1) Location. Legal Harborside boasts prime waterfront property in a vibrant, fresh faced area of South Boston. The recently developed Liberty Wharf is now home to sleek ultra modern buildings housing multiple restaurants. I was not only thrilled to check out Legal Harborside with friends after work the other night, but to finally see this new area of the city I had heard so much about for so long.
2) Views. Distinguishable from location in essence because while harborside views in general are unparalleled, those from a third floor roof deck are that much better. Among a bustling scene that was crowded upon arrival at 6pm and only filled with clientele as the night wore on, the open air views of the vast harbor offered a true sense of serenity.
3) Pitchers of Booze. Not just any pitchers of booze but strong, lust worthy, refreshing cocktails that are easy to sip. Pitchers that come in sizes small enough for you and a few friends to sample ($10) or large enough for groups to share ($20).
(Note: Instagram seriously distorts the pitchers/pictures as they appear! But I love them so and I cant help but share them even after tweeting.)
Equally worthy choices are the St Germain Cocktail or the Seaport Spritzer the former pairs the widely appreciated artisianal liquor with Rose Cava, the latter prosecco, Italian aromatized wines and grapefruit.
4) Roofdeck Bites. While the third floor isn't the place to order a meal, the complimentary bar snack mix and the $5 pita chip and dip selections will hold you over until dinnertime.
I'd choose the hummus with za'tar spices again over the kalamata and fig spread.
5) Lobster Rolls. Okay, so maybe lobster rolls are something to love about all Legal Seafood restaurants.
I typically left the family of Legal chains to the tourists and sought my seafood elsewhere, but the first lobster roll of the season proves a worthy contender.
Freshly shucked native lobster is lightly dressed with a celery mayo and generously piled on a soft buttery roll. Traditional fries came piping hot, dusted with salt.
At Legal Harborside the all day menu is served down on floor one in an informal dining area surrounding an open kitchen and raw bar. (How stunning is that stairwell?!)
We avoided the hour plus wait for dinner by settling on an open table boasting a street view of Northern Avenue rather than the optimal waterfront scene. At that point in the evening we had our fare share of views and it was all about the food.