Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The World Is Your Oyster at Legal Sea Foods’ Tenth Annual “Oyster Festival”

From our friends at Legal Sea Foods...

It's that time again, Legal Sea Foods is pleased to announce its tenth annual Oyster Festival. From September 13 through October 10, 2018, 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 Naturel on the Half Shell. Featured varieties include Cranberry Cove, Osterville, MA, medium brine with contrasting sweet and clean finish; Wellfleet, Wellfleet Harbor, MA, iconic Cape oysters 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; Cotuit, Cotuit, MA, plump meat, with clean and sweet finish; Beaver Tail, Narragansett Bay, RI burst of salinity upfront with a pleasant limestone finish; Kumamoto, Oakland, WA, low salinity, melon aroma and mineral finish; Washburn Island, Waquoit Bay, MA, plump meat with mild brine and umami finish; Duxbury Bay, Duxbury, MA, clean, tender meat with pleasant mix of butter and brine; Moondancer, Damariscotta River, ME, extremely meaty with strong brine and a hint of citrus; Chebooktoosk, Bouctouche Bay, New Brunswick, clean, delicate meat with mild brine and unexpected sweetness; and Fat Bastard, Puget Sound, WA, deep cup with medium brine and hint of asparagus. Selections will change daily based on availability and will be market priced.

And to quench the salty thirst, guests can opt for the Deadrise, the official drink of this year’s Oyster Festival, which is made from a combination of Tito’s handmade vodka, muddled cucumber, lime and grapefruit bitters, priced at $11.

WHEN: Thursday, September 13 to Wednesday, October 10, 2018 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, D.C. (202) 347–0007; 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy. in Crystal City, Arlington, VA (703) 415-1200; Tysons Galleria in McLean, VA (703) 827-8900. For more information, please visit www.legalseafoods.com/oysterfestival.

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, chock-full of vitamins and nature’s best source of zinc.