Aquarium Plaza Café
Eat with the fishes
On the Cheap by Theresa Regli
Amid the mess of the Big Dig, the New England Aquarium plaza has long been
an oasis. Now a recent remodeling has given it not only a more visually
striking entrance but also a spiffy little café.
Sit on Central Wharf with your back to the city and you'll have a panoramic
view of the harbor while munching on a wrap stuffed with smoked ham, grilled
chicken, vegetables, tuna salad, or cheese ($5.75 to $6.25). The bowl of
gazpacho ($3.25), which is mostly puréed tomatoes with a bit of
cucumber, onions, and big croutons, is a nice start; it's got the refreshingly
spicy kick that this Spanish cold soup is meant to have. The salads are big and
fresh; of particular note is the lobster salad ($10.95), which is a big heap of
lobster chunks on a bed of romaine lettuce with cherry tomatoes.
Nothing at the Plaza Café should be eaten without one of the fruit
smoothies ($3.75), which come in tropical fruit, strawberry-banana,
orange-pineapple, and nonalcoholic piña colada varieties. After 4 p.m.,
cocktails, wine, and beer are also served.
The Aquarium Plaza Café is open daily during the summer and fall,
weather permitting, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (617) 973-5213.
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