Ride the Red Line to the Cambridge-Arlington border and the Summer Shack, a perfect example of what happens when an acclaimed chef (that’d be Jasper White) embraces casual, family-friendly dining: magic. The clam shack is a New England beach institution, and this cavernous space feels like an extra-extra-large one. The menu matches the seashore ambience—raw and cooked shellfish, lobster rolls, hot dogs, all sorts of fried seafood—with the added zing of gourmet lobster preparations and amazing specials. The Summer Shack in Boston’s Back Bay is less atmospheric but still delicious; it’s especially popular before and after Red Sox games and Symphony performances.
Jasper White’s Summer Shack
149 Alewife Brook Pkwy (at Cambridgepark Dr., opposite Alewife Station). Free parking.
Our Rating Neighborhood Outside Harvard Square Hours Mon–Thurs 11:30am–9:30pm (lunch menu until 5pm); Fri 11:30am–10:30pm (lunch menu until 5pm); Sat noon–10:30pm; Sun noon–9pm Transportation T: Red Line to Alewife. Also at 50 Dalton St. T: Green Line B, C, or D to Hynes Convention Center Phone 617/867-9955), Apr–Oct Sun–Wed 11:30am–10pm, Thurs–Sat 11:30am–11pm; Nov–Mar Mon–Wed 5–10pm, Thurs–Fri 5–11pm, Sat 11:30am–11pm, Sun 11:30am–10pm Prices Main courses $8–$36 (most $25 or less); sandwiches $5–$15; lobster and specials market price Cuisine Type Seafood Web site Jasper White’s Summer Shack
Map149 Alewife Brook Pkwy Boston
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