On one of my first ventures out as a new resident of the Cape, I found myself at the Impudent Oyster, a place I occasionally have visited during the summer trips here.
Chatham in summer is a vastly different area than it is in Winter. The bustle and traffic is completely vanished, the place is a virtual ghost town. We called ahead for reservations, but that seemed totally unneccesary, infact I'm surprised the place bothers to stay open at night.
During the summer, I've enjoyed some fine chowder, soups, and salads at the Oyster, but the menu was completely different for dinner. The menu options were mostly rich, varied in their ancestry, and mostly featured the abundant seafood.
We started with some Wellfleet Oysters and Littlenecks. Reasonably priced and sweet as anything. Two of us then had the "Wedge" which is, as you might expect, iceberg with blue cheese and applewood smoked bacon. Rather than a bleu cheese dressing, its served with a lighter vinaigrette. While I liked the bite the vinaigrette had, I wish it had been a bit thicker, so the lettuce would retain it. Overall though, worthwhile.
My friend had selected the Fra Diablo, which came as a mountain of seafood including clams, salmon, cod, shrimp, scallops, etc in a rich tomato base. My bite of it was satisfying if not a bit acidic. She enjoyed it, but said the same. The fish all had a great texture and was cooked perfectly, moist yet flaky.
#2 had decided to go with a basic mussels in garlic and white wine, but they turned out to be anything but... There wasn't the slightest rubberyness to them, and the garlic was savory, but not overpowering.
I decided at the last minute that the duck in blackberry port sauce sounded too good to pass up, and I was right. Everyone agreed this dish was their favorite. The sauce was phenomenal, and we all took turns trying to dissect it. It was thick and sweet, but not sugary, and had a little bite to it from the port. The duck had a fabulous crisp skin and had been cooked at just the right temp so it was almost devoid of fat.
We checked out the dessert menu and although there were many items worthwhile (a duo of creme brulees) we were all stuffed. Total damage was about 130 for 3 people, including drinks. Not bad at all considering the level of food.
I'll be curious to try the Oyster again for lunch and see what its like in Winter, but its definitely on my goto list from here on it.
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