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Tavitas, Holly Crab, Shaking Crab, and Donohue's Bar and Grill: Reviewed

Here's what the critics had to say this week

Holly Crab
Holly Crab
Dana Hatic for Eater

The Boston Globe's James Reed popped over to Tavitas at South Station to take in the "edgy and bold" vibes. The photo-worthy Walking Tacos, served in a Doritos bag, are "sinfully tasty," though Reed found the guacamole "underseasoned and unremarkable." The "chipotle agave chicken wings are irresistible," and the quesadilla is grilled well. Overall, Reed wrote that it's a good place to grab a bite before boarding the train.

Meanwhile, exploring the newest craze to hit Boston, the Globe's Ted Weesner visited Holly Crab and Shaking Crab, which both specialize in Cajun-style seafood. Holly Crab, in Boston, serves an "unholy mess" of seafood by the pound, flavored at varying spice levels. "The lobster at Holly Crab is a revelation," Weesner wrote, and the other choices of seafood (crab, shrimp, etc.) are best when they're the fresh options. The restaurant also has satisfying Korean-style rice balls. In Newton, Shaking Crab "captures a bit of jangly Southern funk," and the house sauce is a "luscious balance of fire, fat, and acid" that makes the seafood "thoroughly tasty."

In his latest review for Dig Boston, Boston Restaurant Talk's Marc Hurwitz visited Donohue's Bar and Grill in Watertown. The place is a good one for "simple American dishes and pub grub," Hurwitz wrote, including fried pickles, nachos, and ballpark-style hot dogs. And apparently the overstuffed beef burrito "should come with a free pillow because it can put you into a post-Thanksgiving-type sleep from all the carbs and protein."


1 South Sta Ste 132, Boston, MA 02110 (857) 302-7001

Shaking Crab (Quincy)

18 Cottage Avenue, , MA 02169 (617) 481-1353 Visit Website

Donohue's Bar and Grill

87 Bigelow Ave, Watertown, MA 02472 (617) 924-4900 Visit Website

Holly Crab

1098 Commonwealth Avenue, , MA 02215 (617) 487-5957 Visit Website

Shaking Crab (Newton)

203 Adams St, Newton, MA 02458