Thursday, January 29, 2015

Crossing Over

Legal Crossing redefines a Boston legend


Things you can never have enough of in Boston: championship titles, Dunkin Donuts, Wahlberg brothers. 

You can add Legal Sea Foods to that list, too. 

Refusing to be outdone by its older siblings, the new Legal Crossing downtown is hardly just another location for the beloved Boston institution.

Case in point: their flagship Harborside restaurant may be a looker, but doesn't have this cocktail menu. Bring a date and order up a duo of La Bamba (pineapple, mezcal, chocolate, crushed ice, no Lou Diamond Phillips) and Princess Cheyenne (sparkling wine, rum, and requisite attitude). We'll let you decide who's for whom.

And while the Legal Test Kitchen location always produces innovative cuisine, there's been a glaring lack of Korean rice bowls, shrimp burgers, and hoisin glazed salmon with pad thai noodles, just a few exclusive-to-LX  dishes you can expect here. 

Of course, they still keep the family traditions — an expansive beer and wine list (including 24 by the glass), top-notch service, and that amazing Butter Poached Lobster

But then, just when you think you've seen it all, they put a plate of Eagle Rare bourbon ice cream-topped profiteroles (ID required, kids) in front of you. 

We don't know how that's legal, either.

photo by Gustav Hoiland

Legal Crossing
558 Washington St., Downtown Crossing
(617) 692-8888

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Red or Orange Line to Downtown Crossing
Best bets: Bourbon ice cream profiteroles; hoison glazed salmon; shrimp burger
Nearby: The Merchant; InBoston; JM Curley

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