Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Union Oyster House in Boston, Massachusetts

Oysters and clams on the half shell

Now, if I hadn't known better, this place was a total tourist trap. Never mind the fact that there was a gift shop selling T-shirts in front...this place also claimed to be "America's Oldest Restaurant" (41 Union Street, 227-2750). And yet, it was a Boston local that took me here, saying how he would come to this area near Faneuil Hall for drinks and food quite regularly as well.

Anyway, there was a dining area, but there was a 20 minute wait to get a table, so we pulled some chairs up to the so-called "stone" bar in front where they shucked oysters. And amusingly, the bar counter was so old that it listed heavily toward you, meaning that you really couldn't put anything on the bartop without it sliding off onto the floor. The solution was to put a bunch of coasters underneath each plate so as to act as a little door stop.

Either way, the shellfish worked, especially when washed down by a couple of local brews that were exclusive to this place. I was still kinda curious as to what they were serving on the normal dining room menu, but we bailed on that to head to our next destination.

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