I usually go to East Coast Grill for my oyster fix, but this Saturday, a friend and I stopped into the Summer Shack in Cambridge to see what they had on offer. I was impressed by the selection -- 6 kinds in all, and by the price -- $1.75 per.
We sampled four different types -- Petite St. Simon from New Brunswick, Malpeque from PEI, Island River from Duxbury and some from Washington State (name eludes me now). They were all very fresh and briny, medium-sized specimens. The bar staff were very helpful, even recommending the order in which we should try them. My favorites were from Canada -- they are always a little saltier, but also have a mineral tang I like. I wanted the Pacific coast ones to be sweeter, like Kumomotos, but they were just eh. We also had littlenecks which were strangely tight in texture, and steamers that were pretty great.
The place was packed, but we only waited 5 minutes for a spot at the bar, and I did witness a few of the specials whizzing by which looked good -- particularly the halibut. I know people have mixed feelings about this place (me too), but if you require oysters and are in that general area, I would give it a go.
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