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Feb 21, 2010 11:15 AM

Sweetwater Cafe-give it a chance

I've never seen any love for Sweetwater Cafe on this board, probably due to its location in the club-laden Alley, but its really good if you are looking for barfood. DC and I have been in a few times recently, and have enjoyed it more for lunch as there is a really really loud DJ at night. Great sandwiches, the overstuffed "almost cubano" is absolutely delicious and very satisfying--I had to order it again when we went back, despite wanting to try something else . The hot baked lobster rolls was a little overly complicated but still tasty. Nachos were overflowing with toppings and had a nice hot red peppers in the place of your standard jalapenos. They other thing we were very into is the $1 oysters, available all the time, on their bar bites menu. Good little spot, worth checking it out.

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  1. Wow.............I didn't know they were still around.....I can still remember when they opened ('85?). I used to enjoy going there after work, oh so many years ago. Nice to hear they are offering some good barfood. Same owners?

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    1. re: Science Chick

      owned by the lyons group. the original owner sold out years ago.

    2. Love sweetwater for what it is. But the idea of raw oysters in this lovely dive gives me the shivers. I am intrigued as they pour a good IPA which would pair well with oysters, really????

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        1. re: messyheat

          Oh, I've had a few over the years.

        2. can you say a bit more about these $1 oysters?
          do they usually have only one variety? how's the quality? and more to the point, how's the shucking?

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          1. re: ScubaSteve

            Legal's has 6 for $6 until 6pm. You get to choose. I had wellfleets and they were perfectly chilled, perfectly shucked.

            1. re: ScubaSteve

              the chef had posted about this now it's gone...strange.

              anyway, I went in for oysters last night. They were serving island creek. These were a bit small, but very fresh, juicy and cleanly shucked - no grit, sediment, shell, etc. Perhaps a little mangled, but it was really hard to tell as it was so dark. Served with fresh horseradish and a sweeter, lemony sort of mignonet. Not bad at all.

              Also had nachitos and my friend had the mini pork sliders - all good. I did get the impression someone in the kitchen genuinely cares about the food, which I love to see. Service was quite attentive and friendly too. Unfortunately, the place seems entrenched as a college hangout...dark and really loud even though there was no dj or other entertainment.

              1. re: lisa13

                Always have loved the food, never been all that happy about the service

              2. re: ScubaSteve

                they seem to have taken down the chef's post. Oysters are one variety only, he said he only gets in enough for the day and i don't believe its posted, but you can ask. From what the chef said in his post he cares about the food a lot, uses local purveyors when possible, etc...

                1. re: Wannabfoode

                  The menu on the website lists the 1$ oysters all day every day.

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