It may come as a surprise, but Legal Sea Foods doesn't derive its name from a legal status or a surname. Instead, it stems from the name of the grocery store owned by the founder's father. This store, Legal Cash Market, gave away a Green Stamp-like bonus known as "Legal Stamps." Since the Legal name had become known for quality and freshness, it stood to reason that the grocer's son would continue to use the brand for his own business.
Legal Sea Foods started out in 1950 as a fish market located adjacent to the grocery store. In 1968, it opened a restaurant right next to the fish market. There, cooked fish was served to patrons on open picnic tables. Now under the founder's son, the company continues to operate as both a fish market and a restaurant. The trappings, however, are much more upscale than they were during its simple beginnings.
Online, Legal Sea Foods offers a huge array of its namesake product. It's possible to buy scallops, clams, swordfish, scrod, tuna and more. All of the company's seafood is the freshest possible--in fact, nine out of 10 fish caught do not qualify to become part of the firm's stock. This is because it only accepts fish that are caught right before the boat heads back to shore.
Along with its huge fish and seafood selection, Legal Sea Foods provides plenty of fine meat, both as part of its surf-n-turf packages and alone. The Legal Sea Foods butcher shop offers Legal Signature filet mignon, sirloin, ribeye, and T-bone steaks. Pork chops, chicken, sausage, and hamburger fill out its line of traditional American fare. Those looking for something more unique will love its racks of lamb or Portuguese sausage.
For surf-n-turf, Legal Sea Foods has plenty of combinations of filet mignon and popular seafood. Combine the filet with whole lobster, lobster tail, crab legs, or shrimp for a delicious mix. Combos with sirloin or steak tips are also available.
Legal Sea Foods also offers some unique dishes. They have a wide variety of chowders and shrimp packages. Those who can't decide what kind of chowder to order will be happy to try the company's sampler packs. These packs provide a quart of each of three Legal recipes that are made fresh daily. They even include oyster crackers.
Of course, no great dinner is complete without dessert. Even "basic" desserts are fancy at Legal Sea Foods. Individual servings of key lime pie, chocolate truffle cake, brownies, carrot cake, Boston cream pie, and more are ready to ship. Unlike most restaurants, Legal Sea Foods doesn't just cut a piece off of a bigger dessert. These desserts are made in their single-serving size right from the start, which provides a much more appetizing and enjoyable experience.
Legal Sea Foods' extremely high standards are applied to all of its offerings. Whether a customer orders raw foods or their ready-to-eat counterparts, they can be assured that--as the company says--"if it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!"