B&G Oysters is the ideal place for a summer lunch if you’re looking for classic New England fare. As a go-to place for South Enders in dire need of fresh seafood, B&G reliably delivers. And just as all of Barbara Lynch’s other restaurants, the menu at B&G focuses on freshness and quality – and it shows.
Upon entering, you are greeted with two options for dining – the open-kitchen bar seating and the beautiful patio. We decided on the patio, because summer lobster rolls, y’all. Their patio is also heated in the autumn to extend the outdoor dining experience. We were surrounded by sunlight, lush greens, and the quaint South End neighborhood.
Every meal starts with bread and oil for the table, and this particular lunch happened to include some wine and rose to whet our appetites. Like many restaurants centered around seafood, their options change quite a bit, especially when it comes to oysters. We tried three kinds this time: Anchor Bay, Kumamoto, Fancy Sweet (house oysters). They were all delicious and slurp-worthy; the bivalves are served with a prosecco mignonette.
We ordered from the Prix Fixe menu as well as the regular menu. The Prix Fixe menu offers a three course meal: three house oysters, salad or clam chowder, and fish and chips or a crab BLT. With all of that food (and oysters!), this menu is a great bang for your buck.
The clam chowder was a classic: with bacon lardons, a bit of spice, and a generous helping of clams, it did not disappoint. The grilled eggplant was drizzled with a pine nut vinaigrette, topped off with soft cheese, golden raisins, and fresh mint. It’s a summer dish to remember.
Let’s talk about this lobster roll, because it was the star of the show. It came on a classic warm and buttered hot dog bun, with a generous heaping of lobster meat. It was perfect – not too much mayo with just a hint of lemon in there to brighten things up. Served with fries, slaw, and pickles, the lobster roll is worth the visit to B&G alone.
The Jonah Crab BLT was delightful – the crab was dressed with a citrus-y mayo that balanced the richness of the thick-cut bacon beautifully, and tasted so right on the rustic, chewy bread.