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Mar 12, 2008 06:35 AM

$1 Oysters

I went to McCormick and Schmicks last night. Every Tuesday evening they offer $1 oysters at the bar. The selection changes weekly. The mignonette sauce wasnt as shalloty as I like, but still it was good. If you enjoy oysters, I recommend checking it out next Tuesday. It seemed like a bargain to me.

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  1. Which location? As memory serves me Fan Hall dosen't do it.

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    1. 28 Degrees in the South End does $1 oysters everyday during happy hour.

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      1. re: Fort Point

        Really!? I didnt know that, I will have to check it out. What time is their happy hour?

        1. re: cassoulady

          i just checked their site weeknights 5-7 they have $1 oysters from duxbury.

        2. re: Fort Point

          And I was at Great Bay last nite for their $1 menu from 5-6PM where oysters were offered. We didn't partake, but did enjoy the fried calamari, mini taco, sashimi and shrimp dumpling. The latter items were tiny but it was a fair amount of calamari served w/ interesting pickles and a nice dipping sauce. And the riesling was good as was the tangerine cocktail. That's a pleasant way to spend time after work.

          1. re: Joanie

            Thanks for mentioning this, it sounds good.

            1. re: steinpilz

              Based on your recommendation we went last night and ate at least one of everything on the "Sand Dollar" menu. Every last bite was exquisite, particularly the dux oysters with an amazing shallot dipping sauce. Drinks are expensive but generous so you only need one. Thanks for this excellent recommendation! I plan to do this a lot more often. It's over by 6, though, so go early.

        3. Pardon my ignorance, I have never been to a bar before but I am really interested in the $1 oyster.

          I guess we have to order drinks from the bar when we are sitting at the bar, right? There is no minimum drinks I have to order and we don't have to order entree. Is that correct?

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          1. re: sheila

            there is no drink required. last night I had a cocktail and my friend had a soda, we didnt have entrees just the 2 dozen oysters ($24).

            1. re: cassoulady

              The "bar" at M&S Park Plaza includes tables too. The used to offer 2 for $1.95 oyster options at each of the happy hours as well, but you get what you get - no choice, which is why I preferred Tuesdays where you had about 6 to 8 oyster varieties. The old happy hour menus used to reference a two drink minimum but I do not think I ever saw that enforced.

              1. re: Dax

                I am pretty sure that Lineage has $1 oysters from 5-7 monday-friday though it is possible that they are doing them on weekends too. I do know that they are always Island Creek.

                1. re: lovinlinecook

                  I stopped in to Lineage last Wednesday for the $1 oysters. They WERE Island Creek, and they were just wonderful. Juicy morsels in their own little cool,oceany tidepools...I had a dozen, and should have had more...

                2. re: Dax

                  How old is the old menu? I went to the happy hour at the M&S Park Plaza about 5 months ago and the waitress told me I had to order a drink.

                  1. re: southender

                    I'm pretty sure this is illegal. According to 204 CMR 2.16 of MA Liquor laws (at


                    "Licenses cannot impose a minimum drinking requirement upon any customer."

                    So if it happens again, you can let the restaurant know you won't be ordering a drink.

            2. I have to give a shout out to 28 Degrees in the South End for their $1 oyster happy hour (every day from 5-7pm). I live near by and just found out about it last week. I've been three times.

              The Island Creek oysters were fresh and delicious on all three visits. Oysters are served on ice with classic mignonette, hogwash, lemons, and cocktail sauce (and an orchid garnish). The bartender's were very nice even when I only order a water. One of the bartenders even gave a last call at 6:55.

              28 Degrees is a little hip, trendy, & contemporary for my taste. If I had my choice I get the same $1 oysters at a old school bar with a little more local flavor but I'll take what I can get - especially when it 5 blocks from my living room. I have to say that during happy hour things are laid back and the service was excellent. I'll be back.

              28 Degrees
              1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116

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              1. re: southernwayfarer

                I am the only one who gets nervous about shell fish at bargain prices? It's kind of one of those foods I'm not sure I want "on sale". I hope that if it's a promotion they go through enough product that what you get is fresh, but it still makes me the tiniest bit nervous.....

                1. re: trotliner

                  It may actually be safer. Rapid turnover may be the best protection against getting a "bad" oyster, and I have never seen any study that links cost to safety.

                  The safest oysters may be at LSF, since they have their own in house lab that will ferret out the obvious, such as vibrio parahemolyticus. No matter what, however, there will always be a risk when raw seafood, and the only way to avoid this to some extent is to cook the seafood. Personally, I assume the risk for the flavor.

                  1. re: aadesmd

                    I can' tell you much about M&S and the safety and quality of their oysters. But Lineage, Great Bay and 28 Degrees all us Island Creek Oysters out of Duxbury for their $1 oysters and you really couldn't ask for a better oyster. Long haired CJ delivers for Skip and Shore to Boston every day so I would imagine they are always fresh. These same oysters get served at Le Bernadin and Per Se for what I am guessing is a few dollars more than a buck. And not that it is ideal, but oysters kept under the right conditions will stay alive for quite some time.

                    1. re: lovinlinecook

                      yah, they used to load them up in barrels and ship to the mid-west by rail.

                  2. re: trotliner

                    The whole "bad oyster" thing is a bit of a myth. Any shellfish, no matter how fresh, that was harvested from polluted waters could make you sick. And you could never tell you got a bad one til it was too late.

                    As for one going bad cause they have been lying around for too long, not really possible. If it "went bad" you could smell it in a second.

                    And as scubasteve said below, oysters are pretty hardy. On ice once they "clam up" and close their shells tightly, they will last quite a while.

                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      Does the happy hour at 28 degrees occur on Fridays as well? If so I may be in for a few dozen today.

                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        And really, someone named StriperGuy should be an authority. ;)

                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                          For anyone who wants more information on shellfish that are harvested in MA:


                          My basic point above was:

                          - If a clam/oyster smells funny DON'T eat it
                          - Sure eating shellfish has some risk, so do eggs, dairy and anything but a well-done burger
                          - Cheap or expensive, no guarantee of a better or worse oyster. Even if you dig it yourself (yum) there may be some risk, but who care, life is short...

                          1. re: StriperGuy

                            Thanks - was only riffing on the history of bans on striper fishing.

                  3. Thanks for the rec, Cassoulady. Had a bunch of the oysters there last night (at the Quincy Market location), and was quite impressed.

                    BTW, I told them they needed more shallots in the mignonette, and they accomodated me quite nicely.

                    Also had the monkfish (a personal fav of mine) and liked it a lot. Not overcooked, which a lot of places do to it.

                    All in all, a really good experience.

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                    1. re: Bostonbob3

                      That's good news - I took a friend to the Quincy Market location promising $1 oysters, only to be informed in an unfriendly way that they were only available at the Park Plaza location! Instead of the anticipated oyster fest, we had a few oysters and very average food, so I'm glad things may have changed for the better.

                      Edit: I may have misunderstood. Has the Quincy Market location started serving the $1 oysters?

                      1. re: chowfamily

                        As I remember (a few too many beers that night), they were $1.50. Still seemed like a pretty good deal considering the variety and freshness.

                        BTW, had a funky (in a good way) dozen the other day at Neptune. Little oysters that were soooo great. Really briney yet popping with oyster goodness. Something cap"? "Cap-something"?