The Best of Spring in Beantown

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It’s that time of the year to lock away wintertime blues, throw away the key and never look back.  Savvy spring mojo is just around the corner with refreshing treats, and well, us city-goers surely know how to celebrate and impress with the most sumptuous seafood and ice cream around.  Beantown is fully prepared to welcome its city into the best time of the year…so think and scrumptiously savor these spring options!

The Original Clam Box

Relish the first juiciest and crispiest “famous fried clams” of the season at The Original Clam Box.  This casual, lively venue is the perfect place to embrace springtime, as it is located on the gorgeous Wollaston Beach.  You can enjoy a sunny afternoon on the shore, pack a picnic blanket, and order your whole belly clams takeout style, or savor succulent clam strips in house!  The Clam Box also serves a delicious variety of seafood on its menu, including scallops, oysters, shrimp, haddock, calamari, clam cakes and more.  Other Clam Box options include mouthwatering burgers, buffalo wings, hot dogs, steak tips, gyros and more.  Why not go for a buttery Lobster Salad Sub, or how about a Steak Bomb?  Whichever you choose, The Clam Box will certainly not disappoint.

This Joonbug favorite reopens on March 6th.  So, what are you waiting for?  In the words of The Clam Box, “…drop in for a delicious meal with the beach right at our door!”  What could be better than welcoming the nice weather season than that?

Location: 789 Quincy Shore Dr., Wollaston Beach, MA.

The Barking Crab

Have you ever heard of a barking crab?  Well, Beantown introduces you to the absolute best…and this barking crab is surely waiting to entertain and delight. The Barking Crab is not your typical seafood joint.  Its awesome oversized outdoor tent welcomes all for a fun time and delicious cuisine, bringing a lively coastal clam shack feel to the trendy urban environment that surrounds it.

Wander over to the venue’s All Day Raw Bar for a variety of delectable treats, from Peel-N-Eat Shrimp to the deluxe Chilled Shellfish Platter consisting of Maine lobster, Bairdi crab legs, local oysters, shrimp, and clams.  Some delicious picks the restaurant offers to its guests are its Barking Crab Classics, served from 11:30am to closing, include Fried Rhode Island Calamari, Fried Atlantic Sea Scallops, and Atlantic Snow Crab Clusters.  Complement your seafood with a side of delectable Lemon Whipped Potatoes orWild Rice Pilaf, depending on your mood.  If you’re craving a fine ‘Lobster Room Dinner,’ The Barking Crab serves it from 5:00pm to closing, and features amazing entrées such as Lobster Pot Pie, a ‘pickled jalapeno rouille’ Bouillabaisse, and Pan Seared Scallops served in a savory ginger butternut squash purée and accompanied with sautéed baby bok choy (Chinese cabbage).

Boston’s Barking Crab reopens for the spring season on March 17th.  This venue is up and cooking Sunday through Wednesday 11:30am until 10:00pm (the bar is open until 11pm), in addition to Thursday through Saturday from 11:30am to 11pm (the bar stays open until 12am). Make your reservations, because this clam shack will surely be packed with spring sensation!

Location: The “edge” of Fort Point Channel at 88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA.

Mare Oyster Bar

Located in Beantown’s beloved Little Italy district, The North End, Mare Oyster Bar is a delicious and upscale gem in the neighborhood.  It is customary for the native Italians in Tuscany to dedicate a day of the week honoring seafood, dubbing every Friday, “Day of the Fish.” This Friday, we urge seafood lovers in Boston to flock to Mare Oyster Bar for a scrumptious meal beginning with the restaurant’s Raw Bar.

Just to give you a little taste of what the venue’s menu beholds, a few Joonbug favorites and recommendations include: appetizer Polenta with Clams, native clams roasted with sopressata and herbs over creamy polenta; the Truffle Crusted Tuna entrée, which is seared rare and prepared with grilled eggplant, sweet baby peppers and wilted spinach; in addition to entrée Maine Lobster Casserole, containing juicy lobster meat, a delectable seafood stuffing and creamy herbed butter. Dinner is served on Sunday through Friday from 4pm-11pm, and on Saturday from 2pm-11pm.

Location: 135 Richmond Street, Boston, MA.


Whether your palate craves something sweet or tart, BerryLine is prepared to refresh your taste buds with creamy and rich creations.  When it comes to frozen yogurt in the Bean, BerryLine is seriously where it’s at…and Joonbug’s favorite place to savor a cup of fro-yo!  Highlighting over 150 unique flavors, enjoy your springtime desires at the store, where they always switch it up to keep their audience intrigued.  Dress up your colorful cup with an array of toppings from fresh blackberries and coconut to fruity pebbles and white chocolate chips.  Some customer favorites include: the Elvis with peanut butter cups and bananas, the Key Lime Pie with graham cracker, and kiwi, and theGravel Pit with toffee, Oreo, and pecans.

Click here for BerryLine locations and hours.

The Ice Creamsmith

Rejuvenate with a sugary treat just in time for spring at The Ice Creamsmith! There’s nothing more refreshing than a scoop of luscious homemade ice cream on a mild springtime afternoon.  The Ice Creamsmith makes their creamy concoctions strictly old-fashioned, in-house, and delicious with fresh ingredients. The parlor’s unique special flavors listed for March are Bailey’s Irish CreamOatmeal Raisin Cookie, and Andes Mint Chip (subject to change).

The venue opens back up to the public on March 1st.

Location: 2295 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA.

Other places to check out:

* Boston Chowda

Colonnade, Quincy Market Building

Boston Pretzel & Lemonade

North Market Street – Pushcart

Joe’s American Bar & Grill

100 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

Salty Dog Seafood Grille & Bar

206 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA

(Btwn N Market & S Market St.)

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