SELECT Oyster Bar

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Ask anyone to name the number one most popular restaurant in Boston, and you’re bound to hear Neptune Oyster thrown in the mix. Quintessential New England fare, Neptune Oyster has always been known for its excellent oyster selection, the best hot lobster roll in town, and an unforgettable Johnny cake (just to mention a few!). There is always a line, and waits can easily stretch up to 4 – 5 hours. It’s not unusual to show up at dinnertime and to be told that the line is too long and no more tables are available that day.

And then Neptune’s Executive Chef, Michael Serpa, decided he was going to leave and open his own restaurant.

It’s no surprise that this opening has been highly anticipated.
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Chef Serpa’s new restaurant, SELECT Oyster Bar, is finally here (grand opening was April 2015). I’m pleased to report that it’s fantastic. It’s everything I would want in a neighborhood seafood restaurant (too bad it’s not my neighborhood, boo hoo). Despite having ridiculously high standards (how can you not when it’s Michael Serpa?), I came away from my first meal extremely impressed and wanting to return as soon as I could….

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Viktualienmarkt + Der Pschorr Beer Hall

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This is the seventh post in the London & Munich series. Other posts in this series include The Square, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Exploring London by Foot, Alain Ducasse, Marcus Wareing, and Classic Munich Beer Houses: Hofbrauhaus & Wirtshaus Viktualienmarkt If you only have a couple days in Munich, there are a few places that you must visit. I’ve already talked…

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This is the sixth post in the London & Munich series (and the first one about Munich!) Other posts in this series include The Square, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Exploring London by Foot, Alain Ducasse, and Marcus Wareing. Hello Germany! We have finally completed our journey through London in the London & Munich series and will begin exploring Munich! It’s…

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Marcus London (Marcus Wareing)

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This is the fifth post in the London & Munich series. Other posts in this series include The Square, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Exploring London by Foot, and Alain Ducasse. When I’m in a pinch and have very little time to research, I find the Michelin Guide to be a pretty reliable source. Virtually every restaurant I’ve…

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Mu Ramen Boston Pop-up “Mu Invades Alden”

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I really thought I was too old for this. It’s been three years since I stayed up way past midnight (on a weeknight!) to head into a restaurant to experience really, really special ramen. Yes, that was in 2012 when Guchi, a sushi chef at O Ya, introduced the world to his fantastic “Guchi’s Midnight Ramen” during…

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