The Barking Crab’s new menu cuts to the quick of New England

The Barking Crab is the place to get messy with lobsters and crab legs.

Resistance is futile. Summer must end. However, lazy nights spent at The Barking Crab — the year-round “summer shack” situated at the foot of the Northern Avenue Bridge — might not have to.

Tourists and locals alike come for a quick bite or a family dinner in the main tavern during the heat of summer and, in The Cage (the adjacent open-air wire netted tent), after-work drinks often turn into an all-night party.

The tavern, which is warmed in winter by a big stove, overlooks the channel on one side and the ever-developing seaport on the other. The Crab’s topsy-turvy floor echoes the wonky walk of its namesake, and a recent interior spruce up hasn’t altered it much. The biggest change is the new slimmed down menu, just in time for the changing of the seasons. Gone is the long, jumbled list that aimed to please all and, with the new streamlined menu, they’ve infused their dishes with extra freshness and higher quality ingredients.

The new menu cuts to the quick of New England — sure, there’s a chicken sandwich if you really hate fish (in which case, you’d be best dining elsewhere), and yes, a recent special included a more genteel halibut dish. However, mostly, the Crab is a place to get messy with lobsters and crab legs.

Less splashy, crisply battered whole bellied clams are sweet and tasty (it was clear on a recent visit that someone has been more diligent about changing the frying oil). The accompanying coleslaw is fine and, for a couple of bucks, you can swap fries for luscious sweet potato wedges – a little extra Vitamin A never hurt anyone, after all. There’s a plan to soon add a new raw bar, but current offerings include briny, flavorsome Barnstable oysters and wild caught shrimp, which, though appealingly huge, are slightly less tasty.

Soon enough, the weather will call for steaming chowder but, for now, the Barking Crab’s sole dessert hits the spot — an ice cream sandwich with two giant in-house baked chocolate chip cookies that do not spare the chocolate chips.

Don’t miss…

2014 marks the Barking Crab’s 20th birthday and tonight marks its first Boardwalk Bash, an end of season carnival with drinks, food and music. 

Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets: $40. 88 Sleeper St., South Boston. 617-426-CRAB. barkingcrab.com.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Body found believed to be missing Fitchburg boy…

The body of a child found off of a highway in Sterling last week is likely that of missing Fitchburg boy Jeremiah Oliver, authorities said.

Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to “Orphan Black” Season 2! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany, while avoiding the…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.