Saporito's crafts traditional Italian recipes from fresh, high-quality ingredients and enhances fine-dining experiences with eye-popping plated presentations. The seasonally rotating menu packs a punch with authentic, ever-changing dishes such as stuzi (Italian bar snacks) including fried oysters with fennel-romaine salad and remoulade sauce ($5). Circle-devourers can get pie-eyed with the Neapolitan-style Pizzetta ($11) and butter-poached lobster is assisted to your mouth hoop with sardinian couscous, slivered asparagus, and roasted mushrooms with truffle oil ($27). A bevy of house-made pastas and steak selections, such as a dinner order of orecchiette––pasta with sausage, oven-cured tomatoes, broccolini, garlic, and lemon ($18)––and vegetarian selections sate a green tooth with a classic red-and-golden beet salad with hazelnut goat cheese ($9).
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).
Through the windows of Bridgeman's Restaurant's upper- and lower-level dining rooms, the churning blue sea entertains diners awaiting entrees of pasta, steak, and locally caught seafood. From their table they can also watch the open-theater kitchen to see cooks toss pasta and cut seasonal vegetables that are delivered daily. Or patrons can scope out Bridgeman's wine list, which features varietals from boutique vineyards in France, Australia, and Italy. In warmer months, Bridgeman’s invites guests to eat housemade ice cream and gelato on the outdoor, beachfront patio, using the sweet treat to convince merpeople to come ashore.
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.
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 recently installed a new faux kitchen that offers fresh fried clams and fish and chips and also 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.