each neighborhood is so unique and special, and how much pride Bostonians have.

    Le sigh.

  • Edit by Lauren June 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

    That seafood looks amazing! I would love to try that restaurant if I am ever in Boston!

  • Amelia June 17, 2011 at 9:31 am

    When I'm out shopping in Cambridge or Boston (I live in Inman Square) I always feel like I'm going to run into you somewhere. No, we don't know each other, I just read your blog to salivate over the way you manage to put together an outfit beautifully. You always look so lovely and I appreciate all the petite tips!

  • Shelly June 17, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I'm from Minneapolis/St. Paul – so definitely don't forget the Midwest. Plus the Twin Cities' great boutiques were just featured in this month's Lucky magazine … it really is a great city of culture, shops and lakes. It just stinks during the winter!

  • Cee June 17, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I've been to Boston once (with parents when I was like 10, to tour colleges. *rolls eyes at Asian parents*) so that doesn't really count. So to date, the best oysters I've had were from New Orleans. Yum. Unfortunately NO is a wee bit too far, but Boston is doable, so hopefully I'll get to try out Neptune sometime πŸ™‚

    East Coast ftw! I'm biased though because I've lived in the DC metro area pretty much my whole life. I think it's great that you appreciate where you live and do stop to smell the flowers, so to speak. I really need to do that more instead of focusing on the practical, ie: stable jobs and hating the cost of living. Ok I sound really bitter, but DC is not all that bad. There is a great sense of history and charm the closer you are to the city. Plus the Obamas have made it cool πŸ™‚

  • Jen June 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

    You should come visit Philadelphia! It's only 6 hours from Boston, has tons of history, but is warmer πŸ™‚

  • Nelah June 17, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I have ALWAYS wanted to go to New England mainly for clam chowder and seafood, and architect of course. I wish I went when my gal pal pursued her MBA in MA.

    I do not live in either coast but I love where I am. The weather can be crazy hot in the summer but I love the diversity of this city in terms of people, food, shopping, cost of living, culture and everything. Even though we have hurricane threats here, I don't plan on leaving.

  • FashionableAsians June 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

    My two fave Fashionable Asian bloggers πŸ˜› you gals look so fab, so jealous of all the yummy food ya'll consumed!! I've never been to Boston before but one of my friends moved there recently so I figure one of these days I'll take the cheap Chinatown bus up there!

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) June 17, 2011 at 11:48 am

    You ladies are so beautiful!!! Ok that last lobster dish with the fries?!? YUM! I'm so sad, I don't eat as much seafood as I would like to b/c my husband hates seafood πŸ™ s0…if I ever do get to visit you one day, please tkae me there and I'm leaving him at home πŸ˜›

  • Anonymous June 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I'm partial to the SF Bay Area. I"m in love with the city of SF. Its also walk-able. There are many residents without a car but they have them to travel outside the city. The diversity, the sloping landscape, and the skyline are incredible. There's cold weather and there's warm weather. And the food is fabulous no matter which cuisine you choose.
    P

  • Wendy June 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Are you planning to move Jean? =) We welcome you to the west coast!

  • Sophie June 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I moved to Boston for college as well. I love shopping on Newbury St. (although yesterday was not good at all. It was really hot and I came home with nothing! arg), going out for shabu with my friends, running along the Charles River, and the bars around Fenway. I like bar hopping. It was crazy on the final game when Bruins won though. It is also nice to walk around the Boston Common when the weather is nice or go skating at the Frog Pond when it is freezing. I really like Boston but I don't appreciate the weather here at all!

  • Vanessa June 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Jean- this is off topic but do you have a Theory blazer style you purchase most often? The blazers you wear all look great and I'm hoping to pick one up at their outlet.

  • Autumn Dream June 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Jean, lately you've been adding the "Click to Read More…" button on your posts. I don't know how other readers feel that this, but I prefer the old layout where the entire post is displayed. What does every one else think?

  • gold N turquoise June 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I've always been an East Coast girl (Philly, NJ, and now, FL) but my bf moved to SF a couple years back.

    Through many visits, I've concluded that the weather in SF is impeccable. A 50-70 degree range for most of the year makes it ideal. Snow is just a day trip away in Tahoe.

    The people in SF are young, chill, progressive, fashionable (9 to 5 chic, Stylepint, and Atlantic Pacific are constant inspirations). I can't wait to move to SF when I graduate.

    jenny
    http://goldnturquoise.blogspot.com/

  • kimmie June 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Four layers?! I thought it was supposed to be hot in Boston! We're going there next month and I had expected for it to be sweltering hot, and was planning accordingly. Now I'll have to change my packing strategy! πŸ™

  • jjlee0422 June 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Ah! Neptune Oyster bar was one of my FAVORITE seafood places when I lived in Boston. I would always go at 3 or 4oclock when there was no one there. their lobster rolls are my fave, along with the kyoto (dont remember the real name, it sounds japanese) oysters. so jealous!!! :))))

    Jess
    http://www.youtube.com/jessicalee422
    bubblesandbeauty.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous June 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I'm a born and raised Bostonian, stayed for undergrad too, but I'm interested in going to the west coast, at least to visit. My favorite aspects of Boston are the public transportation (most of the times anyways), the walkability, the food, and the weather. The weather can be crazy here but we get to experience it all.
    @ kimmie the weather has been yo-yoing these last few weeks. Plan for layers and hot weather. Last week we almost hit 100 degrees mid week and then during the weekend my trench coat had to come back out because it was cold and drizzly.

