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I went to Neptune this weekend and had a dozen oysters. They were delicious, but I'd like to find a place with an oyster happy hour in the Boston area. Does anyone know if the Summer Shack or any reputable place has anything like this? Or if I were to buy my own and chuck them, does anyone have any recommendations on where to get them?

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    1. They had tremendous deals on oysters and clams at the Fisherman's Feast in the North End Friday night.

      I got six plump, juicy clams for $5 which were some of the best raw bar I've ever had...standing there in the street, slurping them down.

      Too bad you'll have to wait another year, but seriously, put it on your calendar now. If I hadn't bought tix for Snakes on a Plane, I could have gone through a couple dozen of those beauties.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        There's another festival this weekend on Endicott St., the oyster guy will probably be there again.

      2. Does it make anyone else nervous to eat oysters from a guy at a cart? I LOVE oysters and will do just abt anything for a deal, but how reputable is this guy? I've heard horror stories about how seriously sick you can get from a bad oyster, so I feel much more confident eating them at a reputable restaurant that knows exactly where those puppies are coming from. Any thoughts on this?

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        1. re: twentyoystahs

          I've only eaten oysters on the street in Wellfleet, where I had no qualms about their freshness since these were local guys selling mainly to locals, shucking them on the spot.

          1. re: BobB

            Where in Wellfleet were you able to do this? Was it only during the festival?

            1. re: adoboking

              Yes, it was at last fall's festival.

          2. re: twentyoystahs

            I love eating oysters and clams from the street carts on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Never had a problem. And likewise with the clam and oyster guys at Haymarket and during the feasts in the North End. As long as they keep it chilled and have brisk trade, there's (almost) nothing to worry about.

            1. re: twentyoystahs

              The guys at the feast have been there for over 30 years..especially the old guy who sometimes wears a captain's hat. I've never gotten sick and imagine they'd spot a bad oyster sooner that a lot of shuckers around town.

              I do generally prefer the clams to the oysters. He told me he bought them from Cape Cod Shellfish and they were from PEI, cuz he thought that was where the best were now. They take their work seriously.

            2. Go to Whole Foods. I shop at the one on River Street in Cambridge, and get my oysters there for $1 each. They have them delivered daily, so you know they are fresh. I shuck them myself, and pat myself on the back each time for not spending $2+ per oyster.

              You can buy a shucking knife at Crate and Barrel for $6. Good luck!

              1. I forgot. I also have eaten oysters on the "street" in Wellfleet, during the deliciously decadent "oysterfest" in Oct. But again, for some reason that feels more "reputable" to me than a cart in the north end. But..I guess if they're on ice, and they are shucked right in front of me, they're probably ok.

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                1. re: twentyoystahs

                  me too. the oyster-fest in wellfleet in october is great. every oyster is only a buck. and they're perfectly briney and awesome!!!

                2. The Boston Globe's food section has an article on Wellfleet Oysters today. For all of you, oyster lovers!

                  1. Speaking of that Oyster-fest, it's happening this year the weekend of Oct 14 & 15. The best oysters in the world for a buck, definitely worth it! Plus there are lots of artists/vendors selling their stuff at *somewhat* reduced prices 'cause it's the end of their season......I went 2 years ago and it was a beautiful, crisp, fall day --perfect.

                    1. Some time ago, the B-Side Lounge in East Cambridge used to serve complimentary oysters on Sundays in the late afternoon until they were all gone. I recall the oysters as fresh, tasty and abundant. It was a very nice touch by B-Side.

                      1. I went to 29 degree and they have happy hr from 5-7 offers $1 per oyster and they are fresh.

                        1. Another tact for oysters is buffets. Probably the best deals would be a Chinese buffet. The Hudson Super Buffet for $12/person (and less at lunch time) offers decent oysters and cherrystones on the half-shell. Some bits of shell and some with less juice from inconsistent shucking, but some are quite tasty. I wouldn't make the trip just for the oysters, though. Not so certain about others, but I have seen them around -- maybe Jin's at $20/person??

                          Hotel buffets also offer them, but more in the $30/person range. Turner Fisheries I know has them, I think Henrietta's used to offer oysters too, but haven't been in a while.

                          1. Check out dollar oysters at 28 degrees (1 Appleton Street - South End, Boston). Monday - Friday. 5-7.