Sunday, August 13, 2017

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 ninth-annual Oyster Festival.  Beginning September 14th through October 11th, 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 oysters 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 Cranberry Cove, Osterville, MA, medium brine with contrasting sweet and clean finish; Wellfleet, Wellfleet Harbor, MA, with a distinctive balance of creamy sweet and a sharp brine; Standish Shore, Duxbury, MA, with a medium brine with a meaty body and crisp finish; Glidden Point, Wellfeet Harbor, MA, medium salt with a buttery full bodied finish; Katama Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, extremely plump meat, mild brine with a smooth finish; Sandy Neck, Barnstable, MA, burst of salinity upfront with a prolonged ocean finish; Pemaquid, Damariscotta River, ME, lemony zest and solid brininess; Cotuit, Cotuit, MA, plump meat, with clean and sweet finish; Capital, Spencer Cove, WA, mild brine, creamy cucumber meat, and a mineral finish; Nasketucket, Nasketucket Bay, MA, strong brine, fresh seaweed taste and a zebra shell, as well as Kumamoto, Oakland, WA, low salinity, melon aroma and mineral finish. The selection will change daily based on availability.

For the perfect pairing, guests can opt for the Skiff Cocktail, the official drink of this year’s Oyster Festival, which is made from a combination of Absolut vodka, aromatized wine, lemon, botanicals, and celery bitters, priced at $11.

WHEN: Thursday, September 14th, 2017 to Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 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.