Locke-Ober’s New England Boiled Dinner (1965)

Firstly, just because I am posting a New England post today does not mean that I am endorsing the New England Patriots in this Sunday’s AFC Championship.

Because, Steelers. Duh.

Also, I actively hate the New England Patriots with a fiery passion.

And doesn’t everyone by now? I totally don’t understand the people in Baltimore who are all still like “boo, Steelers!” Um. C’mon! I was totally rooting for the Ravens vs. Pats that year that the Ravens made it to the Super Bowl and Beyonce shut the mutherfucker down.

I’d be all-Ravens all-day if the roles were reversed. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, no?

But back to the Pats–on Sunday I want Tom Brady to be pressured (ok, hit #sorrynotsorry) a lot in the game. Not just because, BRADY. But when it happens, he gets all pissed/frustrated and does Tom Brady Tiny Mouth



But anyhoo! Although I am anti-New England, I am pro-New England food.

So let’s get to Locke Ober’s New England Boiled Dinner!

Locke Ober is the third oldest restaurant in Boston.

Locke Ober hosted Massachusetts royalty. Example: JFK Lobster Stew

Locke Ober is where I first tried Boodles Gin (which became my favorite gin) while I was in graduate school.

Locke Ober also closed in 2012 before I could go back to Boston and actually eat there.

Apparently it’s been converted into condos!

So I was happy to see that, in my first edition copy of Vincent Price’s Treasury of Great Recipes, there are a handful of recipes from this now-defunct restaurant.

Great drawing of the bar

One of the best things about the VP cookbook is the reproductions of the menus. So this is the menu circa 1965

I selected this meal because I had a brisket in my freezer. And I just really like boiled dinners like this

This was the photo in Vincent’s Treasury.

This was my recreation

I don’t wanna toot my own horn and shit, but I am pretty proud of my presentation there.

But this one was kinda bland. I mean, there’s not a lot going on there. But it was still good! I’m a fan of these types of meals.

Anyway, in closing, I hope everyone has a lovely remainder of their week and enjoys the football–if that’s youur thing.

I want a Pittsburgh/Green Bay rematch. But those are my 2 favorite teams, so it’s a win-win for me either way. But how about you?



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10 Responses to Locke-Ober’s New England Boiled Dinner (1965)

  1. Whit says:

    Your presentation looks better than the one in Vincent’s Treasury.

  2. teresa says:

    I momentarily thought yours was another pic from the book! Add some good seedy mustard and I’m in! Such a shame about that restaurant. What is wrong with people that they let that happen? Condos!? Better than tearing it down, at least. One of my fave clothing stores Gidding-Jenny, that had the cool pneumatic tubes for internal communications and magnificent internal plaster work from the 1800s closed and is now a TJMAXX! (And looks just like any TJMAXX. Uggh)

  3. Suzanne Simmons says:

    I have to say you’re photo appears much more appetizing than the one in the Treasury! I adore pearl onions, I will probably attempt this dish.

  4. Paris says:

    I’ve never had the chance to visit Boston, but it’s always been on my list, especially due to its being one of the most historic cities in the US. But it makes me incredibly sad that given we’re not a very old nation to begin with, these little pockets of history from the old world are being slowly taken away and replaced because they are no longer “cool” or “hip”. I really wish the younger generations (God, I sound like my parents now) could appreciate history more and the value of places (and things) that have been around for generations. Guess I’ll have to get my historical cravings in Europe. OK, end of rant. Thanks for being a glimmer of vintage-inspired hope in this sea of nouvelle-fusion cuisine madness.

    • yinzerella says:

      If you get the chance, it is worth going to Boson. HISTORY!!!! Be sure to visit the Union Oyster House when you’re there–it’s the oldest restaurant and they have great lobster pot dinnerss

  5. Rusty Cunningham says:

    I guess you’ll be cooking instead of watching the Super Bowl? My condolences. The meal looks like it would be good for St. Patty’s Day!

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