Situated across from Nantasket Beach on Boston's south shore, Daddy's Beach Club opens its doors every day of the year to fuse fresh food with live entertainment. The staff prepares wings, burgers, or the restaurant's calling card: New Haven-style thin-crust pizza. They hand-toss each pie, and—with 20 toppings available for customization—no two are alike, much like a snowman's tears. On most nights, Daddy’s Beach Club combines its food and drink with festive events, such as pool tournaments, open-mic competitions, and live music.
Sea Dog Steak & Ale's menu catalogs hearty pub food and a deep well of beer. Every item on the menu pairs almost perfectly with one of the pub's 10 locally crafted brews served on tap, whether it's the milky Sea Dog Stout and the marinated grilled steak tips, the malty Winter Ale to wash down the chorizo-crusted haddock, or the crisp flavor of the Raspberry Wheat Ale as a palate cleanser after dinner. Sea Dog's chefs also grill 8-ounce filets mignons, which are as heavy as Willy Wonka minus his candy weight. The patties of seven specialty burgers blend ground beef, short rib, chuck, and brisket, all piled with toppings ranging from balsamic-marinated onions to root-beer barbecue sauce.
The alehouse's nightly crowd adds to the convivial ambiance of the pub by sharing drinks on its outdoor patio or in its rustic wood-paneled, chocolate- and almond-colored dining room. Frequent visitors can join the wine or mug clubs, which toss in benefits such as personalized mugs, T-shirts, and a spiritual connection with America's most famous beer drinker: Benjamin Franlin, the inventor of both mugs and T-shirts.
Owned and operated by a love-crossed duo of experienced restaurateurs, the retro diner known as Toast serves a massive menu of breakfast and lunch classics. Fuel bellies with a hearty breakfast before a day of speed tanning with a customized, three-egg omelette—served with a side of hash browns and toast ($5.95+). A doughy, four-caked pancake tower arrives tableside topped with real maple syrup ($6.25), and the bagel-hugged smoked-salmon sandwich swims toward the stomach with cream cheese, tomato, and capers attached ($7.95). Challenge high-noon hunger pains with one of Toast's specialty lunch sammies—served with choice of fries, coleslaw, or potato salad—such as the Mayflower, which unites roasted turkey, cranberry, stuffing, and mayo inside of a fluffy wheat wrap ($6.95).
Nestled on a land bridge sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Weir River, Barefoot Bob's Beach Grill channels the vibes radiating from Nantasket Beach across the street to surround patrons with tiki-bar style. In a bamboo-lined dining room, numerous high-definition televisions cast a glow on waiters toting seafood samplers, where broiled fresh haddock and scallops buddy up to shrimp before stealing its lunch money, as well as surf 'n' turf combos with Black Angus steak tips crowned by three jumbo stuffed shrimp. Thin-crust pizzas customized to please taste buds comprise a shareable lunch, whereas sandwiches and wraps, such as the north carolina pulled pork with jalapeño-jack cheese and cider-vinegar-infused barbecue sauce, convince hands to never let go. In warmer months, an outdoor patio offers ample opportunity for palm-shaded alfresco dining and tossing table scraps to hungry-looking lifeguards across the street.
In the early mornings, Lobster Express feels almost like a ghost town. The chilled seafood bins that normally hold fresh fish, mussels, clams, and shrimp are vacant, exhibiting a display of only crushed ice. The scene rapidly changes, though, as local fishermen bring in the day’s catch, filling the bins with a rainbow comprising maroon slabs of yellowfin tuna, orange salmon, and blue-grey oysters sealed in jagged shells. This transformation is a daily ritual and proof that the supplies at Lobster Express are as fresh as they come.
In addition to fresh, raw seafood, the bustling shop sells a cornucopia of already prepared foods, both hot and cold. Topping the list of customer favorites are housemade clam chowder, crab cakes, and lobster rolls, which won a South Shore Living Reader’s Choice Award in 2011. The shop also assembles take-home lobster bakes with all of the necessary components, including local lobsters, mussels, and miniature DVD players to keep antsy crustaceans entertained on the trip home.
While Dalat's cuisine is grounded in the long-standing Asian culinary tradition, its chic, upscale dining room is unmistakably modern. An outdoor patio sits on Nantasket Beach with gorgeous views of the water, and stylish track lighting illuminates the indoor dining room's Asian artwork, elegant floral displays, and fish-filled aquarium. The menu is comprised of entrees from many different regions of Asia, such as Chinese-inspired orange chicken or Japanese-inspired beef teriyaki. Additionally, sushi chefs wrap tender morsels of raw salmon or tuna in seaweed and rice, often serving them aboard wooden dishes resembling ancient boats.