What's in a name

What's in a nameä This restaurant, the oldest under the same ownership in the city of Boston, doesn't need one. Since 1917 when it opened, catering to fishermen returning from a day at sea, the no-name restaurant has served great food in its little corner of the Fish Pier.

I found the no-name restaurant completely by accident. It was in 1980 or so, and I was in Boston on a business trip. I figured the Fish Pier ought to have someplace good to eat, so I wandered around there, and noticed some people in what appeared to be a private club–people who were obviously having a great time. My interest piqued, I wandered in, not sure if I was crashing a party…of course in those days I didn't care!

Turned out, I'd happened upon a wonderful restaurant, and to this day the broiled scrod he had that night is the best I ever had. I wasn't too disappointed that I was actually allowed to be there, because the food was great and the locals who hung out there made me feel welcome. I've only had the opportunity to return to Boston a couple of times since but the no name restaurant is somewhere I go each time.

If you haven't tried it, you owe it to yourself to check it out. And if you have–you are probably already making plans to go back!

This story contributed by Party Digest's Fort Lauderdale correspondent Chuck Gregory