  • Cat in Calico June 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    That food looks SO DELICIOUS. Lobster is too expensive here to make into rolls, so I can only stare and weep ;_;. It's like $10 just for a tail piece!

    I'm representing the South here! Houston ("H-town"), TX specifically. I'm amused whenever Northerners complain about being hot. The winters here are the equivalent of Northern summers if that gives any idea how hot it gets. I've read that there's been a terrible heat wave hitting the North though, and without A/C, I don't know how people are surviving. I'm glad your area seems fine.

    I like how lots of people are friendly here and living expenses are much cheaper than most other urban areas. We definitely need better public transportation and…H&M;!! I have no idea why it's taking so long for H&M; to come to Texas. The first one just opened in Dallas several months ago.

    I've been to Boston once and I LOVED it. The pier area is gorgeous. I had fantastic clam chowder from a sourdough bread bowl. I think the bread was better when I had it in SF but the soup was better in Boston.

  • Anonymous June 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Jean, if you love seafood,pho,walkable city then san francisco is definitely the city for you!! its such a beautiful city. i used to live there but now i live in LA and i hate it here! you have to drive to get everywhere. but in sf everyone is just so kind its like a huge melting pot!

  • Erica June 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I live in San Antonio, and the only good thing about this city is the cheap living. I bought an 1100 sq foot house (small for Texas) a couple years ago, and my mortgage is about $500/month! I've gotten so used to prices like this, that it's hard to leave.

    My boyfriend and I plan to move to a city like Boston (or exactly Boston) in a couple years. I LOVE your city! My sister used to live there, and my visits would always make me realize how distinctly boring San Antonio is. Austin is cool, though, and it's nearby.

  • PetiteLittleGirl June 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I lived in San Francisco for a short period of time then moved to Ohio. When I first moved to Ohio, I was bored out of my mind. This city has nothing to do except shopping. I've lived here for almost 15 years and I get used to it. It's a great place to raise a family. The cost of living isn't expensive at all. However, I really miss all the good Asian food in Cali. If I have a chance to move, It think I’d move to Seattle. I don’t know why, I just love that city so much. Looks like you and Ping had a blast!

  • Taj June 17, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I live in San Francisco and a lot of the above comments are true. Great food, fashion, art scene, very walkable. There are tons of outdoors-y activities in and all around the city, which I love. The cuisine choices are many and all amazing. The bad part is… the cost of living and traffic. Also, if you live IN the city (vs. out in a suburb) … the weather tends to be cold and foggy a lot, blegh. That's the main reason I miss the east coast!

  • Urban Jungle Fashion June 18, 2011 at 6:21 am

    OMFG! The good looks so GOOD! Fashion is on point too!

  • 1MadScientist June 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I too love New England seafood. I love going out to RI to the little fishing towns and eating lobster that was caught that morning….yum! I grew up outside NYC and now reside in Philadelphia for law school. Philly has some redeeming factors but I am itching to go to NYC (and my boyfriend of 3 years happens to live there too).

  • nomoneylotsofstyle June 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    My best friend goes to college in Boston and I flew over from DC to visit her in March. Boston is only second in my heart to DC; she told me I'd love it but she had no idea how much. The atmosphere is just incredible; you're quite lucky to live there.

    DC is the best though. Call me antisocial but I love the cool, distant, and busy vibe the city has.

    P.S – your outfit here – super chic!

  • Vicky June 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Eeeeek, I missed the "Ping visit"? *crying face* I wish I was in town last Sunday so I could join you two. (secret whisper – I would've even come with a matching speedy 25. wink, wink. ;)). You and Ping both look sooooo lovely in the picture. I'll get over to her blog after this and check out more pictures. I have never been to Neptune, now I really have to try it.
    As for east/west debate, I love both. I think I still prefer CA. I lived there for 8 years and lived here for 8 years as well. First two years after I moved over here, I didn't even unpack a lot of my boxes. I couldn't stand the weather and the drivers here. People in general are very snobbish and not nice. But after 2 years, I somehow learned to appreciate it. πŸ™‚ Just like you. But it took me a long time to get used to Boston. I hope you and Nick decide to stay here for a little while. πŸ™‚

  • Abby June 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I live an hour away from Boston, but still don't get to visit it that often. Really miss it! πŸ™

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