How to Celebrate Big at Son of a Gun


We aren’t the only family that celebrates festive occasions by overindulging in amazing food, right? My husband turned the big 3-1 recently, and he quickly settled on Son of a Gun for our baby-free evening meal. No complaints from me– I think Shook and Dotolo are complete geniuses in the kitchen, and I was just as eager to order as the birthday boy.


And this is how we roll, gobbling up practically half of the menu between just the two of us. Clockwise from the top left, we devoured:

1. The insanely good lobster roll (don’t worry, they’re incredibly tiny so rather than split one we each got our own). How they get that brioche roll so perfectly soft is beyond me.

2. The fish and chips, with a luxurious and crispy batter and heavily-garlicked fries. I doubt this killer combo can be beat by any other fish and chips plate in town.

3. Uni pasta (the only dish that didn’t wow me, but I didn’t expect it to since I’m not a huge uni fan in the first place) and a white fish that I can’t recall, sort of in a deconstructed taco pile with corn, avocado, cilantro and radishes. Light (aka not fried) and tasty!

4. The requisite (and splittable!) fried chicken sandwich with homemade slaw. Once again the chefs have achieved a perfectly crispy batter, and the slaw and pickles made for this great flavor mash up that makes you sad you actually agreed to share it.

The only dish missing from the photos, sadly, is the smoked mahi fish dip, which I’d describe as an upscale take on tuna salad. Served in a low bowl with shavings of radish and celery, you eat it with the help of old school, cellophane wrapped butter crackers. It was one of my favorite parts of the meal– so good that I apparently ate it before snapping a photo of it.

What are your favorite celebratory dinner spots? And do you eat as much as we do? Please say yes!


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