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Row 34’s warm buttered lobster roll
Emily Hagen

14 Boston Restaurants Offering New England Summer Staples for Takeout and Delivery

Satisfy those Memorial Day weekend cravings with fried clams, lobster rolls, and ice cream

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Row 34’s warm buttered lobster roll
| Emily Hagen

As the Massachusetts dine-in shutdown continues, here are 14 excellent restaurants in and near Boston that are currently offering takeout and delivery of iconic summery New England foods, such as lobster rolls, fried clams, and ice cream — perfect for celebrating Memorial Day weekend.

Note: To best support restaurants — and they really need support right now — order directly from a restaurant’s own website or phone number, if possible, rather than via third-party apps, which typically take a large cut of each order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Summer Shack

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149 Alewife Brook Pkwy
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 520-9500
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Summer Shack and its pipe-smoking fisherman totem are Cambridge icons. Its menu is a little all over the map, but it includes killer versions of New England fried seafood staples such as fish and chips, fried clams, and lobster rolls.

Order: Official Website / Caviar / Grubhub

A whole lobster sits on ice in a round tray, surrounded with accoutrements and other bits of seafood
Summer Shack’s seafood tower
Summer Shack [Official Photo]

2. Honeycomb Creamery

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1702 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 714-3983
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This excellent ice cream shop is located on Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard and Porter squares. It’s offering pickup orders on Thursdays and Fridays from noon until 5 p.m., as well as deliveries on the same days. All orders should be made online; delivery orders are made a day in advance, while pickup orders are ready in a half hour.

Order: Official Website

Closeup photo of a hand holding a choco taco made by an independent ice cream shop
A Honeycomb Creamery choco taco
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

3. Belle Isle Seafood

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1 Main St
Winthrop, MA 02152
(617) 567-1619
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Fried clams or fried scallops are the play at this no-frills Winthrop classic. Walk in or order by phone, and note that the restaurant requests that customers do not stay to eat inside the parking lot, even within their cars, in order to leave space for others arriving to pick up orders.

Order: (617) 567-1619

Exterior of a no-frills seafood restaurant at sunset
Belle Isle Seafood
Belle Isle Seafood/Official Site

4. Pauli's

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65 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(857) 284-7064
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It’s easy to see why this North End joint has the Guy Fieri seal of approval: It offers a sandwich called the U.S.S. Lobstitution, which is an enormous lobster roll that is served in a massive sub roll instead of the standard hot dog roll.

Order: Caviar / DoorDash / Grubhub / Postmates / Uber Eats

A small lobster roll sits on a light wooden table with potato chips and a can of soda visible in the background
A lobster roll from Pauli’s (not the massive U.S.S. Lobstitution)
Pauli’s/Official Site

5. Alive & Kicking Lobsters

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269 Putnam Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-0451
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The lobster roll at this Cambridge spot isn’t exactly a lobster roll — the meat (so much meat!) is served between two pieces of buttered Scali bread — but who cares? It’s dressed with mayonnaise and served cold. Sorry to all with a preference for the hot, buttered variety. Alive & Kicking is doing takeout only at the moment.

Order: (617) 876-0451

Big chunks of lobster in mayo sit between toasted slices of Scali bread
Lobster sandwich from Alive & Kicking
Alive & Kicking Lobsters/Official Site

6. James Hook & Co

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440 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 423-5501
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James Hook & Co. has been open since 1925. It traps its own lobsters, so it will be difficult to find a fresher lobster roll — or lobster boil — this Memorial Day weekend.

Order: Grubhub

Lobster meat is piled into a hot dog bun, which sits on aluminum foil in a red and white paper holder. It sits on an aged picnic table outdoors, with more tables and chairs, as well as some greenery, visible in the background.
The lobster roll at James Hook & Co.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

7. Cusser's Roast Beef and Seafood

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304 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 917-5193
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With ties to upscale seafood restaurant Mooncusser Fish House upstairs, Cusser’s is a casual takeout window featuring North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches, lobster rolls, chowder, hot dogs, frappes, and other summer-friendly treats.

Order: Official Site / Caviar

A roast beef sandwich with rare beef and barbecue sauce. The bun has sesame seeds and poppyseeds on top.
Roast beef at Cusser’s
Holly Rike

8. Row 34

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383 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 553-5900
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This Fort Point restaurant is offering a couple different versions of takeout. Diners can order dishes that require some at-home assembly through the Row 34 Market (lobster roll kits, shrimp cocktail, butterscotch pudding for two, etc.), and beginning Saturday, May 23, they can order ready-to-eat takeout — lobster rolls, fried clams, clam chowder, fish and chips — from the Window at Row 34.

Online ordering for the Market opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday each week for contactless pickup Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Window will be open from noon to 8 p.m. to start, taking online orders for real-time pickup.

