I've enjoyed Legal Seafoods and have been a supporter on Chowhound but I've recently had enough truely bad experiences to lodge a complaint here.
First, do after work oyster deals mean that the purveyor gets to serve bad oysters? This happened to me at the Prudential Legal Seafoods around a month ago, I'm still arranging my attitude and haven't ordered oysters since.
Second, does eating after 1pm guarantee second rate cooking? Twice in a row at the "upstairs" Legals in Copley Place I've left feeling depressed at going there at all:
"soft shell crab sandwich" - couldn't they at least try to cook it fresh or at least warm the thing by frying or sauteing? I actually got a cold soft shell crab for my sandwich two months ago.
"fried oysters" - since when are fried oysters ideally in 50% batter,, oily, not crunchy - hidden by soggy shitake mushrooms and a flavored mayo, on a bed of red cabbage. Throw it all out and give me the oysters crunchy and light!
Lastly, I don't like ice cold beer -- especially with fresh clams and oysters... and please try to bring it with a beer mat (a paper napkin if you must).
I did have some very nice oysters and fried clams outside at Legals Harvard Square last summer.