If one Paramount restaurant is great, two must be better. At least that seems to be the thinking when the Eat Drink Laugh Restaurant Group decided to open a South Boston sister to the wildly popular original Paramount on Beacon Hill a couple of years back. Lines out the door of the 15-year-old original iteration are a testament to a winning formula, which no one messed with in the South Boston outpost, serving three hearty meals a day, seven days a week. Like the original, the caramel and bananas french toast flies out of the kitchen at breakfast, while regular diner favorites – pulled pork tacos and house burgers – fill out the menu. The casual spot has a fierce following, with customers lining up inside the warm diner space for a chance to brunch their hearts out.
The Zanti family is no stranger to the sea. In 1898, Giuseppe Zanti, Sr., left his tiny Italian fishing village for the more fertile waters of America. When his son, Giuseppe, Jr., heard of the senior Zanti's success on American shores, he too made the trek across the Atlantic to net lobsters, crabs, and fish in Boston Harbor, teaching his own sons along the way. After World War II, Giuseppe, Jr. sensed an oncoming boon in the lobster trade and teamed up with his sons to debut Commercial Lobster, a wholesale business devoted entirely to lobster. Still under the rule of the Zanti family, the Commercial Lobster of today makes up the wholesale branch of Yankee Lobster Fish Market, a full-fledged seafood market. In addition to selling whole live and stuffed lobsters like their predecessors, modern-day Zantis also serve a seafood-centric menu of oysters, clams, and, of course, lobster in the casual, ocean-themed eatery of Yankee Lobster Company. After finally removing the protective rubber bands from his hands, Guy Fieri dubbed the lobster mac ‘n' cheese here “ridiculous” on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
“No name, come eat,” proprietor Nick Contos would retort when his earliest customers asked for the name of his fish stand. The nondescript reply must’ve been enough for the clientele––mostly comprised off-duty sailors––because that was nearly a century ago. 1917, to be exact. In the years to come, little else has changed: Contos and his descendants continued to serve fresh broiled scrod, fried shrimp, clam rolls, and seafood chowder to generations of die-hard fans, all under the playfully designation No Name Restaurant. Despite its moniker, the eatery has managed to make quite a name for itself in the culinary community. Its seafood-heavy menu has lured in the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Andy Garcia, and Jack and Edward Kennedy. While the main draw is, of course, seafood, the restaurant has also managed to reel in an impressive beer selection, along with a specialty drink list that includes potables like the rum-based Vanilla Stormy or the deliciously oxymoronic No Name Bloody Mary.
At seven locations throughout Boston, the technicians at Mr. Perfection Inc thoroughly clean vehicles inside and out with a variety of detailing packages. In addition to hand-washing services, clay-bar treatments, and steam-cleaning carpets, seasoned car-care experts can remove dings or dents, replace windshields, or tint windows to conceal foreign royalty longing for life among the common folk.
Jump to: That's the Spirit! Captain Bonnie Barnacles: In an era when most women were relegated to sitting at home by the fire knitting children to help with chores, Bonnie Barnacles dreamt of more. Stowing away on the S.S. Anti-Authority in 1778, she quickly organized a mutiny, dazzling her crusty shipmates with her cutlass juggling and partial memorization of the alphabet. Today, she and her forsaken crew still haunt the harbor, turning a pretty pence with their home jewelry-making workshops and inspirational cassettes.