So if you haven’t picked up on it yet, Nate and I really enjoy seafood (so much, in fact, that we recently drove all the way to Hull in search of the perfect plate of clam strips — totally worth it). Luckily, we found a place right here in the city that serves up a deliciously authentic Boston seafood experience with 360-degree views of the water. Located right in the North End, the Boston Sail Loft has the look of a weathered beachfront cottage and an amazing menu to match.
We’ve been twice. The first time was for lobster rolls, which were jam-packed with loads of fresh, sweet, and succulent lobster meat bound together by a light coating of mayo and piled on a crisp, buttery roll. The second time, however, was the highlight for me since it marked my first time trying scallops (crazy, I know). The Broiled Sea Scallops were cooked to perfection — incredibly tender and topped with golden-brown, buttery Ritz cracker crumbs. They sat in a butter sauce that infused each scallop with a tremendous amount of flavor, and my only regret was that I had to share them with Nate and couldn’t hog them all for myself. We got them with mashed potatoes — garlicky and creamy, with chunks of potato skin running through — and a vegetable medley (because you have to have something green on your plate, even if you only have a few pieces of broccoli to be polite).
We also decided to splurge and split a Fried Fish Sandwich (because treat yo self). A heaping portion of fried cod topped with melted cheddar cheese all on a giant hamburger bun, the sandwich was definitely meant for sharing. Or maybe meant for a person who hadn’t just eaten a huge order of scallops. Either way, there were leftovers aplenty. And, as per Nate’s request, I’m mentioning that our sandwich-eating experience was taken to a whole new level when Nate came up with the admittedly brilliant idea to spread the sides of tartar sauce and coleslaw directly on the fried cod.
It was an excellent dining experience — not only was the food delicious, but our table (and most of the tables in the relatively tiny but well-decorated restaurant) looked directly out on the water. The Boston Sail Loft is the closest you’ll get to beachfront dining without having to leave the city.