Boston Breakfasts & Lobster Rolls near Millennium Bostonian Hotel
Lobster Roll from James Hook in Boston
We are coming to town to celebrate our 40th and staying at the Millennium - Where will we find the best breakfasts (also lobster rolls) within a 1 mile walk?? Thanks! - Jackson
Susan's reply: Congratulations for your 40 years! And for coming to Boston to celebrate - you'll find a lot to enjoy here!
The Millennium Bostonian is a terrific hotel, with one of the best locations in the city. Within a mile, there are so many places for delicious breakfasts and lobster rolls that I hardly know where to begin, but here's a short list of great options.
Boston Restaurants Serving Breakfasts and Brunches
Millennium's North 26 Restaurant - Actually, this restaurant is quite good, if you want to start the day in your own hotel. On weekends, there's a full buffet as well as a Continental.
Woodward, (www.woodwardatames.com) at the nearby by Ames Hotel (1 Court St. - about 2 blocks away from your hotel) - terrific weekend brunch - choose from hearty breakfast-type choices or lunch. There's even a lobster sandwich on the menu.
Sel de la Terre - 255 State Street - Long Wharf, next to the Aquarium, and across the Greenway from your hotel - Southern French - weekend brunch has a couple of breakfast-type choices (omelette, eggs benedict) plus lots of lunch-type offerings.
If you want something along the lines of just coffee and a muffin or croissant, Sel de la Terre has a carryout where they sell things from their own wonderful bakery. Another option along these lines is to walk up to the nearby North End and have an espresso or cappuccino and perhaps cannoli in any of the Italian bakery/cafes - check out several suggestions on my Boston Italian restaurants page.
Best Lobster Rolls in Boston
Most Boston restaurants offer lobster rolls, and there's a style to suit every taste.
Near the Millennium Bostonian, at Long Wharf, is Legal Sea Foods. Their lobster roll is classic, always super fresh, and always delicious. Their menu usually lists it at "market price" - in my recent experience, this has been about $24-$26. It's packed with a LOT of lobster.
Another excellent option is Neptune Seafood in the North End. Again, top quality lobster, prepared differently every day (sometimes cold, sometimes hot, always wonderful) - typically about the same price as at Legal Sea Foods.
One of my personal favorites, when I don't want a HUGE amount of lobster and don't want to spend $30 or more (which is what a $24 lobster roll begins to cost once you add in tip and taxes), is a $12 carryout lobster roll at J. Hook, a lobster pound/seafood wholesaler/retail market close to the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Their lobster rolls consists of just chunks of lobster, in a classic New England bun (what's locally called a "top loader"). They're not huge (although you can get a larger $15 version). A few tables outside the door provide seating in good weather. There's also a small park directly across the Greenway with more tables and benches. From your hotel, J. Hook is perhaps a 5-8 minute walk south on the Greenway, and will be on your left, just past the InterContinental Boston hotel. Look for the golden lobster on top of their "building" - basically a trailer at this point, due to a fire a few years ago. You can find more information about James Hook Lobsters on Boston Discovery Guide's Boston Cheap Eats page.
Have a wonderful time in Boston, and happy eating!