Ironically located across the street from the New England Aquarium is one of the most popular seafood restaurant chains in Boston—Legal Sea Food. Legal is the de facto standard for seafood recommendations by locals, perhaps because of its central proximity downtown, or perhaps for its well known clam chowder. It is said that their clam chowder has been served at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
Legal’s roots actually began in nearby Inman Square in Cambridge in 1950. It was during this time that George Berkowitz began running a fish market next door to his father’s grocery store, Legal Cash Market. The store derived its name because it provided customers with green stamps with every purchase which were called “Legal Stamps.” The seafood market took off and a restaurant was later added in 1968 at the same location. Fast forward to the present and the restaurant has now spawned to approximately 30 locations across New England where it continues to serve customers with a wide-selection of fresh fish. After all, as their slogan attests, “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal.”
- Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com
- Address/Phone: 255 State Street, Boston. (617) 742-5300
- Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm