Boston, MA 02109
Durgin-Park is one of those places you have to see when you come to Boston. Its great New England menu is one of the best, and the Boston Baked Beans are the best you’ll ever have. Known for its communal dining and surly waitresses, the place has changed just a bit. The tables have changed and the waitresses are more “sassy” than surly, but this place has been around forever.In 1742 when Peter Faneuil built the marketplace now known as Faneuil Hall, a dining room was created to serve marketers and crewmen of ships that were anchored in Boston.
In the early 1800s, Eldridge Park, John Durgin, and John Chandler bought the restaurant. Mr. Park and Mr. Durgin died a few years later, and Mr. Chandler named it Durgin-Park and continued to run it for 63 years with his son and grandson, Jerry. When Jerry was killed in WWII, the restaurant was sold to James Hallett who printed a poem titled “Just a Boy” on the back on the menus in honor of Jerry and all of the fallen soldiers of WWII. You will still find that poem on the menu today.
Durgin-Park’s communal tables and Yankee menu have changed little since the days when its customers were mostly fishermen and longshoremen. The red-and-white-checked tablecloths and corn bread still delight, as do the famous baked beans.
Yankee Magazine April 2005
($$) The restaurant was established before I was born and my grandfather did dine here. The red-and-white checked tablecloths and corn bread still delight, as do the famous baked beans. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Yankee Magazine April 2004
($$) The classic New England menu likely hasn’t changed since your great-great-grandfather ate here, but baked beans, prime rib, and Indian pudding never go out of style. Open for lunch and dinner daily 11:30-10.
Yankee Magazine April 2003
617-227-2038. 340 North Market St., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. www.durginpark.com.
Yankee Magazine Sept 2001