Eating in airport restaurants is not high on my list. Or anyone’s list.
Dominated by franchises, by service that is barely “good enough”, fried food, and large screen TVs showing ESPN, airport restaurants in US don’t hold a candle to the Changi Singapore or Honk Kong foodie places.
But there is one that makes me look forward to a 3 hour layover in Boston – and that is Legal Foods Boston Logan Airport, Terminal C. It is an airport restaurant, it is a chain restaurant, and it serves fried food. So it hits an all three “non nos” for airport restaurants.
Against all odds, it a place that I am looking forward to eat. I would even make the trek from Terminal A to Terminal C to eat there. And it’s a bit of a walk – do that at your own risk if you have a short layover.
A bit of history here : Legal Seafoods first restaurant was opened in 1968 in the Inman Square in Cambridge. It took 18 years for that idea to come to life. George Berkowitz, who opened his modest fish market in Cambridge, Massachusetts, talked about the restaurant often at the dinner table. The fish was simply prepared, and served on paper plates at what George gathered as his first restaurant tables – some wooden picnic tables.
George’s son, Roger, was the one who focused on the expansion. George is an interesting character for a CEO. He started working in the business when he was 10, hauling fish to the market and washing dishes in the restaurant. He is a graduate of the Harvard Executive Program, and University of London executive program. While all this sounds impressive, what impressed me the most is that George is also a foodie blogger – here is a blog entry on , what else, fried oysters.
A CEO of a 4,000 employee company that blogs? I need to eat at their restaurant. And between mid-September and mid-October, fried oysters are on their menu. I need to get this at Boston Logan!
The good news: there it now one in the A Terminal (Delta’s terminal), just across Gate A5. Not the Legal SeaFood from terminal C, but an offspring of it, called the Legal Test Kitchen (LTK). Voila, no need for a long walk anymore.
The food is as good as the mother brand: the Original Legal Clam Chowder is on the menu, and the Fisherman platter, which we had to split between the two of us, is very fresh. Simple seafood at its best.
On the platter, the fried oysters that Roger blogs about, were very good. One item where I need help is the “scrod”, the fish in the platter. Absolutely delicious, still had no idea what “scrod” is. I guess will ask the waiter next time we are there.
And I cannot wait for that next time.