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Durgin-Park

340 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA - (617) 227-2038
Posted By Jennifer Larson on 12/27/2012 2:08:00 PM
Cold and hungry, our family of six found refuge here after walking the Freedom Trail the day after Christmas.

Hot chocolate was served with a generous dollop of homemade whipped cream, and cider with a cinnamon stick warmed us up nicely. Twice-cooked potato skins followed, topped with bacon, melted cheddar, and diced tomato and onion, with sour cream on the side. The hearts of baby iceberg salad layered diced bacon, tomatoes, and blue cheese crumbles with blue cheese dressing on the side. The garden salad was crisp and fresh, yet not noteworthy.

My husband had the Boston schrod, topped with breadcrumbs and baked; talk about tender and flaky. It was served with butternut squash (which I thought was heavenly), and wonderful mashed potatoes. I had the fish cakes, which reminded me of ones my grandma used to make with salt cod, onions, and potatoes, fried up in the skillet. Maybe I was feeling sentimental, but I could find fault with nothing.

Two of the kids had the chicken pot pie that was really a bowl of chicken stew with a piece of puff pastry floating on top, not the traditional pie crust baked over the top. They liked it, though they thought the broth was a little bland. My ten year old son had the cheeseburger from the children's menu, served with fries. This was a very large burger, and he could only eat half of it. My youngest got the macaroni and cheese from the children's menu, and it was made from scratch, and baked.

I had the coffee Jello, hoping for more of that whipped cream on top, and wasn't disappointed. The Jello itself wasn't sweetened, but I loved that contrast between the coffee and the sweet cream. One son had the Boston cream pie: fresh, soft yellow cake, vanilla pudding layer, with a semi-sweet ganache on top. The Indian pudding was an experience all by itself, made from corn meal baked with milk, molasses and brown sugar, topped with vanilla ice cream. I love the flavor of molasses, and will be returning just for the Indian pudding.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Boston schrod
Coffee jello
Indian pudding
Corn Bread
baked beans
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"The "Durgin cut" of prime rib. That's a good-size plate underneath it."
Michael Stern





Scampi (the appetizer) is basically five huge, delicious shrimp swimming in a bowl of butter, with garlic bread on the side.
"Scampi (the appetizer) is basically five huge, delicious shrimp swimming in a bowl of butter, with garlic bread on the side."
Michael Stern


This just may be New England's best Indian pudding.
"This just may be New England's best Indian pudding."
Cliff Strutz


An order of baked beans to share for the table.  Most loved them, but I found these beans to be too sweet.
"An order of baked beans to share for the table. Most loved them, but I found these beans to be too sweet."
Bill Homan


Fish cakes and beans: a fundamental Boston meal (with mashed potatoes on the side)
"Fish cakes and beans: a fundamental Boston meal (with mashed potatoes on the side)"
Michael Stern


The prime rib is absolutely huge and pretty good-tasting. For a true Yankee meal, couple it with baked beans and mashed potatoes.
"The prime rib is absolutely huge and pretty good-tasting. For a true Yankee meal, couple it with baked beans and mashed potatoes."
Ben Weiner


Indian pudding: do I love it or hate it? I can't decide.
"Indian pudding: do I love it or hate it? I can't decide."
Ben Weiner


Flaky, tender, and crowned with a butter-rich crumb topping, this schrod was everything I had hoped it would be.
"Flaky, tender, and crowned with a butter-rich crumb topping, this schrod was everything I had hoped it would be."
Bill Homan


Coffee Jell-O: try it once.
"Coffee Jell-O: try it once."
Ben Weiner


Fork tender, pot roast is perfect New England fare.
"Fork tender, pot roast is perfect New England fare."
Bill Homan


My Boston schrod came with slaw and two sides.  Of the three, the carrots were my favorite.
"My Boston schrod came with slaw and two sides. Of the three, the carrots were my favorite."
Bill Homan


Warm corn bread is a great way to start your meal.
"Warm corn bread is a great way to start your meal."
Bill Homan


Durgin-Park also makes an excellent version of the New England-only dessert, apple pan dowdy.
"Durgin-Park also makes an excellent version of the New England-only dessert, apple pan dowdy."
Cliff Strutz



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Ben Weiner


Established Before You Were Born: Durgin Park also has that motto on a banner outside.  A lot of history here.  Click on the photo for a readable view.
"Established Before You Were Born: Durgin Park also has that motto on a banner outside. A lot of history here. Click on the photo for a readable view."
Bill Homan


Dealing with a Durgin-Park waitress is half the fun of eating here.
"Dealing with a Durgin-Park waitress is half the fun of eating here."
Michael Stern


Mess-hall amenities and a perpetual crowd make dinner at Durgin-Park a boisterous experience.
"Mess-hall amenities and a perpetual crowd make dinner at Durgin-Park a boisterous experience."
Michael Stern


The dining rooms at Durgin-Park are on the second floor, across from the newly-renovated Quincy Market.  This rare, peaceful view is pre-lunch hour.
"The dining rooms at Durgin-Park are on the second floor, across from the newly-renovated Quincy Market. This rare, peaceful view is pre-lunch hour."
Michael Stern


You want beans, chowder and Indian pudding?  Come on in.
"You want beans, chowder and Indian pudding? Come on in."
Bill Homan


Home of the bean and the cod
"Home of the bean and the cod"
Michael Stern


Durgin Park has been doing things the same way for a long time.
"Durgin Park has been doing things the same way for a long time."
Bill Homan


The patriotic bunting hanging outside Durgin-Park is no affectation.  This place is as American as apple pie.  (And its apple pie is superb!)
"The patriotic bunting hanging outside Durgin-Park is no affectation. This place is as American as apple pie. (And its apple pie is superb!)"
Michael Stern



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