My favorite restaurant to eat out at is Legal Sea Foods. I try to always make it there when I am in Boston visiting family. This July’s vacation was no different. I was looking forward to the great service and even greater seafood and their menu has a number of gluten free items.
We were seated promptly and ordered a bottle of delightful white wine. The server was knowledgeable and selections were made. For starters we three shared a dozen oysters on a bed of ice; made up from three different varieties. They came with two sauces: a champagne vinaigrette and the traditional horseradish cocktail sauce. I had several, they were small and succulent and I tried both sauces. Loved them; should say I am only in the last couple of years learning to like raw oysters. I like the really small fat ones; easier for me to swallow.
Then we shared an order of deep fried calamari. Gluten free of course! It came with a large dish of tarter sauce and was very tasty; the three of us ate most of it, my sister and her hubby are not celiac although my sister often eats gluten free. I had a pair of gf tasty muffins which disappeared quickly. Elaine ate half of a muffin and declared it quite good.
Then our entrees showed up; all at once and in the arms of our young server. My sister, being quick on the uptake, queried her; normally gluten free items are delivered by a separate server, usually a manager. The server’s pretty face fell and she admitted she had forgotten to put my entrée in as gluten free. So I had to wait while they remade my meal. Our server was very apologetic. All their staff is very friendly and helpful as to eating gluten free.
My meal was pretty tasty when it showed up ten minutes later; a surf and turf consisting of a 6 ounce fillet mignon, four sautéed scallops and four shrimps. The beef was utter perfection, had a sauce on it that really added to the flavor and my scallops were delish! The shrimps were kinda dried out. I did eat some of them but not with much delight. This was the first time they messed up my order in like 4 or 5 visits there and the first time any seafood was even a bit less than perfect. Every place is allowed a few glitches; don’t let that stop you from heading to Legals.
My sister’s chowder and salad was tasty; chowder gone in a flash! My brother-in-law enjoyed his fish and chips; it smelled wonderful. Made with haddock and a very healthy serving. We shared a chocolate parfait which was delightfully light and disappeared in moments. We were all content and quite full when we left Legals.
All in all a very nice dining experience and I thanked my sister for catching their error before I could taste my food and get ill. Moral of story; double check to make sure your gf food comes via a separate server when you eat at Legal Sea Foods. Legal has locations all over the mid-Atlantic; two in NJ, two near or in Philadelphia and a couple in New York State as well as two in the Boston area and others in a few more states. Well worth a drive for the legendary seafood and safe gf food.