Durgin-Park

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**** NOTE: THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ****

Like the Old North Church or the swan boats in the Public Garden, Durgin-Park is a Boston landmark. It is a tourist attraction and can be maddeningly crowded, but if you want true, dowdy New England food, there is no more authentic place to taste it.

Dinner begins with a square of grainy yellow cornbread. Then you can move on to such old favorites as lobster stew or Boston Schrod, or pot roast or pork loin. The house specialty is prime rib, a gargantuan cut that overhangs its plate. Side that with a mountain of mashed potatoes (into which the kitchen indelicately slides pats of butter, still in paper wrappers) and a scoop of fresh apple sauce, and you’ve got a mighty meal.

What could be more all-American than roast turkey with sage dressing … or New England boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage? The beans Durgin-Park serves are real Boston baked beans, firm and silky, not too sweet, with a whiplash of molasses. The dessert list is tradition itself, featuring hot mince pie in the autumn, apple pan dowdy, deep dish apple pie, strawberry shortcake on a biscuit, and the quintessential Yankee dessert – Indian pudding, served warm, of course. Perhaps the weirdest thing on the dessert menu is coffee Jell-O … invented long ago because the management just hated to throw away pots of undrunk coffee at the end of the day. So they jelled it! And they jelled it without sugar! It’s actually kind of wonderful if you like coffee: cool, quivery, refreshing … and served under a mound of sweetened whipped cream.

The Fanueil Hall Market long ago became a modern urban grazing emporium, and Boston is a city rich with up-to-date, polite places to eat. Durgin-Park is not one of them. Its wide-open dining rooms, with brusque waitstaff and elbow-to-elbow communal tables, are neither modern nor polite. The food is old-fashioned, and nobody gets celebrity treatment. You like it or lump it. We like it!

What to Eat
Durgin-Park, Prime Rib
Prime Rib
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The 'Durgin cut' of prime rib. That's a good-size plate underneath it.
Durgin-Park, Boston Schrod
Boston Schrod
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Flaky, tender, and crowned with a butter-rich crumb topping, this schrod was everything I had hoped it would be.
Durgin-Park, Baked Beans
Baked Beans
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An order of baked beans to share for the table. Most loved them, but I found these beans to be too sweet.
Durgin-Park, Indian Pudding
Indian Pudding
Must-Try
This just may be New England's best Indian pudding.
Durgin-Park, Coffee Jello
Coffee Jello
Must-Try
Coffee Jell-O: try it once.
Durgin-Park, Yankee Pot Roast
Yankee Pot Roast
Fork tender, pot roast is perfect New England fare.
Durgin-Park, Apple Pan Dowdy
Apple Pan Dowdy
Durgin-Park also makes an excellent version of the New England-only dessert, apple pan dowdy.
Durgin-Park, Corn Bread
Corn Bread
Warm corn bread is a great way to start your meal.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11:30 am - 10 pm
Monday11:30 am - 10 pm
Tuesday11:30 am - 10 pm
Wednesday11:30 am - 10 pm
Thursday11:30 am - 10 pm
Friday11:30 am - 10 pm
Saturday11:30 am - 10 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 274 MILES | 5 hr 3 min

Indian pudding is vintage New England comfort food, an ochre samp of slow-cooked cornmeal and molasses that smells like caramelized roasted sweet corn. Traditional diners serve it as dessert with ice cream melting on top, but it also makes a fine warm breakfast cereal.

Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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