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Celebrate National Oyster Day in Boston

Oysters are beloved all over the country.
Oysters are beloved all over the country.
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National Oyster Day is exactly what it sounds like. It is a day to celebrate this slimy, yet popular food fish. Taking place on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, this year's oyster day is marked with a wide selection of yummy dishes offered up by local chefs. Those who love to dine on this delicacy can have it any way they like it all over town.

Interested in a salad with oysters on it or on the side? Well, Estelle's Southern Cuisine on Tremont St. has a rather interesting take on oysters in a salad. With a nicely refreshing Mesclun salad, mignonette vinaigrette, bleu cheese and roasted red grapes provide a flavorful base for corn fried oysters. This certainly is not the typical New England shellfish lunch. Also fried and also coming with a nice salad is the Fried Oysters at Legal Sea Foods. It comes with a dish of fried oysters and a seaweed salad. Appropriate side, no?

Legal Sea Foods has a lot more than a fried appetizer to offer on oyster Tuesday. Harborside has more than a dozen types of oysters at $2.50 a pop on the first floor. State St. has an even better deal with 6 oysters for $6 before 6 p.m. This promotion is going on most of the week starting on Monday and ending on Thursday. Finally, every Legal Sea Food has baked oysters with spinach and cheese on the appetizer menu.

For something with just a hint of oyster, head over to Prezza on Fleet St. This restaurant's tuna tar-tare comes with crispy oysters and greens. It may not be the star of the dish, but fans will get their oyster fix, nonetheless.

Do not fret about bringing family or friends along for this year's oyster worship. Sure, not a lot of people like oysters, but these restaurants offer a lot. Do not even let the name of Legal Sea Food fool them. There are dishes for landlubbers and seafood lovers alike.