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Durgin-Park

340 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA - (617) 227-2038
Posted By Bret Bicoy on 10/1/2009 5:46:00 PM
A dinner for four with appetizers cost me $90 on a recent trip to Boston. Not an unreasonable amount of money for a nice dinner, but this was anything but nice.

I had their "famous" prime rib, which maybe is famous for its absolute lack of flavor. It was so horrible that I left 75% of it on the plate. My wife had fish and chips, which she said tasted like batter and chips. And the worst part, the batter was completely without flavor. The baked beans were bland at best.

My mom joined us and had shrimp, which was mediocre, but at least wasn't horrible like my prime rib. And my daughter opted for spaghetti, which tasted like little more that tomato sauce.

Durgin-Park is bland at best, and downright awful at its worst. And given the cost, you'd be better off saving a few bucks and eating at one of the vendors in nearby Quincy Market. Literally, the meal was so bad, and we ate so little, that we all grabbed some dessert in Quincy Market because we were still hungry. Seriously, we had them wrap up our generous leftovers and we gave them to a homeless person on the walk back to our waterfront hotel.

Durgin-Park survives on its quaint reputation for rude waitresses (which was funny, because the only thing pleasant about our meal was our nice waitress) and lots of food. Their portions are huge, but unfortunately, largely inedible. We travel extensively, and eat out all the time. We love quaint restaurants with their own oddities, and also enjoy fine dining at high-end restaurants. We're not that picky! But this restaurant was, by far, the worst place we have eaten in our ten years of marriage.

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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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