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Oysters: another reason #yougottatryboston

(photo: Island Creek Oyster Bar)

One of the best things about Boston dining, is the availability of fresh local seafood. And while Lobster gets a lot of attention (as it should!), the city and surrounding region is a mecca for oyster lovers. Here are a few highlights. 

The Union Oyster House:  It’s the oldest operational restaurant in America. The building was built in the 1600s, when the Boston waterfront came right up to its door. It served in various capacities, even housing a future King of France in 1796. In the 1800s, when oysters were all the rage, it became the Atwood and Bacon Oyster House (check out the original menu here). It eventually became the Union Oyster House, and has served such patrons as Daniel Webster and the Kennedy clan. Incidentally, the first use of the toothpick in the United States was also at the Union Oyster House. But I digress…

(photo: historic photo from the Union Oyster House)

Neptune Oyster:  Jeff and Kelli Nace’s restaurant and raw bar has been featured in publications like Food & Wine and Travel & Leisure (including the “World’s Best Awards” issue). They have an amazing selection of oysters and have also been recognized for their wine list. Put this on your “must try” list for the North End.

(photo: Neptune Oyster)

B&G Oysters:  This is one of Barbara Lynch’s masterpieces. Simple atmosphere, amazing seafood, and a great selection of oysters. Local oysters from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine are always on the list. 

(photo: B&G Oysters)

Island Creek Oyster Bar:  This is a newer spot opened by restauranteurs Garrett Harker ofEastern Standard and Jeremy Sewall of Lineage, in partnership with Duxbury oyster farmer, Skip Bennett, known for making Island Creek Oysters famous. Erin Byers Murray, who wrote Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm describes it as “a really stunning example of a farm-to-table type restaurant.” 

(photo: Island Creek Oyster Bar)

Learning about oysters: If you’re an oyster fan, consider taking a tour of a local farm, like The East Dennis Oyster Farm on the Cape or the Matunuck Oyster Bar in Rhode Island. The latter, along with the Island Creek Oyster Bar mentioned above, were featured in USA Today’s “10 Great Places to Get Oysters on the Half Shell.” 

(photo: East Dennis Oyster Farm)

Final Thoughts: All of the delicious options we have here to enjoy oysters, from the quick top at the clam shack to the high-end dining experience, is yet one more reason why Bravo’s Top Chef should consider coming to Boston for season 10. If you think so too, help support the cause by following us and sharing your thoughts on ourFacebook Page or on Twitter using the hashtag: #yougottatryboston. You can also find us on Pinterest.

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