Monday, September 12, 2016

Shucks, It's Legal Sea Foods' "Oyster Festival"

From our friends at Legal Sea Foods...

Back by popular demand, Legal Sea Foodsis pleased to announce its eighth-annual Oyster Festival.  Beginning September 15th through October 12th, three of Legal Sea Foods’ Washington area restaurants will celebrate all things oysters through showcasing menu items featuring the complex mollusk in delicious ways.

Oyster fans will be able to select Fried, Baked or Raw Oysters from the special menu. Fried Oyster dishes include Buffalo Oyster with blue cheese, celery hearts and radish; BBQ Oyster with coleslaw and BBQ mayo; Sriracha Lime Oyster with roasted corn salsa and crispy shallots, as well as the Oyster BLT with bacon, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayo. Fried Oysters are priced at three for $10. The menu will also feature an abundance of Baked Oysters including the Lobster Spinach Oyster with cheese and herbed crumbs; Oyster Scampi with shrimp garlic butter and white wine; Crab & Cheese Oyster with Jonah crab, horseradish, cheddar and cream cheese, and the Roasted Oyster with smoked chorizo butter and fresh herbs. Baked Oysters are priced at three for $12.

Guests can also opt for the Oyster Stew with leeks, cream and herbs for $14.95, or go Au Natural on the Half Shell, as Legal will be shucking seasonal oysters at the raw bar, priced at market price of the day. Seasonal favorites include Wellfleet, Wellfleet Harbor, MA, with a distinctive balance of creamy sweet and a sharp brine; Malpeque, Malpeque Bay, PEI, light-bodied, with a clean finish, balanced sweetness, and brine; Glidden Point, Wellfeet Harbor, MA, medium salt with a buttery full bodied finish; Katama Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, extremely plump, pleasantly briny with a smooth finish; Big Rock, Eat Dennis, MA, plump meats with medium brine and a clean finish; Little Shemogue, Southeast New Brunswick, Canada, briny with mineral and seaweed hints, clean salty finish; Dodge Cove, Damariscotta River, ME, mild, salty start and a clean finish; Lucky Limes, New London Bay, PEI, superior meat quality with a wonderful salty taste and sweet finish; Riptide, Westport, MA, sweet and briny with robust meat, satisfying mineral finish; Fishers Island, Fishers Island, NY, smooth delicate meat, earthiness and minerality; Sandy Neck, Barnstable, MA, sweet, briny, with firm plump meat; Pemaquid, Hog Island, ME, lemony zest and solid brininess; Wianno, Barnstable, MA, moderate salt content with a prolonged sweet ocean finish, as well as Kumamoto, Totten Inlet, WA, plump meats and buttery texture with a sweet melon finish.  The selection will change daily based on availability.

For the perfect pairing, guests can opt for the Deadrise, the official drink of this year’s Oyster Festival, which is made from a combination of Square One cucumber vodka, muddled cucumber, lime and grapefruit bitters, priced at $11.

WHEN: Thursday, September 15th, 2016 to Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 during lunch and dinner service.

WHERE: The almost month-long oyster specials celebration is available at three Legal Sea Foods locations in the Washington area including 704 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC (202) 347–0007; 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy. in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia (703) 415-1200; Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia (703) 827-8900. For more information, please visit

WHY: “Our oyster bars are a hallmark of our restaurants,” observes Roger Berkowitz, President and CEO of Legal Sea Foods. “We’d like everyone to share the belief of the idiomatic saying, ‘the world is your oyster,’ simply because they taste good and they’re good for you.” The health benefits of oysters come by the bushel. The bivalves are rich in protein, low in fat and calories, low in cholesterol, chockfull of vitamins and nature’s best source of zinc.