Seafood Crawl, Philadelphia
I did a seafood crawl inspired by my recent trip to San Francisco. I had chosen an after work favorite, Oyster House and a new comer to Philadelphia, Luke’s Lobster. Both restaurants are conveniently located on Sansom Street a block from each other.
First Stop: Oyster House
OMG, this place was packed with both tourists and young professionals a like. The happy hour $1 oyster is a big draw. I ordered a dozen then added bbq grilled oysters and the snapper turtle soup to round out my sampling.
The dollar oysters were predictable. They were medium sized but didn’t have that fresh briny sweet goodness of the more expensive variety. The snapper turtle soup was good. It’s a bit cajun with mild heat. I didn’t get a lot of turtle meat. But, the soup came with a sprinkling of crab meat on top which made it into a very hearty soup. The best dish was the bbq oysters. It’s grilled on a half shell with a little seaweed. The smoky flavor mixed with the briny oyster water and the seaweed essence took the dish to a whole different flavor level.
Packed restaurant during happy hour.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BBQ grilled oysters. Snapper Turtle Soup. Chalkboard specials. A dozen $1 oysters, a happy hour special.
Second Stop: Luke’s Lobster
Luke’s Lobster on Sansom Street is an outpost the chain which started in New York. I’m thankful that there’s one here because for years I’ve never had a chance to visit the original store on the Lower East Side in New York.
I like the freshness of the seafood. It’s not as sweet as I thought the catch would be. The best is the buttered roll which was hot and toasty and brought out the sea flavors with each bite.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Taste of Maine, shrimp-lobster-crab half rolls with 2 claws for an extra $2. Chalkboard special of lobster bisque. The package for $22, 3 half rolls, 2 claws, soda and chip. Luke’s Lobster logo. Casual yet chic store front.