I happened to notice a new trend here in cheese-steak and scrapple heaven. In a city known mostly for eating copious amounts meat and dough in various incarnations, a little bit of the ocean has crept onto many a city eatery’s menu. Oysters, those ever-sexy little bivalves are being featured all over the place and usually for a buck, during “happy hours” or just a specific day of the week.
Below, you’ll find a listing (in NO order whatsoever) of all the spots I could manage to find that have specific dollar oyster times or days. So if you find yourself in need of mass quantities of these zinc-rich aphrodisiac legends, use this little blog as a starter manual, guiding you to some lands of promise.
1516 Sansom Street
“Buck A Shuck” Happy Hours Monday-Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 9-11 pm
Who better to start off with than the home of the “original” buck-a-shuckers? I’ve got to add that the Oyster House does one hell of an incredible New England-style Lobster Roll too!
Pub & Kitchen
1946 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-0350 (NOTICE: they do not accept reservations)
$1 oysters during happy hour Monday-Friday, 4-6 pm
This kicked up corner pub is a personal favorite of mine, so whether you love oysters or don’t, this stop bears attention. Chef Johnny Mac’s menu always has something new to adore on it, but I’ll always come back for the Churchill, a masterpiece of burgers.
124 Haddon Avenue
Westmont, NJ 08108
Buck-A-Shuck oysters every Wednesday
This is a place that my friends and I just cannot stop eating and drinking at! About fifteen minutes from Center City, this gem from the folks who also own P.J. Whelihan’s is one awesome beer joint serving up devilishly delicious bar food. In terms of oysters, my wife loves the Cape Cod Wiannos and the British Colombia Fanny Bays. Me? I’ll take their perfectly cooked wings (Korean, Smoked Porter and Saigon Street) or a Pour House Deluxe burger any day of the week.
600 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia PA 19130
Chef’s Choice $1 oysters (3 piece minimum) Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Route 6 is one of Stephen Starr’s newest enterprises, having just opened in November of 2011 in the up-and-coming new hotspot of North Broad Street. Admittedly, I’ve not been to this one yet as of the publishing of this blog but I’ll tell you this: when I see something like Crab Deviled Eggs (blue crab!) or Chicken Fried Lobster Tails, you can bet it I’m fast tracking a visit!
225 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6141
$1 Chef’s Oysters on the half shell Sunday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. & 9-11 p.m.
Their bar has an awesome view of Rittenhouse Square whether it is summer and open-air or winter and you can watch the snow fall. I’m in love with their Shrimp Scampi entrée, but just so ya know…during the aforementioned oyster happy hours, crab claws can be had for a mere $3 each!
1234 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Happy hour Tuesday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. featuring $.99 “oyster of the day”
Chef Mike Stollenwerk’s restaurant garnered Philadelphia Magazine’s coveted “2010 Best of Philly” award for “Best New Restaurant, City” and recently moved to its new home on the ground floor of The Independent Hotel, which tripled its size. When you’re not slurping down the oyster du jour, check out brunch for Carrot Cake pancakes or a Lobster Grilled Cheese. They’ve also host a wine list worth studying.
1020 S. 2nd street (just above Washington Ave)
Philadelphia, PA 19147
“Clammy Hour” Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 2-4 p.m. Also available during all Philadelphia Eagles football games
My friends, the South Philadelphia institution known as Snockey’s (they’ve been open since 1912!) features a happy hour where the prices fall to UNDER a dollar. Yep, you can get raw or steamed clams for $.50 as well as raw or fried oysters for $.75!
Know any other places? Don't hesitate to contact me or leave a comment. I'd love to keep adding to the list!