- Neighborhood: Center City West
- 1516 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-567-7683
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- Cuisine: Seafood
- Price: $$$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
If you believe you are an oyster connoisseur, you can compete in Oyster House‘s sixth annual shucking contest and win a $100 gift certificate to the Sansom Street restaurant. Or you can pay five bucks and leave the shucking to the professionals, while you enjoy the fruits of their labor.
The annual shucking contest takes place Saturday, April 18 beginning at 2 pm at Oyster House (1516 Sansom Street). The $5 admission includes complimentary tastes of all the varieties of shucked oysters. Narragansett Lager and Del’s Shandy will be $3 for the 16 oz tallboy cans.
The first shucking competition will be for the professionals, competing for a $200 cash prize and the coveted oyster shell medal. Professional shuckers include Oyster House employees as well as employees from Pennsylvania 6, Juniper Commons, The Olde Bar and Ocean Prime. An amateur contest will follow and any prospective contestants can sign up the day of the event.
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On Wednesday, March 25, Oyster House is offering free smoked shad sandwiches to the first 100 shad virgins through the door.
So why are they doing this? Owner Sam Mink remembers growing on the beloved seasonal fish.
“Shad has been a springtime feature at my family’s seafood restaurants since my grandfather began running Kelly’s on Mole Street back in 1947,” Mink said. “Today, I’m happy to carry on his legacy and introduce a new generation of shad fans to this under appreciated seasonal delicacy.”
Because why not? Valentine’s Day is a madhouse in the restaurant industry. The run-up? Nearly as bad. But if you’ve got a restaurant that makes its daily bread by selling oysters and the things that go along with oysters, why not kick things off early, right?
Which is why Oyster House is pre-gaming V-Day on Thursday, February 12, with their Shuck Buddies Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm.