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Durgin Park: a Historic Boston Restaurant Still Great After All These Years

Durgin Park restaurant, Boston Massachusetts
Durgin Park restaurant, Boston, Massachusetts

by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on Dec. 31, 2016.

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I have always loved Durgin Park restaurant in Boston, Mass., as, fortunately, they never found a reason to change its traditional New England menu. Why change something that is so good?

Amazingly, Durgin Park has been around since the early 1800s ("Established Before You Were Born," as they say) and keeps the endearing tradition of sometimes hiring brusque waitresses -- although it's nowhere near as pronounced as in previous generations. Ultimately, though, it's the food that keeps Durgin Park thriving -- you'd be hard-pressed to find a better selection of traditional local food favorites in Boston.

For those who love New England clam chowder, Yankee pot roast, Boston schrod, Boston baked beans, Surf and Turf (sirloin steak with choice of 1 1/4 lb. lobster steamed or baked stuffed, baked shrimp, baked scallops), fried Ipswich clams, New England corned beef with cabbage, chicken pot pie, prime rib, Indian pudding, and Boston Cream Pie, you won't be disappointed.

How to make Durgin Park New England clam Chowder
 Durgin Park New England clam chowder. Photo, courtesy of Durgin Park.

Located in the heart of historic Faneuil Hall, Durgin Park offers a true New England atmosphere as does the restored brick buildings featuring retail shops, restaurants, bakeries and ice cream stops.

Durgin Park is a great dining introduction to Boston, a place where you can feel the flavor of the "Hub of the Universe" while feasting on its favorite foods throughout the years. You might not get fried alligator with okra and hand-rubbed saffron (trendy reference), but then again, we Bostonians were never really wired for that pretentious kind of cuisine!

Durgin Park Restaurant
340 Faneuil Hall Market Place
Boston, MA
Tel: (888) 766-6528

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Photo, courtesy of Durgin Park Restaurant, Boston, Massachusetts.

Durgin Park at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mass., is one of America's most historic restaurants. The restaurant, known for its brusque service and traditional New England fare, is a classic local dining out destination.

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