Row 34, named for a beloved variety of oysters grown by Duxbury’s Island Creek, is a go-to for some of the best seafood in the city. The Fort Point restaurant (along with its outposts in Cambridge and elsewhere) may lead with the briny raw bar, but diners shouldn’t overlook the fried seafood. The Crispy Fish Sandwich, offered only on the lunch menu, is a standout with yuzu chili aioli, which brings just the right balance of acid and heat to support the rich fish. Paired with a side of housemade chips and frosty beer from the unparalleled selection, it’s chef’s kiss.
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For fried fish fanatics, a sandwich gives the same level of craveability as a plate of superbly flaky fish and chips, conveniently packaged for summer fun. Whether your idea of a perfect fish sandwich is classically topped with tartar sauce or dressed up with an herbaceous slaw, you can surely pick one up around Boston. Here’s where to go for the best fish sandwiches.
The Bay State extension of Portland’s coveted Eventide Oyster Co. brings some of our favorite seafood from Maine to Boston. Just like its sibling, Eventide Fenway is best known for the legendary Brown Butter Lobster Roll, and, of course, oysters. But the Fish Sandwich is a worthy detour from the expected. Eventide keeps things super classic with shredded iceberg lettuce, tartar sauce, and bread-and-butter pickles on a buttery, sesame-seeded roll. Cap off the nostalgic meal with a sweet swirl of homemade soft serve.
In a city filled with Irish pubs, The Druid stands out for its tasty and high-quality comfort food. Given how much we love the Inman Square spot’s Fish and Chips, we figured the Fish Sandwich would be a homerun—but even so, it’s surprisingly special. On thick slices of toasted brioche, two fillets of the famous battered cod sit atop crunchy, farm-fresh greens, topped with a healthy dollop of tangy tartar sauce. The crusty bread holds the hearty sandwich together nicely while adding a toasty sweetness to the handheld package. Forever the pro tip for The Druid: order a side of the Signature Curry Sauce to dip those chips.
Part of Tiffani Faison’s trio of restaurants at High Street Place, Dive Bar does classic New England seafood such as oysters on the half-shell and must-try lobster rolls, but with fun twists that reflect the celeb chef’s global upbringing. We are fixated on the Crispy Cajun Filet of Fish Sandwich: The soft bun is slathered with a just-spicy-enough Cajun mayo that matches well with the crispy, flaky fillet, pickled onions, and shredded lettuce. Belly up to the raw bar, or take your fish sammie to the expansive outdoor patio or another dining option at the downtown food hall. May we suggest, matched with a glass of something sparkling at sibling-wine bar Bubble Bath?
Originally only a Nantucket haunt, Nautilus Pier 4 shares the seafood-centric menu of The Nautilus on the mainland. On Saturdays, the Boston Seaport spot serves up Nauti Lunch, with a highlight being the Beer Battered Fried Fish Sandwich. Dressed in the restaurant group’s exciting global style with a tangy, herby arrowhead cabbage-slaw, the generously-sized fillet stays light and bright. Enjoyed on the patio with waterfront views, we’d argue this weekend lunch would be a cause for celebration.