Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston, MA

29 Oct

Island Creek Oyster Bar is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston! From the ambiance, to the decor, the friendly staff, and of course the food:)

My fiance and I went this past weekend and had such a fun night! We were able to make a reservation (thanks to Brittany!) and were seated right when we arrived. The place was packed. We were starving and decided to order the No Shell Mussels in white wine cream, garlic, shallots, parsley right when we sat down. They are a great addition to any meal, the mussels are fresh and NO SHELL- can’t beat that, but the flavors of the dish is what makes it so unique.

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I decided to go for some raw bar oysters (I got the island creek oysters which are my favorite and the Chatham ones)

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Sam went for one of my favorite dishes on the menu (I of course had a few bites, I mean he ordered two so it was only fair), the CRISPY OYSTER SLIDERS!!! This dish is a MUST for anyone who likes oysters and comes to Island Creek for dinner. The sliders come on a brioche roll with lettuce, pickled onion, and lime chile aïoli.

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The kitchen/staff were nice enough to then send out the Faroe Island Salmon Tartare with cucumber, sesame, and chive. It was a very nice, light, and refreshing and SUPER FRESH taste to have between the oyster sliders, mussels and then our main dishes.

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and some homemade veggie chips:

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Sam ordered the Grilled Atlantic Swordfish which came with mushroom ragout, ricotta gnocchi, melted leeks, and mustard greens. This was a recommendation from our waiter, Josh. He definitely knew what he was talking about. The gnocchi really solidified this dish:)

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And I went with my usual there, LOBSTER ROE NOODLES with braised short rib, grilled lobster, oyster mushrooms, and pecorino. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS DISH IS AMAZING. I have never seen a dish even remotely similar to this one anywhere else. The picture speaks for itself.

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After all this food we were STUFFED… we unfortunately had no room for dessert😦😦 But we did stay for an hour later sipping on some after dinner drinks:

My new favorite at the moment is Frangelico which is a hazelnut liqueur. Thank you Rochelle for the introduction:)

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Josh sent us out two complimentary drinks as well, I am still not really sure what they were… but Sam loved them and managed to finish both.

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THANK YOU ISLAND CREEK FOR AN AAAAMAZING MEAL! And thank you to Brittany, Josh and Melissa for contributing to our very fun date night:)

Looking for a new unique dinner experience?

10 Oct

Season to Taste 

This could be the place for you! Check out the 6 and 9 course prix fixe menu’s using local ingredients and seasonal menu items. Great for groups of 8-10.

Located:

2447 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

Thank you Marissa for the introduction!

Top Choices of the Moment 9/19/2012

19 Sep

Island Creek Oyster Bar

The Gallows

Hungry Mother

Oleana

El Centro- South End

Erbaluce

Troquet

Navy Yard Bistro

New Asian Fusion opens in the Waterfront area in Boston

13 Jul

EMPIRE

Can’t wait to check it out later this month!!

 

Thanks DG

Happy’s bar + kitchen

15 Jun

Happy’s

Michael Schlow opens up another one, and to be honest, the name alone makes me want to go check it out!

With a description like this, who wouldn’t want to check it out:

A casual, unpretentious, upbeat, full-service restaurant, Happy’s serves the greatest hits everyone craves at breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night.

The recipe is simple: take the warmth and comfort of your local neighborhood joint, combine it with the quality, service, and execution of a really good American restaurant, add the hipness of an urban, cool lounge, throw in some TVs for enjoying game day, shake well and you’ve got Happy’s.

Now I just have to decide if I want to go there for breakfast first or dinner…. both menu’s look appealing.

Has anyone been yet?

NEW RESTAURANT- NIX’S MATE

13 Jun

Nix’s Mate— Located at 89 Broad Street in the Hilton Downtown Boston/Financial District Hotel

A little about the Executive chef:

After getting his chops at the CIA, Olives, and Kingfish Hall, Chef Nevins wanted to tackle a more entrepreneurial project, acquiring the role as opening Chef at Neptune Oyster in 2004. Chef Nevins held reign as Executive Chef of Neptune Oyster for three years before opening his own restaurant, Osetra Restaurant in his home town of Norwalk, Connecticut. Nevins’ efforts were not ignored, as he introduced a unique, modern dining experience to the city. Osetra was awarded a Zagat rating of 26 for food, and listed in the “America’s top restaurants” in 2009.

Some dishes I want to try for dinner:

FRIED MAINE LOBSTER CARAMEL Warm Vermont cheddar, green onions, chilis 17

WILD MUSHROOM Fontina Val d’ Aosta, arugula salad 14

GRILLED YELLOWFIN TUNA Braised shiitake’s, ginger bok choy, black bean butter, soy glaze 30

SPRING PEA RISOTTO Maine lobster brown butter, pea tendrils, parsnip cream 28

House made Parmesan fries

PARIS CREPERIE FOOD TRUCK IS HERE

11 Apr

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Monday-Wednesday until 3PM (serves breakfast and lunch) located on the corner of Washington St and Boylston St. Across the street from the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Breakfast menu looks like this:

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Can’t wait to try a lunch crepe soon:)

 

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