Monday, July 27, 2009

Crustacean Violation: Legal Seafood, Atlanta

Savory chowders and lobster rolls don’t just jump out of the water when you live in Atlanta. In fact, a resignation to embrace a deserving seafood restaurant may derive of necessity.

For non-Bostonians, a New England visit almost inevitably involves an obligatory Legal Seafood pilgrimage. Sadly, quality is a non-factor at a “powerhouse” chain like this, particularly one that seems to relax comfortably on its laurels. The signature lobster roll exemplifies this by assessing a $23 fee for the chewy, menial amount of mollusk presented. Additionally, a san-seasoned clam chowder, without its burdensome grit, regrettably renders another signature dish remarkably thin. In fact, to pass off such substandard servings in a city whose abundance is less notable than that of this namesake’s feels a bit insulting. As such, to dispense said provisions should certainly be illegal.


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5 comments:

jolomo said...

Not a mollusk :) We were just in Boston this past weekend and the going price up there is about $25 for a lobster roll. I don't eat that particular "dish" so not sure how the Atlanta version measures up. Man we had some great chowder up there

Anonymous said...

Even with the convenience of working downtown, I won't make the 10 minute drive to Legal Seafood. Was so excited for this Boston chain to open in Atlanta, but couldn't agree more that they have been a disappointment!

Anonymous said...

The Atlanta version does not do the Boston Flagship well. Poor service, a/c not working, asked to be moved and waitress convinced to remain in hot corner booth, waitress said everything good, in fact all bad. Substandard fast food, entire experience overpriced and underservice. Left standard tip - should have been no tip. Who was there to service whom?

Anonymous said...

Atlanta's version is awful. Stuff shrimp, Maryland crab soup and crab dip didn't measure up. I honestly think the cook forgot to add the crab meet to thoses dishes.

Anonymous said...

If you're looking for good seafood, this is not the place. The dishes lacked flavor.