Order: Official Website

The lobster roll at Row 34 is served on a buttered and griddled hot dog bun, and is accompanied by chips, slaw, and a slice of lemon.
Row 34’s lobster roll
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

9. Yankee Lobster

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300 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 345-9799
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Part of the charm of Yankee Lobster is that it’s a decidedly unfussy restaurant in an increasingly fussy neighborhood. It also has one of the best lobster rolls in New England (and therefore the world). The fried Ipswich clams aren’t bad, either.

Order: (617) 345-9799 / Uber Eats

A duo of lobster rolls (with mayo) sit on an American flag tablecloth
Lobster rolls from Yankee Lobster
Yankee Lobster/Facebook

10. Eventide Fenway

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1321 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 545-1060
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Eventide is more than just its brown butter lobster roll — but its brown butter lobster roll is 100 percent the move. The clam chowder is worth your hard earned clams, too. Eventide reopens for curbside pickup on May 22, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will also be open the rest of Memorial Day weekend, with a further schedule being announced later.

Order: Caviar / Uber Eats (coming soon)

A mound of brown butter-tossed lobster meat sits atop a soft, fluffy bun. The lobster roll at Eventide is one of the best in New England.
The famous Eventide brown butter lobster roll
Bill Addison/Eater

11. Sullivan's Castle Island

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2080 William J Day Blvd
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-5685
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This seasonal Southie spot is a stalwart of the neighborhood and the greater New England fried seafood scene. It has reopened for takeout just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Get the fried clams. Note: Pedestrian access only — cars are currently prohibited on Castle Island. Arrive at the area before placing your order by phone or online (limited walk-ins accepted, too).

Order: (857) 615-9057 / (857) 615-4887 / Official Website

Fried clams and more, with a raspberry lime rickey, in casual takeout-style containers
A spread from Sullivan’s
Sullivan’s/Official Site

12. The Clam Box

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789 Quincy Shore Dr
Quincy, MA 02170
(617) 773-6677
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You should obviously get clams at Quincy’s Clam Box, a decades-old institution by Wollaston Beach. Takeout is available for lunch and dinner daily (weather permitting); just show up. (Call-in orders are also accepted when there’s no line.)

Order: (617) 773-6677

White paper container full of fried clams, stacked high
Clams at the Clam Box in Quincy
The Clam Box/Official Site

13. Tony's Clam Shop

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861 Quincy Shore Dr
Quincy, MA 02170
(617) 773-5090
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Another Quincy clam mainstay, Tony’s Clam Shop is offering curbside pickup daily for lunch and dinner; order ahead by phone.

Order: (617) 773-5090

Big white old-fashioned signage for Tony’s Clam Shop in Quincy, with a partial menu listed on the sign
Tony’s Clam Shop
Todd Van Hoosear/Flickr (Creative Commons)

14. The Ice Creamsmith

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2295 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02124
(617) 296-8567
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The Ice Creamsmith has been open in Dorchester’s Lower Mills neighborhood since 1976. It’s currently offering pick-up service Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Orders should be made online or over the phone.

Order: (617) 296-8567 / Official Website

1. Summer Shack

149 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02140
A whole lobster sits on ice in a round tray, surrounded with accoutrements and other bits of seafood
Summer Shack’s seafood tower
Summer Shack [Official Photo]

Summer Shack and its pipe-smoking fisherman totem are Cambridge icons. Its menu is a little all over the map, but it includes killer versions of New England fried seafood staples such as fish and chips, fried clams, and lobster rolls.

Order: Official Website / Caviar / Grubhub

149 Alewife Brook Pkwy
Cambridge, MA 02140

2. Honeycomb Creamery

1702 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Closeup photo of a hand holding a choco taco made by an independent ice cream shop
A Honeycomb Creamery choco taco
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This excellent ice cream shop is located on Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard and Porter squares. It’s offering pickup orders on Thursdays and Fridays from noon until 5 p.m., as well as deliveries on the same days. All orders should be made online; delivery orders are made a day in advance, while pickup orders are ready in a half hour.

Order: Official Website

1702 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Belle Isle Seafood

1 Main St, Winthrop, MA 02152
Exterior of a no-frills seafood restaurant at sunset
Belle Isle Seafood
Belle Isle Seafood/Official Site

Fried clams or fried scallops are the play at this no-frills Winthrop classic. Walk in or order by phone, and note that the restaurant requests that customers do not stay to eat inside the parking lot, even within their cars, in order to leave space for others arriving to pick up orders.

Order: (617) 567-1619

1 Main St
Winthrop, MA 02152

4. Pauli's

65 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
A small lobster roll sits on a light wooden table with potato chips and a can of soda visible in the background
A lobster roll from Pauli’s (not the massive U.S.S. Lobstitution)
Pauli’s/Official Site

It’s easy to see why this North End joint has the Guy Fieri seal of approval: It offers a sandwich called the U.S.S. Lobstitution, which is an enormous lobster roll that is served in a massive sub roll instead of the standard hot dog roll.

