Before coming to Boston, I knew there were two things I definitely wanted to eat: 1. New England Clam Chowder and 2. Lobster Rolls.
The first place we visited for these items was Atlantic Fish Co. in Back Bay. I made a reservation on Open Table and was seated promptly. It was lunch time and quite busy so I do recommend you make a reservation.
We started with fresh oysters which were decent:
…and a bowl of their award winning chowder (…apparently has “…won Chowderfest, ranked one of USA Today’s top 10 chowders in all of Massachusetts, as well as best chowder in Boston”). According to various sources I found, the restaurant makes its broth from scratch. I found the chowder to be good, but not outstanding. The flavors were a bit muted from what I was expecting. I did not really taste briny clam flavors. I did like the texture of the soup as it was not too thick.
For our mains, we had lobster rolls. I learned that there are two main ways to have them: cold (basically a lobster salad style) or warm (with butter):
At this place, the butter comes on the side. I prefer the warm version. You get more of a pure lobster taste and the texture just works better for me. Also note that some places chop up the lobster a bit. This place serves it more whole. I prefer the former.
Overall, service was good and the food was ok. There were better lobster rolls, oysters, and chowder we had on this trip in Boston. 7/10