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Mar 31, 2007 12:33 PM

Boston Oyster Experience?

An oyster fan from out of town is visiting boston in a few weeks, and I wanted to show him what boston has to offer in that regard. I was thinking of Neptune and B&G and maybe East Coast Grill but am looking for other suggestions as well. In particular too, is there some place that has happy-hour oyster specials?

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  1. union oyster house can be fun to sit at the bar and have a few too. mccormick and schmick used to do oyster specials, but i'm not sure if they still do.

    1. While not everyone likes Legal on this board, I think there is more or less agreement that their oysters are always top notch. Delicious, briny, cold and always fresh.

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      1. re: emilief

        B&G and Neptune are both great choices.

        McCormick & Schmick has just OK cooked dishes, but they get their seafood flown in twice a day, so it's always pristine. Good oysters, and if I recall, they have a special on oysters on Tuesdays.

        28 Degrees is a trendy lounge/restaurant in the South End that sells exclusively Island Creek oysters (local, from Duxbury, Mass.), served with cocktail sauce plus two kinds of mignonette. They are always impeccably fresh, and on weekdays they sell them for A DOLLAR EACH (!) from 5 to 7.

        1. re: wittlejosh

          I think Neptune has the best oysters in Boston but I need to try B&G again.

          I've consistently defended Legal, partly because of it's oysters, but I'll criticise them today... the past two times I've gone to Legal's they only had east coast oysters and (while not dried out, fortunately, like Summer Shack) about 1/4th were off flavoured. My fried clams were also soggy, so I'm not happy with Legal now.

          1. re: steinpilz

            Yes-- hard to top Neptune and B&G!! Variety,freshness,wines matched,fun environment, good service--yes, they can be cramped, but perhaps that is part of the fun ;)

        2. re: emilief

          I love legals for the oysters too.

          1. re: lexpatti

            legal's usually only has 2 kinds of oysters though.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              I went to the Pru Legal's on Friday and they had oysters from PEI, MA, and NJ - NJ being flavourless. No west coast and it was the second time, in a row, that they didn't have any (a hopeful explanation might be that they sold out).. I had my frist Fanny Bay oysters at the Pru Legal, which were great, and so this was frustrating.

              I agree that Legal's desn't have a wide selection, Neptune would have at least a dozen choices, I suspect B&G would too.

              1. re: steinpilz

                I do love PEI so I guess the selection isn't as important to me when I'm craving oysters. Now, when I really want an oyster experience there's a place in the NY Train Station that's phenominal - maybe 25 different oysters - that is impressive. Anyone know of a place where they serve Northeast and Gulf in the same room? I want to do a taste test some time.

                1. re: lexpatti

                  Here's a pic of the raw bar menu one day at Neptune, what I've seen there is quite similar:


                  I totally agree about the Grand Central Oyster Bar, I try to stop there whenever I'm in NYC... they have Belons, which I rarely see, as well as oysters from all over the world. Uni served fresh in the shell, wow. Really great, and if they do it other places could too.

                  1. re: steinpilz

                    Wow, thanks - I'll have to make it to Neptune. I love Wellfleet too - after finally making it to the Wellfleet Oyster Festival this past year - standing next to someone shucking fresh ice cold ones for $1 for just ME (like my personal shucker) - can't beat it. :-)

        3. Ambiance and other menu items aside I prefer McCormick's (Park Plaza) oysters on a price/quality basis. Always a good assortment and high volume means freshness. That said sitting at the Union OH is fun and Neptune is a good time too. B&G ....I always feel like I'm eating overpriced oysters while sitting in a hole. Not a fan of this sub terrainian place.

          1. In addition to the good suggestions already given, I'd put in a vote for the oysters in black bean sauce at Peach Farm. I'm not positive, but I doubt they have a happy-hour special there but the size of the oysters would make it a memorable experience.

            1. If you're in the Fenway/Brookline area, The Beacon St Tavern has excellent oysters and a very decent bar. The oysters are usually Wellfleet.

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              1. re: ginnyhw

                Another good option is Eastern Standard.