Sunday, November 16, 2008

Quincy Market, Boston

The birth of the mall.

Quincy Market is one of the first covered markets in the United States, sort of like the grand diddy of the modern mall.
5  Quincy Market

As you can imagine, markets in the early days were open-air markets.  It must have looked something like the palengke in Malabon.

5  Faneuil Hall with the statue of Samuel Adams

Quincy Market is actually an off-shoot of Faneuil Hall (rhymes with Daniel) and named after Boston mayor, Josiah Quincy. Faneuil Hall had a market on the ground floor and a meeting hall on the second floor where many American Patriots voiced out their views on reform and sowed the seeds of the American Revolution.

Quincy Market was further expanded by two more buildings to its left and right, or what is now known as the North Market and South Market.  Quincy Market was slated for demolition in the 70's  but was saved by preservationists and developed into a mall with the central building converted into a food court.

5  The Food Court interior

The Quincy Market food court is a long and narrow gallery with fast food stalls galore.  The stores pretty much cover the major cuisines of the world including India and Thailand.  Sorry, no adobo here.

5  Boston Chowda's busy storefront

We picked Boston Chowda for some, what else, Boston Chowder!  I don't think I've had a bad cup of chowder in the New England area.  The clams are always tender and juicy, not tough and dried out as it is in the west coast.

5  Boston Chowda graphics

5  My Tuna Salad and Lobster Bisque lunch

The second floor has some dining tables and a vaulted dome and brick walls.

5  Second floor dining area

5  Outside the Quincy Market food court

5  Neil is happy to be on the East Coast

The Quincy Market is on the Freedom trail and close to the water.  The waterline used to be just outside of Faneuil Hall but was filled in to it's current square footage.

It's a great place to get reasonably priced food in a wonderful historic setting.

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