Clambakes, Crab Boils and More


Varga Bar is hosting a three-day crab boil.

If you’re a fan of clambakes, crab boils and bargain oysters, now through Labor Day is your time to strike.

Tonight is Oyster House’s last Twin Lobster Dinner of the summer. That’s two one-pound Maine lobsters, corn and drawn butter for just $28.

On Thursday, August 27th, Brick and Mortar is hosting a family style lobster and clam bake. The feast is $55 per person in advance, $65 in person. There are two seatings (6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and beer from Nantucket’s Cisco Brewery will be included.

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Oyster House Sixth-Annual Shucking Contest This Weekend


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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Free Fish Sandwiches At Oyster House

oyster-house-signOn 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.”

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Oyster House Is Bringing Back Their “Shuck Buddies” Happy Hour


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.

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Run or Walk for Chowder

lobster-costume-oyster-house-400Be Well Philly is taking the angle that Oyster House is hosting a 5K led by a giant lobster tomorrow. And while true, we here at Foobooz are much more excited about the $5 bowls of Oyster House chowder that will be served on the sidewalk in front of the Sansom Street restaurant, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Of course if you do want to run with a giant lobster up the Art Museum stairs and get your chowder and Narragansett Lager for free, check out Be Well for details.

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Oyster House Is Hosting a 5K Led by a Giant Lobster Tomorrow



Wednesday is apparently National New England Clam Chowder Day, so naturally, the Oyster House is going all out. At 10 a.m. tomorrow, the restaurant is hosting the inaugural Chowder Awareness Fun Run, a 5K(ish) group run through the city led by—wait for it—a gigantic lobster. (I guess the clam was not available?)

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More Of The Best Soups In Center City: Readers Edition


A few days ago, we posted a list of some of the best soups in Center City–a perfect little thing for a gray, cold day. But almost as soon as it went up, readers started commenting with places that we’d forgotten. And since the first post was never meant to be anything like a canonical list, we’ve decided to expand it here with reader suggestions–plus a couple of extra places that we just love.

So first, I finally got the chance to stop by the new(ish) Hippot Shabu Shabu, which opened a couple months back in Chinatown. I have two things to say about it right off the bat…

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Oyster House Teams With Attic Youth Center to Offer Cooking Lessons to LGBT Youth

Attic Youth enjoying a family-style meal at Oyster House.

Attic Youth enjoying a family-style meal at Oyster House.

OK, so Oyster House didn’t make the cut in this year’s Philadelphia Business Journal Top LGBT Companies list. But here’s the thing: Maybe it should have?

Danielle Amabile, pastry chef at Oyster House, had been itching to marry her education background (she meant to be an English teacher) with her passion for cooking. (But really, this gal can gab about pie-primping and pureeing for hours.) That itch grew in intensity when owner Sam Mink’s 10-year-old cousin began popping by the restaurant, routinely flocking to Amabile so she could show him the ropes in the kitchen (peeling apples, fetching ingredients, etc.).

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Just Another Reason To Go Out And Drink Gin

Oysters1As if you needed another reason, right? As if the siren song of that most misunderstood of white liquors wasn’t already powerful enough.

But if you do need an excuse–a raison de boire, as it were–there’s this: Oyster House has decided to spend the autumn convincing you that drinking gin (and eating oysters) is a good idea. Thus, they have put together a list of over 50 domestic and internationally-produced gins, all ready to be drunk straight (oh stop making that face…) or combined into any number of classic cocktails which are perfect for drinking alongside a nice spread of oysters.

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