Last-Minute Summer Food Fixes

summershackEven though it’s September, it’s still summer. This week is all about making the most of the short time left by being outdoors as much as possible, eating as much as possible. Here are some ways to satisfy what’s left of the season.

Escape from the city this Wednesday or Thursday night for the sunset clambake with Summer Shack on Spectacle Island. On both evenings, a ferry will leave Long Wharf North at 6 p.m. and take you straight to the Boston Harbor island, where for $75, you can enjoy the sunset by the beach, and feast on clam chowder, steamed lobster, mussels, steamers, and corn on the cob with new potatoes and chorizo, plus dessert. The price includes transportation and food, plus two beers or two glasses of wine. Dinner, booze, and a ride? We’re shutting our computer down already.

But if you prefer red meat over the red critters (and you’ve been craving the Schlow Burger ever since it snagged the Best of Boston 2009 Burger award), we have good news for you. You can now order the burger to-go just by calling Radius ahead of time at 617-426-1234, or, you can attempt to recreate it at home with this recipe. Throwing a barbecue? We couldn’t think of a better way to impress your guests than knocking off the best burger in town.

And , don’t forget, you can also still take advantage of some local lobster deals. Less demand is driving down prices, and restaurants have responded by offering specials. For its Lobster Bailout, Rialto is offering a whole steamed lobster for $29 through Labor Day. And Za Za in Saugus is still offering an all-out New England lobster bake for only $12.99, every Thursday night from 3-10 p.m. through September.

Now the claws come out to book those reservations.