Order: Caviar / DoorDash / Grubhub / Postmates / Uber Eats

65 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

5. Alive & Kicking Lobsters

269 Putnam Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Big chunks of lobster in mayo sit between toasted slices of Scali bread
Lobster sandwich from Alive & Kicking
Alive & Kicking Lobsters/Official Site

The lobster roll at this Cambridge spot isn’t exactly a lobster roll — the meat (so much meat!) is served between two pieces of buttered Scali bread — but who cares? It’s dressed with mayonnaise and served cold. Sorry to all with a preference for the hot, buttered variety. Alive & Kicking is doing takeout only at the moment.

Order: (617) 876-0451

269 Putnam Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. James Hook & Co

440 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Lobster meat is piled into a hot dog bun, which sits on aluminum foil in a red and white paper holder. It sits on an aged picnic table outdoors, with more tables and chairs, as well as some greenery, visible in the background.
The lobster roll at James Hook & Co.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

James Hook & Co. has been open since 1925. It traps its own lobsters, so it will be difficult to find a fresher lobster roll — or lobster boil — this Memorial Day weekend.

Order: Grubhub

440 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210

7. Cusser's Roast Beef and Seafood

304 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
A roast beef sandwich with rare beef and barbecue sauce. The bun has sesame seeds and poppyseeds on top.
Roast beef at Cusser’s
Holly Rike

With ties to upscale seafood restaurant Mooncusser Fish House upstairs, Cusser’s is a casual takeout window featuring North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches, lobster rolls, chowder, hot dogs, frappes, and other summer-friendly treats.

Order: Official Site / Caviar

304 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116

8. Row 34

383 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
The lobster roll at Row 34 is served on a buttered and griddled hot dog bun, and is accompanied by chips, slaw, and a slice of lemon.
Row 34’s lobster roll
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This Fort Point restaurant is offering a couple different versions of takeout. Diners can order dishes that require some at-home assembly through the Row 34 Market (lobster roll kits, shrimp cocktail, butterscotch pudding for two, etc.), and beginning Saturday, May 23, they can order ready-to-eat takeout — lobster rolls, fried clams, clam chowder, fish and chips — from the Window at Row 34.

Online ordering for the Market opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday each week for contactless pickup Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Window will be open from noon to 8 p.m. to start, taking online orders for real-time pickup.

Order: Official Website

383 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

9. Yankee Lobster

300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
A duo of lobster rolls (with mayo) sit on an American flag tablecloth
Lobster rolls from Yankee Lobster
Yankee Lobster/Facebook

Part of the charm of Yankee Lobster is that it’s a decidedly unfussy restaurant in an increasingly fussy neighborhood. It also has one of the best lobster rolls in New England (and therefore the world). The fried Ipswich clams aren’t bad, either.

Order: (617) 345-9799 / Uber Eats

300 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

10. Eventide Fenway

1321 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
A mound of brown butter-tossed lobster meat sits atop a soft, fluffy bun. The lobster roll at Eventide is one of the best in New England.
The famous Eventide brown butter lobster roll
Bill Addison/Eater

Eventide is more than just its brown butter lobster roll — but its brown butter lobster roll is 100 percent the move. The clam chowder is worth your hard earned clams, too. Eventide reopens for curbside pickup on May 22, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will also be open the rest of Memorial Day weekend, with a further schedule being announced later.

Order: Caviar / Uber Eats (coming soon)

1321 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

11. Sullivan's Castle Island

2080 William J Day Blvd, South Boston, MA 02127
Fried clams and more, with a raspberry lime rickey, in casual takeout-style containers
A spread from Sullivan’s
Sullivan’s/Official Site

This seasonal Southie spot is a stalwart of the neighborhood and the greater New England fried seafood scene. It has reopened for takeout just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Get the fried clams. Note: Pedestrian access only — cars are currently prohibited on Castle Island. Arrive at the area before placing your order by phone or online (limited walk-ins accepted, too).

Order: (857) 615-9057 / (857) 615-4887 / Official Website

2080 William J Day Blvd
South Boston, MA 02127

12. The Clam Box

789 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170
White paper container full of fried clams, stacked high
Clams at the Clam Box in Quincy
The Clam Box/Official Site

You should obviously get clams at Quincy’s Clam Box, a decades-old institution by Wollaston Beach. Takeout is available for lunch and dinner daily (weather permitting); just show up. (Call-in orders are also accepted when there’s no line.)

Order: (617) 773-6677

789 Quincy Shore Dr
Quincy, MA 02170

13. Tony's Clam Shop

861 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02170
Big white old-fashioned signage for Tony’s Clam Shop in Quincy, with a partial menu listed on the sign
Tony’s Clam Shop
Todd Van Hoosear/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Another Quincy clam mainstay, Tony’s Clam Shop is offering curbside pickup daily for lunch and dinner; order ahead by phone.

Order: (617) 773-5090

861 Quincy Shore Dr
Quincy, MA 02170

14. The Ice Creamsmith

2295 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02124

The Ice Creamsmith has been open in Dorchester’s Lower Mills neighborhood since 1976. It’s currently offering pick-up service Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Orders should be made online or over the phone.

Order: (617) 296-8567 / Official Website

2295 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02124

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