November felt like October this year didn’t it? We had some beautiful fall days. One of them was recently spent having lunch with some friends at Pier 6 in Charlestown. I have to admit that I don’t generally go to Charlestown, and it’s a shame because it is so beautiful!
So I drive over and feel incredibly lucky, found a great spot on the street. Got to the restaurant in plenty of time. We are sitting and chatting before we order and Leah mentions that it’s street cleaning day. So THAT’S why there was so many free spots on the side of the street. I mad dash out of the restaurant to move my car into the pay lot next to the restaurant, only to forget my wallet in the restaurant (and you need it to enter the credit card only lot)… DUH. So Nancy, who is also moving her car, throws her car in park and sprints back into the restaurant to get our wallets…and then brings them back to the car (we were parked at the entrance of the lot, thank goodness no one came) WHEW!
So we feel like we deserve a cocktail (or 6) after that work out!
The second story restaurant has great views, I can imagine how great this place is in the summer. But you know what? It is pretty great in the fall too!
Leah loves oysters so of course they are on our must try list. They are $3 each and we try a couple of each: Island Creek, Malpeque and Umami.
I love a good cheese plate, this one comes with fresh fruit, mixed nuts, crostini and a cranberry mostarda ($17). The clothbound cheddar was my favorite.
The crab cakes here are baked so you feel good about eating them. They come on a bed of apple fennel salad. Super tasty, not too bready – which allows you to really get the crab flavor.
The fried pickles were on our list and I loved the presentation in the fry basket. They had just the right amount of breading and they were served with a spicy aioli.
I was really impressed with the quality of food at Pier 6. The short rib melt ($15) was served with creme fraiche horseradish and fontina cheese on marble rye. There was a healthy portion of French fries which we quickly devoured! (I mean all that running back and forth from our car to the restaurant MUST have burned off the same amount of calories, right?)
The lobster roll can be ordered hot with butter or cold with mayo. We went with the hot with butter (the only way to go in my book) and it was delicious. Hot with butter just kicks the lobster meat up a notch in my book!
Perhaps my favorite dish of the afternoon was the house made gnocchi ($19). Maybe not something you would normally order for lunch, but for me this is a must try dish! The gnocchi is served with wild mushrooms and roasted cherry tomatoes. Service was excellent, our server was attentive and great with suggestions.
Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest of Pier 6 for lunch. My meal was provided complimentary. All opinions are my own.
1 8th Street, Charlestown, MA