One of the things I love about being back in the Boston area, is the fact that friends from all over the world eventually pass through our fine city for some reason or another, which gives me a chance to show them the city, or at least share some food, wine and conversation while catching up on both our lives.
This happened this past week. A former co-worker was coming in for a job interview, and as it was her first time in Boston, she wanted to go someplace that was “Boston-like” so I met her at the hotel and we walked to Jasper White’s Summer Shack.
All I can say is that I am sorry I’ve not been to Summer Shack before now. The service was friendly, personable, and not at all rushed; obviously not the norm for a lot of Boston restaurants. The food was fresh and well prepared. Oh, and can I stop here for a moment and say, the best freaking house-made potato chips on the planet – seriously.
Even with all my mad ravings about this place, there is one criticism I must discuss, because it’s a big issue for me. It’s called, “Portion Control.” I mean my fish sandwich filled a large dinner plate, no kidding; there was barely room for my 1/8 of a slice of a dill pickle. The chips had to be placed in a separate large bowl. The food is great, the prices are decent for Boston standards, but please why can’t we reduce the portions, perhaps cut the fish by oh at least a 1/3 and then add some fresh steamed vegetable? Does anyone need that much deep fried fat in one meal?
Okay, I’m done with my puppy rant for today. If you want some great seafood and fish, in a fun and lively environment, go to Summer Shack. There are four locations, so I can’t speak for all of them, but if you’re in the Back Bay check out their Boston restaurant.
Food: 3.5 Paws
Service 3.5 Paws