Seafood has a special place in Greater Boston’s restaurant world, and while that’s no surprise for a coastal metropolitan area, the particular brand of seafood that’s gaining traction is a little spicier than New Englanders may be accustomed to. Joining a growing family of Cajun-style seafood restaurants is Randolph’s Atlantic Kitchen, which caters to both the New England crowd and those craving a little more spice in their seafood. While Shaking Crab, Holly Crab, and Loui Loui were opening up and expanding closer to Boston, Atlantic Kitchen quietly debuted 18 miles south of the city earlier this year.
The restaurant serves classics like lobster rolls and fried clams, but it also offers a Southern boil option, where guests order seafood by the pound, choosing from mussels, clams, crab, crawfish, and more, as Boston Restaurant Talk previously reported. Seasoning for the seafood boils include a traditional Louisiana option, along with garlic butter, coconut curry, and what’s called the “Atlantic mix,” with spice levels ranging from mild to medium spicy and extra spicy. Also on the menu: blackened catfish, jambalaya, clam chowder, Louisiana gumbo, raw bar items, and po’boys.
Located at 1374 N Main St., just off Route 128, Atlantic Kitchen is open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Closer to Boston (and in Boston), there’s been a spurt of new restaurants that serve Cajun-style seafood. From Shaking Crab in Newton (and now Quincy) to Holly Crab and Loui Loui Seafood in Allston, the opportunities to dine on spicy crustaceans abound, and there could be more places on the way.