‘If It Isn’t Fresh, It Isn’t Legal!’

Legal Sea FoodsTown Center 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton561-447-2112

It’s been a while since we visited an establishment in Boca, so I decided to venture up to Legal Sea Foods at Town Center in Boca Raton—one of my favorite shopping malls in South Florida.The restaurant is a new and welcomed addition to the complex.

We began dining with a sampling of cock- tails from the bar. My favorites of the bunch were the Legal Sangria, made with Spanish red wine, Cruzan Raspberry, lime cordial, and lemon juice; and the Fresh Watermelon Crush, a simple cocktail prepared with Rain Organic Vodka, fresh watermelon, and simple syrup.

After drinks, the appetizers started arriving at our table. Chef recommendations included a portion of fresh mussels, saute?ed with garlic, white wine, and crushed red pepper.The mussels were plump and juicy, and the sauce was delightful. In addition, we received Legal’s Signature Crab Cake, made with jumbo lump crab and mustard sauce and served over a bed of salad.The crab cake was very good, although I enjoyed the mussels a bit more.


Next, we enjoyed a glorious raw platter, consisting of tuna sashimi, three types of oysters, and cherrystone clams. I thoroughly enjoyed this selection, as I tend to gravitate towards raw fish selections if they are offered.

Other appetizers that offer a bit more creativity include Caribbean Coconut Shrimp, curry-battered shrimp rolled in coconut chips with orange ginger marmalade; and Crispy Montauk Calamari, prepared four different ways—regular, spicy, Rhode Island-style, or Thai-style.

For our entrees, my guest and I decided to try the blackened mahi-mahi and the Cajun swordfish. Both dishes were well- prepared—the spice didn’t overpower the taste of the fish itself. I favored the consistency of the mahi-mahi over that of the swordfish, although my guest begged to differ. He enjoyed the overall flavor and texture of the swordfish.

Legal Sea Foods also offers a New England Lobster Bake, a complete dinner beginning with a cup of delicious clam chowder, followed by a large plate of steamers, mussels, chourico sausage, corn on the cob, and a steamed lobster.

Seafood is not the only items available at the restaurant. For land lovers, there’s an Oven Roasted Herbed Chicken with sweet-potato mash, broccoli, and lemon butter sauce, as well as a Vegetarian Box of assorted stir-fried vegetables and Thai red- curry sauce.

The restaurant also offers a small selection of dessert items, ranging from Boston Cream Pie to Belgian Chocolate Mousse Parfait.

Legal Sea Foods was born in 1950 when George Berkowitz opened a fish market in the Inman Square neighborhood in Cam- bridge, Massachusetts. He opened it adjacent to his father’s grocery store, Legal Cash Market.Then, in 1968, the Berkowitz family opened its first seafood restaurant.The fish was simply prepared—either broiled or fried, and served on paper plates at communal picnic tables. Despite the low-key trappings, the food was second to none.