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$1 Oysters

cassoulady Mar 12, 2008 06:35 AM

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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    LStaff Apr 21, 2008 12:27 PM

    Any of these places with $1 Oyster specials have any stouts or porters on tap or in a bottle besides Guinness? Even Harpoon Dark would satisfy.

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    1. re: LStaff
      teezeetoo Apr 21, 2008 06:02 PM

      Great Bay doesn't have its 1.00 oysteres anymore Probably not till after red sox season. Lineage has them at the bar from 5 to 7

    2. hotoynoodle Apr 21, 2008 09:57 AM

      skipjack's in copley also offers $1 oysters m-f from 4:00-7:00. also $2 miller lite drafts, all the time.

      last time i had oysters at mccormick's they were shredded to bits by a very inexperienced shucker.

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      1. re: hotoynoodle
        Prav Apr 21, 2008 10:48 AM

        any idea if the skipjack's in newton upper falls does 1$ oysters as well? would be way cool as I work down the street from it.

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          hotoynoodle Apr 21, 2008 12:34 PM

          yes it does.

      2. heathermb Apr 21, 2008 08:11 AM

        Just had an email this morning that Pigalle is now offering $1 oysters, starting tomorrow.

        75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

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        1. re: heathermb
          steinpilz Apr 21, 2008 04:36 PM

          Is that a "happy hour" deal or a regular price, heathermb?

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            heathermb Apr 21, 2008 06:52 PM

            Good question! The email didn't say anything about time limits but it is in the bar and on the patio.

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          heWho Apr 18, 2008 11:58 AM

          I just wanted to give a tip of the cap to the vendor in Haymarket. I'd always been a little leery of him, but I gave his oysters a try this past Saturday. They were 3 for $2, served with lemon slices, tobasco, and a really good (very spicy) salsa. Served over ice, shucked right there, I was happy with the quality (though there were a few pieces of shell in there). For under 75 cents an oyster, I certainly wasn't complaining!

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          1. re: heWho
            phatchris Apr 18, 2008 02:08 PM

            I always thought the Haymarket guy only had littlenecks, he has oysters too?

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              heWho Apr 20, 2008 09:42 AM

              Yup, he had both last weekend

            2. re: heWho
              9lives Apr 21, 2008 07:52 AM

              I find his clams to be much better quality than his oysters. I'm usually good for 1/2 dozen cherrystones/week whenever I'm in town during haymkt.

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              Bostonbob3 Apr 18, 2008 06:46 AM

              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
                chowfamily Apr 18, 2008 07:41 AM

                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
                  Bostonbob3 Apr 18, 2008 11:29 AM

                  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"?

                2. re: Bostonbob3
                  cassoulady Apr 18, 2008 10:38 AM

                  yay! glad you enjoyed!

                3. southernwayfarer Apr 10, 2008 11:42 AM

                  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
                    trotliner Apr 12, 2008 10:55 PM

                    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
                      aadesmd Apr 13, 2008 01:23 PM

                      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.

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                        lovinlinecook Apr 16, 2008 10:11 AM

                        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
                          ScubaSteve Apr 16, 2008 11:11 AM

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

                      2. re: trotliner
                        StriperGuy Apr 16, 2008 11:26 AM

                        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.

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                          drbangha Apr 18, 2008 06:34 AM

                          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
                            Bob Dobalina Apr 18, 2008 06:39 AM

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

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                              StriperGuy Apr 18, 2008 06:55 AM

                              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
                                Bob Dobalina Apr 18, 2008 07:25 AM

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

                      3. sheila Mar 12, 2008 09:30 AM

                        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
                          cassoulady Mar 12, 2008 09:50 AM

                          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).

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                            Dax Mar 12, 2008 01:27 PM

                            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.

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                              lovinlinecook Mar 12, 2008 04:14 PM

                              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
                                galleygirl Apr 28, 2008 07:49 AM

                                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
                                southender Mar 14, 2008 03:23 PM

                                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
                                  Chris VR Mar 15, 2008 07:46 AM

                                  I'm pretty sure this is illegal. According to 204 CMR 2.16 of MA Liquor laws (at http://www.mass.gov/abcc/licensing/gu...


                                  "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.

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                            Fort Point Mar 12, 2008 07:19 AM

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

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                              cassoulady Mar 12, 2008 07:21 AM

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

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                                cassoulady Mar 12, 2008 07:23 AM

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

                              2. re: Fort Point
                                Joanie Mar 12, 2008 07:42 AM

                                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.

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                                  steinpilz Mar 12, 2008 10:03 AM

                                  Thanks for mentioning this, it sounds good.

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                                    SSqwerty Apr 16, 2008 02:49 PM

                                    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. trufflehound Mar 12, 2008 07:15 AM

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

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                                1. re: trufflehound
                                  ScubaSteve Mar 12, 2008 07:16 AM

                                  theater district

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