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Boston Lobster Feast (1)
My Father is particularly fond of Lobster and all kinds of fish so my parents have been dining at Boston Lobster Feast sine they opened in the early 1990s.
Apparently these restaurants started in the garage of Jeff Hazell, a native of Marblehead, Mass., where he grew up as a lobsterman with his father and grandfather. He initially started selling live lobsters from his garage in Central Florida to a few restaurants and in 1987 he moved into a small warehouse, selling thousands of lobsters to supermarkets throughout Florida.
Realizing there was no single restaurant in Florida that gave Maine lobster its full attention, Jeff opened the first Boston Lobster Feast in 1991 and since then has opened two more restaurants in central Florida. All of them are family restaurants, with a complete bar. These restaurants are not only popular with visitors to the area but also with the locals.
You will see Boston’s cars driving around Orlando promoting the restaurants as you they have huge lobsters on their roofs!
We usually dine at the one on the 192 and this is convenient for visitors driving along the 192 heading home for Formosa Gardens, Lindfields or homes on the 27. They also have restaurants opposite the Florida Mall and on International Drive.
Opening hours are usually 4.00pm till 10.00pm although I believe the one opposite the Florida Mall may open earlier at weekends. Reservations are not required, but once when we enquired about taking a party of 8 they asked us to phone ahead and they gave us a time to go. Phone number for the 192 restaurant is 407 396 2606.
It is worth looking through the various Orlando Coupon books as we normally find coupons that give every member of our family a free beverage.
Prices are currently (2006): Early Bird before 6.00pm approx $25 adults $15 children and after 6.00pm the adult’s price is $30. I am not sure if the children’s price increases, as we have not taken children after 6.00pm. Instead of the Feast there is also a separate children’s menu priced at approx $5 with a choice of Hamburger, Chicken Fingers, Fried Shrimp or Spaghetti.
There are the usual starters of Soup, most of the times we have been it has been Clam Chowder, plus a great selection of salads. These include Lobster Bisque Crab Salad, Caesar Salad, House Salad, Tuna Salad and Summer Salad.
The fabulous Raw Bar includes Oysters & Clams, Peel & Eat Shrimp, Smoked Salmon , Mussels, Crawfish, Blue Crab, Stone Crab Claws, Sushi-Tuna and Salmon. Our girls love the Shrimp and sit for ages peeling them, saves taking crayons for them to amuse themselves!
Then onto the hot appetizers which include Oysters, Steamed Clams or Fried Clams, Fried Cod and my Mother’s favourite Crab Cakes. She seems to sample these at all the fish restaurants she visits in Florida!
By this time we are usually starting to feel fairly full but Granddad is preparing to tackle the entrees. His favourite is the whole Lobster while I usually wrestle with the Crabs Legs. The girls opt for more Shrimp, this time fried, and there are also Mussels, Salmon, Scallops Crab and even Chicken to choose from.
You may add as many of the side items as you wish to your meal. These include Corn on the Cob, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Rice, Steamed Vegetables even adding a Bread Roll if you are still hungry!
I have yet to try a dessert but last time we visited one of the girls said that both the Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Chip Cookies were awesome while Granddad managed to sample the Cheesecake.
This Feast really does live up to its name. We tend to go for the Early Bird after we have had a day relaxing by the pool at the villa and building up an appetite.
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